Sunday is the 200th anniversary of the day Francis Scott key penned what came to be known as "The Star-Spangled Banner" as he observed the American flag still flying over Baltimore Harbor's Fort McHenry after a night of British bombardment. He set his lyrics to "The Anacreontic Song."

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Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss President Obama's Islamic state speech, Rand Paul and the current political races across the country, with a trend of the public swaying more towards the Republicans.

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Of all the variables in the U.S. battle against the Islamic State, public opinion in America may be one of the hardest to predict.

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Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

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Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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