Epic combat valor: Former soldier to receive Medal of Honor
January 11th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

Epic combat valor: Former soldier to receive Medal of Honor

By Mike Mount

A former U.S. Army staff sergeant will receive the nation's highest award for combat valor for his actions in repelling an insurgent onslaught in Afghanistan in 2009. He is the fourth living recipient to receive the award for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

President Obama said on Friday that Clinton Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor next month.

Romesha is being recognized for his courage while a section leader with Bravo Troop, 3-61 Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at combat outpost Keating.

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The assault on the outpost in the eastern province of Nuristan goes down as one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Waiting for post-Chavez Venezuela
January 11th, 2013
01:11 AM ET

Waiting for post-Chavez Venezuela

By Jill Dougherty

They don't get much more anti-American than Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

For many Americans, the Latin American president is embodied by his 2006 lashing out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush.

"Yesterday the devil came here and it still smells of sulfur today."

For the United States, the socialist Chavez has been a diplomatic troublemaker ever since he took office for the first time in 1999.

But that doesn't mean the United States has given up on Venezuela. Especially with Chavez - who is undergoing cancer treatment in a Cuban hospital and battling complications - being too sick to attend his own inauguration for a new six-year term.

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