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11:08 AM, May 6th, 2011

The Burn Bag: There’s a cardboard-colored laundry bag in every major room of the White House, but the burn bag in the situation room gets the most use. It’s designed for documents that can’t just be thrown away or shredded, but need to be destroyed. Each evening, the Secret Service collects all of the bags in the building to destroy the contents. Despite the name, few White House officials know if the contents actually get burned.

We broke down the secrets of items in the Situation Room.

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