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White House Tries Again To Find Compromise On Contraception

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, is among a bipartisan group of eight senators who this week announced a plan to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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What's Behind Rubio's 'Full Circle Back' On Immigration?

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The winding down of the war in Afghanistan and efforts to slice the budget deficit will likely mean more spending cuts for the Pentagon. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Remains Big Target In Likely Budget Cuts

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Eagle Scout Zach Wahls delivers cartons of petitions to the Boys Scouts of America national board meeting in Orlando, Fla., last May, calling for an end to anti-gay discriminatory practices. Helping to carry the cartons are Mark Anthony Dingbaum and Christine Irvine of Change.org. Barbara Liston/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed new rules for school snacks promote healthier options, like the fruits and vegetables served in this Palo Alto, Calif., cafeteria. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu tours the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Ga., last year. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Former Football Player Jim Brown Among The Game's Best Running Backs

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L.A. Cardinal Removed From Position For Role In Sex Abuse Scandal

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Republicans Divided Over Immigration Reform

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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Oversaw City's Renaissance

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As Clinton Bows Out, Analysts Debate Her Influence On Foreign Policy

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Stock Market Rallies On Positive Jobs Report

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Outgoing Energy Secretary Warns Of Dangers Of Climate Change

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Are We Losing The Race Against Climate Change?

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When times are tough, that prehistoric urge to splurge on high-calorie treats like M&Ms still kicks in. Daniel M.N. Turner/NPR hide caption

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