Military veterans are having better luck finding jobs, outpacing their civilian counterparts in many states, but younger former troops who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan still lag behind.James Rosen
President Barack Obama’s penchant for diplomacy and soft power is being tested by the burgeoning crisis in Ukraine, as he seeks to punish Russia for annexing Crimea while preventing a larger conflict should Moscow continue encroaching on its neighbors.Lesley Clark
The Obama administration on Thursday sanctioned several top Russian politicians and key business oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin, raising the stakes in a blossoming international crisis and opening the door for targeting Russia’s vital energy sector.Kevin G. Hall
With the Russian takeover of Crimea all but complete _ Russia’s Senate is expected to give final approval to the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation on Friday _ Ukrainians are waiting for the other shoe to drop. And expecting that it certainly will.Matthew Schofield
On the Affordable Care Act’s fourth anniversary, a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday found strong disapproval of the controversial law.David Lightman
Ashley Echevarria, a 24-year-old mother of two, has been working as a cashier at a McDonald’s restaurant in Durham for two years at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour _ not enough, she says, to support her family.Renee Schoof
Israel has gone through one of the driest winters in its history, but despite the lean rainy season, the government has suspended a longstanding campaign to conserve water.Joel Greenberg
The Barack Obama Foundation today released a “Request for Qualifications,” looking for responses from “institutions and other parties” interested in hosting President Obama’s future presidential library.Lesley Clark
On the fourth anniversary of the health care law’s enactment. the House Democratic Leader explains why it’s been worthwhileDavid Lightman
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ordered the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to conduct a forensic examination of top-secret computers used for a study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, escalating an unprecedented battle over legislative oversight of the spy agency.Jonathan S. Landay,Ali Watkins
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