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But some degrees equal more moolah, a factoid of interest to parents and students faced with lingering tuition costs. At an average $62,600 a year, engineering graduates start out with the highest annual salaries. In second place, it’s degrees in computer science ($59,100) followed by business ($55,100), communications ($44,600), math and sciences ($43,00), education ($41,00) and humanities and social sciences ($38,000).

It’s tough out there, though, Ms. Adams also says that in 2013, only 29 percent of college students had landed jobs prior to graduation.

TEA PARTY TARGETS BOEHNER

Potential political woes are creeping into the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol. The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC has declared House Speaker John A. Boehner a conservative foe, and is acting, well, accordingly. There’s a public petition against the Ohio Republican, a $25,000 advertising buy and a new website — all coordinated by a group that claims to be the nation’s largest political action committee for the grass-roots movement.

“John Boehner has declared war on conservatives,” says talk radio host Rusty Humphries, spokesman for the new campaign. “Today we declare war on him. We intend to send a message to his fellow ‘Republicans In Name Only’ that such ideologically bankrupt leadership must come to an end.”

Mr. Humphries points to consistently lower favorability ratings for the GOP in recent polls.

“Voter identification with the Republican Party is at historic lows. And no wonder. The Republicans don’t stand for anything except surrender,” he says. “By collecting 1 million petition signers by Jan. 31, we will show John Boehner, the liberal media, and every other congressional sellout that the tea party is serious about returning America to greatness.”

AND MORE BANE OF BOEHNER

Mr. Boehner has other critics, meanwhile: Judicial Watch and a host of conservatives, retired military brass and the surviving family members of the four Americans killed during the terrorist attack on Benghazi. The coalition has sent the speaker a letter with a singular request:

“We call upon you to act now and create a Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate all aspects of the United States involvement in Libya, to include, but not be limited to the attacks of September 11, 2012,” reads the missive signed by Tom Fitton, the watchdog group’s president; along with Allen West; Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness; and David Horowitz, president of Freedom Center.

The 78 signers want the committee to address more, though.

“It must now also include the protracted coverup the American people, the families of the fallen and those with loved ones serving overseas have endured. The new committee must have subpoena power, capable staff and members from both parties who are committed to finding the truth, not playing politics,” they write.

“While the White House repeats false and misleading information, you continue to ignore claims, documented by Rep. Frank Wolf, of intelligence officers being intimidated with multiple, punitive polygraph examinations and harassing nondisclosure agreement demands. If Benghazi is ‘phony’ why are intelligence officers being threatened not to speak and subjected to polygraph exams? Why do you stand by passively?” the group demands.

POLL DU JOUR

• 38 percent of Americans self identify themselves as conservatives; 70 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Democrats agree.

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