House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio (center) looks on as President Obama talks to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Obama has said he hopes for more bipartisanship next year, but Republicans see the coming election as a sign that Americans don't want Congress to sign on to the Obama agenda. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Post-Election Bipartisanship? The Outlook Isn't Good

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Text Messages, Radio Warn Haitians Of Cholera Risks

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A U.S. contractor looks away from a dust cloud whipped up by a helicopter departing over the gatepost at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in Kandahar, Afghanistan. A recent government report states that billions of dollars are being spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan, but the money is not being tracked. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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U.S. Spending In Afghanistan Often Unaccounted For

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Private security contractors guard a part of a route as NATO supply trucks drive past in the province of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul. Intense negotiations continued between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the international community over the Afghan government's deadline for ridding the nation of private security guards. Rahmatullah Naikzad/AP hide caption

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This week, in the run-up to Saturday's rally, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has been taping its shows in Washington. President Obama was among the guests. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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A Plan Problematic: Scoot McNairy stars as Andrew Kaulder, a photographer who must find his way through a quarantined zone inhabited by squidlike extraterrestrials to get out of Mexico and home to the U.S. Magnet Releasing/Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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