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Participants recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Hillsborough County Republican Gala Friday in Nashua, New Hampshire. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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A Primary Role: Small States Earn Those Big Stakes

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President Obama speaks about jobs in Manchester, N.H., in November. The Labor Department reported Friday that unemployment dropped to 8.5 percent. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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What Jobs Numbers Mean For Obama's Employment

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pleaded with his supporters at a rally Monday in Dubuque, Iowa, saying, "I need every vote." He did — winning the Iowa caucuses the next day by just eight votes. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Romney's Week: A Squeaker, A Love Fest And A Shrug

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Serenity Wyatt, 8, and her mother, April Duenas, attend the 28th annual powwow held by California State University, Northridge. Gloria Hillard/For NPR hide caption

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Urban American Indians Rewrite Relocation's Legacy

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A butcher shop serves customers in a Rome market on Dec. 31. A new law went into effect in Italy on Jan. 1, allowing shops, cafes and restaurants to stay open 24/7 throughout the year. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Italian Shopkeepers Say 'No, Grazie' To More Hours

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Elizabeth McGovern was nominated for an Oscar as turn-of-the-century Broadway sensation Evelyn Nesbit in the film of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime. She plays Lady Cora Grantham in Downton Abbey. Nick Brigg/ITV/Masterpiece hide caption

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Elizabeth McGovern, Acting At An Intersection

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Barre Toelken (second from right) at one of his weekly singing sessions with his wife Miko (far right) and friends. Hal Cannon hide caption

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Group Singalongs Provide Comfort For A Livelihood Lost

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