Linton Weeks Linton Weeks joined NPR in the summer of 2008, as its national correspondent for Digital News.

President Woodrow Wilson meets with his first Cabinet, circa 1912. Should Cabinets have a more central role in a president's decision making? Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Black smoke rises from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on April 18, 2005. Black smoke signaled that the cardinals sequestered inside had failed to elect a new pope, after the death of Pope John Paul II. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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The CambridgeSide Galleria was bustling with people exchanging gifts and taking advantage of sales the day after Christmas 2011. Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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When Someone You Know Loses A Child

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Some people just aren't into the big Thanksgiving Day extravaganza. Stuart Monk /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Table For One, Please. A Solo Thanksgiving

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President Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama on the night of his inauguration, Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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