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national lead

June 9th, 2014
05:03 PM ET

Audit: More than 63,000 veterans waiting for care

Washington (CNN) – An audit of hundreds of Veterans Affairs facilities released Monday found that more than 63,000 veterans were waiting to be scheduled for care nationwide, and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it was scrapping performance bonuses for all senior management in 2014 as part of its response to the review.

The internal VA audit provides a more complete picture of widespread problems at the agency's health care facilities - as reported by CNN over the past seven months - than its preliminary findings last month that led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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world lead

June 9th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

How did 6 die after Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance?

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – Much attention has been given to the claim made by the former platoon mates of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that he is partly to blame for the deaths of six soldiers who were killed in the months after Bergdahl disappeared.

Some soldiers have gone so far as to say the six died while searching for Bergdahl. Others say he is indirectly to blame – after Bergdahl vanished, essentially every operation became a mission to find their lost colleague in one way or another, they say.

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June 9th, 2014
04:57 PM ET

Return to Aleppo: 'We are in hell'

Editor's note: CNN's Nick Paton Walsh returned to the Syrian city of Aleppo recently where he saw severe devastation wrought by the ongoing civil war.

Aleppo, Syria (CNN) - The smell of burnt plastic leaps out at you. Acrid in the throat, omnipresent, extinguishing from the air all the other smells of city life - because really there is none. The scenes of destruction - the fact every street is pockmarked by two years of shelling - you have seen in activist videos online. But the smell is something striking: it notifies you that you are on the edge of humanity.

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pop lead

June 9th, 2014
02:17 PM ET

Seth Meyers praying for Tracy Morgan, says he 'always looked out for me'

Watch our interview with comedian Seth Meyers on Tuesday, on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET

(CNN) – Actor Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after a six-vehicle accident in New Jersey early Saturday. The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and "30 Rock" star was riding in a limo bus when the accident occurred.

Fellow comedian Seth Meyers said he and the staff at "Late Night" are "certainly sending our thoughts and prayers."

"Tracy was a vet on SNL when I started, always looked out for me," Meyers said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "I'm definitely thinking of him now."

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In Benghazi chapter, Clinton says Marines were in Tripoli

world lead

June 9th, 2014
01:37 PM ET

In Benghazi chapter, Clinton says Marines were in Tripoli

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – Discussing the most controversial part of her tenure at the State Department in her new book, "Hard Choices" – the attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11, 2012 – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to gloss over the fact that Marines were not sent amid a worsening security situation in Libya, and were only sent after the attack.

The passage, which occurs in chapter 17, titled “Benghazi: Under Attack,” may bring even more attention to the State Department’s failure to provide sufficient security to American officials stationed in a dangerous place. The attacks killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other U.S. personnel, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

To date, no one has been brought to justice.
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