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Last month, for the first time since 2003, US casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dropped to zero. But American soldiers have been dying at the rate of 22 every day — from suicide. What's the Pentagon doing to cope with mental illness, after combat and before enlistment? Also, pro-Russian protests in Eastern Ukraine flare up, and with women making 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, the President is calling attention to Equal Pay Day. Is the Obama White House putting the principles of gender equality into practice?

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Pro-Russian Protests in Eastern Ukraine Flare Up 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Secretary of State John Kerry today told a Senate Committee that the seizure of government buildings in three East Ukrainian cities has been fomented by Moscow. "And equally as clear, must be the reality that the United States and our allies will not hesitate to use 21st century tools to hold Russia accountable for 19th century behavior." At the hearing, Kerry and John McCain exchanged harsh words over the US reaction to what’s happening in Ukraine. Roland Oliphant is there for the Daily Telegraph.

Roland Oliphant, Daily Telegraph (@RolandOliphant)

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The Pentagon's Latest War…against Mental Illness 33 MIN, 58 SEC

Last month, for the first time in almost 12 years, no American soldier came home in a body bag from Iraq or Afghanistan. But, even as the wars wind down, military personnel have been killing themselves at the rate of 22 every day. Almost 90% of the Iraq and Afghan war veterans feel proud of their actions. Just 35% believe those wars were worth fighting. Almost a third is suffering from mental and emotional health problems that make returning to civilian life a new and difficult challenge. Specialist Ivan Lopez, made news last week because of his Fort Hood shooting spree, one especially tragic example of 2000 suicides since the first of this year. Not all were veterans of combat, and many were troubled before. Does military service attract people with mental health issues or help to create them?

The Inside Battle

Marjorie Morrison

The Movement for Pay Transparency 9 MIN

President Obama signed two executive orders today on equal pay for women employed by federal contractors. He appeared with Lilly Ledbetter, whose name is on the Equal Pay Act, the first bill he signed after taking office. He was surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. In the economy as a whole, women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Republicans like to point out that there’s also a gender gap at the White House -- with women making 88 cents compared to the men. Bryce Covert is economic policy editor at Think Progress and a contributor to The Nation magazine.

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