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Taxing Work Ahead: Have Negotiating Tables Turned?

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From left, Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) await President Obama's State of the Union address in January 2011, when a bipartisan seating arrangement symbolically suggested a more cooperative spirit among lawmakers. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Making A Case For Closer Contact In Congress

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Americana Symphony "Variations on Appalachia Waltz"/6. Theme: Splendid Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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As Turkey Rises, 'A Real Problem' With Censorship

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Ali, an Iraqi teenager, wears Spc. Justin Cliburn's helmet and radio equipment in Baghdad. Ali and Cliburn became unlikely friends while Cliburn trained Iraqi police in 2005 and 2006. Courtesy of Justin Cliburn hide caption

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Amidst War, U.S. Guardsman Forges Unexpected Bond

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London's Classic Cabs May Be Driven To Extinction

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Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August. Stu Rosner hide caption

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John Williams' Inevitable Themes

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People's House John Williams
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Maggie Hassan was elected governor of New Hampshire on Tuesday, as the state also voted in the first all-female congressional delegation. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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What An All-Female Delegation Says About N.H.

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Propelled By Climate Change, Activist Is Drawn To Ice

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Chinese villagers welcome the arrival of tractors purchased by a farmers' cooperative in April 1958, during the Great Leap Forward campaign. The disastrous modernization program ended in China's great famine and tens of millions of deaths. Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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A Grim Chronicle Of China's Great Famine

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B-Movies And Bombshells: A Hollywood 'Entertainer'

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This month, a symphony composed by World War II veteran Harold Van Heuvelen had its premiere. Kevin Gift hide caption

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A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making

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Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 (Leningrad): Allegretto Dmitry Shostakovich
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