Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson head the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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An Egyptian man casts his vote Sunday in parliamentary elections at a polling station in Cairo. Allegations of widespread fraud and voter intimidation have marred the polls. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Hundreds of diplomatic cables between U.S. embassies and the State Department were published Sunday by WikiLeaks, prompting U.S. officials to denounce the move as reckless and dangerous. But some analysts say information in the documents could be useful to foreign policy objectives. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The gymnasium at San Quentin State Prison, shown in this June 14, 2007, photo, was filled with nearly 400 double-bunked inmates because of crowded conditions. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates listens to a reporter's question during a news briefing about gays in the military Tuesday at the Pentagon. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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