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  • DEJA-VU: On May 28 this year, President Obama picks up a tar ball in Port Fourchon, La., while touring Gulf Coast areas impacted by the BP oil spill. (Associated Press)

    From war woes to Gulf disasters, Obama's presidency mirrors Bush's

    A difficult war, runaway federal spending, a dilemma over illegal immigration and even the aftermath of an environmental disaster - President Obama's 2010 is looking a lot like President George W. Bush's 2006.

  • Courtney Cain, 7, of Uniontown, Ohio, holds a sign Friday for her cousin, Seth Koosed, a soldier from the 447th MP Co. returning home from Afghanistan. Koosed and others were honored at a ceremony at the MAPS Air Museum at the Akron-Canton Airport in Green, Ohio. (Associated Press/Akron Beacon Journal, Phil Masturzo)

    Returning troops face new fight for old jobs

    As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars persist, some employers are becoming increasingly resistant to rehire service members who return from active duty as federal law requires, legal analysts say.

  • Puerto Rican U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Raul Hernandez (left) stays alert during a joint patrol with a police officer in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. The U.S. Caribbean territory's governor is calling up as many as 1,000 National Guard soldiers this year to quell crime in Puerto Rico. (Associated Press)

    National Guard soldiers patrol in Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico's once-tranquil heartland has become a new refuge for drug gangs flushed out of the big cities, local officials say, prompting Gov. Luis Fortuno to deploy National Guard troops to help police restore the peace.

  • ** FILE ** Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, Arizona Republicans, listen on April 19 as Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul R. Babeu (left) calls for more National Guard troops for border security. Cochise County, Ariz., Sheriff Larry A. Dever (right) concurred. (AP Photo)

    McCain, Kyl want troops on U.S.-Mexico border

    With border violence flaring again, the two U.S. senators from Arizona on Monday called on President Obama to deploy 3,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in their state, saying the borders must be secured before the White House pursues a broader immigration bill.


    When patriotism inspired the Rev. Jerry Fehn a decade ago to serve soldiers in combat zones abroad, the 45-year-old was afraid he had waited too long. He needn't have worried.

  • Guard helps firefighters gain control of blazes

    RICHMOND (AP) — Firefighters yesterday continued to battle wildfires throughout Virginia with the assistance of 125 National Guard soldiers, but most of the blazes were contained, a state official said yesterday.

  • Border Patrol to build fencing

    The U.S. Border Patrol is asking for volunteers among its agents to help build fences on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as President Bush is withdrawing half the National Guard troops he sent there last year to build fences.

  • States urged to send border troops

    Governors in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas are being urged to use their legal authority under federal and state law to counteract President Bush"s order to pull half of the 6,000 National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Guard troops pulled from border

    National Guard troops assigned to help increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border are being pulled off the line a year earlier than promised, and some state and federal officials are not happy about it.

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