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Miles and Kent Romney, (left to right), distant cousins of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. Miles believes his cousin's candidacy is nothing less than prophetic. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Election 2012

Mexican Cousins Keep Romney's Family Tree Rooted

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A student paints the Facebook logo on a mural commemorating Egypt's revolution last spring. The team from the CIA's Open Source Center monitors social media activity overseas. Manoocher Deghati/AP hide caption

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National Security

CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye

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Newt Gingrich arrives for a GOP presidential candidate forum Saturday in South Carolina. Gingrich had to be reminded of the rules not to mention rivals by name, but was still able to continue criticism of Mitt Romney. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Presidential Race

In S.C. GOP Forum, Romney Gets Implicit Jabs

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks about the Defense Strategic Review, outlining defense budget priorities and cuts, during a press briefing at the Pentagon on Jan. 5. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Panetta: 'Human Side' Makes Pentagon Cuts Tough

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After delivering mass, Monsignor Pius Kasha poses with security officials who are guarding the Syriac Catholic church in the Mansour neighborhood in Baghdad. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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Iraq

Fears Renewed In Iraq With Wave Of Violence

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TSA workers sing at Los Angeles International Airport in this screen grab from a USA Today video. The chorus dons Santa hats during the holiday season and perform in the middle of the airport. USA Today hide caption

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The Two-Way

At LAX, TSA Workers Sing Cheer Into Holiday Travel

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U.S. soldiers celebrate as the first vehicles of the last U.S. military convoy carrying troops out of Iraq passes through the K-Crossing at Iraq's border with Kuwait early on Sunday morning. Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Leaving Iraq

Last U.S. Troops Make Quiet Exit Out Of Iraq

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Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich squared off in the ABC debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday night. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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'Newt-Romney' Dominates Iowa Debate

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House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Pelosi was critical of Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership for recessing the House without passing extensions of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, both set to expire at the end of the year. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A Tax Cut Few People Notice

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A Border Patrol agent looks for footprints from illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border in 2010. Traffickers have begun using immigrants as drug smugglers, recruiting voluntarily and forcibly. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Migrants Say They're Unwilling Mules For Cartels

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The Niemeyer Center for the arts will shut its doors on Dec. 15 after being open for only nine months in Aviles, Spain. It's a victim of political squabbling during difficult economic times. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Europe

Curtain Could Fall On A Dazzling Arts Center In Spain

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A woman walks past Egyptian military near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday. Protesters have clashed with security forces in the days leading up to Monday's parliamentary elections, and women are being targeted. Manu Brabo/AP hide caption

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Middle East

Sexual Violence Marks Latest Egyptian Protests

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