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May 30, 2014
Updated 10 a.m. | Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for the scandal rocking his department Friday, but he did not resign ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama this morning.
“I apologize,” to Congress, the public and to the veterans, Shinseki said — calling the findings of systemic shortcomings in VA health care unacceptable.
“Leadership and integrity problems can and must be fixed, and now,” he said, announcing a series of changes that include plans to remove any leader who tolerated deception in scheduling practices.
Obama said in a taped interview airing this morning on “Live With Kelly and Michael” that he plans to have a “serious conversation” with Shinseki about whether he has the capacity to fix the VA’s problems.
“I don’t want any veteran to not be getting the kind of services they deserved,” the president said.
May 23, 2014
Julián Castro is going to Washington. President Barack Obama will make it official Friday afternoon, when he will announce his intent to nominate Castro to be the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan taking over at the Office of Management and Budget.
Castro has already been seen as a potential national player in Democratic politics, getting tapped by Obama as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, although the housing post hasn’t generally been a stepping stone to greatness. He will add another Latino to the president’s Cabinet, joining Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. Like Obama, he has a Harvard law degree.
He’ll still have to navigate the Senate confirmation process, but Republicans will not be able to filibuster either nomination after Democrats last year detonated the “nuclear option” getting rid of the 60-vote rule for nominations. Full story
May 12, 2014
President Barack Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner agree on something — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should not resign, despite calls from a number of Boehner’s fellow Republicans for him to go.
On Monday, 16 House Republicans, led by Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski, wrote to Obama asking him to remove Shinseki and two others in the VA’s top leadership.
“Recent revelations about avoidable patient deaths, delayed treatments, falsified records, secret waiting lists, and cancelled appointments, coupled with systemic IT security failures, project cost overruns, and a backlog that has more than doubled since 2009, clearly demonstrate widespread incompetence and a lack of transparency within the Department of Veterans Affairs. … Enough is enough,” the lawmakers wrote. Full story
May 6, 2014
The White House is letting senators view a classified drone memo justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, Niels Lesniewski reports. But the public won’t get the same opportunity.
The White House told Niels that the memo would only be viewable in a classified setting.