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New Congress Already Has Full Plate With Spending Cuts, Debt Ceiling

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The 113th Senate formally began on Thursday, with fully one-fifth of them women, the highest percentage to date. Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke a year ago, also made his return.
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'Cruel Beautiful World' Was Inspired By Two Haunting Relationships

Before novelist Caroline Leavitt started dating a controlling boyfriend, she had tragically lost a friend to one. She says writing her new book was "a way for me to forgive myself."
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This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food

Michael Twitty wants credit given to the enslaved African-Americans who were part of Southern cuisine's creation. So he goes to places like Monticello to cook meals slaves would have eaten.
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What All Those Pre-Dawn Tweets Say About Campaign Strategy

The Clinton campaign is taking both the high and low roads in responding to Trump's recent stumbles.
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#NPRreads: Two Looks At America — And One Look At America's Pastime

Correspondents, editors and producers from NPR's newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading.

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