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**FILE** David M. Walker, president and chief executive officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation (The Washington Times)

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A statue of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon is located at the foot of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine's Plaza de La Constitucion. (Associated Pres)

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A statue of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon is located at the foot of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine's Plaza de La Constitucion. (Associated Pres)

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Gabriella Diaz, 4, sits as registered nurse Charlene Luxcin administers a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston on Jan. 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Gabriella Diaz, 4, sits as registered nurse Charlene Luxcin administers a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston on Jan. 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Dr. Steven H. Woolf of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond was chairman of a study panel on health that found that the United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, in part because of the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked. (AP Photo)

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Dr. Steven H. Woolf of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond was chairman of a study panel on health that found that the United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, in part because of the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked. (AP Photo)

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The Melnick sisters, who in a suit against Eli Lilly and Co. alleged that a synthetic estrogen known as DES caused them all to get breast cancer, pose at their hotel in Boston on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. From left are Michele Fecho, Francine Melnick, Donna McNeely and Andrea Andrews. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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The Melnick sisters, who in a suit against Eli Lilly and Co. alleged that a synthetic estrogen known as DES caused them all to get breast cancer, pose at their hotel in Boston on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. From left are Michele Fecho, Francine Melnick, Donna McNeely and Andrea Andrews. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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The Melnick sisters, who in a suit against Eli Lilly and Co. alleged that a synthetic estrogen known as DES caused them all to get breast cancer, pose at their hotel in Boston on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. From left are Francine Melnick, Andrea Andrews, Donna McNeely and Michele Fecho. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, Pa., set up a tent Monday to handle flu patients outside its emergency room. “This was our attempt to be proactive,” a hospital director says. It is one of many hospitals reporting an incredibly busy — and early — flu season. (Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Express-Times via Associated Press)

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Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township, Pa., set up a tent Monday to handle flu patients outside its emergency room. “This was our attempt to be proactive,” a hospital director says. It is one of many hospitals reporting an incredibly busy — and early — flu season. (Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Express-Times via Associated Press)

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**FILE** An Iraqi army soldier closes the door of a cell in Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sept. 2, 2006, after the Iraqi government took over control from U.S. forces. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** An Iraqi army soldier closes the door of a cell in Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sept. 2, 2006, after the Iraqi government took over control from U.S. forces. (Associated Press)

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The Melnick sisters, seen here at a hotel in Boston on Jan. 7, 2013, are suing Eli Lilly and Co., alleging that a synthetic estrogen known as DES caused them all to get breast cancer. From left are Francine Melnick, Andrea Andrews, Donna McNeely and Michele Fecho. (Associated Press)

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The Melnick sisters, seen here at a hotel in Boston on Jan. 7, 2013, are suing Eli Lilly and Co., alleging that a synthetic estrogen known as DES caused them all to get breast cancer. From left are Francine Melnick, Andrea Andrews, Donna McNeely and Michele Fecho. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify to Congress about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, before she steps down. Mrs. Clinton returned to the State Department on Monday after medical treatment. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is a barometer of grass-roots ferocity, reminding the press that the tea party is still percolating and libertarian conservatism remains a force. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, soon to step down, addresses the troops during a visit to Kandahar airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec. 13. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, soon to step down, addresses the troops during a visit to Kandahar airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Dec. 13. (Associated Press)