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In Washington's Fiscal Tango, Obama's Lacking A Dance Partner

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Al-Shabab Shifts Focus From Territory To Terrorism

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Valerie Plame was outed as a covert CIA operative in a 2003 Washington Post column. Her story was depicted in the 2010 film Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts as Plame. Dennis Cook/AP hide caption

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I, Spy: Valerie Plame Makes Her Fiction Debut In CIA Thriller

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Drowned Halloween, Alaska
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Gabe Baltazar (fourth from left) at New York City's Birdland Club in 1962, with members of Stan Kenton's band and the Count Basie Orchestra. The photo, from Baltazar's collection, is signed by Kenton (fourth from from right) and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (second from right). Courtesy of Gabe Baltazar hide caption

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'If It Swings': An Asian-American Jazzman's Pioneering Career

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Hurricane Iniki Gabe Baltazar Quartet
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, express frustration on Friday after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of language crafted by House Republicans to defund Obamacare. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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With Government Shutdown Looming, All Eyes Turn To House GOP

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News From Lake Wobegon: Garrison Keillor Has A New Book Of Poetry

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Chvrches Talks Technology (And 'Ghostbusters')

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