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The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki declared that all homeless veterans would have housing by 2015. New Orleans has made big strides, but in Los Angeles, the problem persists.

"I don't like a government shutdown, but this is a clear case of totally improper use of taxpayers' dollars. I have an obligation to the taxpayers of Arizona," said Sen. John McCain. He had scolded his Republican colleagues in 2013 for shutting down the government over the Affordable Care Act. He says this issue is different. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Planned Parenthood Opponents Talk Government Shutdown After Bill Fails

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New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

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