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Be a Savvy Guest This Summer

The good: You're staying at a friend's house for the weekend. Fun chats and way more relaxing than a hotel. The bad: Guest-gift anxiety. What do you bring?It depends on how long you’re staying, says etiquette expert Anna Post, describing the gift...

How to Buy...a Down Comforter

It’s a winter essential—yet buying a good down comforter has gotten almost as complicated as picking a smart phone.Whether you're spending $200 or $1,200, here's what you need to know:Decide between down and down-alternative. Down is insulating...

The Happy Truth About Boxed Wines

Let’s imagine—hypothetically—that you like to drink wine. Not enough to slur your words, but a sufficient amount to keep dinner conversations slip-sliding along. You know, then, that vino adds up fast. But the hit isn’t as big if you buy boxed...

$1 trillion joke?... Disney magic…& more

It’s payback time. It sounds like a joke. A little-known loophole could permit the Treasury to mint a $1 trillion platinum coin (or coins)—which the president could then use to pay off part of the nation’s debt. (ABCNews) Are they kidding?Here’s...

What's Worth Reading Today

Out on a limb and over the…In a shocking break with GOP tax script, Oklahoma rep Tom Cole said in an interview yesterday that he is encouraging fellow Republicans to accept a key part of Obama’s plan. Obama is proposing that certain Bush-era tax...

New Respect for Women Vets

Veteran’s Day was yesterday—with the federal holiday today—and in case you still think of it as an occasion oriented toward men, think again.   With the election of Tammy Duckworth(D-Ill.) to the House last week, a double-amputee Iraq War...

Hot Issues Emerge from 2012 Races

However you voted in this election—on candidates or initiatives—four big national trends emerged at the polls. Take note:   XX in Congress. The 113th Congress will include a record-breaking 20 women in the Senate, including the first openly gay...

A $50,000 Lesson Pays Off

About three years ago, in my late 30s and still single and living in a big city, I decided to buy a weekend beach house. I didn’t have a husband, kids, so it kind of made me feel normal, to have something of my own. Of course, I also thought it...

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