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Like four of her 19 classmates, fifth-grader Catie Hunter struggles with an absent parent — her soldier-father has served overseas for half her life — and a school that is falling apart. Three in four Pentagon-run schools on military installations are beyond repair or require renovation.

While their parents make sacrifices for their country, the sons and daughters of U.S. military members watch their grades tumble in overcrowded Defense Department schools that are falling apart around them. (with video) Read more» 3

In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found. Read more»