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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

Coburn Attacks VA Workload — With Study Making Opposite Point

Sen. Tom Coburn, whom fellow Republican John McCain wants to take over the embattled Veterans Affairs Department, opposes the Democratic plan to reduce waiting lists by paying for more VA doctors. The Oklahoma Republican, and one of the few medical...

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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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House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), right, and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), left, on their way to the House Chamber for a vote in this Sept. 28, 2013 file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), right, and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), left, on their way to the House Chamber for a vote in this Sept. 28, 2013 file photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Obama ‘In the Dark’: GOP Narrative

”A presidency in the dark.” The narrative that House Republicans are making of recent events. The graphic at the homepage of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who serves as majority whip in the House, lists a series of events...

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki reenters the hearing room after testifying to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face  to get medical care on May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki reenters the hearing room after testifying to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face to get medical care on May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Mad as Hell: D.C. Definition

The general in charge is “mad as hell” about the backlog in care at the overburdened Department of Veterans Affairs. The president is even “madder than hell.” All of which begs the second part of one of the most memorable...

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Republicans Want A in VA to Also Stand for Accountability

– Written with Kathleen Miller The Department of Veterans Affairs’ press office doesn’t talk to the press enough. That’s according to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, who has set up a website, VA Honesty Project,...

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A soldier with Blackfoot Company 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment has Thanksgiving dinner while standing watch in a guard tower in Matakhan, Afghanistan, in this file photo.

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A soldier with Blackfoot Company 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment has Thanksgiving dinner while standing watch in a guard tower in Matakhan, Afghanistan, in this file photo.

VA’s Muscle-Shirted Italian Tourism — Private Business, Agency Explains

A slideshow including images of a bronzed Department of Veterans Affairs employee in a sleeveless muscle shirt, a beach on Italy’s Amalfi coast and what appeared to be each serving of a nine-course meal at “Trattoria Arleste” in Cirella, Italy,...

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