House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio (center) looks on as President Obama talks to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Obama has said he hopes for more bipartisanship next year, but Republicans see the coming election as a sign that Americans don't want Congress to sign on to the Obama agenda.
Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, pictured here at Tea Party rally on Oct. 22, was instrumental in drafting the state's immigration law. He also sits on a American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) task force, a group that helped shape the law.
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Pvt. E-2 David Mangold crawls under barbed wire during a series of obstacles in a training course. For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Army has changed the way it trains new recruits. Core exercises and sprints have replaced bayonets and long runs.
Who Knew? For more than 20 years, research librarian Kee Malesky has answered questions for NPR reporters, editors and hosts. She has compiled some of her favorite bits of "inessential knowledge" — such as which building did Elvis leave last? -- in a new book, All Facts Considered.
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The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. The megachurch, birthplace of the Hour of Power televangelist broadcast, has been trying to overcome mounting debt for months.
Larry Whitt, who served 12 years in the Navy before leaving because he is gay, protests the "don't ask, don't tell" policy as President Obama arrives in Coral Gables, Fla., on Oct. 11.