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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN), greets Ellie Joy Matthews, 11, of Kansas City, Mo., as she and her family hold signs supporting a balanced budget amendment on Monday, just before the House would vote to pass debt legislation. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Politics

Debt Impasse Over, GOP Hopefuls Turn To Spending

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Debt Impasse Over, GOP Hopefuls Turn To Spending

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The former Shopko in the Northpark Mall in Joplin, Mo., is being converted into a temporary high school for 11th- and 12th-graders. A tornado in May destroyed more than half the district's classroom space. Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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National

After Tornado, Joplin Creates Makeshift Schools

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After Tornado, Joplin Creates Makeshift Schools

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The Two-Way

Mo. Outlaws Student-Teacher Facebook Friends

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Mo. Outlaws Student-Teacher Facebook Friends

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The $60 million Tianhe-1A supercomputer in Tianjin, China. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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China's Great Science Gamble

China's Supercomputing Goal: 'Zero To Hero'

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China's Supercomputing Goal: 'Zero To Hero'

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National

FAA Impasse Continues

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FAA Impasse Continues

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Jeffrey Quick, 69, holds a family photo of his parents and Lou Gehrig's mother as he and his wife, Joan, stand in their dining room. On the table next to them is a glove signed by Gehrig's Yankees teammates — a gift from Christina Gehrig. Matt Rainey/Matt Rainey for NPR hide caption

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The Two-Way

Gehrig Memorabilia Passed Down From Lou's Mother

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Gehrig Memorabilia Passed Down From Lou's Mother

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), center, is welcomed by her fellow members of the the House of Representatives as she appears on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year. AP hide caption

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The Two-Way

Giffords Staffer Recounts Emotional Return

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Giffords Staffer Recounts Emotional Return

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A protester holds a defaced poster of Egypt's then-President Hosni Mubarak, with the words "Mubarak, get out," during an anti-government demonstration in Cairo in January. Mubarak now faces trial on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising earlier this year that led to the end of his 30-year rule. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Middle East

Egyptians Ready To See Mubarak Put On Trial

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Egyptians Ready To See Mubarak Put On Trial

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In June, participants bow their heads in prayer during a demonstration in Birmingham, Ala., to protest the state's new law against illegal immigration. Jay Reeves/AP hide caption

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Justice Department Sues Ala. Over Immigration Law

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Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier and his colleague, Chaak, in Afghanistan. "Pretty much trust him with my life," Cornier says. Courtesy of Daniel Cornier hide caption

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The Impact Of War Project

Military Dogs Enjoy Brighter Future After Service

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Military Dogs Enjoy Brighter Future After Service

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Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo fails to save Japanese defender Saki Kumagai's goal during the FIFA Women's Football World Cup final match on July 17 in Germany. Japan won 3-1 in a penalty shootout after the final finished 2-2 in extra time. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hidden Brain

Under Pressure, Soccer Goalies Tend To Dive Right

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Under Pressure, Soccer Goalies Tend To Dive Right

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