White House faces skepticism on Bergdahl deal

The furor in Congress over the deal that freed an American soldier in exchange for five Taliban detainees held by the U.S. only seemed to grow on Wednesday, as senior administration officials tried to use a closed door briefing with Senators to make their case for the controversial exchange.

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VA struggles with delays on veterans clinics

Not only does the Veterans Administration have troubles with the accuracy of data for how long veterans are waiting for their medical appointments, but a new report says the VA also regularly encounters delays and financial issues as the agency moves to expand medical facilities that provide patient care to …

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6 tidbits on 8 primary states

As voters go to the polls in eight different states, a variety of races for the Congress may keep political animals up late on Tuesday, as a senior Republican Senator’s fight for primary survival headlines this latest mid-term Tuesday in 2014.

Primaries are on tap today in Alabama, California, Iowa, …

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Prisoner swap renews focus on ’signing statements’

As soon as news arrived about the U.S. trading detainees at Guantanamo Bay for an American soldier held by the Taliban, there were questions about the deal and whether it was legal, as Republicans in Congress charged that President Obama had broken the law in making the trade.

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New audit finds familiar VA troubles

Echoing the findings of a report by the Inspector General of the VA, a new audit given to President Obama found schedulers were pressured to make it look like veterans were not waiting as long for medical appointments, citing a “systemic lack of integrity.”

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Veterans treatment delays not a new issue for VA

As Congress looks for answers about patient treatment delays for veterans in the VA system, a 2010 memo from a senior VA official shows the issue of “Inappropriate Scheduling Practices” was certainly on the radar of the Department of Veterans Affairs well before recent stories about veterans dying while waiting …

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VA report assails ’systemic’ delays in veterans care

In an interim report, internal investigators at the VA say scheduling delays for veterans were not limited to medical facilities in Phoenix, as the Inspector General “confirmed that inappropriate scheduling practices are systemic” throughout the VA health care system, leading to new calls for a major shakeup at the VA.

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Oldest House member gets the boot

After 34 years in the U.S. House, 91 year old Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) lost his bid for another term in office, as voters in a Republican runoff instead chose a 48 year old former federal prosecutor in a heavily Republican district in the Dallas area.

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Oldest member bids for one more term

In a twist on some of the primaries so far this year, national Republicans are divided over a bid by 91 year old Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) to win one more term in the Congress, as he faces a former federal prosecutor in a GOP runoff Tuesday in the Lone …

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Cracks appear among Democrats over VA troubles

Hours after President Obama made his first remarks on growing troubles inside the Veterans Administration in over three weeks, cracks began to appear among his supporters in Congress, as some Democrats for the first time publicly called for the ouster of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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