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Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., testifies during hearings in Washington, D.C., on June 9, 1954. McCarthy stands before a map that charts alleged communist activity in the United States.
Months after his challenge to the incumbent President Carter had failed, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) makes a belated gesture of unity in the closing moments of the 1980 National Convention.
Sydney Robison, center, looks on during a vigil for U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover Sunday in Salt Lake City. Hoover was among the 13 U.S. troops killed in a suicide bombing at Kabul airport.