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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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FILE - This July 22, 2014 file photo shows Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. The action comes as the Senate is set to vote Tuesday to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new VA secretary, replacing Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson.  (AP Photo)

McDonald confirmed as VA secretary

The Senate unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary on Tuesday afternoon. Published July 29, 2014

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"Americans now don't have to say they're from Canada" when they travel abroad, says Madeleine K. Albright, a secretary of state under President Clinton.

Madeleine Albright: 'The world's a mess'

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior and the Arab Spring in the Middle East have been "game changers," complicating U.S. foreign policy. Published July 27, 2014

Islamist fighters battle near Tripoli International Airport. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Libya now nation at risk with weak U.S. influence; embassy closes as chaos grows

With violence spreading across Libya and the U.S. Embassy closing in Tripoli, Republican lawmakers over the weekend blasted the Obama administration for failing to stop yet another troubled Middle Eastern nation from descending into complete chaos, and even some Democrats conceded that America's influence in the world has waned considerably. Published July 27, 2014

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican (left), and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, have a tentative deal on legislation to make the VA more accountable and recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, a statement said. (Associated Press photographs)

Sanders, Miller to announce VA reform deal

The House and Senate's top negotiators reached a tentative deal on legislation to fix the Veterans Affairs Department health care system and are expected to announce the details Monday afternoon. Published July 27, 2014

** FILE ** In this Tuesday, July 22, 2014, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint news conference with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Tel Aviv, Israel, regarding the Israel-Hamas war. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

Netanyahu: We must defend our own people

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he doesn't want any civilians to be killed in the conflict with the Palestinians, but that Israel has to defend its own people. Published July 27, 2014

Sloan Gibson, acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, speaks about efforts to improve veterans' access to care during a news conference at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte)

House members question $17 billion VA request

Lawmakers questioned Thursday morning how the Department of Veterans Affairs could ask for more than $17 billion in emergency funding, but only provide a handful of pages to describe how the money would be spent. Published July 24, 2014

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., holds up two pages of resource requests from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014,  as he questions Department of Veterans Affairs acting secretary Sloan Gibson on how to restore trust to the beleaguered agency. (AP Photo)

GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, introduced Thursday a GOP plan to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, but said he's not sure where negotiations stand now that both sides have proposals on the table. Published July 24, 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

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

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

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

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio testifies before a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  (AP Photo)

McDonald promises to choose hard right over easy wrong at VA

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Tuesday said they were confident VA secretary nominee Robert McDonald would be confirmed, noting that his background as both a member of the military and as a top CEO made him uniquely qualified to lead the department. Published July 22, 2014

If approved by Congress, Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, will inherit a full plate. (Associated Press)

VA secretary nominee faces Senate grilling, full plate if approved

President Obama's choice to be the next secretary of veterans affairs will inherit a bureaucratic nightmare that not only gave rise to the scandal of secret waiting lists at VA hospitals but also left the department facing cost overruns, physician shortages and systemic mismanagement. Published July 21, 2014