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.