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Spectacle Of Spin: The Post-Debate Room Where The Truth Gets Dizzy

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An Ode To The Also-Rans In American Politics

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Ahead of a press conference with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in Rome's Capitoline Museums. Giuseppe Lami/AP hide caption

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What Might Rouhani Have Missed When Rome Boxed Up The Nudes?

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These pit bull puppies in St. Louis were among the hundreds seized across seven states in 2009 in the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Along With Assault And Arson, FBI Starts To Track Animal Abuse

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Model Crystal Hefner (L) and Hugh Hefner attend the annual Halloween Party, hosted by Playboy and Hugh Hefner, at the Playboy Mansion on October 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Charley Gallay/Getty Images hide caption

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Playboy Mansion For Sale, Bunnies Not Included

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Israeli officers evacuate the body of a Palestinian assailant from the site of a stabbing attack outside Jerusalem's Old City on Dec. 23. For more than three months, Jerusalem has seen near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis. Ariel Schalit/AP hide caption

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Amid Attacks In Jerusalem, A New Fear: That Person Next To You On The Street

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Republican presidential candidates (from left) Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump interact onstage at the end of the Republican Presidential Debate on Dec. 15. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's An Election Year, So Get Excited! At Least I Will

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Twain's 'Letter From Santa Claus,' A Gift For All Ages

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A person walks to Friday Prayer at the Omar Mosque in Paterson, N.J. in 2012. With Islamophobia surging in recent weeks, many Muslims in Paterson say they are feeling frightened and unsettled. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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With Islamophobia At Flood Tide, American Muslims Grapple With Suspicions

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