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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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A coal scraper machine works on a pile of coal at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in 2009 in New Haven, W.Va. The state, in which coal mining is a major industry, is one party planning to sue the Environmental Protection Agency regarding new power plant regulations announced Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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

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Of the roughly 40 houses currently rented in Hope Meadows in Rantou, Ill., 10 are occupied by families who've adopted children from foster care. The rest are occupied by older adults who volunteer to help them. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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A Community Built Around Older Adults Caring For Adoptive Families

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Yaupon growing in the wild in east Texas. This evergreen holly was once valuable to Native American tribes in the Southeastern U.S., which made a brew from its caffeinated leaves. Murray Carpenter for NPR hide caption

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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

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Final inspection of frozen blueberries at the Atlantic Blueberry Co. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

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Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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

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The Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport was supposed to open in 2012, but it has been delayed repeatedly and is now set to open in 2017. The cost overruns and delays have made the airport the butt of frequent jokes. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Berlin's New Airport: Still In A Holding Pattern

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