A US college degree has been the gold standard. But global economics and a crisis of confidence may be pushing the US down in rankings among top universities.
The Olympics cost billions and often leave venues deep in debt. But they inspire civic pride.
Federal student debt now tops $500 billion, leading some students to ask for debt forgiveness as a form of stimulus. Washington is wary.
The $86 billion system is so complex and piecemeal that experts call for an overhaul.