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  • Opinion Seven tips for making your first year of college a success

    The first semester of college is just one new thing after another. It’s challenging, exciting, and sometimes a little scary. As a professor who’s taught hundreds of firstyear students, I'd like to offer seven tips to get your first year of college off to a good start.

  • US Senate: Can a Maine independent heal a broken Congress?

    Independent former Gov. Angus King, who is running for the US Senate seat of disillusioned moderate Republican Olympia Snowe, hopes to play kingmaker in a divided Congress.

  • Commencement season: Speakers share inspiration, insight, and advice with college grads

    It’s college graduation season and the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” which began in late April, will be heard at commencement ceremonies until mid-June. Many more speeches have yet to be given that impart the usual pearls of wisdom and advice on pursuing dreams, being daring, and contributing to society. Here’s a sampling of excerpts from speeches given to graduates around the country.

  • The Vote Why Ron Paul is shivering in Maine instead of cavorting in Florida

    The other three GOP presidential candidates are stumping in Florida ahead of the Jan. 31 primary, a winner-take-all-delegates affair. But not Ron Paul. Here's why he's up in Maine.

  • Obama's one big advantage going into 2012 election: fundraising

    Obama's one big advantage going into 2012 election: fundraising

    President Obama has raised $155 million for both his campaign and for the Democratic National Committee. That's way more than all the Republican candidates have raised, combined.

  • Little girls or little women? The Disney princess effect

    In today's highly sexualized environment – where 5-year-olds wear padded bras – some see the toddlers-and-tiaras Disney princess craze leading to the pre-teen pursuit of "hot" looks. Do little girls become little women too soon?

  • Little girls or little women? The Disney princess effect

    Little girls or little women? The Disney princess effect

    In today's highly sexualized environment – where 5-year-olds wear padded bras – some see the toddlers-and-tiaras Disney princess craze leading to the pre-teen pursuit of "hot" looks. Do little girls become little women too soon?

  • Japan nuclear crisis: Seven reasons why we should abandon nuclear power

    Opinion Japan nuclear crisis: Seven reasons why we should abandon nuclear power

    The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan underscores – yet again – the need to abandon nuclear power as a panacea for energy independence. Experts may never determine what caused all of the emergency cooling safety systems at Daiichi to fail completely. But they have learned that they are nearly powerless to bring the smoldering units under control. In the meantime, significant amounts of radioactive gas have vented, and partial meltdowns of at least two reactors have occurred. Indeed, nuclear power will never live up to industry promises. As a whole it is ultimately unsafe, an accident waiting to happen, and far more expensive than proponents admit. Colby College professor Paul Josephson gives seven reasons why we should abandon nuclear power and instead turn to solar, wind, and other forms of energy production that won’t experience such catastrophic accidents.

  • Who is Pete Rouse? He's not Rahm Emanuel

    Who is Pete Rouse? He's not Rahm Emanuel

    The president's new chief of staff Pete Rouse, hailed by Obama as a 'skillful problem-solver,' is a Washington veteran known for working quietly behind the scenes and avoiding the media.

  • A new era for campaign finance

    A new era for campaign finance

    Obama’s fundraising record could signal the end of public funding for major candidates.