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Obama Actually Drives Past Phoenix VA Hospital

Not only did he fail to visit, but President Obama today SPED RIGHT BY the VA hospital in Phoenix that was the epicenter of a scandal over long wait times for care. As the scandal unfolded last year, Obama made pious statements about his commitment to reform the Veterans Affairs hospital system. When it was revealed earlier this week that he would be speaking at a

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Obama’s Inspired Choice for the VA

President Obama’s nomination of former Proctor & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs is a deft move that offers hope for our nation’s veterans, too many of whom who have suffered tragically and needlessly at the hands of the Veterans Health Administration. What the president is trying to do, incredibly for him, is bring a serious dose of the private sector to the

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki Resigns

President Obama today announced that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned, saying Shinseki himself had come to the conclusion that he could no longer function effectively. Speaking at the White House, Obama said that the resignation was based on “Rick’s judgement” and Shinseki’s belief that he would be a distraction: He has worked hard to investigate and identify the problems with access to care, but as

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Shinseki Apologizes but Gives No Hint He’ll Resign

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized publicly today for the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, but suggested he was apologizing for the sins of others and gave no indication he is about to resign. “Given the facts I know now, I apologize as the senior leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Shinseki said, indicating that he has come to understand the “systemic”

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Carney Refuses to Say Obama has Confidence in Shinseki

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today carefully avoided saying that President Obama continues to have confidence in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, suggesting a decision on whether he wants Shinseki to stay on will await an internal VA audit due by the end of the week. “He expects to receive a preliminary report very soon and will be very interested in the results,” Carney said.

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Video || Koffler on TV Discussing the VA Scandal

Here’s my latest appearance on One American News Network’s Rick Amato show. It aired Wednesday night, and the questions focused – I know this will surprise you – on Obama’s remarks earlier in the day about the Veterans Affairs scandal. OANN, the growing conservative news channel, started on AT&T just yesterday where it can be viewed on channel 208 and in high definition on 1208. It’s already on VerizonFiOS,

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Three Reasons Why Obama Didn’t Dump Shinseki

President Obama’s decision not to fire VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is less mysterious than it seems. Here’s why he’s keeping him on: Obama is Shinseki, and Shinseki is Obama. Eric Shinseki assumed office the day after Obama did in 2009. For Obama to fire Shinseki at this point is to admit his own inadequacy and to reveal what I assume to be true: that Obama was not paying personal

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Veterans on Earth, Obama on Mars

Here is the CNN reporter who broke the story of the shenanigans at the Phoenix VA office. He comes off not as the least bit partisan, but as sober and concerned. And he clearly was disconcerted Wednesday by the sound of a president who doesn’t seem, even now, to get what veterans want and need for him. From remarks CNN’s Drew Griffin made right after Obama’s

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Obama Tries to Dodge Blame in VA Scandal; Keeps Shinseki

A somewhat bedraggled and not particularly angry-looking President Obama took to the briefing room today to attempt to shirk blame for the burgeoning VA scandal, saying the problem began before him and touting the “progress” he has made fixing the various messes littering the agency. What’s more, he said he continues to support Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric “Rick” Shinseki. No doubt Shinseki will be allowed to

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Video || Carney Caught Trying to Have it Both Ways

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was called out Monday for, on the one hand, asserting that the “investigation” at the Veterans Affairs Department must continue – a key defense for not firing Secretary Shinseki – and on the other suggesting that the resignation of VA Undersecretary Robert Petzel was related to the scandal. Carney said: On the issue of Dr. Petzel, I would hope

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Obama Privately Outraged About VA Scandal!

President Obama is angry! He’s the angriest of them all! He’s like a lion whose mane is being incessantly plucked by a relentless aardvark! Nobody in the whole world is angrier! Buhhhht . . . White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough had a tough time explaining to a persistent Major Garrett how it is that his boss – McDonough’s, not Garrett’s – could be so hopping

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