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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $17 Billion

That’s the cost of a compromise bill that would address problems in the Veterans Administration’s health-care service. The legislation “makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lines for health care,” Sen. Bernie...

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Veterans participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 26, 2014 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Veterans participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 26, 2014 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 8 Million

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs provides care for more than 8 million military veterans. President Barack Obama today will nominate former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to lead the troubled department, which has been buffeted by a hospital...

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Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), left, departs following a news conference held by House Republicans on 'Protecting America's Veterans' at the U.S. Capitol on May 29, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), left, departs following a news conference held by House Republicans on 'Protecting America's Veterans' at the U.S. Capitol on May 29, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Veterans Chairman Misses Vote — House Likes Bill So Much, Votes Twice

That bill for veterans is popular. So popular in the House that it won unanimous approval — twice. They had to vote twice, because the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, who has spent considerable time investigating the shortcomings of...

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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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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the recent problems at the Veterans Affairs Department with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: VA Abuses ‘Will Be Punished’

Updated at 11:13 am EDT President Barack Obama said today that he “will not stand for” any cover-ups of backlogs in care at Veterans Affairs hospitals, and that anyone implicated in that in an investigation underway “will be punished.” “When...

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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 closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

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A closure sign is posted on the national mall near the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Week One

Updated Oct. 6  at 9:50 am and 12:34 pm EDT On the first Sunday of the partial government shutdown, think of the talk shows as quote machines. With some ominous quotes at that: Boehner: “We are not going to pass...

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National Park Ranger Robert Turan closes a road leading to Wilder Monument at the Chickamauga Battlefield on Oct. 1, 2013 in Chickamauga, Georgia.

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National Park Ranger Robert Turan closes a road leading to Wilder Monument at the Chickamauga Battlefield on Oct. 1, 2013 in Chickamauga, Georgia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $300 Million

That’s how much a partial government shutdown costs the U.S. per day in lost economic output, according to global market research firm IHS Inc. Though the number is a fraction of the country’s $15.7 trillion annual economy, “the effects may...

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The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Veterans Agency, Exempt from Cuts, Attempts to Cite Cuts for Delay

Federal agency managers have told President Barack Obama that the budget cuts known as sequestration would likely cause mass layoffs, jeopardize military medical care and cut nutrition assistance to poor children. The spending cuts, which may total $1.2 trillion over...

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