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November 20, 2012
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  • Majority of vets unfamiliar with their VA benefits, analysis finds
    Despite efforts to educate troops returning from overseas about the benefits and services they're entitled to from the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than half lack a firm understanding of their benefits, an analysis of VA survey data has found. Younger veterans have more knowledge than older vets, but 40% of those who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, say they know little about their benefits. Stars and Stripes/McClatchy Newspapers (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Clinton to seek de-escalation of crisis in Middle East visit
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to the Middle East to speak with regional leaders about a possible cease-fire arrangement between Israel and Hamas, the governing party of the Gaza Strip, the White House says. A Hamas official said today that a cease-fire was close to being finalized, The Associated Press reported. The Wall Street Journal (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • As U.S. leaders prepare to talk, no "fiscal cliff" resolution in sight
    Ahead of talks between congressional leaders and the White House next week, the administration has indicated that any resolution of the "fiscal cliff" is "not near the finish line, by any means," as the White House press secretary put it. On Friday, key House and Senate leaders discussed a framework plan presented by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, that Boehner said includes tax reforms and spending cuts. At stake is whether the U.S. avoids the automatic, sudden austerity shock of tax boosts and budget cuts at the dawn of the new year. Reuters (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A good man with a good conscience doesn't walk so fast."
--Georg Büchner,
German writer


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