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EPA spent $1 million to put sex offenders on administrative leave

- The Washington Times

There are many reasons why an employer might sever ties with one of its employees, but apparently at the Environmental Protection Agency, breaking the law is not one of them. In fact, drug and child-sex offenders received paid administrative leave in two cases of the agency’s use of administrative leave, which an audit called “unacceptable” and cost taxpayers over $1 million.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald talks about the state of the department while speaking at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington on Nov. 6, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

VA slow to fix hospitals in earthquake zones

- The Washington Times

More than two dozen Veterans Affairs clinics in earthquake danger zones have structural problems the department still hasn’t fixed, the VA’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that says leaders have been stunningly slow to get a handle on the situation.

The Obama administration has tried under VA Secretary Robert McDonald to get beyond the crisis that erupted in Phoenix in April 2014 over delayed health care for veterans and phony waitlists. (Associated Press)

Obama promises fall flat as VA continues to fail veterans

- The Washington Times

On Veterans Day President Obama will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery and talk about his administration’s progress in caring for vets, but critics of the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs point to fresh scandals and persistent mismanagement as proof that little has changed.

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Illustration on dealing with sexual assaults in the military by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Child sex offenders bulk up military prisons: AP

- Associated Press

Child sex offenders make up the largest category of inmates in U.S. military prisons, yet a full accounting of their crimes and how much time they're actually locked up is shielded by an opaque system of justice, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The Golden Hammer

$150 million spent on tests that torture animals, don't help humans

- The Washington Times

Science or sadism? The National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse and several other federal health agencies have handed out hundreds of millions of tax dollars on numerous studies to test the effects of recreational drug use on animals, torturing and killing countless mice, rabbits and monkeys with no apparent benefit to medical science, according to a new report from a watchdog group and animal rights organization.

Rep. Lamar Smith and other Republicans claim that the EPA's objectivity in assessing Alaska's Pebble Mine was suspect at best. (Associated Press)

EPA email trail reveals Alaska Pebble Mine plot

- The Washington Times

It didn't take long for Thursday's House committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's role in blocking the Pebble Mine to start sounding less like a congressional probe and more like the plot of a Michael Crichton thriller.