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The United States Marine Band Seeks Its Next Young Soloist

The United States Marine Band — a.k.a. "The President's Own" — has played at every presidential inauguration since Thomas Jefferson was elected. These days it performs at the White House as many as 200 times a year. Now, the band is holding a national high school competition to select a soloist for an upcoming concert.

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D-Day's Black Soldiers

On Veterans Day, we chat with the author of a new book about the largely-forgotten 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African American soldiers who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

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A True Story Of Veterans Who Came Home And Found New Ways To Serve

In his new book "Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home", Joe Klein tells the story of two decorated combat veterans who returned from the battlefield and put their military skills to use in new ways. Now thousands have followed in their wake.

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After Two-Year Push, D.C. Says It's On The Cusp Of Ending Veteran Homelessness

The city has housed 1,300 homeless vets over the last two years, coming close to its goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, say D.C. officials and homeless advocates.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The Friday News Roundup: President Obama says a bomb may have brought down the Russian passenger plane. Turkey's president calls for a new constitution that would expand his powers. And in Europe the influx of migrants shows no sign of slowing. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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U.S. Plans To Send Special Forces To Syria

The White House plans to send a contingent of special forces to Syria — the first sustained American ground presence there. We examine what the new deployment means for U.S. involvement in the region and the fight against ISIS.

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U.S. Plans To Send Special Forces To Syria

The White House plans to send a contingent of special forces to Syria — the first sustained American ground presence there. We examine what the new deployment means for U.S. involvement in the region and the fight against ISIS.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Iran agrees to join talks over ending the war in Syria. More boats carrying migrants sink in Greek waters. And China announces plans to end its one-child policy. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Simon Winchester: "Pacific"

A "biography" of the Pacific Ocean by the best-selling author of "Atlantic." A look at the historical, political and geographical forces that shape this unique body of water where East and West meet.

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Adam Makos: "Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice"

Sixty-five years ago, two U.S. Navy pilots became friends across the racial divide during the Korean War. Their unlikely bond, the battles they fought together and a daring rescue mission that changed their lives forever.

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