Archive for 2014

Deficit forecast to drop, then increase

It used to be that there was a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about actually balancing the budget. Back in the Clinton Administration, the Republican Congress came within one vote of sending a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification.

But after a few balanced …

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New VA report details continuity of care lapses

While the Inspector General of the VA did not draw a direct link between substandard care and the deaths of as many as 40 veterans at the Phoenix VA, a new report showcases what the IG labeled “unacceptable and troubling lapses in follow-up, coordination, quality and continuity of care” for …

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VA: No evidence delays in care caused vets to die

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs say investigators have found no evidence that health care delays at a Phoenix VA hospital led to the deaths of several dozen veterans, though the report confirmed internal troubles with the VA health care system and its delivery, according to the …

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Obama returns to DC from vacation

Sometimes when you come back from vacation, you are greeted at the door by a lot of work that has piled up on your desk. For President Obama, a variety of domestic and world events pushed their way into his vacation, as he returns to the Oval Office with all …

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Pentagon: All options open on ISIL

Still grappling with the brutal video killing of an American journalist this week, Pentagon leaders defended a failed rescue effort from earlier this summer and refused to publicly rule out the chance of attacks against Sunni militants in their home bases in Syria.

“I don’t know any other way to …

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Senate Democrat embraces Obama health law

In the fight of his political life in 2014, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) isn’t running away from the controversy surrounding the Obama health law, as he has unveiled a new television ad which makes no bones about his support for some of the law’s major changes.

“That’s why I helped …

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Obama condemns ISIL killing of US journalist

A day after a video surfaced showing Sunni militants brutally killing an American journalist, President Obama denounced the Islamic State group, saying the entire world is “appalled” by the murder of James Foley.

“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday,” the President said of ISIL, saying the …

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President Obama returns to family vacation

As President Obama boarded Air Force One to go back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday afternoon, there was still no concrete explanation from the White House as to why the President had scheduled a return to work in Washington, D.C. as part of his summer break.

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Obama urges calm again in Ferguson, Missouri

Back for two days from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, President Obama said he would send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday,  as he again urged police and protestors to avoid further conflict in the wake of the killing by an officer of an unarmed black teenager.

“While …

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Political spotlight swings to Missouri shooting

It took a few days, but members of Congress finally started to speak out in large numbers on Thursday about the shooting death of a young black man in Ferguson, Missouri, as President Obama appealed for calm and Democrats demanded hearings in Congress on the reaction of local police.

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