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Threatened By Rising Seas, Alaska Village Decides To Relocate

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For Vernon Lee of the Moapa Band of Paiutes, a national monument designation for Gold Butte would be the next best thing to having the U.S. government return the land to his people. Kirk Siegler hide caption

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In Nevada, Tribes Push To Protect Land At The Heart Of Bundy Ranch Standoff

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The process of transitioning from one presidential administration to another is complex and starts months before voters even pick the next president. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With White House Help, Clinton And Trump Start Transition Planning

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Many Western ranchers don't own much land themselves and rely on vast tracts of federal land for grazing. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Even With Bundy Behind Bars, 'Range War' Lives On For Some Ranchers

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Illinois spent $170 million to build the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill. The prison is at the heart of many residents' discontent with state and federal government this election. David McGuffin/NPR hide caption

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The View From Thomson, Ill.

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Why There's No Sign Of Law Enforcement At Site Of Oregon Takeover

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (right) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have two weeks to negotiate a plan with congressional Democrats to avert a government shutdown. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

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Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd Nov. 4 after his victory speech in Austin. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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New Texas Governor Adds To Tension Between State, City Governments

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Artists' renderings of New Meadowland show how the wetland would be designed for human recreational use as well as flood control. The berm shown would be a path through the park when water was low (left). When storms came in, the wetlands would flood, and the berm would protect local development. Courtesy of New Meadowlands hide caption

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N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

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