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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

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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** David Cicilline (Associated Press)

R.I. lawmaker: U.S. still has work to do in Iraq

Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Democrat, said Thursday that just because the Iraqis trapped on a mountain by a terrorist group don't need to be rescued doesn't mean the United States' job in Iraq is done. Published August 14, 2014

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

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

** FILE ** The dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

House gets only openly transgender staffer

Ben Panico was named a fellow for the LGBT Equality Caucus on Thursday, becoming the only openly transgender person working in the House. Published August 14, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

New Iraqi prime minister is 'best of the group,' Rep. Peter King says

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Monday that Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's new prime minister, is the "best of the group," but will still face challenges in defeating the Islamic State militant group if he's even allowed to assume the position. Published August 12, 2014