Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew walks with President Obama on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Gov. Atta Mohammad Noor, in his office in Afghanistan's  Balkh province. He once led Northern Alliance fighters against the Taliban. Today, he's a successful politician. Despite his past, he's willing to support negotiations with the Taliban. Jim Wildman/NPR hide caption

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