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    President Obama shakes hands with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. McDonald is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Nominee for VA secretary has confirmation hearing today

    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald gets his first chance to publicly lay out his vision for fixing the embattled Veterans Affairs Department today, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    President Obama shakes hands with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. McDonald is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. Charles Dharapak / AP

    VA nominee McDonald to go before Congress

    President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  1. President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts during a July 21 ceremony at the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Ryan Pitts receives Medal of Honor for Battle of Wanat

    Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts received the Medal of Honor on Monday for his heroism during the Battle of Wanat in 2008, one of deadliest clashes of the Afghanistan War.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  2. President Obama speaks to the press on Ukraine Monday outside the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Jewel Samad / AFP via Getty Images

    Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. President Obama makes a statement July 21 on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

    President Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  4. President Obama shakes hands with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Ukrainian rescue servicemen inspect part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20 in Rassipnoye, Ukraine. Rob Stothard / Getty Images

    Kerry: Mounting evidence of Russian involvement in crash

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday there was mounting evidence Russia assisted separatists in Ukraine in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  5. Spc. Lynndie England is one of 13 people banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. England is a former soldier convicted of abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. AP

    Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

    Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
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    DoD still hasn't released final 2013 suicide numbers

    In 2012, the U.S. military hit a record for the number of suicides among troops on active duty — 319 — since the Pentagon began closely tracking the numbers in 2001.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  6. Colleges are for sale but they continue to recruit on bases

    Their college campuses are for sale and they're under attack from federal regulators, but that hasn't stopped a pair of for-profit schools from recruiting new students at military bases.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  7. The sheriff's office in Johnson County, Ind., used a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle tor eplace its 22-year-old armored 'Peacekeeper' vehicle (left). Kelly Wilkinson/Indianapolis Star

    DOD resumes transferring military vehicles to first responders

    The Defense Department has resumed transferring excess military vehicles to civilian emergency personnel after reaching an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, said Jeffrey Curtis, executive director, logistics operations support for the De

    • Jul. 18, 2014
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    People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane July 17 near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

    Source: Missile took down Malaysian airliner in Ukraine

    American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
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     Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

    Dunford: More ambiguous Afghanistan timeline preferred

    Afghanistan's future was the most popular discussion point during Thursday's confirmation hearing on Gen. Joseph Dunford's nomination to become the next Marine Corps commandant.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  8. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson talks to reporters July 17 at the Albuquerque, N.M., VA hospital. Roberto E. Rosales / AP

    VA secretary: Albuquerque staff acted properly in vet's death

    Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Thursday that staffers at Albuquerque's VA hospital responded properly when a veteran died after collapsing in the medical center's cafeteria.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  9. Black smoke billows following a July 14 mortar attack during fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian fighters in Luhansk, Ukraine. Yuri Snegirev / AP

    For U.S. and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

    The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing Moscow for its threatening moves in Ukra

    • Jul. 17, 2014
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    Civilian attorney Eugene Fidell, right, speaks to the media with Capt. James Yee in 2004. Yee, an accused spy who was exonerated, was a big legal victory for Fidell. Adele Starr/The Associated Press

    Bergdahl's attorney also fought for Army captain in espionage case

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has retained a high-profile attorney — the same lawyer who defended Capt. James Yee, a Muslim Army chaplain cleared in an espionage probe a decade ago.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  10. In his first formal appearance on Capitol Hill, Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson, left, told senators July 16 that he wants to hire 10,000 more clinicians and take other bold steps to restore veterans' faith in the VA. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    VA asks for $18B to hire medical staff, lease space

    Veterans Affairs Department officials want nearly $18 billion more in funding over the next three years to hire more clinicians, lease more space and cut down on wait times for medical appointments.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  11. Pro-Russia militants march on a road July 16 after exchanging fire with the Ukranian army near the town of Marynivka. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Pentagon: More Russian troops on Ukraine border

    Russian combat troops are again building up along the border with Ukraine, and U.S. officials believe Moscow may be sending heavy weapons into the country to aid the separatists, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  12. Recruits of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion of Azov take the oath July 16 in downtown Kiev. The U.S. Treasury Department imposed new sanctions against Russia on July 16. Sergei Supinsky / Getty Images

    Treasury imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    The U.S. Treasury Department imposed new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  13. An entrance sign near the quarters for guards at the U.S. military detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, on June 7. Ben Fox/The Associated Press

    Pentagon plans to transfer 6 from Gitmo to Uruguay

    U.S. officials say the Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
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    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks July 10 on Capitol Hill. Evan Vucci / AP

    VA bill will get vote soon, panel chairman says

    The House Veterans' Affairs Committee chairman expressed confidence Wednesday that the bill to fix problems in the troubled Veterans Affairs Department would be voted on before Congress leaves for its August recess.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
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    The A-10, which the Air Force has recommended for elimination, on Tuesday gained backing from the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur / Air Force

    Senate panel votes to keep A-10 flying

    The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has joined the House and the Senate Armed Services committees in protecting the A-10.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Senate panel backs 1 percent pay increase

    Senate appropriators plan to fund only a 1 percent basic pay raise for troops next year and will go along with a Pentagon proposal to trim housing allowances in an effort to rein in personnel costs.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  14. A file picture from Nov. 23, 2009, shows Iraqi lawmaker Salim Abdullah al-Juburi. Iraq's fractious parliament elected a speaker July 15 after two failed sittings, with al-Juburi passing the winning threshold of 165 votes, according to a tally shown live on state television. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

    Iraqi lawmakers broke two weeks of deadlock Tuesday and elected a moderate Sunni as speaker of parliament, taking the first step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision unveiled in the Senate. Rachel Larue / Army

    Senate panel proposes ending tobacco discounts

    Smokers could lose their discount on tobacco products sold at military exchanges under a provision unveiled in the Senate on Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014

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