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War In Gaza Tests Israel's Tolerance For Dissent

In a nation that prizes free expression, some Israelis critical of the war say their views are under attack. "Something really, really bad is happening to the Israeli society," says one activist.

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M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician

The Republican lawmaker from Virginia who died this week was not afraid to go against his party, or reach across the aisle, to stand against corruption.

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James Shigeta 'Led The Way' For Asian-American Lovers On Screen

The actor broke barriers as one of Hollywood's first Asian-American romantic leads. Born in Hawaii, he died this week at the age of 85.

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War In Gaza Tests Israel's Tolerance For Dissent

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M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician

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You Can Have Watergate But Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be Straight, Pts. Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s
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James Shigeta 'Led The Way' For Asian-American Lovers On Screen

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At The Cradle Of Country Music, A Monument You Can Hear As Well As See

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Postcards From The Common Core Classroom

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As Congress Breaks, Inaction Remains Most Notable Action

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Sanctions Target Russian Oil, But Will That Persuade Putin?

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Syrian Conflict Isn't Just A Civil War, But 'A War On Childhood'

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