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With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'

The New York Yankees relief pitcher is revered both for what he did and what he didn't do — behave scandalously, pick fights, take drugs or chase big contract offers to other cities.

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She Votes

From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges

Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But when it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning — fundraising — women do just as well as men.

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Code Switch

As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the tide is turning toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.

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As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

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Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race

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Got Me Wrong Brad Mehldau Trio
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With Faith And Focus, Mariano Rivera Became Baseball's 'Closer'

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From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges

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Manenberg Ernest Ranglin
Elevate St. Lucia
Some Kinda Mean Joshua Breakstone