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Monitor Articles for May 31, 2012

U.S. pressuring Russia over Syria
House approves veterans' health measures in bipartisan vote
Spelling bee winner is Snigdha Nandipati
What's that word? National Spelling Bee ready for finals
Is John Edwards verdict the last straw for campaign finance?
GOP outlines two ways to keep rates low on student loans; Democrats see 'ruse'
Why a federal court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act
As Dragon capsule splashes down, SpaceX begins to convert skeptics (+video)
Team Obama takes attacks to Romney's home turf
Stir It Up! Vietnamese egg rolls
In Gear Used car prices: Some models could plummet $900 in June
Robert Reich US wages and Europe's austerity: the perfect storm
Think you can spell? Take our Spelling Bee quiz!
Feds shut down 26 intercity bus companies for safety violations
Sell in May and go away: Stocks close dismal month
The Influencing Machine
Marilyn Monroe: 8 quotes on her birthday
In heartland of legal marijuana movement, doubts linger, poll suggests
Reader recommendation: Road to Victory
Spelling bee: Intensity makes it the experience of a lifetime (+quiz)
Paper Economy Newest jobless numbers show increase in initial claims
Decoder Buzz House rejects ban on sex-selection abortion, but GOP makes its point (+video)
Virgin Galactic spaceship cleared for test flights
Backchannels You can't say it enough: Syria is really different from Libya
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship splashes down in Pacific Ocean (+video)
Stir It Up! One dish meal: Dijon sausage and broccoli bake
Muslims accuse Ethiopian government of meddling in mosques
Change Agent Community agriculture transforms a San Francisco neighborhood
Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 3
Decoder Buzz George W. Bush presidential portrait is unveiled. Who paid for it? (+video)
Appeals court strikes down DOMA: Tradition doesn't justify unequal treatment (+video)
Tax VOX Tax reform: The cases for going long-term, versus going prudent
Elizabeth Warren says she informed employers of 'native American heritage'
The 'Mexican spring:' A new student movement stirs in Mexico
Decoder Buzz What do women voters want? In a word: jobs.
Military intervention in Syria? Germany pushes back hard on French warning.
Satellite images suggest Iran cleaning up past nuclear weapons-related work
Body armor for women: Pentagon is pushed to find something that fits
Somalia famine has ended, but many still hungry
Stefan Karlsson Economic growth, or a slowdown in US productivity?
As Ireland votes on EU treaty, many ask if it's worth cost of membership (+video)
Green Economics Academic elites migrate to 'green cities' in increasing numbers
Russia: Give us a good reason to jilt Syria's Assad
Culture Cafe 'Iron Man 3' villain: Is it the Mandarin?
The Monitor's View Ban on sex-selection abortions? Change attitudes toward girls instead.
Despite 'old school' Celtic effort from Rondo, Miami edges Boston in OT
Opinion My final phone call with warlord Charles Taylor
Bruce Springsteen blasts bankers in Berlin concert
Horizons The Apple iPhone goes prepaid, courtesy of Cricket
Africa Monitor Somalia: Al Shabab loses Afgoye and Afmadow. Is Kismayo next?
Big Gulp ban? NYC to ban large drinks
Chapter & Verse Stephen King's next book will be paper format only
Chapter & Verse 'Devil Wears Prada' may be getting a book sequel
National Spelling Bee: 10 winning business words
Horizons Android 4.0 tablet for under $400? Say hello to the IdeaTab.
Opinion 4 ways to save Rio+20 summit on sustainable development
Latin America Monitor Brazilian activist flees Amazon home after threats from illegal loggers
Is West Coast ready for a tsunami? Oregon towns hold tsunami drill
The New Economy Booming short sales poised to overtake foreclosures
Latin America Monitor The Brazilian inspiration behind the US immigration DREAM Act
Miami Dolphins on ‘Hard Knocks’ is shrewd business
NASA's NuSTAR telescope will hunt black holes
Trying to restart peace talks, Israel returns Palestinian militants remains
Modern Parenthood Three-year-old kicked off Alaska Airlines for being fussy
Next stop for SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship: the Pacific Ocean (+video)
Climate change: Arctic passes 400 parts per million milestone
American football and the kingdom of heaven
Terrorism & Security Syrian rebels call for peace plan to be declared a failure
SpaceX Dragon capsule homeward bound
Greeks shrug off Europe's warnings that turmoil could get worse (+video)
The Simple Dollar To play or not to play: Is that Powerball ticket worth it?
Top Picks: An alligator app, great commencement speeches, and more
The New Economy Top 40 richest list: Zuckerberg flames out as super-billionaire. Does it matter?