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On Veterans Day, Stories Of Service

Two authors and former members of the U.S. military tell their stories. Benjamin Busch remembers his grandfather's silence about serving in World War II, while David Abrams reflects on the terrifying beginning of his deployment to Iraq.

Op-Ed: Petraeus Affair Teaches A Valuable Lesson

Gen. David Petraeus resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after admitting to an extramarital affair, with his biographer Paula Broadwell. In his "War Stories" column for Slate, Fred Kaplan wrote that this case shows "the danger of getting too close to the swooning sirens of would-be intellectual proteges."

Amidst War, U.S. Soldier Forges Unexpected Bond

Spc. Justin Cliburn was in his 20s when he served in Baghdad, training Iraqi police. During his deployment, he made a friends with a teenager that he says "made every day something I looked forward to." But even their friendship could not escape the reality of violence.

NewsPoet: Idra Novey Writes The Day In Verse

Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Idra Novey. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put it in the comments below.

Week In Politics: Fiscal Cliff, GOP Soul Searching

It's been an eventful week in politics, but now what? The fiscal cliff looms, the Republican Party does some soul searching, and some are asking, did the elections change anything? Melissa Block talks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times.

The Benefit Of Birthdays? Freebies Galore

The occasion of his birthday has caused David Was to ponder growing older. And he has found a silver lining: free food.