By choosing Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver the official rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, the Republicans are sending the nation two messages about their priorities: Undo much of what Obama has done, but undo it in a civil way. Harry Hamburg/AP hide caption

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Fairy tales have been a part of Disney's movie repertoire since the 1937 release of its first feature-length film, Snow White. But now that the company has decided to stop making animated princess movies, does this spell The End for the genre? Sotheby's/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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During his address Wednesday at a memorial service for victims of the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., President Obama called on Americans to "make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that — that heals, not in a way that wounds." Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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The freshmen members of the upcoming 112th Congress pose for a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The group includes a dentist, a nurse and a pizzeria owner, among other professions. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Americans have seen President Obama's busted lip up close, and they even know he snores. Does all this familiarity breed contempt for the office? Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Sharon Adams, 40, plays a bell tree during a recent rehearsal of the interPLAY orchestra, which is made up of 60 adults with and without disabilities. Adams struggles with a learning disability and can read "a little." She has been a member of interPLAY for 15 years. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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Over the years, Thanksgiving has become a time for merchants -- think Macy's flashy parade -- to sell everything. "This modern version of Thanksgiving would horrify the devout Pilgrims and Puritans who sailed to America in the 17th century," historian Eve Laplante wrote in 2007. Charles Sykes/ AP hide caption

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A voter walks away from a booth after marking his ballot at a Manhattan polling place on Tuesday. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., rocks out on Facebook. facebook.com/thaddeusmccotter hide caption

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Democratic incumbents are in conservative voters' sights, as the buttons, stickers and T-shirts for sale at a Republican rally in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month show. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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