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Supporters for gun rights gather outside the National Shooting Sports Foundation headquarters in Newtown, Conn., on March 28. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success

Momentum to pass tighter gun laws surged after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., a year ago. But a provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate. In that loss, gun control activists say they learned some important lessons from those who lobbied against them.

The Brazilian agricultural sector exported for a value of $94,590 million in 2011. One of its largest exports is soybeans, like these in Cascavel, Parana. Werner Rudhart/DPA /Landov hide caption

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The Salt

More People Have More To Eat, But It's Not All Good News

In 1965, a majority of the world survived on less than 2,000 calories a day per person. Now, 61 percent of people worldwide have access to 2,500 or more calories each day.

Untitled (Kate #18) by Chuck Close. Chuck Close/Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York hide caption

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Photography

Portrait Show Brings Photographer-Subject Encounters Into Focus

In photographer Chuck Close's portrait of model Kate Moss, Moss looks pretty ordinary — her skin is a confetti of freckles and pores, and there's no airbrushing to be seen. Moss trusted in Close's art, but, as an exhibit at Washington's Phillips Collection demonstrates, that isn't always the case.

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