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Military Marching Bands: Your Tax Dollars At Work

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Marina Diamandis of Marina and The Diamonds performs live at the Reading Festival on August 27, 2010 in Reading, England. Simone Joyner/Getty Images hide caption

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Hey Ladies: Pop Stars Vs. Role Models

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Placido Domingo performs during the dress rehearsal for Il Postino at the Los Angeles Opera on Sept. 21. The famed 69-year-old Spanish tenor announced Monday he will leave the Washington National Opera when his contract expires next year. Matt Sayles/AP hide caption

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