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Drugs Can Reach Patients Faster and Cheaper, FDA Chief Says

May 29, 2014
Alex Wayne, Anna Edney | Bloomberg News
A new program that lets drugmakers move more quickly through the approval process for breakthrough products may help lower the cost of life-saving treatments, the nation’s chief drug regulator said today.
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Why is it so hard for some Veterans to get care from the VA?

May 22, 2014
President Obama defended embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Wednesday, but warned that someone will be held accountable for any revealed shortcomings amid allegations that 40 veterans died awaiting care. Gwen Ifill gets two views on the troubles inside the VA from former Defense Department official David McGinnis and Joseph Violante of Disabled American Veterans.
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Why the VA Scandal Is the Real Outrage

May 22, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
If you’ve ever been seriously sick or helped a family member who is, you know how dark it can get. In the hospital, you look to every doctor or nurse who throws back that curtain and punches the hand sanitizer machine as if they have the answer, but they don’t. This test or that test will tell us more, you’re told, or we’ll know more after one more bag is hooked up and drained. If you’re on a slower track, it’s just a gauntlet of appointments weeks away, tests on different floors or in different buildings, illegible return visit dates scribbled on little cards, lost parking tickets you can’t validate, endless pill trays (the clear one in the morning and the opaque one at night).
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Democrats join GOP-led Benghazi committee

May 22, 2014
| USA Today
After weeks of internal debate, reluctant House Democrats chose Wednesday to engage in the GOP-led Benghazi select committee and seat a full roster on the 12-member panel.
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Emergency Operator

May 21, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
The story of trouble at the Department of Veterans Affairs is a familiar one: A political firestorm erupts, and firings are called for. Hearings are held. Outrage is produced. Pundits want to know what the president is going to do. Interested parties say he is moving too slowly. The president’s opponents take advantage. His advisers insist the president is livid. The president is “madder than hell,” Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough said on Face the Nation. But the president is also not going to engage in symbolic acts. Obama doesn’t just fire people because they got bad theater reviews after congressional hearings.
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The fight LBJ could not win: D.C. home rule

May 21, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
As part of our project on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society, we will take a look this week at some lesser-known but important things that came out of the myriad programs that were created and legislation that passed. We now take many of them for granted. Each day this week we'll highlight one.
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As outrage over VA allegations grows, Obama and aides scramble to respond

May 20, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
The White House is scrambling to contain growing outrage over delays in treatment and rigged recordkeeping at veterans hospitals as lawmakers on Capitol Hill prepared to vote Wednesday on a bill designed to help make it easier to fire career employees tied to scandals at the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs.
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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro Is Said to Be HUD Pick in Cabinet Reshuffling

May 19, 2014
Peter Baker, Jonathan Martin | Bloomberg News
President Obama is preparing to nominate Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as his new secretary of housing and urban development, elevating one of his party’s Hispanic rising stars as part of a cabinet shuffle that has possible implications for the 2016 presidential race, Democrats informed about the plans said on Saturday.
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Middle East Virus Identified in Third U.S. Patient, CDC Says

May 19, 2014
Alex Wayne | Bloomberg News
An American who had contact with an Indiana health-care worker infected with a potentially lethal Middle Eastern virus was found to have the disease, though he had no symptoms and didn’t require medical care.
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