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Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., right, waits with an aide for the elevator on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Washington. Duckworth doesn't blend in, and that's the way she likes it. The decorated Iraqi War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly-white, mostly-male and very fusty Senate. And now, with a baby due in April, the Illinois Democrat will be the first senator to give birth while in office.<br>Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

The decorated Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down is an Asian-American woman in the mostly white, mostly male and very fusty Senate. And now, with a baby due in April, she'll be the first senator to give birth while in office.


Old yearbook photo spurs effort to find missing WWII pilot

During World War II, four American servicemen who graduated from the same upstate New York high school had their photo taken for the yearbook: a Coast Guardsman, a Navy pilot, a sailor and a soldier. The pilot never made it home and is still listed as missing in action.


VA chief of staff Vivieca Wright Simpson resigns after damning IG report

After two days of turmoil within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA chief of staff has resigned, following findings that she misled an ethics official into approving expenses for the VA secretary’s wife on a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe.

Amid turmoil, VA names new permanent chief of staff

Peter O’Rourke, a Navy and Air Force veteran, has headed the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection since it was created in May. He was previously a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team.


VA's Shulkin fights for his political future amid internal strife, allegations of subterfuge

VA Secretary David Shulkin accused other senior political appointees within the agency of working to undermine him and claimed they might have hacked the email account of his chief of staff, Vivieca Wright Simpson, whom the inspector general accused of doctoring a message to justify covering travel expenses for Shulkin's wife.


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