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U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century. Gerard Fouet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990. The U.S. reversed Saddam Hussein's aggression, but it was just the start of the U.S. military role in Iraq that's spanned four presidents and a panoply of goals.

U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century. Gerard Fouet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

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Fog Lanterna
Raise My Rent David Gilmour

A shop at Seoul's Namdaemun's market where electric fans are sold. Despite scientists who tell them it's safe, many older South Koreans believe that it's dangerous to go to sleep with an electric fan on and never do so. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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South Korea's Quirky Notions About Electric Fans

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A 16-year-old refugee shows the scars he received while held on a human trafficking boat. Evidence of physical violence like this lends credence to the stories of those seeking asylum in the U.S. It's Dr. Katherine McKenzie's job to evaluate it. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Before Obtaining Asylum, Refugees Must Show The Scars Behind The Stories

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QM Mueller-Rodelius
Bad Insect Ultraista
Remorse Is for the Dead Lamb of God

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Florence Welch Comes Face-To-Face With Herself On 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'

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St Jude Florence + the Machine
Back Against the Wall Euphoria

A photo of former Chicago Bears Dave Duerson, while he was playing at Notre Dame, hangs behind his son Tregg as Tregg announces a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL in 2012. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Is Football Worth The Brain-Injury Risk? For Some, The Answer Is No

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Vivace from Palladio Karl Jenkins

President Obama spoke with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep at the White House last week. Nick Michael/NPR hide caption

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A Year After Ferguson, Obama Tells NPR He Feels 'Great Urgency'

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A man pushes a loaded bicycle down a cleared path in a flattened area of Nagasaki more than a month after the nuclear attack in 1945. Stanley Troutman/AP hide caption

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Remembering The Horror Of Nagasaki 70 Years Later

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A child is vaccinated in Makadara Health Clinic, Nairobi, Kenya. Greg Warner/NPR hide caption

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Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines

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Matatya Monoswezi

Not pictured: the warped Tupperware lids Hunter Scott's bot dutifully won in a mock-sweepstakes. They were never mailed to him. Hunter Scott hide caption

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Hunter Scott

He Came, He Saw, His Bot Tweeted — And He Conquered Countless Weird Prizes

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Winning Santana
Three Sides of a Coin El Ten Eleven

The exhibition, "How Cats Took Over the Internet," will be running at Museum of the Moving Image through January 2016. Courtesy of The Infinite Cat Project hide caption

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MEOWZA: You'll Never Guess These 5 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Online Cat Videos

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Ricki (Meryl Streep), a cover band frontwoman, in Ricki and the Flash. Bob Vergara/Corutesy of TriStar Pictures hide caption

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Straight From Diablo Cody's Life: 'Ricki' And Difficult Families

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American Girl Meryl Streep
Walk On Lucinda Williams

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