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What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army?

In the coming years, U.S. Army rolls could drop to their lowest level since World War II. Some think a leaner force can meet the challenges ahead; others say the U.S. will face unacceptable risks.

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Kristen Wiig Gets Serious For Alice Munro Adaptation

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Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Repaying college debts prevents many Americans from investing in homes or retirement. The impact can add up — for individuals and the economy as a whole, a researcher says.

As the U.S. winds down the Afghan war, the government is eyeing a much reduced military force — to its lowest level since World War II. Here, soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, salute during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during a homecoming ceremony Feb. 27 in Fort Knox, Ky. Luke Sharrett/Getty Images hide caption

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What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army?

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Tesla Swings At Direct-Sale Bans As Bigger Fight Awaits

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African Responses Night And Day From Rwanda, U.N. Envoy Says

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Kristen Wiig Gets Serious For Alice Munro Adaptation

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