Dirty Tricks: Back in 1980, as Ronald Reagan prepared to debate second term hopeful Jimmy Carter, someone delivered Carter's debate briefing papers to the Reagan team. President Carter blamed George Will for the breach. James Baker swore under oath that William Casey delivered the papers. About these photos: Reagan Carter Debate, 1980 (top left). George Will and Nancy Reagan, 1985 (top right). William Casey, circa 1981 (bottom left). Presidents Reagan, Carter and Nixon with Rosalynn Carter looking on, 1881. Photo credit: CSPAN, Levan Ramishvili / Flickr, Central Intelligence Agency (PDF), Reagan Library / Nationals Archives

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Five awesome minutes of what a photographer calls his Creepy Clouds Compilation.

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