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With 'Traveller,' A Songwriter Steps Out From Country's Backstage

After years of writing hits for stars like Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton has released an album that's entirely his own.

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Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

As a result of the Supreme Court's two landmark decisions last week, Cruz is calling for justices to be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

A federal health advisory committee now says everyone aged 16 to 23 should talk to a doctor about whether they need to get immunized against a rare but dangerous strain of meningitis.

Colors Heather Woods Broderick 1:00

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My Thoughts Bumpy Knuckles & DJ Premier 0:08

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Pete's Jazz Pete Rock 1:59

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Give It Away Zero 7, Henry Binns et. al. 0:12

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Come On DJ Jazzy Jeff 1:00

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Doomp Doomp Doomp DJ Premier 1:00

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Tokka Agnes Obel 0:09

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Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre 1:55

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Sometimes I Cry Chris Stapleton 0:20

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Sweet Black Angel (aka Black Angel Blues) [#][Instrumental] Muddy Waters 0:58

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Detroit Madness J Dilla 1:00

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Change Shades Of Brooklyn & DJ Premier 0:59

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Amazing Grace [Instrumental] Josh Wilson 0:07

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Please Stay Shigeto 1:00

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Spectre Tycho 1:53

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In My Life Jake Shimabukuro

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