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President Obama speaks with small-business owners at Rausch's Cafe in Guttenberg, Iowa, during a three-day Midwest bus tour in August. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Iowa, Obama's Campaign Team Rehearses For 2012

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Come Back To Us Release The Sunbird
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Haschemann Jacques Loussier Trio
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President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer. Jim Watson /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Report: 'Marines Promoted Inflated Story For Medal Of Honor Recipient'

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The Morning Liftoff
Mali John Patitucci

A counselor (right) talks with a man about training programs at a nonprofit training and job placement center in Menlo Park, Calif. Seventy percent of the long-term unemployed and underemployed would like the government to offer more job training services, an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Changes In The Economy Leave Workers Scrambling

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The Goat Sea of Cortez
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But I Like the Message John Scofield

Javier Polendo, an employee at a largely automated Target.com fulfillment center in Tucson, Ariz., scans items to be shipped to online customers. Ted Robbins/NPR hide caption

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Tracking An Order In Real-Life Santa's Workshops

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Winslet and Walsh are the parents of the aggressor, and Type A sorts themselves — though as events proceed, their allegiance to each other will waver. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Carnage' In The Smart Set, And Self-Inflicted, Too

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Happy With You The Bewitched Hands
Radio City Eilen Jewell

A U.S. convoy departs from Contingency Operating Station Kalsu, a U.S. base about 60 miles south of Baghdad. For many U.S. troops, it is the last stop in Iraq on the way out of the country. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Flag Comes Down, And Iraq War Is Officially Over

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Reporters interview Iranian Minister of Petroleum Rostam Ghasemi before the start of the 160th meeting of the OPEC Conference in Vienna, Dec. 14. The global market for oil complicates the issue of U.S. sanctions against Iran. Xu Liang/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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New Iran Sanctions, And Fears They Could Backfire

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A chimpanzee eats a coconut at the Alamogordo Primate Facility at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., in an undated photo from the National Institutes of Health. A plan to move chimps that had retired to the facility after being subjects of medical experiments sparked controversy and a review of research policies. AP hide caption

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Biomedical Research Using Chimps Curtailed

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Vision of a Visionary Myron Walden

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has forced inmates to wear pink and live in tent cities, gaining him a reputation as America's toughest sheriff. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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Probe Finds Arizona Sheriff Violated Civil Rights

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry walks with former Marine officer Dan Moran during a campaign stop Wednesday in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Perry Tries To Ride Back Into Iowans' Hearts

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Look at Me Now The Elected
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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) speaks during a phone-in TV program in Moscow on Thursday. With widespread fraud alleged in recent parliamentary voting, Putin faced much more critical questioning than usual. Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Protests, Russia's Putin Takes To The Airwaves

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Concept 11 Kodomo

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Military Tuition Assistance Rules May Limit Options

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Plural Decon Blended Babies
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