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House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the media after a meeting with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pauses outside the West Wing of the White House after meeting Wednesday with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Reid's Tough Tactics In Shutdown Drama Draw Notice

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Line of Fire Junip
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She Breaks Booker T. Jones

Palestinians inspect trucks loaded with iron arriving from Israel through the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 22. The delivery of the materials to the private sector is a first since the Hamas takeover in 2007. Hatem Moussa/AP hide caption

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Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip

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From Therapy Dogs To New Patients, Federal Shutdown Hits NIH

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Escape Artist Zoe Keating
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Killing for Love Jose Gonzalez
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Heartbeats José González & González, José
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Bill Averill, 62, has retired from the City of Milwaukee assessor's office and is collecting his pension. Milwaukee's fund is consistently rated as one of the best-performing in the country. Erin Toner/WUWM hide caption

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While Others Underfunded Pensions, Milwaukee Held Firm

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People get information on California's health exchange at a table at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the exchange's opening day. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Back To Work After A Baby, But Without Health Insurance

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W.A.N.D. The Flaming Lips
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The Man Behind The Shadowy Illicit Drug Market, Silk Road

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One For Elegua Alex Snydman
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An employee of Covered California works in the newly opened call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Covered California is the state's new health insurance exchange. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Small Businesses May Find Insurance Relief In Exchanges

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The road to Lee's Ferry, Ariz., is blocked by barricades and national park rangers. Lee's Ferry is the launching point for river trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. Scott Lee/NPR hide caption

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National Parks Close As Other Public Lands Stay Open

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Researchers say that in Milwaukee County, more than half of all black men in their 30s and 40s had been incarcerated at some point. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Wisconsin Prisons Incarcerate Most Black Men In U.S.

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Cellist Matt Haimovitz made it big in the classical music scene as a little kid. Stephanie Mackinnon hide caption

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Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

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Hymn to Red October (Main Title) Basil Poledouris
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