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The Battle of the Bulge began 66 years ago this week. The Kennedy Center and Washington's Choral Arts pay tribute to the veterans of the costly conflict this evening with the help of The Royal Band of the Belgian Guides. The 103-member symphonic powerhouse has been performing classical, romantic, and contemporary compositions since 1832.


The Smithsonian American Art Museum pays tribute to changeable art in its latest collection of video and time-based works. The exhibition showcases early experiments with video, reworkings of Nintendo games, and other forays into art making with modern media. Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image stays put for the foreseeable future at 8th and F Streets in Northwest Washington.


The Closed Eyes of Latin America chronicles how multinational corporations have affected the environment in nations south of the border. The Argentinean documentary screens tomorrow evening at the Bolivarian Hall on Massachusetts Avenue.

Background music: A Poor Man's Memory by Explosions in the Sky.


Impressionist Hero Édouard Manet Gets The Star Treatment In Los Angeles

Manet was not himself an Impressionist, but he mightily influenced the movement. Two of his paintings are now in L.A. The Railway is making its West Coast debut, and Spring just sold for $65 million.

Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It

Scientists have recovered cultivated wheat DNA from an 8,000-year-old submerged site off the British coast. The finding suggests hunter-gatherers were trading for the grain long before they grew it.
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Paycheck Politics And The Homeland Security Bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is blasting Republicans who claim that the department's workers can weather a temporary shutdown if Congress can't finish legislation to fund the department by the end of Friday.


'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

New Hampshire is the first state to outlaw voting booth selfies. Some call the ban unconstitutional and are challenging it in court. Others argue selfies compromise privacy and enable voter coercion.

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