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Missouri and Alabama
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The top image is from tonight in Ferguson, Missouri.

The bottom image is from 1963, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Photo of the Day: First Lady and Daughters at the Great Wall of China

High level tourism
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Our photo of the day features First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters having a wonderful time at the Great Wall of China — wish you were here!

Shared on Twitter by White House photographer Pete Souza.

Desert Gold

Sometimes the desert sky is so amazing you have to pull off the road and shoot a picture before the colors change.
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Photo Gallery: Veterans Passed Over Due to Prejudice Receive the Medal of Honor

Recognized at last for their heroism
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Courtesy of Getty Images’ excellent new embedding feature, some images from today’s moving Medal of Honor ceremony, rewarding veterans long denied recognition due to racial prejudice.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Melvin Morris (2L), Sgt. First Class (Ret.) Jose Rodela (obscured) and U.S. Army Specialist Four (Ret.) Santiago J. Erevia (L) are applauded after receiving the Medal of Honor from U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on March 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Melvin Morris, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class (Ret.) Jose Rodela and U.S. Army Specialist Four (Ret.) Santiago J. Erevia were joined by the families of 21 others who were presented posthumously with the Medal of Honor. Following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice, the veterans received the Medal of Honor for action during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: Musician Lenny Kravitz (R) attends a ceremony where his uncle, Leonard Kravitz, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House March 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Melvin Morris, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class (Ret.) and Jose Rodela and U.S. Army Specialist Four (Ret.) Santiago J. Erevia were joined by the families of 21 others who were presented posthumously with the Medal of Honor. Following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice, the veterans received the Medal of Honor for action during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Photo of the Day: President Obama Meets With Advisers in Situation Room on Ukraine

Right wing bloggers now zooming in and scrutinizing the pixels
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Via the Twitter timeline of official White House photographer @petesouza, our photo of the day. I’m sure conservatives will be pleased that the President is wearing an expensive suit for this one. Actually, I’m not sure.

And Now, Naked Mole Rat Puppies

They’re very wrinkly
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Naked Mole Rat Puppies. Need I say more?

Photo Credit: Zoo Budapest

Nearly hairless and covered in wrinkly pink skin, Naked Mole Rats are one of only two mammal species known to be eusocial - they live in highly organized societies similar to those of ants, termites, or bees. The only female in a colony to reproduce is known as the queen, and only a few males breed with her. The rest of the colony assumes roles as workers. They obtain food and maintain the complex system of underground tunnels in which the Naked Mole Rats live.

Image of the Day: Baby Gorilla Bonds With Mom at Brookfield Zoo

A baby Western Lowland Gorilla spending quality time with mom
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I think it’s time for a ridiculously cute photo from The Internet Center for the Study of Baby Animal Cuteness, don’t you?

Wondrous Photo Technique of the Day: Timestacking

Incredible imagery
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This photo was created by Matt Molloy, using a technique called “timestacking” to combine hundreds of time-lapse photos into one image.

There are many more of Molloy’s mind-blowing pictures at the links above. Incredible stuff.

The Adorable Frisky Hopping Peccary Pups

An endangered species of New World pig, found in the dry shrub habitats of Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina
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Did you know that Chacoan Peccary pups love to leap and run in circles, an adorable behavior sometimes referred to as “frisky hopping?”

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