Pelicans rest on an oil retention boom near Grand Isle, La. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Scott Burke, owner of Loop Linen and Uniform Service in Westwego, La., says the Gulf oil spill has had an impact on his bottom line. "As the restaurants slow down, we slow down," Burke says. "It's just a trickle-down effect." Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Undocumented Harvard Student Eric Balderas faced deportation to Mexico before authorities agreed to let him stay in the U.S. Josh Reynolds/AP hide caption

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When Mary Ritchie and Cathie Bush married in 2004, they thought they would finally get the benefits and protections other couples do. But it wasn't long before they discovered that "everybody" did not include the federal government. Kathy Bush (left) and Mary Ritchie are seen with their sons William and Ryan. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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A view of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass. MIT says it tried being nice last year by keeping its wait list much smaller than usual, but then it almost got burned when the school needed extra students. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Kelly Ayotte's stump speech centers on a promise to return the GOP to its core principles of less government and lower taxes. Robin Respaut hide caption

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