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Politics

Congress Is On Pace To Be The Least Productive Ever

From gun control and immigration overhaul to changes to taxes and entitlements, 2013 seemed like a year when big things could be accomplished in Congress. Whatever the cause of the logjam, big-ticket items that once seemed possible at the beginning of the year fell by the wayside.

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner concludes its first flight in September. Overall, plane-related fatalities have decreased dramatically this year. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images hide caption

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Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

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The iconic "Earthrise" photo taken by astronaut Bill Anders through a window on the Apollo 8 command module on Dec. 24, 1968. Bill Anders/NASA hide caption

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On Anniversary Of Apollo 8, How The 'Earthrise' Photo Was Made

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Check Out These Gorgeous, Futuristic Tech Company Headquarters

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Congress Is On Pace To Be The Least Productive Ever

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Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, shown here officiating civil union ceremonies in Denver in May, wrote a book on faith that recently landed on the New York Times best-seller list. Anna Hanel/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints'

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