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It all seemed so easy then. Back in June, the Supreme Court declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional. Waiting for that decision may have cost the administration precious time. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Our Last Days as Children Explosions in the Sky 1:30

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Apples sit in a bin after being harvested at Riveridge Produce in Sparta, Mich. The apple harvest in Michigan this year is projected to be about ten times larger than in 2012. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Sin Guia, No Juana Molina 0:09

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Jammin' Monty Alexander 0:21

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Could You Be Loved Monty Alexander 0:30

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A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in June, a day before the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Steamed Juicy Little Bun Kaki King 1:30

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Black Coffee Jeff Steinberg Ensemble 0:18

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This Must Be the Place Talking Heads 0:55

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Dennis Chestnut stands next to a stretch of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2. Chestnut, who has been working to clean up the Anacostia for decades, says it can take a long time for a nonprofit to see an end result. Abbey Oldham/NPR hide caption

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At the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the graduating class has been about 16 percent female since the institution first accepted women more than 30 years ago. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Candidates for town council Michal Chernovitsky (left) and Adina Ruhamkin campaign in a park in El'ad, or Forever God, a small religious community in Israel. They could be the first women on El'ad's council, and the first ultra-Orthodox women to win public office in Israel. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Priya Morganstern (left) and Bhavani Jaroff visited a StoryCorps booth with their father, Ken Morganstern, in 2006. He passed away a year later. StoryCorps hide caption

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed wore a camouflage vest to court. He argued that he was a warrior, and his lawyers convinced the judge to agree to let him wear paramilitary clothing to court. Fantagraphics Books hide caption

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Heartbreaker Vitamin String Quartet, The Section 0:56

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