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Will Blood Be Shed In Crimea Before Diplomacy Can Work?

Will Blood Be Shed In Crimea Before Diplomacy Can Work? | State of the Union | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to deflect the concerns of Western leaders. Meanwhile, fears grow about confrontations between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian groups.
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President Obama Bets Big On Middle East Diplomacy

President Obama Bets Big On Middle East Diplomacy | State of the Union | Scoop.it
The president has often spoken about making a pivot to Asia. But he keeps being drawn to the Middle East. The president's legacy on foreign policy will likely be determined by what ultimately happens in this volatile region.
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Newsela | High honor given to overlooked U.S. veterans

Newsela | High honor given to overlooked U.S. veterans | State of the Union | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — "It took decades, an act of Congress and a review of thousands of war records. But on Tuesday, two dozen veterans who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama. The honors were given at a somber and tearful White House ceremony."

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More Americans Worry About Small Nest Eggs

More Americans Worry About Small Nest Eggs | State of the Union | Scoop.it
A report says 27 percent of workers are "not at all confident" they will have enough money saved to retire comfortably. Researchers say that's a 5 percent increase over last year.
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Obama Calls For The Creation Of MyRA Accounts

Obama Calls For The Creation Of MyRA Accounts | State of the Union | Scoop.it
In his State of the Union address, President Obama pitched an idea for making it easier for Americans to save for their retirement. He took the message on road to Pittsburgh Wednesday.
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Report: Most Americans Not Putting Enough Away For Retirement

Report: Most Americans Not Putting Enough Away For Retirement | State of the Union | Scoop.it
The stock market surge has given a lift to many retirement portfolios. But a new report finds that most Americans haven't saved nearly enough for the kind of retirement they expect.
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The Challenge: How to Keep Fusion Going Long Enough

The Challenge: How to Keep Fusion Going Long Enough | State of the Union | Scoop.it
With one tiny flash, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and elsewhere are inching closer to fusion’s promise of endless power.
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Newsela | Obama announces initiative to help young minority men succeed

Newsela | Obama announces initiative to help young minority men succeed | State of the Union | Scoop.it

"During his first term, President Obama rarely brought up the issue of race. On Thursday, however, he unveiled a program aimed at helping a group he says demands urgent attention: black and Latino young men."

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Higher Education and the Opportunity Gap

Higher Education and the Opportunity Gap | State of the Union | Scoop.it
For children from low-income families, a college degree is a good way to move into the middle class, but opportunity is still linked too strongly to class—too many low-income students drop out before completing a degree. Isabel Sawhill says that to close this opportunity gap, more should be done to highlight programs focusing on low-income families like financial aid education and technical training.
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How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High | State of the Union | Scoop.it
In the decades following World War II, many American families had a lot of help paying for a college education. But in the 1970s, inflation spiked and public policies began to change.
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Education -- families are struggling and college is even more unaffordable.

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Prison Hunger Strike Puts Spotlights on Immigration Detention | TIME

Prison Hunger Strike Puts Spotlights on Immigration Detention | TIME | State of the Union | Scoop.it
An inmate hunger strike at a Washington detention center is raising questions about immigration detention quotas and enforcement
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What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers' Skill Gap

What Germans Know Could Help Bridge U.S. Workers' Skill Gap | State of the Union | Scoop.it
American job training programs are failing to turn out enough skilled workers to fill job openings in the U.S. That's puzzling to some Europeans, who have a different system for training workers.
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Dennis Rodman Defends North Korean 'Basketball Diplomacy'

Dennis Rodman Defends North Korean 'Basketball Diplomacy' | State of the Union | Scoop.it
In a combative interview with CNN, the former NBA star implies that imprisoned American businessman Kenneth Bae, sentenced in May to 15 years' hard labor, is guilty of trying to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un.
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2013 Was A Breakthrough Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

2013 Was A Breakthrough Year For Nuclear Diplomacy | State of the Union | Scoop.it
In November, an agreement was reached to suspend much of Iran's nuclear program. Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will be back at the table working on a comprehensive deal to limit Iran's nuclear activity and bring an end to punitive economic sanctions. Analysts say those talks will be exponentially harder than the ones concluded this year.
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How To Rescue Your Nest Egg

How To Rescue Your Nest Egg | State of the Union | Scoop.it
No one is really sure how to allocate funds these days. Steep market plunges have investors questioning their faith in the long-term outlook. Many retirees saw the value of their investments plummet in 2008.
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Rebuilding A Nest Egg After The Great Recession

Rebuilding A Nest Egg After The Great Recession | State of the Union | Scoop.it
After sustaining huge losses, Americans are trying to put their retirement investing back on track. Investment experts say people remain slow to adjust the balance of stocks and bonds in their portfolios. Many advocate making investments more conservative as you approach retirement.
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Minorities' Savings Accounts Aren't Adding Up For Retirement

Minorities' Savings Accounts Aren't Adding Up For Retirement | State of the Union | Scoop.it
A new report from the National Institute on Retirement Security finds that minorities — Latinos in particular — are in bad shape when it comes to saving for retirement. Host Michel Martin speaks with researcher Nari Rhee about why that's a big problem.
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The Opportunity Gap

The Opportunity Gap | State of the Union | Scoop.it
In a year consumed by the inequality problem, one demographic has gone largely unreported: our children. Robert Putnam sheds new light.
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Fighting Pollution, Paris Imposes Partial Driving Ban

Fighting Pollution, Paris Imposes Partial Driving Ban | State of the Union | Scoop.it
High pollution levels prompted the authorities to order the limits, and public transport in the French capital remained free for a fourth consecutive day.
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Newsela | Helping homeless college students

Newsela | Helping homeless college students | State of the Union | Scoop.it

"College student Javon Butts had his routine worked out pretty well.

Most days, it went like this: Start classes at 8 a.m., finish up around noon, then head off to work. His recent life as a student at Kennesaw State University (KSU) was far from perfect, but it was temporarily manageable."

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Support Our Troops

Support Our Troops | State of the Union | Scoop.it
Looking for ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom? In years past, you could wrap up a care package and mail it to "Any Service Member" for the holidays, but with increased mail restrictions, the Pentagon is asking people to help t...
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GM's first female CEO makes half of what her predecessor did

GM's first female CEO makes half of what her predecessor did | State of the Union | Scoop.it
According to GM's January 2014 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company's CEO Marry Barra would make half of what her predecessor made.
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Obama team uses March Madness to sell health care plan

Obama team uses March Madness to sell health care plan | State of the Union | Scoop.it
For the Obama administration, March Madness is another opportunity to sell its health care plan
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Health Care -- The President is trying to reach younger Americans who often don't feel they need health insurance. 

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Study Suggests Some Mental Health Problems in Army Precede Enlistment | TIME

Study Suggests Some Mental Health Problems in Army Precede Enlistment | TIME | State of the Union | Scoop.it
Suicide rates climbed among both soldiers who went to Iraq and Afghanistan and those who never left the U.S.
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Military -- something to think about as the US tackles the issue of supporting our military.

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