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The Smithsonian Kite Festival may not take off as planned this year because of the winds of politics in Washington. The kite festival traditionally kicks off festivities for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which also would be canceled by a federal government shutdown. (The Washington Times)

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In this CD box set cover released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, "Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology" is shown. (AP Photo/ Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

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A T-shirt with the text of the Constitution on it that was made in Nicaragua is on sale at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History shows an Eddie Van Halen guitar. The museum announced that it has acquired the "Frank 2" guitar that Van Halen used during his 2007-2008 North American tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth. (AP Photo/Hugh Talman, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History)

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Actor Ryan O'Neal waves goodbye to Farrah Fawcett's red swimsuit, and seen in a poster at right, and other Fawcett memorabilia, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, where he donated objects from the private collection of Farrah Fawcett's estate. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Actor Ryan O'Neal waves goodbye to Farrah Fawcett's red swimsuit, and seen in a poster at right, and other Fawcett memorabilia, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, where he donated objects from the private collection of Farrah Fawcett's estate. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, left, gestures during a news conference with Patty Stonesifer, chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, center, and John McCarter, a member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, following a meeting of the Smithsonian Board of Regents Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in Washington. where they discussed the decision to remove the video "A Fire in My Belly" from the National Portrait Gallery after complaints from a Catholic group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Protesters hold masks in support of artist David Wojnarowicz on the steps of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, after a video by Wojnarowicz was removed from exhibition at the museum, in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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The Hope Diamond is seen in its new temporary setting, "Embracing Hope," Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington. The temporary setting is platinum with 340 baguette diamonds and took more than eight months to create. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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The Hope Diamond is seen in its unveiling of its new temporary setting, "Embracing Hope," Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington. The temporary setting is platinum with 340 baguette diamonds and took more than eight months to create. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Ten character's from "Sam and Friends," some of Jim Henson's early puppets, including the original Kermit, are donated to the Smithsonian Institution, during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History, in Washington, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Jane Henson donates some of Jim Henson's early puppets, including the original Kermit the Frog, to the Smithsonian Institution during a ceremony at the National Museum of American History in Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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This undated handout image provided by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery shows a screenprint of first lady Michelle Obama by Mickalene Thomas. Move over Martha Washington. Martha Stewart is taking her place in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The museum's new exhibit, "Americans Now," opened Friday, featuring some famous names from science, business, government, entertainment and the arts. Images of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are among the portraits. (AP Photo/Smithsonian, Mickalene Thomas)

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People crowd the pathways of the National Mall for the kick off of the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife festival. (Caitlin J. Rattigan/ The Washington Times)