Obama transition told of VA falsifying . . . Washington Times
Obama’s transition team was warned in 2008 that the Veterans Affairs Department was misreporting wait times for medical treatment, including one audit revealing delays nearly 10 times worse than the department was officially acknowledging.
Obama’s VA problems just got worse . . . Examiner
Obama took to the podium Wednesday to tackle the outrage threatening his administration. When he left the stage, however, Obama may have worsened the political headache caused by allegations of cooked books, claims backlogs and deaths at the VA.
Heck of Job, Shinseki . . . Politico
Obama: “I would say that on homelessness, on the 9/11 GI Bill, on working with us to reduce the backlog across the board, he has put his heart and soul into this thing and he has taken it very seriously.” Then the president caught himself.
Two Dems call for Shinseki to go . . . Newsmax
Two House Democrats from Georgia are the first to buck their party and call for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
Obama, the unaccountable president . . . Joseph Curl
Has there ever been a president in the history of America who knew less than President Obama? With each new crisis and scandal, Mr. Obama tells Americans that he just didn’t know.
Palin: Problem is, Obama’s lazy . . . Politico
“When you hold someone accountable, it takes an energy and resource. And Barack Obama is lazy,” Palin said. “In fact, he warned us that he was lazy and he attributed that to having been brought up in Hawaii. His words, not mine.”
Pre-Election Day premium hike drumbeat . . . The Hill
States are nailing down dates to release 2015 premium costs under ObamaCare, and their decisions will guarantee a drumbeat of news about rate hikes all the way to the November midterm elections.
Hillary pressured Dems to join panel . . . Politico
Clinton emissaries launched a back channel campaign, contacting several House Democratic lawmakers and aides to say they’d prefer Democrats participate, according to sources familiar with the conversations.
Obama to promote tourism . . . Associated Press
Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, Obama is planning new steps to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses.
NJ Fiscal woes plague Christie . . . Reuters
Almost six months into his second term as governor, Christie faces a more than $800 million budget gap. The state’s credit rating — already downgraded twice by each of the three main rating agencies — could be hit again.
Ryan says he may run . . . Politico
Rep. Paul Ryan told a group of business elites and donors at a New York City fundraiser that he’s asking friends and supporters “to keep their powder dry” as he mulls a 2016 presidential bid.