VA problems massive and varied . . . Newsmax
An internal VA audit exposed how 57,000 veterans had to wait 90 days or more for their first medical appointment. To disguise the wait times the VA engaged in a systematic misrepresentation.
U.S. talking to Snowden about plea . . . Free Beacon
Federal prosecutors recently held discussions with representatives of renegade National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden on a possible deal involving his return to the United States to face charges.
Obama immigration policy under fire . . . Fox News
The flood of illegal immigrants — particularly children — crossing into the U.S. along the southern border is at a “crisis” level, creating a humanitarian emergency that both immigration officials and lawmakers are putting at the feet of the Obama administration.
Sixty percent back path to citizenship . . . Politico
Meanwhile, 17 percent would support green cards but not citizenship and 19 percent think the undocumented immigrants should be deported.
Five unanswered questions on Bergdahl . . . The Hill
Lawmakers perplexed and angered over the saga of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have scheduled hearings to examine his odd personal history and the threat posed by Taliban militants freed from U.S. custody.
Obama aides knew, but not Congress . . . Newsmax
Between 80 and 90 administration staffers knew about the trade of five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl even though Congress was kept in the dark.
Poll: Plurality oppose deal . . . Politico
Forty three percent said that the prisoner exchange was the wrong thing to do, compared with 34 percent who said that it was the right decision and 23 percent who were unsure.
Cruz bill would halt Gitmo releases . . . Newsmax
The proposal would ban the practice until lawmakers and officials are finished investigating the prisoner swap involving five detainees for Bergdahl.
Obamacare penalty to hit the poor . . . Free Beacon
Roughly one million low-income Americans will pay a fine under Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Majority regrets Obamacare ever passed . . . Fox News
By a 55-38 percent margin, people wish the Affordable Care Act had never passed and the 2009 system were still in place.
GOP to block student loan bill . . . Examiner
The Senate is expected to vote on a bill by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and endorsed by Obama, that would allow students to refinance their loans at rates ranging from 3.86 percent to 6.41 percent.
Issa: IRS data dump illegal . . . Politico
Republicans charged the IRS on Monday with potentially violating federal tax privacy laws by turning over a database of tax-exempt organizations to the FBI.
Christie launches national tour . . . Associated Press
Chris Christie is plunging into what amounts to a cross-country revival tour, looking to recover from a clumsy political scandal and reclaim his place as a promising Republican presidential prospect.
Hillary: Benghazi is a reason I should run . . . Newsmax
“Actually, it’s more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor-league ball. We ought to be in the majors,” Clinton told Diane Sawyer.