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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?

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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

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In the rundown Ukrainian town of Perewalsk, near the Russian border, 80-year-old Lida Vasilivna has just planted a garden. "Business just went belly up," she says about her town's hard times, after asking, "Are you gonna put this granny on TV?" Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Parallels

In Ukraine's Rust Belt, A Mix Of Nostalgia And Nationalism

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Emir Gushinov (in green) says not many children are taking his pony rides in Donetsk nowadays. But he said that's not because of the unrest nearby. "The main reason is that it's not a holiday," he says. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Parallels

In Eastern Ukraine, Normality Rules Except At Ground Zero

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Sallie Krawcheck speaks onstage at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women last year. She says when it comes to negotiating salary, "men ask and women don't." Lisa Lake/Getty Images hide caption

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The Changing Lives Of Women

Former Bank Executive: Women, Ask For A Raise!

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