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  • FLASHBACK: CitiGroup Chose Obama's Cabinet

    11/18/2016 7:12:17 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    In 2008 Michael B. Froman, then Citigroup executive, sends John Podesta a list of cabinet members. The email is dated Oct. 6, 2008 and bears the subject line “Lists.” It went to Podesta a month before he was named chairman of President-Elect Obama’s transition team. Froman’s list proved remarkably prescient. As it proposed, Robert Gates, a Bush holdover, became secretary of Defense; Eric Holder became attorney general; Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security; Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff; Susan Rice, United Nations ambassador; Arne Duncan, secretary of Education; Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services; Peter Orszag,...
  • VA: No proof that delays in care caused deaths at Phoenix hospital

    08/25/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    The VA Inspector has been investigating the deaths for months and has now shared draft of his findings with Top Officials. The new VA Secretary McDonald said: "It is important to note" that while the report documents deficiencies in quality and substantial delays in care, OIG was unable to conclusively assert that the absence of quality or care directly caused the death of any these victims. This May, the inspector found that 1,700 veterans, waiting for primary care appointments at the Phoenix VA, did not show up on the wait list. An additional 1,800 will have to wait at three...
  • Records show Obama met just once with Shinseki during VA scandal (day Shinseki resigned)

    08/08/2014 10:44:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Mike Emanuel
    President Obama touted the newly passed Veterans Affairs reform bill Thursday as he signed the measure into law and lamented the scandal that triggered it. But a review of records by Fox News shows the president – despite the urgency he placed publicly on the crisis – only met one-on-one with then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki once during the scandal. The records, provided through a Freedom of Information Act request, showed they met on May 30, the day Shinseki resigned.
  • VA internal audit: Wait-list fraud found at 64% of VA facilities

    05/31/2014 10:29:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 31, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    A new VA internal audit found wait-list fraud at almost two-thirds of all VA facilities, and that 13% of schedulers had been trained to commit fraud as part of their work. This new audit, which is separate from the Inspector General probe of the Phoenix facility, provided the final straw that forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to offer his resignation yesterday: AppointmentsÂ’ wait times were manipulated at more than 60 percent of the Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities investigated as part of a new internal audit. The White House-ordered audit found that schedulers faced pressure to manipulate the system...
  • Analysis: Shinseki exit breaks Obama’s crisis mold

    05/31/2014 8:14:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2014 11:06 AM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    This was not in the Barack Obama playbook. The resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday did not follow the usual arc of a crisis in the Obama administration. Obama prefers to not get sucked into a drama and cede in the heat of the moment. He’d rather send in fixers and have the bloodletting occur in due course. Shinseki, however, tendered his resignation at the height of a political clamor for his departure and as revelations of systemic delays in veterans’ patient care mounted daily. Shinseki left even before the review Obama had ordered of the department’s...
  • Obama Cleans House??? “Heck of a job, Carney!” You too, Ricky S.

    05/31/2014 7:22:23 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-31-2014 | MOTUS
    The President’s official Press-mouth and surrogate whiner, having grown as much as he could in this job, has left his post to pursue more lucrative opportunities.He’ll be replaced by a Press-mouth with an even more impossibly perfect Press-mouth name: “Josh Earnest.” Tell me this guy wasn’t born with a silver-tongued destiny in his mouth. Since Josh has been serving the WON since 2007, you can expect a smooth transition. Mr. Earnest, surrendered his personal integrity in 2007 and never looked backMaybe he can at least see to it that Big Guy gets important news prior to reading about it in...
  • Jay Carney suddenly quits as White Housepress secretary over ´strain on family life´ –but was

    05/30/2014 4:34:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/30/14 | Staff*
    Jay Carney is stepping down as White House Press Secretary over ´strain´ on his family life, he announced today. But the decision to leave the Obama administration came weeks ago, multiple sources including one in the West Wing told MailOnline. ´He first started talking about it in late April,´ the White House insider said Friday after the decision was made final. [Snip] ´To be honest, the move was more about how to deflect attention away from Eric Shinseki´s resignation, and less about giving Jay a thoughtful send-off,´ the White House official said. And a in insider close to Carney confirmed
  • Obama on Shinseki Resignation: He's BEST Secretary In VA History...Did "Exemplary Work" (VIDEO)

    05/30/2014 3:40:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 30, 2014 | Greg Hengler
  • SHINSEKI IS OUT AT THE VA: Here Are 12 People Who Could Replace Him

    05/30/2014 11:48:47 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 34 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 5/30/14 | Brian Adam Jones
    President Barack Obama today accepted the resignation of embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. It was an unfortunate end to a remarkable career of public service that lasted roughly half a century. Shinseki’s departure comes amid widespread charges of corruption and ineptitude at VA hospitals across the country. And it leaves a glaring question — who is next to lead the VA? There’s no doubt the VA needs help, so who could take the reigns from Shinseki and provide the organization with the leadership it needs to serve the nation’s veterans? We compiled a shortlist: 1. Jim Webb The Marine and...
  • VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns Amid Crisis

    05/30/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/30/2014 | Ben Kesling
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, after more than a month of battling criticism about access to care and tampering with official wait lists at VA health centers. At a meeting with President Barack Obama, during which Mr. Shinseki presented the VA's internal findings of improper scheduling procedures and long wait times across the VA health system, the retired general offered to resign to give a new VA leader the chance to fix the systemic problems at the department. His resignation marks his second departure from public service since his career began in the military in the...
  • Breaking: Obama announces Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation

    05/30/2014 8:20:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 192 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/14 | Yahoo News
    Trying to get details

    05/29/2014 10:23:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    Seven vulnerable Democrats are now calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation after a preliminary Inspector General’s report confirmed allegations of a scandal in the agency.
  • Pryor: I don’t think Shinseki should go because … I’m not convinced this problem is big enough yet

    05/29/2014 8:57:18 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    Via the Standard, I need to correct the record. Yesterday I predicted that Pryor would join the mob of red-state Democrats frantically pushing Shinseki under the bus to protect themselves. I wrongly assumed that leaving 1,700 vets in Phoenix to twist in the wind on a secret wait list — a scheduling problem the IG explicitly said was “systemic” — would qualify as a firing offense, especially considering Shinseki had five years to right this ship. Not to Pryor, apparently. He needs to see more before his conscience is sufficiently troubled to pull the plug. Update: Via new Hot Air...
  • White House offers tepid support to Shinseki as pressure builds

    05/29/2014 11:34:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House offered tepid support on Thursday for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, skirting questions on whether he’ll soon be fired. White House press secretary Jay Carney repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether Shinseki retained the confidence of the president. Carney said the president believed Shinseki had “performed overall well” and “put his heart and soul” into providing care for veterans. But he also emphasized that the president was waiting to see the results of an internal investigation led by White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors. “When it comes to the current situation, the inquiries and...
  • Steny Hoyer: Republicans are politicizing the Veterans Affairs scandal (Worried about bureaucrats!)

    05/28/2014 5:12:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2014 | Sean Lengell
    The House's No. 2 Democrat accused Republicans of exploiting the scandal that has enveloped the Veterans Affairs Department for political gain and said he is worried that civil servants could be swept up unfairly in a witch hunt. "I don't think there's any doubt about it … that is essentially the tactic that Republicans are trying to employ," Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters Wednesday. "In some cases there are huge fishing expeditions which are going on for millions of documents that goes beyond the realm of oversight and politicizes the issue very greatly." The Republican National Committee...
  • Following Obama’s policies, Four Star Fake Eric Shinseki has killed our veterans

    05/28/2014 9:17:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/28/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Barack Obama is on record as being “furious” over the needless deaths in Veteran’s Administration hospitals. He’s not “furious” because he loves veterans, to the contrary, Barack Obama is “furious” at being been caught in yet another lie. By his own admission Obama knew there were problems in the VA in 2007. In 2008 even before he first took office, Obama was made aware of the problems in the VA hospital system. His response was to appoint Eric Shinseki whose only qualification was that he is “America’s first Asian American four star general,” as the new head of the Veteran’s...
  • Family: V.A. Cops Stomped On Veteran’s Head, Killing Him

    05/28/2014 6:23:39 AM PDT · by ZULU · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 28, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    The family of a 65 year-old veteran claims that VA police stomped on the veterans head and neck, causing him to suffer a stroke and die several weeks later, a new lawsuit alleges.
  • The American people know Obama hates the military even though the media tries to cover it up

    05/27/2014 10:36:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/27/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “Obama Hates America,” reads a comment on The Hill about veterans’ groups slamming a Commander in Chief who is in charge of a 267% increase in military deaths since taking office in 2009. (1) A second comment provides stats which show 1,681 (military) deaths in the 62 months between February 2009 and 2014, an absolutely obscene mortality rate for a “non hot” war. And a third comment sums it all up: “When are you people going to realize that Obama hates the Military?” I learned long ago that when I couldn’t figure out what was going on at the college...
  • Does The Government Treat Illegal Aliens Better Than Military Vets?

    05/24/2014 5:09:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | May 24, 2014 | Robert Jonathan
    On the eve of Memorial Day, and against the backdrop of the rapidly growing Veterans Affairs hospital scandal, do illegal aliens get better treatment than US military veterans? Sarah Palin seems to think so. On Wednesday, President Obama broke his silence on the Veterans Affairs scandal, vowing to hold the military hospitals that falsified records accountable but also claiming that VA problems are anomalies. The president’s remarks come as revelations have emerged in the media about long wait times for veterans seeking medical treatment, and vets who have died while waiting for doctor’s appointments at the military facilities. Originally the...
  • Political Observers: VA Scandal Differs From Other Obama Debacles (Most people have a vet in family)

    05/24/2014 5:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 23, 2014 | Todd Beamon
    The spiraling scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs over deadly treatment delays and falsified waiting lists is setting itself apart from the other controversies that have plagued the Obama administration, Republicans and political observers tell Newsmax. "The VA scandal is different because it is one that every American can relate to," said Democratic pollster and analyst Doug Schoen. "Everyone has a relative who has been a veteran who've put themselves in harm's way to protect this country. "Every American can relate to the horrific nature of the abuses that are alleged to have gone on at VA hospitals —...