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    An exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008

    Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Senior Airman Laura Quick places a mask over her face during an Oct. 22 infectious disease training exercise for the Ebola virus on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Nick Tomecek / AP

    Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S.

    President Obama expressed confidence about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. AP

    Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle

    The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Even though defense firms prefer the GOP, for every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind. Johnny Bivera

    Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties

    For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    In this photo taken Friday, U.S. sailors conduct a drill on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. Brian Stephen-Navy/The Associated Press

    Pentagon: Counter-IS campaign costs $424 million so far

    The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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    U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., an Iraq war veteran, is running for U.S. Senate. Danny Johnston / AP

    Fewer veterans running for congressional office

    The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    Iraqi security forces gather in front of a mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers, killing and wounding tens of people in a commercial area in the center of Baghdad on Oct. 20. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. advisory mission in Iraq remains limited in scope and impact

    More than one month after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to begin an advise-and-assist mission supporting the Iraqi military's fight against Islamic militants, that effort remains limited in its scope and effectiveness.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure mounts to change tactics against Islamic State group

    On Sept. 23, the U.S. began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies Oct. 16 on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    CDC to revise Ebola protocol; military readies medical team

    Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear 'with no skin showing,' a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  1. President Obama speaks to media during an Oct. 16 meeting with his Ebola response team in the Oval Office of the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    President Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    Members of the Arlington County Fire Department stage operations supporting the HazMat team at the Pentagon South Parking lot area on Oct. 17. Paul J. Richards / AFP via Getty Images

    Ebola concern sparks commotion at Pentagon

    In yet another indication of the rapidly rising anxiety over Ebola, a new scare erupted at the Pentagon on Friday morning after a woman on a tour bus in the building's parking lot who said she had recently traveled from Africa vomited, defense officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

    Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  2. In this image shot Thursday from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, a partial view of Kobani, Syria. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kobani key to U.S. strategy against Islamic State

    Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  3. An image grab taken from an Oct. 10 video allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters firing from an armed vehicle on the outskirts of Kobani, on the Syria-Turkey border. Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against IS militants, a Kurdish official said Friday. AFP via Getty Images

    Kurds sharing intel with U.S. for Syria strikes

    Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a Kurdish official said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  4. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey approves U.S. drone flights to monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  5. Iran looks at compromise nuke offer

    Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  6. Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. Army

    Army waiting for Hill OK to build upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  7. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks Oct. 14 at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army at in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army leaders assure families they're sticking up for them in budget fight

    Pressed about why leaders aren't speaking out against budget cuts and sequestration, Army leaders assured families that they have been doing exactly that.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  8. Kurdish people watch smoke billowing from Kobani as they gather Oct. 15 on a hill overlooking the Syrian town. U.S. warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 near the town to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. Aris Messinis / AFP

    U.S.: Hundreds of Islamic State fighters killed in strikes near Kobani

    A barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani, including 39 over the past two days, has killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters and has stiffened the city's Kurdish defenders, the Pentagon's spokesman said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    President Obama walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 14 in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

    President Obama abruptly canceled a planned campaign trip Wednesday and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Joint Staff names campaign against Islamic State 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

    The war against the Islamic State now has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  9. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee is heading a task force sponsored by Concerned Veterans of America with a goal of devising new solutions to help VA address some of its longstanding problems. Toyokazu Kosugi / AP

    Opinion: Helping VA do better

    In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln articulated a clear principle to guide our nation's commitment to military veterans. The goal, he said, should be 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  10. New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints

    Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

    • Oct. 15, 2014

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