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  • John Thune isn't running for president. Who will make the first move?

    The Vote John Thune isn't running for president. Who will make the first move?

    The suspense over Campaign 2012 heightens, as Sen. John Thune (R) of South Dakota says he will spend the next two years focusing on his current job, rather than campaigning for the Big Job.

  • Financial aid: One of six tools to graduate debt-free

    Financial aid: One of six tools to graduate debt-free

    Financial aid dwindling. Rising tuition. College debt over $20,000. Financing a college education can be as hard as paying off a McMansion on an adjustable-rate mortgage. So why is Zac Bissonnette smiling? The senior art-history major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is set to graduate debt-free. "The great thing about graduating debt-free is that you have tremendous flexibility in terms of your postgraduation plans," says Mr. Bissonnette, author of "Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships or Mooching Off My Parents." "You don't have to rush out and take the highest-paying job to make your sacrifices to the almighty church of Sallie Mae." Here are six ways you, too, can trim or eliminate college debt:

  • Ron Paul vs. Donald Trump: Who's got a better chance of being president?

    The Vote Ron Paul vs. Donald Trump: Who's got a better chance of being president?

    Donald Trump told the CPAC gathering last week that Rep. Ron Paul had zero chance of being elected president. Paul hit back Monday. Who wins the presidential tale of the tape?

  • Valentine's Day report: seven ways marriage is changing

    Valentine's Day report: seven ways marriage is changing

    It seems Valentine's Day, when 10 percent of all marriage proposals take place, is one of the few constants in the institution of marriage. Fifty years ago, marriage was between a man and a woman barely into their twenties, of the same race and social class, till death did them part. But marriage today is wildly different. In increasing numbers, Americans no longer feel the need to marry to have sex, have a baby, or even to have financial stability. In short, Americans are redefining what marriage is and why they marry. Here are seven marriage trends in the US.

  • Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly advances in Haiti election over president's pick

    Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly advances in Haiti election over president's pick

    Amid pressure from international observers, Haiti's election commission advanced singer Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly into a runoff vote for the presidency against former First Lady Mirlande Manigat.

  • Hillary Clinton presses Haiti's René Préval to break election stalemate

    Hillary Clinton presses Haiti's René Préval to break election stalemate

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met on Sunday with President René Préval and Haiti's three leading presidential candidates. An electoral stalemate has delayed a final vote.

  • The Monitor's View Smarten up college students before adding more graduates

    President Obama's goal of adding 5 million more college graduates by 2020 got a reality check this month. A study indicates that more than a third of students don't gain vital cognitive skills in higher education.

  • Opinion Would a nuclear-armed Iran really be so dangerous?

    Advocates of military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities assume that a nuclear-armed Iran would be able to blackmail its neighbors. History suggests that's wrong.

  • Huck Finn: Controversy over removing the 'N word' from Mark Twain novel

    Huck Finn: Controversy over removing the 'N word' from Mark Twain novel

    Huck Finn ('Adventures of Huckleberry Finn') is the fourth most banned book in the US. A controversial new edition would replace 219 references to the 'N-word' with 'slave.' Historical accuracy vs. censorship?

  • From marijuana to 'sexting': new laws set to take effect Jan. 1

    From marijuana to 'sexting': new laws set to take effect Jan. 1

    In all, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico passed 31,005 new laws in 2010. Some of them will come into effect with the new year. Here is a sampling of some of the trends in lawmaking in 2010.