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At House hearing, Veterans Administration whistleblowers detail retaliation

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:37am 7/9/2014 at 8:37am
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At a House hearing last night, several Veterans Administration whistleblowers revealed the disfunctionality of the agency, and the retaliation they suffered when they raised concerns.

MSNBC reports:

Transfers, harassment, altered personnel records, mysterious breaks between paychecks.

Those are just some of the forms of retaliation described by four whistleblowers from four different regional VA...

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Trump Signs New Order Expanding Mental Healthcare for Veterans

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 3:00pm 1/10/2018 at 3:00pm
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Trump often spoke of veterans on the campaign trail and frequently mentions them at rallies. This week, he took another step towards making sure our veterans get the care they so richly deserve.

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Watchdog: Veterans Affairs Has Not Fixed Suicide Hotline Problems

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:00pm 3/21/2017 at 5:00pm
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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General has found that officials have not made necessary changes to the suicide hotline for veterans. From The Wall Street Journal:

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ suicide crisis hotline is understaffed, poorly supervised and sometimes leaves veterans on hold so long that they simply...

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Elizabeth Warren Blasted for Putting Illegals Ahead of Veterans

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:30am 2/27/2017 at 8:30am
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A veterans group in Massachusetts is criticizing Elizabeth Warren and others for seeming to care more about illegal immigrants than vets.

The group, Veterans Assisting Veterans, suggests that Warren’s support for illegals is political theater and that vets are suffering as a result of neglect.

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Amid Scandal, Veterans Affairs Issues $142 Million in Bonuses

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 3:00pm 11/11/2015 at 3:00pm

Embroiled in scandal and mounting allegations of inefficacy, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doled out more than $142 million in bonuses.

While VA executives and employees are rewarded for their performance, wait time for veterans needing medical attention has increased more than 50%.

The issuance of bonuses is what...

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Obama Administration Moving Forward With New Gun Regulations

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 12:30pm 5/31/2015 at 12:30pm

Obama has famously (infamously?) long been enamored of the idea of fundamentally transforming America, and one of the foundational aspects of American culture that he has in his sights is the Second Amendment and Americans’ firmly held belief in their right to keep and bear arms.

His former attorney general, Eric Holder,...

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Obama and Dems declare political war on Veterans

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 9:21pm 10/1/2013 at 9:21pm

You probably know how the Obama administration erected barricades at the WWII memorial but a group of WWII veterans burst through the barricades anyway.

The barricades were political theater.

Ace has the story, Obama Adminstration Specifically Denied Exception to Permit Veterans to Attend WWII Memorial:

Before we go any further, let us note once again...

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Dems in House vote down funding for Veterans, Dist. of Columbia, Holocaust Memorial and Smithsonian

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:56pm 10/1/2013 at 7:56pm

Under the Rules of Suspension they were operating under (not sure why, but it’s what it was), a 2/3 vote was needed in the House to pass legislation funding various agencies. [If someone has a procedural explanation, please post in comments.]

Democrats in the House voted against funding the Veterans Administration, the...

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Trump Finally Cans VA Secretary David Shulkin

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6:21pm 3/28/2018 at 6:21pm
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Took long enough, but the scandal-plagued Veterans Administration will be under new management soon. Wednesday, Trump announced via Twitter, his plans to install a new VA Secretary.

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Senate Reaches Trillion Dollar Budget Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:18pm 2/7/2018 at 7:18pm

Wednesday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Schumer announced the Senate had come to a budget agreement. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the deal “a significant bipartisan step forward.”

The agreement keeps the government open for six weeks and provides two years of massive spending hikes.

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Ted Cruz: ‘Every Veteran Ought to Have the Right to Choose His or Her Doctor’

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:30pm 7/7/2017 at 2:30pm
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Sen. Cruz has big ideas for the scandal-plagued Veterans Administration (VA). Thursday, Cruz joined San Antonio radio host, Joe Pags, where he discussed the work he’s doing to right the many VA wrongs.

Cruz has been traveling across the Lone Star State, hosting veteran town halls.

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More VA Fail: VA Falsified Vet Wait Times in 7 States

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:00pm 4/8/2016 at 7:00pm

Is there a worse government entity than the Veterans Administration? Maybe, but it’s virtually inconceivable how the VA consistently manages to outdo it’s record of fail with even more fail.

In seven states, supervisor fudged wait times to make it appear as though wait time requirements were being met. They were...

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Marine Removed From Bill Clinton Event After Benghazi Question

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8:30am 2/29/2016 at 8:30am

A questioner identifying himself as a former Marine was removed from an event in South Carolina this weekend where Bill Clinton was speaking on behalf of his wife.

The man was asking Clinton about Benghazi and the crowd didn’t like it. The Marine could have handled it better. As you’ll see in...

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VA Disgrace: Demands Proof World War II Purple Heart Vet Served in Military

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2:30pm 2/8/2016 at 2:30pm

Does the Veterans Administration ever help veterans?

A World War II combat veteran was denied benefits by the Veterans Administration. The VA claims they do not have enough proof of his service:

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California Health System Innovations: Shredders and Death Plans

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 21, 2015 at 2:45pm 8/21/2015 at 2:45pm

The Obama administration spent billions to fix the Veterans Administration hospital system so that our nation’s former military service personnel could actually receive the good quality healthcare they were promised—and it appears as though the Los Angeles unit used that m...

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Obama’s last “Daily Show” appearance went exactly how you’d think

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 1:10pm 7/22/2015 at 1:10pm

The entire world is in flames, but never fear—President Barack Obama is busy doing the sort of work that keeps America safe.

You know, by sitting down for a 20 minute interview with a comedian.

Obama’s last interview with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart went just as you’d expect: cheeky, wordy,...

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Megyn Kelly’s success must be driving Media Matters crazy-er

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:30pm 1/22/2015 at 8:30pm

Did you think it was impossible for the Times to say something nice about anyone at FOX News?

I did too, until I read this column by Jim Rutenberg:

The Megyn Kelly Moment

Kelly, who is now 44, grew up in Ailes’s America, in a middle-class suburb of Albany called Delmar. She was the...

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