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  • Opinion 6 things Obama must do at the Democratic National Convention

    Many American voters will view the 2012 election as a referendum on the Obama presidency, so party leaders need to be ready with their defense. Here are six things Democrats and Obama can do at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week if they want to secure victory over Mitt Romney and the GOP in November.

  • Islam, politics, and women's rights: the view from the post-revolution Muslim world

    The Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project polled citizens of select, predominantly Muslim countries this spring about how best to blend Islam, politics, and respect for women's rights. This summer, Gallup did a separate survey on similar issues. Here are highlights from the results.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 ways they differ on taxes

    President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney agree on the need to overhaul the federal tax code to produce a simpler tax system with lower rates. But they disagree on whether tax reform should also increase government revenues. Here are five tax issues on which they differ.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 3 ways they differ on Iran

    For his pursuit of diplomacy with Iran, President Obama has reaped a sputtering international diplomatic effort to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program. Rival MItt Romney says a weak Iran policy gave Tehran 3-1/2 years to progress toward “nuclear weapons capability,” but his specifics often don't sound different from Obama's. Here are three areas on Iran where the two do differ.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on gay issues

    Barack Obama made history on May 9 when he became the first sitting US president to declare support for same-sex marriage. Mitt Romney has said he is against it. But gay issues extend beyond same-sex marriage. 

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 ways they differ on China

    China's rise has led President Obama to “pivot” his foreign policy toward Asia, hoping to enhance US power and expand its cooperation with China. Romney speaks more in terms of confronting a country whose interests often clash with those of the US. 

  • Maria Montessori and 10 famous graduates from her schools

    Maria Montessori stands in many ways as the mother of alternative education. The Italian physician and teacher invented a new kind of school, one with self-directed learning, classrooms with mixed age groups, and no grades. Now, on what would have been her 142 birthday, thousands of schools bear her name. These Montessori schools have some very famous alumni, many of which credit the free-flowing classes with teaching them to think differently and allowing them to change the world. Here are 10 of the most prominent.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 7 ways they differ on energy issues

    Both President Obama and Mitt Romney claim to want to expand America’s access to conventional fuels and green energy. But their energy plans have very different flavors.

  • GOP convention winners and losers, from Condoleezza Rice to Clint Eastwood (+video)

    It was a chaotic week in Tampa, Fla., as Mitt Romney accepted his party's nomination and hurricane Isaac crashed the party. From the major speeches to some trivial moments, we rate some of the winners and losers to come out of the 2012 GOP convention.

  • Penn State football: A dozen questions as the post-Paterno era begins

    This year will be the most closely watched football season in the history of Penn State. The post-Paterno era comes with many questions. Here are 12.

  • Cook Islands: 5 facts

    The Cook Islands rarely make the news, but, ahead of the 2012 Pacific Islands Forum this week the Cook Islands announced that it had declared the world’s largest marine reserve. Here’s a quick 101:

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 6 ways they differ on health-care reform

    Former Gov. Mitt Romney has taken a libertarian turn since championing health-care reforms in Massachusetts, including an individual mandate to purchase insurance, which became the model for President Obama's signature law. Here’s a list of areas where the candidates differ.

  • GOP convention: Who is the mystery speaker Thursday night?

    There’s an enticing blank on the Republican convention speakers’ schedule for Thursday night. Speculation is fierce among the vast press corps as to who (or what) it might be. Here is our list.

  • Why no safe zone in Syria, yet? 5 complications

    The flood of Syrian refugees entering Turkey – as many as 5,000 a day for the last 10 days – has ratcheted up the pressure for a safe zone’s creation. But a safe zone is complicated and carries many risks.

  • College budget: 11 items students don't need

    Car? Printer? Forget it.

  • 5 countries where the death penalty is legal but rare

    India’s Supreme Court sentenced the last surviving gunman of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, to death.  Here is a list of 5 countries where the death penalty is a legal possibility, though rare.

  • The Paul Ryan budget: 5 go-to sources for understanding it

    Looking for in-depth analysis of the Paul Ryan budget plan? D.C. Decoder has compiled a list of excellent sources to help you sort out truth from fiction.

  • John Locke: 10 quotes on his birthday

    Read these 10 quotes by John Locke, the man sometimes called "the Father of Classical Liberalism."

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 ways they differ on jobs

    Whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama occupies the White House in January, one of them will have to deal with more than 12 million jobless Americans, or a little over 8 percent of the total workforce. Where do the candidates stand on issues relating to jobs?

  • Bestselling books the week of 8/30/12, according to IndieBound

    What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.

  • Opinion 4 ways to prevent natural disasters from becoming human tragedies

    The catastrophic impact of climate change – especially on the developing world – is not inevitable. Here are four cutting-edge tools to anticipate and minimize the damage from natural disasters.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 3 ways they differ on regulation

    Wall Street is a big target – blamed for the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession. Mitt Romney says efforts to rein in financiers via more regulation are an attack on “economic freedom.” President Obama says new regulations would make it “more profitable to play by the rules than to game the system.” Here are three specifics on which the two differ.

  • Karl Rove: 5 deep thoughts at start of GOP convention

    Karl Rove has resuscitated his political career and now runs Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, two political organizations that could spend $1 billion combined to promote Republicans during the coming election. Here are five political pearls from arguably the No. 1 conservative powerbroker in America.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 differences on education

    President Obama says his policy initiatives are helping teachers, schools, and students. Mitt Romney advocates more school choice and private-sector involvement. Here is a look at how the two differ on eduction issues.

  • Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 differences on Israel

    President Obama's positions on Israeli-Palestinian peace have rankled Israel’s conservative coalition government, while Mitt Romney insists he would be a better friend to Israel. Here are some of the issues on which the candidates differ.

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