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Mar. 5, 2014: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., questions Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill in Washington.AP

Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are calling for a Senate investigation and hearings into allegations that up to 40 Arizona veterans died while awaiting medical appointments at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.

The two Republican senators from Arizona sent a letter Wednesday to leaders of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs requesting a probe into "recent reports of gross mismanagement and neglect" at the facility.

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  • This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The nearly five-year effort to free the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan is scattered among numerous federal agencies with a loosely organized group of people working on it mostly part time, according to two members of Congress and military officials involved in the effort. An ever-shrinking U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has re-focused attention on efforts to bring home Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009.

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Sept. 11, 2012: The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of four Americans.Reuters

Most voters think the White House is trying to cover-up what happened in Benghazi and want Congress to continue to investigate the administration’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate there that killed four Americans. 

That’s according to a Fox News poll released Thursday.

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The Obama administration reportedly is withholding even non-lethal military aid to Ukraine for fear it could further inflame tensions -- despite already intensifying clashes between the country's government and pro-Russia militiamen. 

A critical report detailing the requests was sent to Congress and the White House by retired Gen. Wesley Clark and former Defense Department official Phillip Karber, according to The Washington Free Beacon

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The Obama administration reportedly is withholding even non-lethal military aid to Ukraine for fear it could further inflame tensions -- despite already intensifying clashes between the country's government and pro-Russia militiamen. 

A critical report detailing the requests was sent to Congress and the White House by retired Gen. Wesley Clark and former Defense Department official Phillip Karber, according to The Washington Free Beacon

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President Obama spoke with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday in the latest effort by the U.S. to calm tensions in eastern Ukraine -- as pro-Russian protesters stormed government buildings in what U.S. officials said appears to be a coordinated effort backed by Moscow. 

Top Obama administration officials have voiced concern that the latest wave of unrest in eastern Ukraine is strikingly similar to what happened in February and March in the Crimean Peninsula, before the Russian government moved to annex the region.

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President Obama spoke with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday in the latest effort by the U.S. to calm tensions in eastern Ukraine -- as pro-Russian protesters stormed government buildings in what U.S. officials said appears to be a coordinated effort backed by Moscow. 

Top Obama administration officials have voiced concern that the latest wave of unrest in eastern Ukraine is strikingly similar to what happened in February and March in the Crimean Peninsula, before the Russian government moved to annex the region.

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Obama speaks with Putin on Ukraine
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President Obama spoke with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday in the latest effort by the U.S. to calm tensions in eastern Ukraine -- as pro-Russian protesters stormed government buildings in what U.S. officials said appears to be a coordinated effort backed by Moscow. 

Top Obama administration officials have voiced concern that the latest wave of unrest in eastern Ukraine is strikingly similar to what happened in February and March in the Crimean Peninsula, before the Russian government moved to annex the region.

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April 14, 2014: Pro-Russian men attack a police station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Horlivka.AP

The Obama administration and Western allies were scrambling to ease another crisis in Ukraine as pro-Russian protesters seized or blocked government buildings in what U.S. officials said was clearly Moscow's doing. 

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power sparred late Sunday with her Russian counterpart during an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council.

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April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine.REUTERS

The Obama administration and a top Senate Republican agreed Sunday that the Russian government appears behind the recent uprising in eastern Ukraine but remain split on the level of U.S. response.

"It's professional, it's coordinated,” Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told ABC’s “This Week.” “There's nothing grassroots-seeming about it."

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