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20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred
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CNN – Cable Network News

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a twenty-four hour news channel available through cable or satellite service

I watch CNN every night to stay updated on international news.

CV -- curriculum vitae

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a document that details academic and professional history as well as personal achievements

When applying for a job, keep in mind that most professional positions require an application and a CV.

D.C./DC -- District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.

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the capital of the whole United States (not one of the 50 states) between Virginia and Maryland

Washington, D.C., is full of historical sites.  You've 'gotta' go there on your trip.  (and)  

Conversation:

Matt:  Where were you born?

Fergie:  Well, I am one of the few that was actually born in D.C.

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DIA – Defense Intelligence Agency

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a federal agency that collects and distributes secret military information

My mother has worked for the DIA for 15 years.  She says it's a very interesting job.

DNA -- Deoxyribonucleic Acid

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genetic material that exists in all living things

His DNA was taken for further research into whose body they had discovered in the woods.

DNI -- Director of National Intelligence

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helps the various intelligence agencies work together

The DNI works closely with the President.

DOA -- Dead on Arrival

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someone or something that is dead

The nurse reported that the patient was DOA when he reached the hospital.

DOD -- Department of Defence

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a federal department that maintains the United States’ military and executes orders from the President

The DOD is America’s largest government agency.