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  • **FILE** House Veterans Affairs' Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, leaves a Republican caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 25, 2014, on the influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, have offered competing proposals to fix the veterans' health care program that has been scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays. (Associated Press)

    $17 billion deal reached to begin fixing troubled VA

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    House and Senate negotiators announced a $17 billion deal Monday to begin fixing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs health care system Published July 28, 2014

  • Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan pushes back against cover-up

    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

    The family of a Marine murdered in Afghanistan as he worked out in a gym is accusing the Corps of a cover-up by refusing to turn over documents that would show the dangerous environment inside Forward Operating Base Delhi. Published July 27, 2014

  • Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies Thursday before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, outlining actions aimed at addressing ongoing agency problems, especially doctored wait lists for medical appointments.

    VA chief says more funding is only way to cure care crisis

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Capitol Hill negotiations on a Veterans Affairs reform bill teetered on the verge of collapse Thursday, as acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson warned that the troubles at the scandal-plagued agency will only get worse without more federal funding. Published July 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington is escorted into a navy port in Busan, South Korea, Friday, July 11, 2014. The U.S. carrier is in South Korea to join the ongoing South Korea and U.S. joint military drill. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Jo Jung-ho)

    U.S. Navy admiral 'receptive' to giving Chinese counterpart a tour of carrier

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said he might be persuaded to give his Chinese counterpart a tour of a U.S. aircraft carrier docked in Japan, despite critics who worry such action could open the doors to espionage. Published July 24, 2014

  • Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

    Veterans Affairs reform bill collapses

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Negotiations on the VA reform bill imploded Thursday morning as House negotiators planned to introduce their own bill rather than work with senators in a conference committee. Published July 24, 2014

  • White House warned about 'antiquated' VA scheduling system 5 years ago

    By Jim McElhatton - The Washington Times

    Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson assured Congress last week that the VA is working hard to replace its "antiquated" scheduling system, but the Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times. Published July 20, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Staff Sgt. Jesus Yanez stands in front of his sector station July 2, 2014, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Yanez has served in four military branches throughout his career. He is a 455th Expeditionary Base Defense Squadron defender and a native of El Paso, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)

    American Spartan: Man served in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    Staff Sgt. Jesus Yanez could arguably be called an American Spartan for the depth and breadth of his military service. It's a rarity, but Sgt. Yanez has served honorably in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Published July 17, 2014

  • An air weapons team of two AH-64D Apaches from the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, come in for a landing at Camp Taji, Iraq, after completing a reconnaissance mission in the skies over Baghdad Nov. 6, 2007. Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel McClinton, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div.

    Senate derails Army bid to take Guard's Apache attack helicopters

    By Lolita C. Baldor - Associated Press

    The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders. Published July 16, 2014

  • Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson answers reporters questions about improvements within the medical care system during a visit to the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., Friday, July 11, 2014. During the visit, Gibson met with the medical center's staff and some veterans. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    VA chief: Fixes would take two years and $17 billion

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday that he believes the department can regain the trust of veterans and Americans within two years. Published July 16, 2014

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    ISIL captured 52 U.S.-made howitzers; artillery weapons cost 500K each

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have captured as many as 52 U.S.-made M198 howitzers in their march across Iraq in June. Published July 15, 2014

  • Ronald Robinson, U.S. Army Ret., senior veterans' service representative, AFGE Local 520, testifies to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing to review the Veterans Benefits Administrations progress in achieving VAs goal of ending its disability compensation claims backlog by 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    VA's anti-backlog efforts create new problems with care, claims

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The VA's rush to cut a huge backlog of claims from disabled veterans has forced it to cut corners elsewhere, and yet the department is still botching about one out of every 10 claims decisions, top officials and whistleblowers testified to Congress on Monday, signaling that the problems go far beyond the hospital wait times that have plagued it. Published July 14, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., center, takes questions while seated between Gov. Sam Brownback, left, and Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., right, during a visit to the Johnson County Republican Headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    VA investigators: Room for improvement at a Robert J. Dole Medical Center outpatient clinic

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    The VA Office of Inspector General released a report this week that found a community based outpatient clinic under the oversight of the the Robert J. Dole Medical Center needed to make a series of improvements to ensure it is providing high-quality health care for veterans. Published July 9, 2014

  • "There is a sense of mission that's lacking and I'm really hoping that this committee with its powers will take aggressive action to make the retaliation stop," Dr. Jose Mathews told the House Veterans Affairs' Committee. Dr. Mathews, a former chief of psychiatry at the St. Louis VA facility, said he was reprimanded for pointing out to supervisors that psychiatrists at the hospital there worked just 3.5 hours a day. (Associated Press)

    VA chiefs who stifled whistleblowers got $100,000 in bonuses

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    The Department of Veterans Affairs paid out more than $100,000 in bonuses last year to top executives at facilities that ignored whistleblower complaints of poor patient care. Published July 8, 2014

  • Sun's out, guns out: Soldiers want OK to roll up sleeves like Marines, sailors

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    Ask any soldier which Army regulations he can't stand and he'll have a laundry list at his disposal. These days, one in particular rule is likely to come up: the ban on rolling sleeves. Published July 8, 2014

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    Navy readies 'robo-tuna' for stealth missions: Drone blends in with aquatic life

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    In the future, that school of fish swimming by the dock might be something else — drones. The U.S. Navy is experimenting with a "bio-memetic" unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) that blends in with its aquatic environment. Published July 3, 2014

  • A burned Iraqi army vehicle on a street after clashes between followers of Shiite cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi and ISIL in Karbala. (Associated Press)

    Pentagon draws red line on Iraqi attack

    By Guy Taylor and Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

    The Pentagon came as close as it has to date on Thursday to identifying a red line that would need to be crossed for the Obama administration to justify an aggressive U.S. military attack on the al Qaeda-inspired extremists who have declared a new Islamic state spanning the border between Syria and Iraq. Published July 3, 2014

  • An F-22 Raptor pilot from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker to be refueled May 19, 2014, over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    U.S. Air Force deploys F-22 Raptors to Asia in show of force along China's coast

    By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times

    The Pentagon is sending a powerful political signal to China by dispatching six front-line F-22 stealth jets to Asia — a message received loudly in Beijing, according to state-run media. Published July 3, 2014

  • Hellfire II missiles. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

    Obama sells Hellfire: White House hopes to send 4K missiles to Iraq for ISIL fight

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration is hoping that 4,000 Hellfire missiles might turn the tide in Iraq as the Middle Eastern nation takes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Published July 2, 2014

  • Apache attack helicopters deployed to protect U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration plans on having a U.S. presence in Iraq of roughly 1,000 troops and advisers to protect its embassy in Baghdad, but deployed personnel won't lack firepower — Apache helicopters will be at their disposal. Published July 2, 2014

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    WMDs and terrorists among top concerns for new special ops pick

    By Alex Quade — Special to The Washington Times

    Keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists has become a key technological area of focus for special operations, according to the Army general recently nominated to head U.S. Special Operations Command. Published July 1, 2014

  • A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

    Pentagon spends more per patient than Medicare and Medicaid

    By Chloe Johnson - The Washington Times

    The Department of Defense spends more per unit for prescription drugs than Medicare or Medicaid, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Published July 1, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This June 18, 2014, file photo shows acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

    Paperwork issues at N.Y. offices reveal more bad news for VA

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Staff at Veterans' Affairs offices in New York failed to accurately process nearly a third of disability claims examined by the department's Inspector General, a report that casts an even hotter spotlight on problems at the VA. Published June 30, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Bob Brown, an 87-year-old World War II veteran from Perry Kan., speaks with U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, left, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, right, during their visit to the Colmery-O'Neil Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Friday, June 13, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. Some Kansas veterans can't get medical appointments at U.S. Veterans Affairs facilities and are having scheduled checkups canceled as the dates approach, the two members of the state's congressional delegation said after touring the in Topeka VA medical center.  (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle on the horrors they saw

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs facility in New York, saw the clinic restrain a sexual assault survivor to a bed for seven consecutive hours, she released the woman. Published June 29, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)

    Army has not advised Bergdahl of his legal rights

    By Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

    The Army has yet to explain to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl his legal rights even though the soldier has been talking to medical staff who are helping him reintegrate into society and anything he says during their conversations can be used against him in a military court. Published June 25, 2014

  • Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, right, shakes hands for photographers with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Irbil on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The president of Iraq’s ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that “we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq” as the country’s Shiite-led government considers new leadership as an immediate step to curb a Sunni insurgent rampage. The comments by Barzani came as he met with Kerry, who is pushing the central government in Baghdad to at least adopt new policies that would give more authorities to Iraq’s minority Sunnis and Kurds.(AP Photo/ Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    Kurdish leader cites 'new reality' in Iraq

    By Lara Jakes - Associated Press

    The president of Iraq's ethnic Kurdish region declared Tuesday that "we are facing a new reality and a new Iraq" as the country considers new leadership for its Shiite-led government as an immediate step to curb a Sunni insurgent rampage. Published June 24, 2014

  • ISIL hell-bent on creating Islamic state to be launchpad for attacks on U.S.

    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

    The al Qaeda-linked army now conquering territory in Syria and Iraq ultimately wants its new Islamic state to be a launching pad for attacking the U.S. homeland, says a new congressional report. Published June 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Paul Wolfowitz

    Paul Wolfowitz: Obama lacks 'seriousness' in Iraq

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    The Obama administration lacks an air of "seriousness" in its policy in Iraq and across the Middle East that thwarts U.S. efforts to confront the growing al Qaeda threat, former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Tuesday. Published June 24, 2014

  • Poor care at VA hospitals cost 1,000 veterans their lives, report says

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The problems at Veterans Affairs extend well beyond long wait lists, with a report Tuesday showing the department is plagued with poor care that has cost up to 1,000 veterans their lives and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published June 24, 2014

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 23, 2014. Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to meet with Iraq's leaders and personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    John Kerry urges political reform in Iraq

    By Lara Jakes and Hamza Hendawi - Associated Press

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Iraq's top Shiite leaders to give more government power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. Published June 23, 2014

  • emissary: U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, left, met with U.S. Marines during his visit to the Baghdad Monday. Mr. Kerry told Iraqi leaders that any potential U.S. airstrikes in the country must specifically target ISIL to avoid Sunni civilian casualties. (associated press)

    Pollster says Obama's solution for Iraq must be all-inclusive

    By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

    A leading Iraqi pollster said the Obama administration's push for a cross-sectarian government in Baghdad will work only if it includes serious outreach to former Baathists, local Sunni tribal leaders and other armed groups who have the power to drive surging al Qaeda-minded extremists from the nation's western and northern regions. Published June 23, 2014

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  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures as speaks during a session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Leaders gathered in the Swiss ski resort of Davos have made it a top priority to push to reshape the global economy and cut global warming by shifting to cleaner energy sources. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    O'DONNELL: Seeking Iran's help in Iraq is a dangerous, foolish move

    By Christine O'Donnell

    There can be no greater boost up the ladder of international credibility and respectability than for the United States of America to ask for your help in Iraq. Essentially, we’ve now elevated Iran to the same status of Australia, the U.K., Poland and other allies who helped us in Iraq. Published June 18, 2014

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