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If president, Newt Gingrich says he would appoint a monetary policy commission to reconsider returning to the gold standard. Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Economy

GOP Candidates Reopen Debate Over Gold

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GOP Candidates Reopen Debate Over Gold

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A woman passes by a real estate agency in Budapest, Hungary, in January. As the Hungarian currency plunges to new lows, ordinary citizens are struggling to repay foreign-denominated loans. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Europe

For Hungarian Borrowers, A Mortgage Nightmare

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For Hungarian Borrowers, A Mortgage Nightmare

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FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director David Petraeus appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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National Security

U.S. Officials Point To Iran As Growing Threat

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U.S. Officials Point To Iran As Growing Threat

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Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has finally recorded the notorious "Rach 3," Sergei Rachmaninov's extremely tricky Piano Concerto No. 3. Wojciech Grzedzinski hide caption

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Wojciech Grzedzinski

Deceptive Cadence

Garrick Ohlsson: In Pursuit Of A Warhorse

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Garrick Ohlsson: In Pursuit Of A Warhorse

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Israeli soldiers take part in an exercise at the Shizafon army base, in the Negev Desert north of the southern city of Eilat, on Tuesday. There are growing signs that Israel may be planning a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Middle East

In Israel, A Nonstop Debate On Possible Iran Strike

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In Israel, A Nonstop Debate On Possible Iran Strike

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A piece by Robert Schumann, the German composer and musician, helped spark Alice and Burt Swersey's relationship 53 years ago. Popperfoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Winter Songs

Young Love In Ithaca, With Schumann's Help

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Young Love In Ithaca, With Schumann's Help

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Rodrigo y Gabriela's new album, Area 52, was recorded in Havana with a full Cuban orchestra. Tina Korhonen hide caption

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Music Interviews

Rodrigo Y Gabriela's Havana Nights

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela's Havana Nights

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