Whistleblowers paint dark picture of VA

In a hearing that stretched to midnight Tuesday night, the VA faced more bipartisan Congressional criticism as a group of four whistleblowers detailed how they spoke up about internal problems only to be subjected to personal attacks and retaliation from supervisors and top officials in the VA.

“I was immediately …

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Obama requests $3.7 billion to deal with border surge

President Obama has sent Congress a request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to help deal with a recent surge of children and adults from Central America – almost half of that would go to the Department of Health and Human Services to deal with the care and detention of …

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Feds limit reporters on border kids visits

As members of Congress and reporters ask to visit federal facilities housing children who have been apprehended by the U.S. in recent months, federal officials are slapping limits on members of the news media who want a glimpse inside.

For example, an email sent to news organizations by Jesus Garcia, …

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Can Congress actually change the VA?

One easy target in the political controversy over long wait times and substandard care for veterans is certainly the VA leadership, which even the White House says has allowed a “corrosive” culture to develop inside that agency. But it is difficult to review these VA troubles without wondering why the …

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US steps up overseas airline security

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that because of “recent and relevant” information the U.S. would be stepping up security measures at certain overseas airports which have direct flights to the United States.

“We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as …

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Feds struggle with health law data troubles

A new report from the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services says the Obama Administration has been struggling for months to resolve data discrepancies involving millions of signups for coverage under the Obama health law – and that 2.6 million “inconsistencies” weren’t fixed as of the …

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Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

Frustrated by a lack of action in the House on immigration reform legislation, President Obama lashed out at Republicans in Congress on Monday, vowing to use his executive powers to make unilateral changes in U.S. immigration policy matters.

“I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration …

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Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that certain closely held, for profit businesses can opt out of the birth control coverage mandate under the Obama health law, ruling that such firms cannot be forced to violate the religious views of their owners.

“Today’s decision is a landmark decision for religious …

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White House report slams “corrosive culture” at VA

The White House piled on to recent attacks on the quality of care for veterans at the VA, issuing a report late Friday that bluntly said the health care arm of the VA “needs to be restructured and reformed,” giving new impetus to efforts in Congress to make dramatic changes …

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Supreme Court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

In a victory for Senate Republicans and a major legal defeat for the White House, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that President Obama wrongly installed several members of the National Labor Relations Board, ruling that the appointments were not made when the Senate was truly on recess.

“Because the …

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