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American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality

The American Dream is a crucial thread in this country’s tapestry, woven through politics, music and culture.

Vintage Spy Plane Gives High-Tech Drone A Run For Its Money

In the early days of the Cold War, the U-2 spy plane helped the U.S. collect intelligence on Soviet military operations. It was a relatively unknown aircraft until May 1, 1960, when U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers crashed one in the Soviet Union. (Powers spent nearly two years in Soviet prisons before he was released.)

Now, the Air Force says it wants to scale back funding for an expensive hi-tech surveillance drone in favor of the more affordable, manned U-2 aircraft.

Dire Predictions Amid Another Looming Fiscal Battle

There are growing warnings on Capitol Hill that the nation could be rolling toward an end-of-the-year fiscal train wreck.

Manufacturers push skills certificate as good jobs go unfilled

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate remains above 8 percent, and every politician extols the importance of job creation. Yet each month thousands of manufacturing jobs are there for the taking – but companies are unable to hire sufficiently skilled workers.

Congressional Black Caucus rallies preachers to tackle voter-ID laws

WASHINGTON — The Rev. Dr. Franklyn Richardson longs for the old days, when all it took was Sunday sermons by African-American ministers to fire up their flocks to get registered and vote in local, state and federal elections.

Israel pours cold water on big-power talks with Iran

(Reuters) – International nuclear talks with Iran have achieved nothing, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday, suggesting that some Western nations were happy to see the negotiations drag on.

‘Not At Ease:’ Art Inspired By Women Veterans

The military experiences of thousands of women veterans often go untold or are misunderstood. Sometimes it’s hard for them to relay their experiences even in the most intimate settings. A new art exhibit in Wisconsin shows some of the most private memories of twenty female veterans. Each one shared their experiences with an artist who tried to capture their stories on canvas.

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