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Failure of veterans health care bill in Senate angers supporters
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Failure of veterans health care bill in Senate angers supporters

(CNN) - In a surprise move, a bill that would have expanded health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans was blocked.The “Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022,” also known as the “PACT Act,” was expected to pass the Senate Wednesday night, but in an 11th hour change, a procedural vote on the bill failed.The bill needed 60 votes to advance, but the vote was 55-42 on Wednesday night.It’s now an uphill battle to expand health care and disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits at and near U.S. military bases overseas.“There are going to be veterans who die between now and when this bill is passed,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D- Montana.Activist Jon Stewart called opponents of the bill “cowards.”“This is an embarrassment to the Senate,...
Crowds of Arizona Republicans Compete in Contested Primaries
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Crowds of Arizona Republicans Compete in Contested Primaries

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated PressFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's congressional primaries are packed with Republican candidates as the party tries to chip away at the state’s majority Democratic delegation. They have a good chance with redistricting that favored the GOP.Flipping just one district in November could help Republicans in Congress retake the U.S. House majority and push forward on priorities that include tougher security at the U.S.-Mexico border.Primary voting ends Tuesday.GOP candidates in Arizona have touted their military service, jostled over who is the most conservative and aggressively promoted lies about the 2020 presidential election outcome. Eight of Arizona's nine congressional seats are up for grabs, with one incumbent running unopposed.Political CartoonsThe ...
102-Year-Old WWII Veteran From Segregated Mail Unit Honored
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102-Year-Old WWII Veteran From Segregated Mail Unit Honored

By JAY REEVES, Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Millions of letters and packages sent to U.S. troops had accumulated in warehouses in Europe by the time Allied troops were pushing toward the heart of Hitler’s Germany near the end of World War II. This wasn’t junk mail — it was the main link between home and the front in a time long before video chats, texting or even routine long-distance phone calls.The job of clearing out the massive backlog in a military that was still segregated by race fell upon the largest all-Black, all-female group to serve in the war, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. On Tuesday, the oldest living member of the unit is being honored.Romay Davis, 102, will be recognized for her service at an event at Montgomery City Hall. It follows President...