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The freshmen members of the upcoming 112th Congress pose for a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The group includes a dentist, a nurse and a pizzeria owner, among other professions. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Americans have seen President Obama's busted lip up close, and they even know he snores. Does all this familiarity breed contempt for the office? Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Sharon Adams, 40, plays a bell tree during a recent rehearsal of the interPLAY orchestra, which is made up of 60 adults with and without disabilities. Adams struggles with a learning disability and can read "a little." She has been a member of interPLAY for 15 years. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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interPLAY Members Discuss Their Music

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Over the years, Thanksgiving has become a time for merchants -- think Macy's flashy parade -- to sell everything. "This modern version of Thanksgiving would horrify the devout Pilgrims and Puritans who sailed to America in the 17th century," historian Eve Laplante wrote in 2007. Charles Sykes/ AP hide caption

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A voter walks away from a booth after marking his ballot at a Manhattan polling place on Tuesday. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., rocks out on Facebook. hide caption

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Democratic incumbents are in conservative voters' sights, as the buttons, stickers and T-shirts for sale at a Republican rally in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month show. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Of course, being "against" the current lawmakers in Congress isn't necessarily a negative thing for many people. Brendan Smialowski/Getty hide caption

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