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September 13, 2012
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  • Violent protests spread at U.S. embassies in Africa, Middle East
    Protests outside U.S. embassies continued Thursday in Cairo and in Sanaa, Yemen, where demonstrators breached a security wall and set fire to buildings. Less violent protests occurred in several other nations, including Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Sudan and Iran. So far, the violence hasn't spread to Afghanistan, but the Afghan government has ordered YouTube to block users from watching a video that that has inflamed protesters by mocking the Muslim prophet Mohammed. CNN (9/13) , CBS News (9/13) , The Washington Post (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. sends 50 Marines, 2 warships to bolster security in Libya:   The U.S. is deploying dozens of Marines to Libya to help shore up security at American diplomatic missions after a Tuesday attack on the consulate in Benghazi killed four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador. Two warships have also been deployed to the Libyan coast. Air Force Times/The Associated Press(free registration) (9/12) , The Associated Press (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sequestration-fix measure may face White House veto
    The National Security and Job Protection Act, a bill aimed at forcing President Barack Obama to replace cuts due to sequestration, is likely to face a veto, the White House warned Wednesday. The measure, introduced by Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., would cut $19 billion in discretionary spending to reduce the deficit and would allow cuts to Medicare and other programs. Defense News (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senate committee votes down plan to pay vets receiving VA care
    The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs has voted down a proposal to pay veterans a stipend for attending all of their mental health appointments and counseling sessions. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., proposed the program as a way to address long-standing concerns that veterans often fail to get better after they begin receiving disability benefits. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National Guard officer wins class-action suit over student loans
    Maj. Lyndsey M.D. Olson has won a class-action legal challenge against Citibank and the Student Loan Corp., obtaining a $2.3 million settlement for herself and thousands of other service members. The Minnesota National Guard officer launched the suit after Citibank informed her that her loan would need to be placed into forbearance before the interest rate would be reduced to 6%. Federal law requires lenders to reduce service members' interest to 6% if they meet certain qualifications. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senate vote on veterans jobs bill is delayed
    A filibuster on Wednesday by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., prevented the Senate from voting on the Veterans Jobs Corps. Paul said he would continue to block a vote until the Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. find al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is released from jail. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which many men throw away."
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