updated 12:08 PM EDT, Tue August 26, 2014

President Barack Obama will detail on Tuesday how his administration is attempting to rectify shortfalls in caring for war veterans, just as new threats abroad could require more sacrifices for American military families. FULL STORY

GOP urges ISIS airstrikes in Syria

Republicans have begun their most forceful push yet in urging President Barack Obama to begin a military campaign into Syria to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. FULL STORY

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