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Members of the Allied team take cover on the "beach" — the field that faces the tree line where the Axis team has embedded. Thousands of people traveled to a field in Jim Thorpe, Pa., to re-enact one of the most famous battles in history using paintball guns instead of real ammo. Rob Sachs for NPR hide caption

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Carl '60 Cent' Kasell And The Debt Ceiling

Still wondering what the debt ceiling is exactly? Let Carl "60 Cent" Kasell school you.

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