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Haitians watch the L.A. County Search and Rescue working at a collapsed building in downtown Port-au-Prince, Jan. 16, 2010. Weak walls allow for a "pancake collapse" like this one, one engineer says.
President Obama greets Norm Eisen, the White House's ethics czar, in January 2009. Obama used a recess appointment to give Eisen, a friend from law school, the job as U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic just before Christmas.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waves as he is introduced to the crowd during inauguration ceremonies for Republican Rick Scott on Jan. 4 outside the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. On Thursday, Bush and other Republican leaders are launching a new effort to reach out to Hispanic voters.
Bill Reilly (left) and former Sen. Bob Graham, co-chairmen of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, announce the findings of the commission's final report Tuesday. The commission concluded that only "urgent reform" could prevent another environmental disaster like the blown-out Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, meet in Beijing on Tuesday. Gates is holding talks with China's political and military leaders during the visit, which comes ahead of a second summit between President Obama and China's President Hu Jintao later this month.
Attorney Judy Clarke is to defend Jared Loughner, the accused shooter in last Saturday's deadly rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).