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In this July 27 file photo, Sen. Patty Murray speaks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listens at a news conference on Capitol Hill. Reid announced earlier this month he's naming Murray to co-chair a powerful supercommittee charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. J.Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Can Low-Key Sen. Murray Guide Supercommittee?

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A Bananagram pouch holds 144 tiles, which are used to form words in a Scrabble-like formation — but without a board. Flickr/number657 hide caption

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The Addictive Appeal Of Bananagrams

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Bank of Italy Gov. Mario Draghi speaks to bankers in Rome last month. Financial market participants worry that Italy will be the next big shoe to drop in Europe's debt crisis. Riccardo De Luca/AP hide caption

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Why Does The U.S. Sneeze When Europe Gets A Cold?

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Precision Iron Works President Steve Leighton (right) says government regulations are keeping his company from growing. Wendy Kaufman/NPR hide caption

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Wage Rules Twist Steel Company's Growth Plans

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W.C. Johnson, of the group Community United for Change, protests outside federal court in New Orleans on the opening day of the Danziger trial in June. On Aug. 5, five police officers were convicted of various roles in gunning down innocent civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina and then covering it up. Five other officers pleaded guilty. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Verdict In Katrina Shooting Buoys Police Reform

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Wendy Wasserstein in 1985, beneath a poster for her play Isn't It Romantic. Wasserstein's plays examined the place where the upheaval witnessed by the baby boom generation met the demands of family and professional life. Ed Baily/AP hide caption

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Wendy Wasserstein, 'Lost' And Found

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