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John Glenn, A Hero Well Before Orbiting Earth

Fifty years ago, John Glenn was alone on top of a rocket waiting to blast into space and around Earth. In these times, when people can become suddenly famous for doing so little, Glenn's flight is a timeless reminder that the most amazing and marvelous inventions won't work without human skill and daring.
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Hail To The Veep: America's Executive Underdog

The U.S. has had 47 vice presidents, and of those only 14 ever became commander in chief. With Presidents Day just around the corner, we salute those who never rose higher than second in command, proving it's possible to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and yet as functional as an appendix.
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The Anatomy, Complexity Of The Syrian Opposition

Since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011, international attention has been focused on the marches and demonstrations led by the Syrian opposition. Though it is often cast as a monolith, the Syrian opposition is made up of many subgroups with varied interests.
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Is Virginia Really for Lovers?

Forty-four years after the Old Dominion announced its iconic "Virginia is for Lovers" campaign, we delve into the slogan's history to find out whether the Commonwealth is actually more hospitable to love than other locales.

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China's V.P. Strengthens Ties In Muscatine, Iowa

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, the heir apparent to the presidency, visited Muscatine, Iowa Wednesday. He spent a week with a family there in 1979 to learn about American agriculture. Des Moines Register reporter Kyle Munson discusses the relationships foreign leaders form with U.S. towns.

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