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national lead

October 1st, 2013
06:59 PM ET

Boehner learned hard lesson in failed House coup

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two things motivate House Speaker John Boehner in his showdown with Democrats and President Barack Obama, sources close to him say - one personal, one philosophical.
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national lead

September 30th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

Shutdown's far-reaching impact

If the government shuts down, families and tourists arriving in Washington, D.C., could be shut out of main attractions.

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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buried lead

August 27th, 2013
06:57 PM ET

Rare tape of Ford testimony recalls 1975 assassination attempt

In September 1975, 26-year-old Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme pointed a colt .45-caliber pistol at then-president Gerald Ford.

The young woman earned her nickname as a member of Charles Manson's cult.
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money lead

August 26th, 2013
06:38 PM ET

Printing error botches new $100 bills, could cost taxpayers $4 million

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is reinspecting 30 million brand new $100 bills after the Federal Reserve deemed them unusable because of a printing error.

After a decade of research and development, the so-called money factory designed a new Benjamin that should have been released hands in 2011.

"It's certainly one of the most valuable bills to counterfeit," said Benjamin Mazzotta, a currency expert at Tufts University.
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buried lead

August 15th, 2013
06:13 PM ET

Reality show on Mars: Thousands compete for ticket to red planet

It's the true story of four strangers, picked to live in a pod and be sent on a one way mission to Mars to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real.

Thousands of people have sent in audition tapes to a Dutch non-profit that hopes to send four people to a human colony on Mars.

The project will be funded, in part, by a reality show that could make "Revenge of the Nerds" look like "Entourage."

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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