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Move King County Now: Vote Yes on Proposition 1!
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover team aboard Air Force One during a flight to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, August 13th, 2012. (Photo: Pete Souza/The White House)