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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

Sharon Helman, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Phoenix clinic, was fired from the VA, but only because she improperly took thousands of dollars in gifts. A personnel appeals judge last week rejected the VA's claim that she should also have been dismissed for overseeing the wait lists. (Associated Press)

VA loses first case against clinic director in scandal

The VA blundered its first public act of accountability in this year's wait list scandal, with department investigators and attorneys failing to make a case stick against the Phoenix clinic director who oversaw the cooked books and secret lists that left veterans struggling for care. Published December 31, 2014

Republicans say their 2014 campaign victories are proof they've made up ground in the battle with Democrats for digital supremacy. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Republicans: Wins show success in digital battle

Republicans say their 2014 campaign victories are proof they've made up ground in the battle with Democrats for digital supremacy, but consultants say they'll need to continue cultivating a pool of talent to make sure they're ready to compete at the presidential level in 2016. Published December 28, 2014

With the Capitol in the background, Army veteran David Dickerson of Oklahoma City, Okla., right, and Air Force veteran Linda Stanley, from San Diego, Calif., now with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), join others to place 1,892 flags representing veteran and service members who have died by suicide to date in 2014, Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the National Mall in Washington. The event also marked the introduction of The Suicide Prevention for America's Veterans Act by Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., which calls for greater access to mental health care. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) **FILE**

Veteran suicide investigation shows depression may run deeper than VA reports

Veteran suicide is a major issue on Capitol Hill, but policymakers may be making decisions based on incomplete or inaccurate data, according to several investigations that suggest depression could be a far larger problem than the one-in-10 figure the Department of Veterans Affairs cites. Published December 24, 2014

Targeted Facebook ads warn students of rape on campus

A women's advocacy group announced a new series of web ads Thursday to educate students applying to college about problems with rape and sexual assault on their prospective campuses. Published December 18, 2014

This frame grab from video, provided by C-SPAN2 shows Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. giving his farewell address on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/C-SPAN2)

Tom Coburn stalls veterans-suicide bill in Senate

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, stalled a bill aimed at stemming veterans suicides Monday night, saying that it carries too hefty a price tag for authority that the Veterans Affairs Department could, in most cases, already exercise. Published December 15, 2014

The now closed Camp X-Ray was used as the first detention facility for al Qaeda and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Obama signed an executive order in his first days in office setting a deadline to close the prison within a year. Next month he will be five years delinquent, facing the prospect of finishing his term in 2017 without having met his goal. (Associated Press)

Defense bill keeps Guantanamo Bay open for one more year

President Obama will soon sign a law that keeps a tight rein on his ability to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, even as he's actively looking for every possible avenue to let detainees out. Published December 14, 2014

Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)  in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, about the current state and future of American foreign policy. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

Cheney on CIA interrogation: 'I'd do it again in a minute'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that in spite of the backlash from a recent Senate report and innocent men supposedly being imprisoned, he would authorize CIA interrogation tactics again with no hesitation. Published December 14, 2014