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  • Abortion opponents have a new voice

    Abortion opponents have a new voice

    In the often heated debate over abortion, a less confrontational, more pragmatic force is behind a record number of antiabortion laws and pro-choice's 'bad year.'

  • US moves to head off states' revolt over No Child Left Behind

    US moves to head off states' revolt over No Child Left Behind

    With some states in open revolt against education reforms in the No Child Left Behind law, the Obama administration prepares to issue waivers from certain requirements. But states must agree to a different set of reforms to qualify.

  • Relief ahead for states from No Child Left Behind law, but with strings

    Relief ahead for states from No Child Left Behind law, but with strings

    States can be excused from some certain requirements of No Child Left Behind, the US education reform law, the Obama administration said Monday. But it wants them to adopt different reforms.

  • In Pictures Top US tourist attractions

    Crossroads of the World: Tourists walk at Times Square in New York on April 8. In 1904, Longacre Square was renamed Times Square for the opening of the new headquarters of the New York Times newspaper in the Times Building, now called One Times Square and the site of the annual ball drop on New Year's Eve.

  • Debt ceiling: Why Sunday could be make-or-break day for 'grand bargain'

    Debt ceiling: Why Sunday could be make-or-break day for 'grand bargain'

    President Obama is pushing for a comprehensive deal to raise the debt ceiling and trim long-term deficits. But any big deal will require arm-twisting in Congress, and time is running out.

  • Affordable colleges: a new tool for cost comparison

    Affordable colleges: a new tool for cost comparison

    Affordable colleges might be easier to track down now with a new online tool out from the US Department of Education, which compares the cost of attending different kinds of institutions. We put together a list of the most and least expensive 4-year or longer institutions, in three categories: public institutions, not-for-profit institutions, and for-profit institutions. Prices are based on the "net cost" of each, which is the average price after grants or scholarship aid is subtracted from the total cost of attendance. Often, the average net cost is quite different from an institution's listed tuition. The numbers here are based on costs for the 2008-2009 academic year.

  • Who's more productive: Switzerland or Wyoming?

    The Daily Reckoning Who's more productive: Switzerland or Wyoming?

    Contrary to arguments that European social democracy is a success, a new ranking of US versus European states has American states ahead of fabled European powers.

  • How can Congress cut $2.4 trillion? Here are three places to start.

    How can Congress cut $2.4 trillion? Here are three places to start.

    As an Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling nears, Congress is getting serious about where to find major spending cuts. Republicans have vowed not to support a potential $2.4 trillion increase to the debt ceiling unless they get an equal amount of budget savings to offset the increase. Finding $2.4 trillion in spending cuts is not easy, but Congress's search is beginning to show some signs of promise. In particular, three programs long protected by big, bipartisan majorities in the past now appear vulnerable.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day: 06/17

    Brendan Earley of Davison, Mich. puts on his own car show while waiting for the start of the Back to the Bricks Mitten Promo Tour in the parking lot on Friday in Flint.

  • In Pictures Rascally raccoons

    Intelligent, omnivorous, and highly adaptable, the raccoon originated in North America and now is found in Europe, the Caucasus, and Japan. The mammal is known for its mask-like facial markings and dexterous hands, here holding a jar of pilfered peanut butter.