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The U.S. Mission To Mars

In early August, the Mars rover named Curiosity is slated to enter the Martian atmosphere. It will travel 13,200 miles per hour and then stop within seven minutes for a landing on the planet's surface. Diane and her guests talk about their hopes and fears for the mission to Mars.

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Feel-Good Photo: Gabrielle Giffords Atop A Mountain In France

The former congresswoman, who was critically wounded by a gunman in January 2011, looks thrilled to be high up in the Alps.
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Trucking Group Starts Campaign Against I-95 Tolls

The Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to implement tolls on I-95 south of Fredericksburg has drawn the ire of trucker groups, who are waging a campaign against the plan.

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At VFW, Romney Seeks To Dull Obama's National Security Sheen

President Obama has made national security an area of strength during his presidency. But Mitt Romney planned to use a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday to chip away at that advantage, hammering Obama on looming defense cuts and for alleged leaks from the White House.
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Obama To Vets: Tough Fights Abroad, At Home

President Obama spoke to the national Veterans of Foreign Wars convention Monday. Republican challenger Mitt Romney speaks to the group Tuesday.
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Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward

Among those on Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has youth and experience. He's a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up. But the House Budget Committee chairman's fiscal ideas might cost Romney with independents.
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Romney's Foreign Agenda: Listen, Learn, Olympics

The Republican candidate, a man with a lot of domestic policy experience, is now trying to demonstrate his proficiency with international affairs. Aides stress that the journey to the U.K., Israel and Poland will include little in the way of political attacks or policy announcements.
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Wheaton Costco Gas Station Zoning Up For Vote

A vote on potential zoning changes in Montgomery County that would preclude a Costco "mega" gas station from being built close to residential areas is up for vote on Tuesday.

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Little Election-Year Incentive For Obama Or Romney To Join Gun Debate

The Second Amendment remains off limits for many politicians, with even those favoring gun control unlikely to bring it up in an election year. But long-term shifts in U.S. demographics and culture could lead to changes in the gun-rights versus gun control debate in coming decades.

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