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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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This week’s best state in America? Ohio, for its Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

May 19, 2014
Reid Wilson | The Washington Post
We all know the dread that comes with an expiring driver’s license. It may be about the passage of time or our advancing age. But mostly it’s because we have to go to the DMV — purgatory in government form.
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FCC moves forward with new rules on net neutrality

May 16, 2014
Putting the widely cherished principle of net neutrality at stake, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to allow broadband providers to charge for faster access in how online content is prioritized and delivered. Gwen Ifill talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about the debate and protest swirling around the decision.
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VA Secretary Shinseki grilled by Senate panel over failures to provide care

May 16, 2014
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki appeared in front of a Senate panel to defend his agency against accusations that a V.A. hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, falsified scheduling reports, and that up to 40 veterans died awaiting treatment. Senators on both sides of the aisle pressed Shinseki — under mounting calls to resign — to do more. Gwen Ifill reports.
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Eric Shinseki safe on Capitol Hill — for now

May 16, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki vowed Thursday to remain in office until President Obama tells him to go, but lawmakers made clear that their patience is wearing thin and that they will be keeping close tabs on how the Department of Veterans Affairs responds to allegations of treatment delays and cover-ups at veterans medical centers.
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