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Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2014.

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Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2014.

Obama Accepts Shinseki’s Resignation

Updated at 11:30 am EDT President Barack Obama said today that he has accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, following reports of widespread “systemic” failures at the agency’s hospitals. “The misconduct has not been limited to a...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Shinseki Faces Obama as VA Sec’y Apologizes to Veterans

Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of veterans affairs and retired four-star general, apologized today for the “systemic” failings in medical care exposed by his agency’s inspector general and promised fixes. “`The situation can be fixed,” Shinseki said during a speech...

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President Barack Obama at the White House.

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President Barack Obama at the White House.

Obama’s Obamacare Loop: ‘Endless’

To hear the president tell it, he is caught in an endless tape loop. “The debate now is about what? Benghazi? Obamacare?” President Barack Obama asked at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Maryland this evening, citing the two- and four-year-old...

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A student with chocolate milk during lunch hour.

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A student with chocolate milk during lunch hour.

Chocolate Milk Ban in Doubt: Connecticut’s Malloy Unhappy

Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy may have just made himself the most popular politician in America among those too young to vote. How? By sticking up for a cherished, if not altogether healthy, schoolhouse lunchroom tradition: Chocolate milk. After the state Legislature...

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers remarks before introducing former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers remarks before introducing former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

Cook: ‘Perfect Storm’ for Democrats in Obama’s Second Midterm

President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul is “an albatross” for Democrats buffeted by a “perfect storm” of factors including an unfavorable Senate map, the president’s mediocre approval ratings and historical trends favoring midterm election gains by the party opposing the White...

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

Democratic Ad: Obamacare’s `Skyrocketing’ Costs

A senator’s campaign ad refers to “skyrocketing costs in Obamacare” and touts a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. The television spot isn’t from a Republican opponent of President Barack Obama and his health-care and fiscal policies. It comes from a Democratic senator,...

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Members of the Klamath Tribes present Gov. John Kitzhaber with a blanket on April 18, 2014, outside Chiloquin, Ore., during signing ceremonies for a water agreement between tribes and cattle ranchers.

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Members of the Klamath Tribes present Gov. John Kitzhaber with a blanket on April 18, 2014, outside Chiloquin, Ore., during signing ceremonies for a water agreement between tribes and cattle ranchers.

Super-Governor to the Rescue: Oregon’s Doctor-in-Chief

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, up for re-election this year, is setting a new standard for improving the lives of his constituents. The 67-year-old former emergency room doctor stopped his car last night in Portland when he saw a person on...

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