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** FILE ** Essayist Christopher Hitchens speaks during a debate on Iraq and the foreign policies of the United States and Britain, in this Sept. 14, 2005, file photo taken in New York. Vanity Fair reports Hitchens died on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Chad Rachman)
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** FILE ** Essayist Christopher Hitchens speaks during a debate on Iraq and the foreign policies of the United States and Britain, in this Sept. 14, 2005, file photo taken in New York. Vanity Fair reports Hitchens died on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Chad Rachman)

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