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Fired VA Secretary Claims He Was Ousted In Privatization Push

A day after President Trump tweeted his intention to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, the president told an audience in Richfield, Ohio, that “the Democrats didn’t want the vets to have choice.” Shulkin, who was a holdover from the Obama administration, suggested in a New…

Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with…

Senate Expected To Confirm Steven Mnuchin As Treasury Secretary

On Monday, the Senate is expected to confirm two of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary and David Shulkin to head the Department of Veteran Affairs. The vote on Mnuchin, a former top Goldman Sachs executive and Hollywood financier, will be much closer than Shulkin’s confirmation. Republicans argue that Mnuchin is well-qualified…

Senate Confirms Tom Price As HHS Secretary

On Monday the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The party-line vote was the fourth contested Cabinet vote in a row. Democrats argued before the vote that Price, a seven-term congressman and former orthopedic surgeon, had failed to come clean about some…

David Letterman Would Have ‘Gone Right After’ Trump

David Letterman said he would have “gone right after” Donald Trump if he were still hosting the Late Show and had him as a guest during this presidential campaign, . “I would have said something like, ‘Hey, nice to see you. Now, let me ask you: What gives you the right to make fun of…

Trump Suggests That Soldiers Who Suffer From PTSD Aren’t ‘Strong’

Donald Trump implied that military veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder are not strong because they “can’t handle” the “horror stories” they’ve seen in combat. Trump delivered a brief address to veterans in Herndon, Virginia, before participating in a Q-and-A session, during which the Republican presidential nominee was asked whether he would “support and fund a…

Biden on Trump’s PTSD Remarks: ‘Where in the Hell Is He From?’

VP Joe Biden addressed Donald Trump’s controversial Monday comments about post-traumatic stress disorder and military veterans, at one point asking the crowd: “Where in the hell is he from?” Biden was in Sarasota, Florida, at a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton. “I don’t think he was trying to be mean,” Biden said. “He is just…

Stewart: Jeb Bush Stumbles on The Iraq War Question [VIDEO]

Jeb Bush has done a week of flip-flopping on whether he would have invaded Iraq, knowing what we know today. He appeared on many shows, saying one thing, then the other, until finally settling on one story facing pressure from several corners, he begrudgingly discusses how he would have handled the Iraq War.

LNC salutes our fallen on this Veterans Day

LNC salutes our fallen on this Vetrans Day Tuesday is Veterans Day, and there will be speeches and parades. “Thank you for your service,” the phrase that’s come to define how America expresses gratitude for its men and women in uniform, will be said, a lot. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women…

Remembrance Day marked as veterans groups rail against government

Canadians will gather to mark Remembrance Day today, but two groups of veterans are expressing anger at the Conservative government over its policies. The main Remembrance Day event in Ottawa will be held at the National War Memorial, where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed nearly three weeks ago, two days after a man…

Jon Stewart: We Have ‘Death Drone NSA Technology,’ How Is VA So Bad?

Jon Stewart went back to going after the VA tonight and couldn’t believe how the government has “death drone NSA technology” at its proposal, but the VA’s technology hasn’t been upgraded since… 1985. Yes. The year in the Bowling for Soup song. Stewart shouted, “You just stepped in shit’s creek without a can of whoop-ass!”…

Audit: More than 57,000 patients awaiting initial VA visits

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An audit of 731 VA hospitals and clinics says 13 percent of VA schedulers reported supervisors telling them to falsify appointment dates to make waiting times…

Happy Memorial Day! US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Marine Corps’ chaplain, speaking to a congregation that has tied gold ribbons on the church’s fence in honor of fallen soldiers since the Iraq War began, lauded the sacrifice of veterans around the world as President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for Memorial Day. “What they have done has allowed…

Phoenix VA officials on leave over allegations of delays in care

Three officials at the veterans hospital in Phoenix were placed on leave amid allegations that patients may have died because of delays in care. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the officials include Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center director Sharon Helman and associate Lance Robinson. Officials are investigating allegations that up to 40 patients…

Veterans Die On Secret Wait List In VA Hospital [VIDEO]

At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were…

Obama awards Medals of Honor to 24 minority veterans

President Barack Obama honored 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor today for their combat actions in Vietnam, Korea and World War II. The White House said the soldiers were passed over for country’s highest military award because of discrimination. “Some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always…

Dozens of trade-offs in Congress $1.1 trillion budget bill

The sales job is on for a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year. The massive measure contains a dozens of trade-offs between Democrats and Republicans as it fleshes out the details of the budget…