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Video: US Veterans Feel the Pinch, Weigh Cost of Government Shutdown

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People rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. VOA

It is more than three weeks into the partial government shutdown, and hundreds of thousands of the federal employees affected by the political battle are military veterans. According to the latest government data, veterans make up about a third of the federal government’s civilian workforce. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb spent time with one veteran’s family to see how they are coping without a paycheck.

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Video: Foreign Policy Experts Fear Trump Might Pull the US Out of NATO

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Donald Trump. VOA

A New York Times report says President Donald Trump told aides on several occasions last year that he wanted to withdraw the United States from NATO, which has been in place since 1949. While President Trump has gone back and forth on in the issue in public, foreign policy experts say the move would weaken the alliance and embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has long criticized NATO.

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