Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is concentrating its government shutdown firepower against two of the top Democrats in Congress and three Senate Democrats who may face tough re-elections next year.
The RNC said Monday it's launching robocalls in the home states and districts of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair of the rival Democratic National Committee, as well as Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
Washington (CNN) – A military coalition including 33 of the nation’s leading veterans and uniformed services organizations on Tuesday will stage a major event in Washington to push for an end to the government shutdown.
Activists for veterans and the nation’s service members have warned the shutdown – especially as it approaches the end of its second week – has had a devastating impact on them and their families, and now they are stepping up their campaign to put political pressure to re-open the government.
(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double-amputee, lambasted a witness during a congressional hearing Wednesday, accusing him of "gaming the system" for federal veterans benefits.
The witness, Braulio Castillo, had come under scrutiny from the House Oversight and Government Reform committee for allegedly claiming veteran disability status as a way to gain an advantage in contracting bids for the Internal Revenue Service.
White House (CNN) - Both the Obamas and the Bidens are setting new goals in their joint White House initiative to encourage companies to hire more veterans and military spouses into the workforce.
"If you can save a life on the battlefield then you can sure as heck save one in an ambulance, if you can oversee a convoy of equipment and track millions of dollars of assets then you can run a company supply chain or you can balance its books," President Obama said.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama says Americans who served abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan should always be able to rely on a robust system of support from the government.
In his speech Sunday at a solemn ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, Obama noted it was the first Veterans Day in 10 years that no Americans were serving in Iraq, and pointed to the diminishing U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
Springfield, Virginia (CNN) – Mitt Romney on Thursday blamed President Barack Obama for revised GDP numbers that revealed the economy grew more slowly in the second quarter than originally thought.
"This is a real challenge for us," Romney told a group of veterans at a rally in Springfield, Virginia. "And this is not just one quarter. This has been going on now for years."
Reno, Nevada (CNN) - On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Mitt Romney told National Guardsmen they were needed "now as much as ever before" to protect America in an uncertain and turbulent world.
The GOP presidential nominee marked the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks with a speech to the National Guard Association of the United States in Reno Tuesday, where he recalled the horror he felt that day and laid out his views on ensuring an "American century."
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden was met with a warm reception Saturday at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Las Vegas, where he cast himself as a top defender of veterans’ needs.
"Let me be crystal, absolutely crystal clear: we're going to keep our commitment to American veterans, no matter what happens," he said.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Monday emphasized the fulfillment of his promise to end the war in Iraq and pointed to his administration's work for veterans over the last three and a half years.
"Four years ago I made you a promise. I pledged to take the fight to our enemies and renew our leadership in the world. As president, that's what I've done," he said while speaking in Reno, Nevada at the 113th convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's presidential campaign touted the candidate's achievement of ending U.S. involvement in Iraq in a web video Monday, hours ahead of Obama's address at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada.
The video also came the same day attacks across Iraq killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens more. While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians since the United States withdrew its troops in December.