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President Obama greets diners in Los Angeles last month. He faces long odds in his quest for re-election. Among them: unemployment, eroding support among independent voters and approval ratings that are well below those of previous presidents who won a second term. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Obama Make History Again?

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Wrap the Days The Twin Atlas
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Killing Floor [Instrumental] The Accidental
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2 Cent Kobayashi
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Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn Ulrich Schnauss
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In Indiana, school buses have been disappearing in large part because districts can no longer rely on a steady funding stream to pay for them. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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In Indiana, Some Buses Stop Shuttling Kids For Free

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All of the Lights (Interlude) Kanye West
Hell No! We Won't Go! The Philistines Jr.
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Outversion Mark Ronson

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Leonardo DiCaprio Brings The Complex 'J. Edgar' To Life On Film

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Night Bell with Lightning David Lynch
Sarabande Yo-Yo Ma

Rajaa Sharafeddine, daughter of former Syrian Vice President Shibli al-Aisamy, says her father was kidnapped during a visit to Lebanon in May. The picture in the background is of her father. Bilal Hussein/AP hide caption

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Disappearances In Lebanon Haunt Syrian Activists

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First Breath After Coma Explosions in the Sky
Of Dreams to Come Robert Glasper
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Italy's Growing Debt Woes Have Investors On Edge

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Apt. 604 Ben Vaughn
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Get in Yr Squads Cex
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GOP: Holder Hearing Leaves Unanswered Questions

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The Outer Banks The Album Leaf
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False Hope Howard Hello
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Calle 7 Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuária
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'100 Yards Of Glory': What Eli Manning Told Bob Costas About His Pores

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From Now On Youngblood Brass Band
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Unlearn
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Trouble Cordovan
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