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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at jklimas@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

FILE - This June 13, 2014 file photo shows Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. speaking in Chicago. The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has tripled in surveys conducted by Gallup _ putting the issue on par with the economy and unemployment as the most frequently named issues facing the country.  (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Playing it safe never leads to justice

Rep. Luis Gutierrez said waiting until after November to address immigration reform may be a smart political move, but isn't the best public policy for the illegal immigrants who will be deported between now and then. Published September 7, 2014

President Obama says Ebola may be a longer-term U.S. threat. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Obama: Ebola not a 'short-term' threat to Americans

President Obama stressed Sunday that while Americans shouldn't be concerned about an Ebola outbreak on U.S. soil in the short-term, intervention is necessary now to make sure it doesn't become a threat in the future. Published September 7, 2014

Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis (right) and Concerned Veterans for America been airing attack ads targeting incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan for the conditions of VA facilities in North Carolina, but analysts say the issue will have little impact on the race. (Associated press)

VA scandal creeps into congressional races, but little impact expected

The VA scandal is creeping into some of this year's House and Senate races, with both liberal and conservative advocacy groups accusing incumbents of ignoring the problems that left some veterans struggling to get appointments, trapped on secret wait lists and suffering subpar health care. Published September 3, 2014

Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis (right) and Concerned Veterans for America been airing attack ads targeting incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan for the conditions of VA facilities in North Carolina, but analysts say the issue will have little impact on the race. (Associated press)

Incumbents slammed on VA scandal

The VA scandal is creeping into some of this year's House and Senate races, with both liberal and conservative advocacy groups accusing incumbents of ignoring the problems that left some veterans struggling to get appointments, trapped on secret wait lists and suffering subpar health care. Published September 3, 2014

Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, is a prolific Twitter user, engaging both constituents and colleagues. A study shows senators who actively use Twitter are younger, move toward their constituents' viewpoints and trend conservative. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers who use Twitter voter closer to constituents' wishes

Lawmakers who are on Twitter are more likely to reflect their constituents' positions in their votes than those who aren't, according to a new study that suggests social media makes it easier for voters to participate in democracy. Published August 28, 2014

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald told veterans at the American Legion conference that he would effect real cultural change and ensure every employee made veterans the top priority at the department. (Associated Press)

Arizona vets didn't die to due to wait lists

An internal audit found no conclusive proof that 40 patients died because of waiting lists and bad care at the Phoenix VA, but investigators said in a new report Tuesday they found intolerable problems that likely interfered with care and may even have contributed to veterans' suicides. Published August 26, 2014

** FILE ** Former Rep. Ron Paul describes his new voicesofliberty.com website as a "digital bully pulpit" for early-stage political ideas. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul: Government exaggerating Ebola claims for profit

Former Rep. Ron Paul said Thursday that he believes the government is "over-exaggerating" the Ebola outbreak, possibly to make a profit off less effective, more expensive organic phosphate medicine. Published August 14, 2014