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VIDEO: Why does Congress take August recess?

For almost the entire month of August members of Congress are on a recess break, while the rest of the city trudges away. Why do elected officials get a monthlong reprieve? Tradition of course!

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PODCAST: More Americans carry guns in public

Americans can carry more guns in more places than ever before. Across the country, grassroots movements in states and on college campuses are demanding that gun regulations be relaxed -- and lawmakers are meeting those demands.

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Gettysburg hero gets his due – 151 years later

On the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing stood his ground against the Confederate infantry. Leading a small force of Union troops against Pickett's Charge of 13,000 infantry, Cushing and his soldiers helped turn the tide.

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How often do police shoot & kill civilians?

When Michael Brown died nearly three weeks ago, he was at least the 18 th person shot and killed by police this month. Since his death, approximately 35 civilians have been killed in police-involved shootings. We relied on local and national news reports because – surprisingly -- there is no comprehensive government database

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