VA secretary lied about special forces service . . . Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces, when his military service of five years was spent almost entirely with the 82nd Airborne Division during the late 1970s. Huffington Post
Obama woos Warren wing with anti-Wall Street push . . . After years of dragging its feet on the issue, the White House is getting fully behind a proposal strongly opposed by the industry to police financial advisers who steer clients toward products that may not be best for them but bring in bigger commissions and fees. Politico
Gruber may have padded bills . . . Jonathan Gruber, who made national headlines last year for talking about “the stupidity of the American voter” was a target Monday in a report from the Vermont state auditor saying the economist may have padded his bills to the state. Auditor of Accounts Douglas Hoffer said he referred his findings on Gruber and his contract with the state to Attorney General William Sorrell. Associated Press
Grubby, grabbing Gruber.
Obamacare case could be derailed . . . New questions have surfaced over whether the plaintiffs in a key Obamacare challenge before the Supreme Court were legitimately hurt by the healthcare law, a controversy experts say could derail the case scheduled for oral arguments next week. Washington Examiner
War authorization may be meaningless . . . President Obama could still use ground troops in Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State and the next president could extend the war beyond the three-year limit no matter what Congress passes. The difficulty, according to the Congressional Research Service, is that Mr. Obama’s proposal for a new authorization for the use of military force would leave in place a 2001 war resolution authorizing the fight against al Qaeda. Washington Times
The humbling of Rahm . . . It ought to be a coronation, Rahm Emanuel must figure. But as he nears what might or might not be the end of his exhausting race for a second term as Chicago’s mayor, the former White House chief of staff and tough-guy insider on Tuesday faces a possibly humiliating setback—particularly ego-crushing because he is running against an extremely weak field of four, has vastly more money than any of them, has television ads airing 24/7 and has run the table on endorsements. Politico