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Medal of Honor recipient: This belongs to comrades

Monday, 21 July 2014 14:25
Ryan Pitts will wear the nation's highest award for combat valor, but the humble and soft-spoken Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles has insisted that the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day. Pitts, now a 28-year-old married father of one, received the medal Monday afternoon at the White House. The citation says Pitts fought off enemy fighters…
Obama tells young minority men: "You're where I was" as a kid
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:01
"When I look out at some of the young men who are here -- you're where I was 40, 35 years ago," Mr. Obama said Monday at a town meeting-style event at a Washington, D.C. education center, where he took questions from Washington-area youth. The event was staged to roll out new commitments tied to the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, which aims to unlock the full potential of young minority men and boys. As in…
Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts receives Medal of Honor
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:01
For his outstanding heroism in one of the bloodiest encounters in the Afghanistan War, former Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts on Monday afternoon will become the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Pitts and his family are joining President Obama for the ceremony to commemorate his example of "selfless service." While serving in the summer of 2008 with the 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry…
We won't rest until VA problems fixed, Biden says
Monday, 21 July 2014 14:01
ST. LOUIS -- Vice President Joe Biden told veterans that the Obama administration won't rest until major problems at the Veterans Affairs Department get fixed. Biden addressed a convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, saying that the country learned that there are "many, many" things that must be done to fix the VA. Biden said acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson will speak in depth Tuesday about the VA's difficult condition and what's being…
Obama voices concern about Mideast casualties
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:24
President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against rockets being launched by Hamas into Israel. Yet he contended that Israel's military action…
Americans value business, management experience in gov't leaders: Poll
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:00
A new Gallup Poll finds that more than eight in 10 Americans believe the country would be better governed by people with business and management experience, possibly giving a leg up to any future candidates for president or Congress who come from the private sector. Still, the poll's authors note that these favored characteristics don't always determine a person's vote, citing as an example President Obama's victory over former businessman and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney…
CBS News Special Report: Obama on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:59
July 21, 2014, 11:39 AM|President Obama put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin in a statement on the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Putin has said his country is doing everything it can to help the investigation. Norah O'Donnell anchors a CBS News Special Report, with a report from Major Garrett.
Obama on rebels impeding Malaysia Airlines probe: “What are they trying to hide?”
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:59
July 21, 2014, 11:50 AM|President Obama offered a stern warning to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he must convince separatists in eastern Ukraine to allow international investigators full and unimpeded access to the site of the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border, says lawmaker
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:22
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border, a local lawmaker confirmed Monday. Rep. Terry Canales said he was briefed by his staff on Sunday following a conference call with the governor's office, Texas National Guard and the state Department of Public Safety. Perry is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon.
Obama: Pro-Russia separatists stealing MH17 evidence
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:22
President Obama on Monday bluntly accused pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine of stealing evidence and improperly removing bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and pressed Russia to compel the rebels to stop blocking an international investigation. “What exactly are they trying to hide?” Obama asked in a hastily arranged statement on the south lawn of the White House. “The burden now is on Russia to insist that the separatists stop tampering…
 

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