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Praise For Mandela Crosses Borders, Partisan Lines

When Nelson Mandela was in prison, the fight over imposing sanctions on South Africa was politically divisive. But it also produced a kind of unity in the end.
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Analysis: Congress Misses Deadline For Budget Deal

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has missed a key deadline for a budget deal, and as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, that may have repercussions for budget talks.

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Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do

People often question why some pronounce the word "ask" as "ax." We axed several linguists, and it turns out that "ax" has long been an accepted form of the word, used by English speakers for more than a thousand years.
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If Website Is Fixed, Are Obama's Political Issues Mended?

If the government's health insurance website is truly up and running and people feel like they are getting a good deal, would that turn around President Obama's negative polling numbers? And how did an administration that is so tech-savvy and so invested in this health care law allow it to become the biggest problem the president and the Democratic party has had to deal with recently?
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What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'?

The question of categorizing art by ethnicity or gender is at the center of a very public debate surrounding a new show at the Smithsonian called "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art."
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Crossroads GPS Reports A Single Donation Of $22.5 Million In 2012

The politically oriented non-profit co-founded by Karl Rove reports it received 84 percent of its donations last year from gifts of $1 million or more.
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Kennedy Assassination Becomes Part Of Popular Culture

This week, we'll be hearing about presidential legacies — both involving anniversaries. On Tuesday, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave the speech he is most known for — honoring the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. Also this week, on Friday, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.
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Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Pushes Diplomacy Online

Iran's leaders are active on Facebook and Twitter, and frequently reach out in English via social media. Both services remain officially banned in Iran. But journalist Robin Wright, an expert on Iran, calls their online overtures "the most ambitious public diplomacy campaign since Iran's 1979 revolution."
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Letters From Parents To Their Kids That'll Make You Smile (Or Cry)

Tough parents and tough kids often struggle to express love without, well, saying it aloud. Here are two stories about trying to break emotional barriers.
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Code Switch Roundup: Mascots, Nurses And Yellow Dogs

We share some stories on our radar: A Chicago restaurateur administers a knockout-inducing kick to the face to stop a thief; a California school chants A-R-A-B-S to honor its mascot; an Iranian band meets tragedy in New York City; hospitals must deal with patient requests that might be discriminatory.

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