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Help ProPublica Research More Than 700 Navy Ships That Served in Vietnam

Help ProPublica Research More Than 700 Navy Ships That Served in Vietnam
Vietnam veteran Dale Worcester, who served aboard the gasoline tanker U.S.S. Tombigbee from 1966 to 1967, emailed ProPublica recently looking for a connection. He wrote: “Do you have any other Tombigbee crewmen that you have made contact with on this Agent Orange [inquiry]?” The “inquiry” he referenced is a survey ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot launched to investigate the impact Agent Orange has had on the health of vets and their family members. Worcester was one of more than 800 Navy vets who have filled it out, with nearly 4,000 stories submitted in total. But a query to the database found only one entry for the Tombigbee. It was Worcester’s.
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The U.S. Spent a Half Billion on Mining in Afghanistan With ‘Limited Progress’

The U.S. Spent a Half Billion on Mining in Afghanistan With ‘Limited Progress’
The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported today.
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Plot Thickens: Pentagon Now Facing More Scrutiny Over $766 Million Task Force

Plot Thickens: Pentagon Now Facing More Scrutiny Over $766 Million Task Force
The Pentagon is scrambling to justify its actions in restricting the government watchdog investigating a $766-million task force in Afghanistan — with more controversy seemingly erupting by the day. Now there are allegations that Defense Department officials retaliated against a whistleblower and news of several ongoing criminal investigations.
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Megan McCloskey
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Full Transcript and Video: Obama Extends US Presence in Afghanistan

Full Transcript and Video: Obama Extends US Presence in Afghanistan
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Last December — more than 13 years after our nation was attacked by al Qaeda on 9/11 — America’s combat mission in Afghanistan came to a responsible end. That milestone was achieved thanks to the courage and the skill of our military, our intelligence, and civilian personnel. They served there with extraordinary skill and valor, and it’s worth remembering especially the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.
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Obama Finalizes Iran Nuke Deal - Full Transcript

Obama Finalizes Iran Nuke Deal - Full Transcript
A deal which will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons was finalized today. Announced by President Obama today it is the culmination of intense diplomatic efforts which succeeded where a military intervention would not have. Economic sanctions enforced by a large coalition of western nations brought Iran to the table and hard negotiating by Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry brought an agreement.
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Are You a Vietnam Veteran? Help Investigate the Impact of Agent Orange

Are You a Vietnam Veteran? Help Investigate the Impact of Agent Orange
ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the ways children of Vietnam veterans may be affected by a parent's exposure to Agent Orange. The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges that direct exposure to Agent Orange and other defoliants may lead to negative health consequences for veterans. Some veterans’ service organizations, including the Vietnam Veterans of America, have expressed concern that exposure has also led to health issues in the children of veterans.
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How America Invites Terrorism

How America Invites Terrorism
Do our arms sales contribute to increased militarization of other countries, or does the militarization encourage more business with the United States?
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Behavior of Military Lawyer in Boondoggle HQ Inquiry Under Scrutiny

Behavior of Military Lawyer in Boondoggle HQ Inquiry Under Scrutiny
An investigation released last week into why the U.S. military built a $25-million headquarters in Afghanistan that it never used condemned the behavior of one officer in particular: the top commander‘s lawyer.
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Iran and US Reach Historic Agreement for Nuclear Prevention (JCPOA): Obama Video

Iran and US Reach Historic Agreement for Nuclear Prevention (JCPOA): Obama Video
Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Obama lays out the details of a historic framework with Iran that will prevent the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon. April 2, 2015.
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Clinton Joins Remaining Holocaust Survivors in Expanding DC Exhibit

Clinton Joins Remaining Holocaust Survivors in Expanding DC Exhibit
Elderly Holocaust survivors and the veterans who helped liberate them gathered for what could be their last big reunion Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Organizers chose not to wait for the 25th milestone because many survivors and vets may not be alive in another five or 10 years.
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