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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, first lady Michelle Obama and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole gave a special salute to veterans’ caregivers during a Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit this week. (Associated Press)

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Facing calls for an apology, Wisconsin state Sen. Lena Taylor on Wednesday defended her use of the word "rape" to describe what Republican budget cuts are doing to public schools, because she is a victim of sexual assault. (WKOW)

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Ray Rice holds hands with his wife Janay Palmer as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., on May 1, 2014. A judge in New Jersey has dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator. Judge Michael Donio dismissed the charges on May 21, 2015, after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

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National Edition News cover for May 21, 2015 - Teamsters spend big on politics while preparing to cut pensions: Supporters for James Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, rally outside Bally's Hotel and Casino on the first day of the national union convention, Monday, June 27, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Teamsters President James P. Hoffa let UPS withdraw from the Teamsters Central States Health and Welfare Pension Fund in exchange for organizing workers at a new subsidiary, a move unsupported by the fund's executive committee. (associated press)

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Gary Sinise entertains troops around the world and helps veterans through his own foundation. "[Playing] a Vietnam veteran in 'Forrest Gump' got me involved with the Disabled American Veterans organization and working with our wounded," he said. (Associated Press)

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Displaced Iraqis from Ramadi cross the Bzebiz bridge fleeing fighting in Ramadi, 65 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Thousands of displaced people fleeing violence in nearby Anbar province poured into Baghdad province on Wednesday after central government granted them conditional entry, said a provincial official. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Rescued migrants arrive in Simpang Tiga, Aceh province, Indonesia Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Hundreds of migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, officials said Wednesday, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore in a growing crisis confronting Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

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A pensioner counts Russian rubles in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The ruble is one of the surprise star performers of 2015's currency markets, rising to its highest point against the dollar since 2013. (Associated Press)

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chaos: Displaced Iraqis continue to flee Ramadi after Islamic State militants seized the city and raised their black flag over the government compound, a major upset of U.S. hopes for the country. (Associated Press)

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Lynette McGuinness holds a sign during a rally against human trafficking Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Miami. This event was part of the One Billion Rising for Justice, a worldwide event by supporters demanding the arrest of those who participate in domestic violence and human trafficking. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Illustration on Justice Ginsburg's bias in the pending decision on homosexual marriage The Washington Times

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Rep. Ted W. Lieu, California Democrat, prepares to discuss his new bill, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which would ban for-profit therapy that purports to help people turn from gay to straight. David Dinielli, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center (center), and Ryan Kendall, a survivor of conversion therapy (right), also addressed the May 19, 2015, press conference held in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. (Cheryl Wetzstein/The Washington Times)

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Pledge of Allegiance - In Massachusetts, Democratic State Congressman Frank Smizik vocally backed a 2011 effort by the Brookline Political Action for Peace group to ban the Pledge of Allegiance in school. The group said that the pledge had no educational value and was “reminiscent of totalitarian regimes.” While students already had the right not to say the pledge, Smizik claimed that students who refused were being bullied. He agreed to co-sign the resolution, citing both the First Amendment and a calling it an anti-bullying measure. At the time, School Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Stone was reported to have said that, with other important issues on their agenda, she didn't believe that the Committee intended to reconsider the existing policy.

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber raised suspicion during his re-election campaign when he shut down the state's health care exchange. (Associated Press)

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Under Investigation: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber raised suspicion during his re-election campaign when he shut down the state's health care exchange. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Ted Lieu, California Democrat, is sponsoring a bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors, claiming it not a disorder. (Associated Press)

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Retired USMC Capt. Jason Haag and his canine partner Axel are among those to be honored Tuesday at a K9s for Warriors charity event. (K9s for Warriors)

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Marquette University has removed a mural on campus that honored a female member of the former Black Panther Party, who was convicted in 1977 of murdering a New Jersey state trooper and who received political asylum in Cuba after escaping from a state prison. (Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)