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How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

The new book The Professor and the President looks back at how Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan pushed the Nixon White House to embrace a relatively liberal plan.

A member of the Saudi border guards mans a machine gun at the border with Iraq in July. Since the so-called Islamic State launched its offensive this summer in Iraq, Saudi Arabia has sent thousands of troops to the region. Faisal Nasser/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Facing Threats From ISIS And Iran, Gulf States Set To Join Forces

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How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

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McDonald's says that same-store sales in its U.S. locations dropped nearly 5 percent in November, continuing a downward trend. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Big Mac Whacked: McDonald's U.S. Sales Continue To Slide

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Thomas Harden of Chicago pumps gas into his truck. He says he wouldn't support a gas tax increase. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

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Joni Mitchell, pictured here in 1970, wrote the song "Carey" while living in Matala, Crete. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Just Who Is That 'Mean Old Daddy'?

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Perry Wallace, playing for Vanderbilt University, blocks the shot of 'Pistol' Pete Maravich, circa 1970. Frank Empson/The Tennessean hide caption

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Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

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Wilfredo Díaz left Honduras 16 years ago before his third child was born, and he hopes to bring his children to the U.S. under the State Department's new program. Alexandra Starr hide caption

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New Entry Program Reunites Some Immigrants With Their Children

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Damaged olives hang in the grove belonging to Augusto Spagnoli, an oil producer from Nerola, near Rome. Producers and experts declared Italy's 2014 olive harvest the worst in history, due to adverse climatic conditions that helped the olive fly proliferate, thus destroying the olives before they could be harvested. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Olive Oil Producers In 'Crisis' From Weather, Pests And Disease

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The Café Edison serves what might be called Jewish soul food — blintzes, matzoh ball soup and kasha varnishkes. Jeff Lunden hide caption

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Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

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