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The Obama Morning News || May 21, 2014

VA probe expands to 26 facilities . . . Fox News
More facilities are being examined over allegations of manipulated wait times and other issues, while House Republicans propose giving VA Secretary Eric Shinseki more power to fire or demote agency executives.

Vet scandal rocks Obama . . . The Hill
President Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, met frustrated Democrats on Capitol Hill who are outraged by reports of secret waiting lists used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA Whistleblower: I was punished . . . Newsmax
The ongoing VA hospital scandal is spreading across the nation, and one doctor in St. Louis says he is being bullied and was demoted for telling the truth about what was going on at his facility.

Issa subpoenas DOJ over IRS stonewall . . . Newsmax
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa hit the Justice Department with a subpoena Tuesday, accusing officials of “dodging” questions and of blatant “obstruction” of an investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative and tea party groups.

Feds probe Oregon Obamacare site . . . Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed state records for a grand jury investigation of the troubled Cover Oregon health insurance website.

CNN won’t be “shamed”  into covering Benghazi . . . Capital New York
“We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

Benghazi panel to begin gathering this week . . . Examiner
The Benghazi select committee is due to convene later this week for what a House Republican aide is describing as an organizational meeting.

WH to release drone strike memo . . . Politico
The administration has agreed to make public edited versions of a memo one of his judicial nominees wrote finding it lawful to use drones to kill an American terror suspect overseas.

New DHS home over-budget, in doubt . . . Washington Post
The construction of a massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, billed as critical for national security and the revitalization of Southeast Washington, is running more than $1.5 billion over budget, is 11 years behind schedule and may never be completed, according to planning documents and federal officials.

Planning Obama’s spontaneous stops . . . Washington Post
The president’s stop at Northwest Little League games was not as impromptu as it looked.

D’Souza: I was guilty, but targeted . . . Newsmax
Conservative scholar and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza says it was “wrong” and “stupid” of him to use friends to contribute more to a political campaign than allowed by law. But he still insists selective prosecution was involved.

Clinton in-law loses Pa. primary . . . National Journal
The Clinton magic fades in Philadelphia as State Rep. Brendan Boyle easily defeated Chelsea Clinton’s in-law and former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, despite the help she received from the Clintons.

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20 Responses to The Obama Morning News || May 21, 2014

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  1. President Obama has to avoid the Press for two more days. I wonder where he is going golfing for Memorial Day Weekend. I can’t imagine he will be making a speech in front of Veteran at Arlington. If he does, I hope the Veterans return the respect this administration has shown him and turn their backs to him. I hope this happens but our Veterans are nothing but a class act and will show respect for the Office of The President.

    If the VA was smart they would have a all hands on deck at each hospital and invite every Veteran needing care to come to the hospitals and be treated in a disaster triage type protocol so these Veterans are seen and treated immediately. If the VA’s can’t then open all the hospitals in the US to the Vets on these list. Screw waiting on hearings in Congress or the absentee (not lame duck) President.

    So, where are the Obama’s going on vacation Friday?? Hawaii? Maybe, President can play Augusta National and Pebble Beach on the same day!

    • Very interesting question. He has a thick enough hide and nerve to go to Arlington. I don’t know how to spell the Yiddish word, chutzpah? Made it past my spell check!

  2. The solution to the VA mess is pathetically simple. Why do we need an entirely separate hospital system for veterans? When a serviceman is discharged s/he should be given a medical card good for free care anywhere. We owe our vets nothing less.

    • Very good idea.

      Unfortunately under the Rule of the President Revenge even that is not enough as we are trending the opposite. VA care is the tip of the iceberg of where Obamacare is headed.

      Perhaps the few worthy Republicans left might take note instead of expanding Medicaid to the states and thinking of all kinds of ways to make it “better”.

      Costs burstin

      • Costs bursting at the seams, state exchanges corrupt and failing, rumors of insurance company bailouts, and a record almost 11,000,000 on disability. And we haven’t even gotten to actual Obamacare implementation day to day.

  3. Keith: Lede on! I like the new format.

    Zucker: “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

    Well, that explains the 24/7 coverage of looking for Flt. 370 – Benghazi must have moved to Malaysia.