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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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National Security

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.

Kristen Wiig plays a quiet caretaker named Johanna in Hateship Loveship. Courtesy of Patti Perret, Hateship Capital LLC/IFC Films hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Kristen Wiig Gets Serious For Alice Munro Adaptation

Hateship Loveship was inspired by a short story about a caretaker who falls victim to a cruel joke. Wiig and director Liza Johnson explain how the film's restraint says more than fireworks ever could.

Student loan debt forces many young adults to make hard choices about how they spend their money — and can prevent them from making investments that will pay off down the road. David Sacks/Getty Images hide caption

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Paying For College

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.

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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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