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GOP: House to vote Tuesday on yearlong bill to fund Homeland Security without conditions
WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP: House to vote Tuesday on yearlong bill to fund Homeland Security without conditions. Read More
China plays down US concerns over anti-terror legislation
SHANGHAI (AP) — China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Tuesday that the law is purely designed... Read More
Nebraska man faces sentencing in federal contract fraud case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge is considering whether to sentence a Nebraska businessman to prison for fraudulently landing $23.4 million in federal contracts intended for disabled veterans. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Des Moines will ask for a two-year prison term during Tuesday's sentencing for Ram Hingorani.... Read More
LePage pushing to eliminate tax on military pensions
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is continuing his push to eliminate the tax on military pensions. LePage will meet with veterans at the Statehouse on Tuesday to discuss the need for Maine to join 22 other states in not taxing military pensions. The governor has said that his proposal will... Read More
5 misperceptions about the Homeland Security impasse
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several misperceptions crop up in the heated debate over Congress' impasse at providing money for the Department of Homeland Security and averting a partial shutdown at week's end. Republicans want to halt the funding unless President Barack Obama's liberalized deportation policy is rescinded.... Read More
Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security is headed back to the House without restrictions that conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. But it has a good chance of passage anyway. Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other House GOP leaders declined... Read More
Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats. Boehner declined to say over... Read More
Australia sending more troops to Iraq to train local forces
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will send more troops to Iraq to help train local security forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. The deployment of 300 Australian troops to the Taji military base north of Baghdad is part of a joint Australia-New... Read More
Massachusetts delegation divided on Netanyahu speech
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is split over the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation by House Republican leaders to address a joint session of Congress. Two House members — Reps. Katherine Clark and James McGovern — are opting out of... Read More
House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct. The bill, approved on a voice vote, is one of several measures proposed by GOP lawmakers to crack down on misconduct and poor performance... Read More
Highlights from around the Capitol
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — All 20 Texas Senate Republicans sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama demanding more flexibility for their state to administer Medicaid — but also vowing that, without it, expanding the program under the White House's signature health care law remains "not worth discussing." Sen.... Read More
Checkpoints, more troopers in sweeping Texas border bill
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New highway checkpoints and putting retired police officers on duty are part of a sweeping Texas border security bill that Republicans on Monday said would ramp up enforcement as promised under new Gov. Greg Abbott. The House proposal is the most comprehensive border security plan so far... Read More
Capitol Hill Buzz: It's GOP vs. GOP over Homeland
WASHINGTON (AP) — A political group allied with House GOP leaders said Monday it would spend more than $400,000 this week in advertising that is targeting other Republicans. The ads are aimed at pressuring House Republicans to end the impasse over Homeland Security funding. The expenditures by the American Action... Read More
Senate Dems block negotiations on Homeland bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican move to open formal negotiations with the House on legislation combining funding for the Homeland Security Department with restrictions on President Barack Obama's immigration policy. A test vote on the issue was 47-43, far short of the 60 needed to... Read More
Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion. North Korea regularly conducts such... Read More
Concern over big-ticket spending as Senate takes up tax cuts
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Billions of dollars in promised tax cuts getting fast-tracked by Republican leaders drew bipartisan concern Monday over whether enough money will remain to build new roads, ramp up border security and plug a benefits shortfall for retired teachers. New woes over crumbling state buildings and... Read More
Veterans Affairs secretary visits Delaware VA hospital
ELSMERE, Del. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he is eager to get a series of investigations regarding long wait times and other issues at VA facilities around the nation behind him. McDonald joined members of Delaware's congressional delegation Monday for a tour of the VA medical center in... Read More
New attack in disputed region claimed by Sudan, South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations reported another deadly attack Monday in the oil-rich region of Abyei that's claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. It was the fourth attack in two months in the disputed area, signaling a deterioration of security. The status of Abyei was unresolved after South Sudan... Read More
Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming
WASHINGTON (AP) — The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming, a new study says. In what scientists say is one of the most detailed and strongest connections between violence and human-caused climate change, researchers from Columbia University and... Read More
Military judge orders overseer of Gitmo cases replaced
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge ordered the Defense Department Monday to replace the overseer of war crimes tribunals at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, declaring that his ill-fated attempt to accelerate the cases amounted to unlawful influence. The judge, Air Force Col. Vance Spath, said the... Read More

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Fort Sill soldiers who can't go home for the holidays enjoy day out in Oklahoma City metro area

Dec 24The annual event was organized by members of a local chapter of the...

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Oklahoma City Honors Veterans

Nov 11A number of ceremonies, parades and dedications were held across...

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Veterans officials address concerns at OKC town hall

Sep 24Officials at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center addressed concerns...

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Coburn says federal government shouldn’t arm local police

Sep 9At a Capitol Hill hearing, Sen. Coburn questions how the Defense...

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Michael Behenna: What his life is like now

Jul 24Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna talks about what his life...