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A wall of Hesco baskets protects the Riverside Medical Center in Vidalia, La., from Mississippi River floodwaters. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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National

Miles Of Flood Control, Without So Many Sandbags

3 min

Miles Of Flood Control, Without So Many Sandbags

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets some of the thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and military veterans participating in the Rolling Thunder rally on Sunday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Palin Kick-Starts Bus Tour On Back Of Motorcycle

3 min

Palin Kick-Starts Bus Tour On Back Of Motorcycle

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Thomas B. Reed was the larger-than-life speaker of the House during America's turbulent Gilded Age. His outspoken politics brought the position to prominence and forever changed the House of Representatives. Library of Congress hide caption

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Author Interviews

The Most Important Politician You've Never Heard Of

7 min

The Most Important Politician You've Never Heard Of

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Music Interviews

U.S. Marine Band

4 min

U.S. Marine Band

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Brad Pitt plays Mr.O'Brien, an archetypal 1950s patriarch who loves his family and can't help but imposes huge expectations on them. Merie Wallace/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation hide caption

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Pitt Plays The American Patriarch In 'Tree Of Life'

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My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (center) says the band's new album, Circuital, presented a special challenge: recording in his hometown of Louisville for the first time. Danny Clinch hide caption

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Danny Clinch

Music Interviews

My Morning Jacket: On The Circuit

9 min

My Morning Jacket: On The Circuit

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