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Audit reveals Army's trillion-dollar accounting gaffes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Army made trillions of dollars of accounting mistakes and often did not have the receipts or invoices needed to support figures in its budget, according to a scathing Pentagon report.<p>The audit, conducted by the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General, found that the Army …


93-year old WWII #veteran just went coast to coast. 2632 miles in 999 hours & 32 minutes!! @TeamRWB #ErnieTheEagle

The Fake $400 Million Iran ‘Ransom’ Story

The first thing to know about the latest controversy over the Iran nuclear deal is that the Obama administration did not pay $400 million in “ransom” to secure the release of three American detainees. Yet that’s the story critics are peddling in another attempt to discredit an agreement that has …


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Melania Trump threatens to sue news outlets

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Melania Trump has threatened to sue The Daily Mail, Politico and at least eight other news outlets for defamation, her lawyer says.<p>Trump, the wife of the Republican presidential nominee, has placed The Daily Mail and other news organizations "on notice... for making false and …

Melania Trump

‘I’ve had a good life': Donna Wold, the ex-flame who inspired the Little Red-Haired Girl in ‘Peanuts,’ dies

Last summer, day after day, I called the Little Red-Haired Girl. And night after night, I wondered whether I would ever actually get to talk with her.<p>The Little Red-Haired Girl — actually, the real woman who inspired the iconic “Peanuts” character — was Donna Johnson Wold. And she proved as elusive …


US-Allied Kurds advance in Hasaka City, NE Syria

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –<p>Clashes continued on Sunday between the Kurdish YPG [People’s Protection Units] and the Syrian Arab Army in …


Mike Pence: Donald Trump 'speaks right from his heart'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence sought to soften Trump's pitch to black voters and thread the needle on their free trade positions in a wide-ranging interview that aired Monday.<p>Trump told black voters last Friday that their job prospects were dim and urged them to break …

Mike Pence

Army veteran struggles to save interpreter stuck in Afghanistan

In a tiny eastern Afghanistan town in November, rifle-toting Islamic State fighters pounded on the door of relatives of Qismat Amin, a 25-year-old …

Kirsten Powers joins CNN from Fox News

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Kirsten Powers, a regular on Fox News for the past decade, is switching channels.<p>Powers is joining CNN as a political analyst, effective immediately, CNN announced Monday morning. She will continue to write columns for USA Today.<p>Her first appearance will be on "Anderson Cooper 360" …

Kirsten Powers

The presidents' working vacation - CNN Video

Gingrich says Clinton will 'sink' in September - CNN Video