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Veterans participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 26, 2014 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Veterans participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 26, 2014 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 8 Million

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs provides care for more than 8 million military veterans. President Barack Obama today will nominate former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to lead the troubled department, which has been buffeted by a hospital...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Shinseki Faces Obama as VA Sec’y Apologizes to Veterans

Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of veterans affairs and retired four-star general, apologized today for the “systemic” failings in medical care exposed by his agency’s inspector general and promised fixes. “`The situation can be fixed,” Shinseki said during a speech...

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) waits for the subway after a vote at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) waits for the subway after a vote at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Ralph Hall’s Loss End Of World War II Vets in Congress

The defeat of Republican Rep. Ralph Hall in a Texas runoff election yesterday surely will close a long and legendary chapter of World War II veterans serving in Congress. Hall, 91, who served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945...

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) (3rd L), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (2nd L) after the unveiling of a portrait of Dingell during a celebration recognizing him as the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress on June 13, 2013 at the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) (3rd L), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (2nd L) after the unveiling of a portrait of Dingell during a celebration recognizing him as the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress on June 13, 2013 at the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2

There are two military veterans of World War II in Congress. One is Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in its history. Dingell, 87, served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 and was first elected to...

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House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), right, and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), left, on their way to the House Chamber for a vote in this Sept. 28, 2013 file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), right, and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), left, on their way to the House Chamber for a vote in this Sept. 28, 2013 file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Obama ‘In the Dark’: GOP Narrative

”A presidency in the dark.” The narrative that House Republicans are making of recent events. The graphic at the homepage of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who serves as majority whip in the House, lists a series of events...

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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: VA Abuses ‘Will Be Punished’

Updated at 11:13 am EDT President Barack Obama said today that he “will not stand for” any cover-ups of backlogs in care at Veterans Affairs hospitals, and that anyone implicated in that in an investigation underway “will be punished.” “When...

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A job seeker at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego.

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A job seeker at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego.

Veterans Seeking Capitol Hill Work Gain Their Own Caucus

Congress repeatedly has urged employers to do more to hire veterans — even creating an “I Hire Veterans” initiative through the bipartisan Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus in 2012. The campaign encouraged private businesses and lawmakers to display an “I Hire...

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

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Oil tank stands at the Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada.

War of 1812 Invoked in Keystone Promotion of U.S.-Canadian Ties

Congressional backers of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline are pulling out the stops today, making the case that the pipeline could help the U.S. and its allies after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and sending a slew of  American veterans...

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President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Arlington Memorial National Cemetery today. Photo by Pete Souza / White House

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Arlington Memorial National Cemetery today. Photo by Pete Souza / White House

Veterans: In Congress and At Home

Updated at 5:28 pm EST Happy Veterans Day from Political Capital, with some statistics about veterans in Congress and the U.S. About 20 percent of members of the current 113th Congress are military veterans, down from more than 70 percent in...

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World War II veteran Arde Ramesbothom, center, of Kansas City, Missouri, and other veterans in his group are greeted and welcomed at the World War II Memorial on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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World War II veteran Arde Ramesbothom, center, of Kansas City, Missouri, and other veterans in his group are greeted and welcomed at the World War II Memorial on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC.

RNC Offers to Fund WWII Memorial

The Republican National Committee is offering to pay to keep the World War II Memorial in Washington open during the government shutdown, an action the Democratic National Committee is calling a stunt. “The Obama administration has decided they want to...

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