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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. speaks to constituents in Chicago in 2009. Jackson resigned from Congress on Wednesday, following a hospitalization and an investigation into misuse of campaign funds. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Jesse Jackson Jr.: Great Hopes And Disappointments

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Food Network star Guy Fieri just opened a new restaurant in Times Square. New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells isn't a fan, so why did he eat there in the first place? Jeff Christensen/AP hide caption

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If The Pretzel Chicken Isn't Awesome, Why Review It?

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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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Children run after a truck loaded with presents for Eid Al-Adha in a refugee camp near Atma, Idlib province, Syria. A powerful car bomb exploded in Damascus on Friday and scattered fighting broke out in several areas across Syria, quickly dashing any hopes that a holiday cease-fire would hold. Manu Brabo/AP hide caption

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Little Festivity As Syria's Holiday Cease-Fire Fails

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Barack Obama in a 1975 photo from the Punahou School yearbook. He and his eighth-grade homeroom classmates pose with a slide projector as part of the yearbook's theme of "Nostalgia." Punahau School 1974-1975 Yearbook hide caption

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Hawaii Prep School Gave Obama Window To Success

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Voters cast their ballots during early voting in Bowling Green, Ohio. Early voting began Oct. 2 in the battleground state, five weeks before Election Day on November 6. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images hide caption

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Does Voting Early Prompt Hasty Choices?

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