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  • Five budget realities no politician will talk about (not even Ron Paul)

    Ron Paul deserves credit for making the boldest proposals of any candidate in the presidential race. The astonishing reality of the federal government’s budget situation, however, is that even his plans might not be enough to keep Uncle Sam out of bankruptcy. While President Obama offers a $3.8 trillion budget that optimistically might cut the federal deficit to $575 billion by 2018, federal data suggest the United States is already broke. The Federal Reserve estimates that the net value of all private assets, including real estate, stocks, bonds, businesses, cash, etc., is $57 trillion. But the Treasury Department estimates the federal government’s net worth is a negative $61 trillion. Here are five budget realities that no candidate wants to acknowledge:

  • Susan B. Anthony: 10 quotes on her birthday

    10 quotes from influential women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony.

  • What makes a planet livable? Five things scientists look for.

    Scientists have so far detected at least 550 planets outside the solar system – and another 2,000-plus await confirmation. But how to pick out the ones that may be Earth-like havens for life? Here's what one team looks for in assessing any planet's potential habitability and its similarity to Earth's properties. 

  • London: 8 stories from its residents

    8 Londoners tell their stories about living in the city that will host the Olympics.

  • Abraham Lincoln: 15 favorite quotes on his birthday

    February 12th marks the 203rd birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Here are some favorite Lincoln quotes. 

  • Bullish on jobs? These 10 cities are.

    Our list of the 10 metro areas that saw the most job growth in 2011 might surprise you.

  • Ali Wentworth: 8 stories from an inside-the-Beltway childhood

    From her new memoir 'Ali in Wonderland,' the actress and comedian shares memories of her Washington D.C. upbringing and later life as a wife and mother.

  • Valentine's Day: Three new love stories

    Three couples risk it all in three great new novels

  • Thomas Alva Edison: 10 quotes on his birthday

    To commemorate Thomas Alva Edison's 165th birthday on February 11, here are 10 favorite Edison quotes.

  • No Child Left Behind waivers: five ways education will change

    President Obama announced the first 10 states to receive waivers from certain aspects of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal education law on Thursday. Here’s a look at some ways they are pushing for progress through the flexibility granted by the waivers.

  • 10 most intriguing tablets of 2012

    From the inevitable iPad 3 to the mysterious Google Nexus tablet, here are the 10 tablets to watch in 2012.

  • Valentine's Day: 10 literary lessons in love

    From 'Much Ado About Loving' by Jack Murnighan and Maura Kelly, 10 lessons in love from literary classics.

  • Who is Spain's Judge Baltasar Garzón? Five key questions answered.

    Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón was found guilty today on charges of illegal wiretapping and abuse of power. Garzón is known as a “super judge” because of the high profile human rights cases he has overseen internationally. 

  • Upheaval in the Maldives: 4 things you should know

    The Maldives, an archipelago nation best known for its beaches and resorts, is suddenly making headlines after its president stepped down amid protests.  What's going on in the Maldives?

  • Myanmar's about-face: 5 recent reforms

    Since 1962, Myanmar's dictatorship has jailed the opposition, beat up monks, denied aid to disaster victims, and run scorched-earth campaigns against ethnic minorities. That may be changing, however. Here are five key changes the regime has made in just a matter of months.

  • Bestselling books the week of 2/9/12, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

  • Opinion Clint Eastwood Chrysler Super bowl commercial: Facebook fans respond

    If you didn’t see it aired on TV during halftime of the Super bowl Sunday, you’ve likely heard about it by now: The Clint Eastwood Chrysler commercial. Amid all the debate on the ad's perceived political stance, we took this question to our Facebook fans: After watching this video, do you think Chrysler came out with a pro-Obama commercial, or a patriotic commercial? We’ve culled their 127 comments and grouped the best here.

  • Who is Hamas? 5 questions about the Palestinian militant group.

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas has agreed to form a unity government led by Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority and head of rival Palestinian faction Fatah.  But who is Hamas?  What is their relationship with Fatah, and what might Hamas gain from reconciling with them?  Here are five key questions about Hamas.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: 20 quotes on her birthday

    Check out these 20 quotes from 'Little House on the Prairie' author Laura Ingalls Wilder on her birthday.

  • Charles Dickens: His 10 most memorable characters

    To celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, here is a tribute to 10 of his most unforgettable characters.

  • 6 styles of parenting from around the globe

    In 'How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm,' writer Mei-Ling Hopgood explores parenting customs from other cultures.

  • Newt Gingrich ethics investigation: 4 facts you haven't heard from him

    Recently on the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich has made a number of forceful claims about the 1997 "reprimand" he received from the House Ethics Committee and challenged anyone to "go read the 1,300 pages” of the report. We did. Here’s what we found:

  • Top 6 Super Bowl ads featuring animals (+video)

    Super Bowl ads reflect a broader truism in advertising: A cute animal is a better pitchman than a human 9 times in 10 (Peyton Manning aside). Over the years, some of the most successful Super Bowl ads of all time have featured a wide array of animals, from mighty Clydesdales to lowly mosquitoes. Here is our countdown of six of the best ever fuzzy (and not so fuzzy) Super Bowl commercials, including a winner from Super Bowl XLVI. Did your all-time favorite take the top spot?

  • Charles Dickens: 10 favorite quotes on his 200th birthday

    On the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, we present a few favorite quotes from one of the most talented and imaginative writers of all time.

  • Clint Eastwood in Top 6 Super Bowl 2012 car commercials (+video)

    Sure, the New York Giants won the 2012 Super Bowl. But who won the battle of the Super Bowl car commercials?  NBC says advertisers paid an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot in this year's Super Bowl. Last year, Volkswagon was the biggest crowd pleaser with their Darth Vader "The Force" ad which got millions of views online before it debuted on TV. This year, the early favorite was Ferris Bueller (aka Matthew Broderick) hawking a Honda. But Chrysler's Halftime in America ad, starring Clint Eastwood, is what everyone is talking about now. Here's one viewer's take on the Top 6 Super Bowl car commercials for 2012. Which is your favorite?

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