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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

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

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama is greeted by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., left, as he arrives at North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, N.C.  Obama was in Charlotte to address the American Legion’s 96th National Convention. At right is Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.   Republicans are asking voters to judge Hagan as too closely aligned with the president.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Kay Hagan ahead in newest poll

A new poll found that Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, has a slight edge in the upcoming midterm elections, though President Obama continues to have very low approval ratings in the swing state. Published September 23, 2014

FILE - This photo taken April 28, 2014 shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

VA official admits not every wait-list death reviewed by investigators

An official for the Department of Veterans Affairs admitted Wednesday that he wasn't able to review the case of every patient on a wait list, opening the door to the possibility that some delays in care could have directly lead to deaths in cases that weren't included in the inspector general's investigation. Published September 17, 2014

Congress had said the VA's ability to send out the cards on time was a key test for the Obama administration and Secretary Bob McDonald (above), whom the president tapped to replace Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. (Associated Press)

Doctor, VA watchdog set to clash at Hill panel hearing

The doctor who helped expose the VA health care scandal will tell Congress on Wednesday that patients did indeed die because they were stuck on secret waiting lists, and will accuse the department's inspector general of trying to cover up the problem. Published September 16, 2014

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has touted his early success in the department, including hiring 53 more staff in Phoenix, contacting almost 300,000 veterans to get them off wait lists and proposing disciplinary action for three senior executive service employees at the Phoenix facility. (Associated Press)

VA blames workers for wait times, quality issues

Top VA officials on Tuesday blamed employees for the long wait times and poor quality of care that have dogged the department's health care network, telling a Senate hearing that staffers have ignored directives from their superiors to improve performance. Published September 9, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, speaks at a news conference at the veterans Affairs Department in Washington, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. McDonald discussed his visits with VA facilities across the country and outline his priorities.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

VA Secretary McDonald promises efficiency, transparency

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald laid out Monday a 90-day plan to increase efficiency and improve care at the department, though many of the efforts echo fixes he's previously announced. Published September 8, 2014