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  • Virginia politics: Sen. Warner opens Hampton Roads office

    Virginia politics: Sen. Warner opens Hampton Roads office
    Maybe it was the 1980s-era software he saw at the Hampton VA hospital, maybe the four-mile traffic jam heading into the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, but when Sen. Mark Warner came to open his Hampton campaign office, his inner policy wonk was in full...
  • Frustrated Sen. Warner: Lack of clarity in VA data

    HAMPTON — A private briefing Friday at the Hampton VA Medical Center left Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., "a little confused and frustrated" with how the national agency reports data at its individual facilities. He referred to a recent audit that...
  • Lawmakers' costly plan to fix Veterans Affairs is temporary, or not

    When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers have often vowed to avoid: create a new benefit program and fail to pay for it. The $16.3-billion measure, which President Obama...
  • Obama signs $16.3-billion VA bill, calls mismanagement 'outrageous'

    President Obama signed a $16.3 billion measure Thursday intended to clear the backlog of U.S. military veterans seeking care at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. The new law represent an unusually rapid response, and a rare increase...
  • No matter the cost, veterans deserve care

    To the editor: The "temporary VA fix" must, not could, be permanent as a floor for what we do for our veterans sent to fight ridiculous wars for ridiculous reasons, using ridiculous strategies with ridiculous and tragic results. ("Lawmakers' costly plan...
  • Man charged with murdering doctor will fall back on insanity defense

    Man charged with murdering doctor will fall back on insanity defense
    A man facing murder charges in the shooting death of a Newport Beach doctor in an exam room entered an insanity plea in Orange County Superior Court on Friday. Stanwood Elkus, 76, cupped his ears and leaned forward as Judge Gregg Prickett explained that...
  • New VA secretary addresses veterans groups for first time

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald spoke Saturday at the National Disabled American Veterans convention in Las Vegas, his first such address to vets since taking over the agency last month. “Over these next several months, I am going to...
  • Washington is pouring money on the VA scandal. Now, who'll get fired?

    Washington is pouring money on the VA scandal. Now, who'll get fired?
    We all know how Washington crises usually unfold. A problem erupts. Politicians trample each other to express outrage and allocate blame. Scapegoats are sacrificed, legislation emerges and money gets appropriated. And then the issue fades from view....
  • Did leadership by 'bold goals' spark vet wait-time crisis?

    Until he resigned in May, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki led his department of more than 350,000 employees for five years by setting "bold goals" that looked impossible to achieve but that he knew, from his Army years, could inspire better performance and,...
  • Late push by House GOP produces a border bill (with bleak prospects)

    House Republicans went overtime Friday, expending an enormous amount of political energy to try to reach consensus on a border-crisis measure that is almost certain never to become law. The last-minute push came as lawmakers were about to head into a...
  • VA still in no rush to provide benefits to veterans

    Some benefits claims from veterans are complicated and should take time for the government to resolve. I wouldn't count the claim filed by Carl Dean among them. Dean of Northampton was a jet mechanic at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland 1962-66. He...