Google new privacy rules, which are set to take effect Thursday, have drawn scrutiny from privacy advocates and state officials. Jens Meyer/AP hide caption

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Leap day is the perfect moment to contemplate time. Here a man looks at the Seine river through the giant clock of the Orsay Museum in Paris. Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chris McDonough, a Republican (left), and Robert O'Brien, a Democrat, argue about political issues outside a caucus in Portland, Maine, in February. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Depending on how you tally them up, there have been 26 debates so far this GOP primary season. How many is too many? Brian Snyder /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The sofa can be the epicenter of our lives. It is home base, North Star, study carrel, dining booth and royal throne rolled into one. Dierk Schaefer/Flickr hide caption

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Americans are always searching for a "more perfect union." Volunteers roll up a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution during a demonstration against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Oct. 20, 2010. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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For so many reasons, Americans are seething. Here, a protester shouts as he holds an American flag after storming the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison last March, after Republicans in the state Senate voted to curb collective bargaining rights for public workers. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Jon Landau serves others at PhilaSoup, a soup group based in Philadelphia. Linton Weeks/NPR hide caption

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Many of this year's Super Bowl ads, like this one from, play off our affection for animals. hide caption

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Republican presidential hopefuls former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney debate in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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President Obama delivers last year's State of the Union Address on Jan. 25, 2011. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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The presidential election brings out the media's obsession with regional differences. Reporters and politicians do stand-ups from cornfields in the Midwest, beaches in California, honky-tonks in Texas — and in front of this sand sculpture of the GOP candidates in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last weekend. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets voters Jan. 10 after speaking to a town hall meeting in Indian Land, S.C. He has said that if voters want someone to sing "Kumbaya," "I'm not your guy." Jeff Siner/MCT/Landov hide caption

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