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Politics Nov 17Veterans Affairs exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon
As part of its effort to expand private health care, Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals.
Nation Nov 14U.S. Postal Service marks 11 straight years of financial loss
The Postal Service reported a loss of $2.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. That was better than a $5.6 billion loss in the prior year but was mainly due to fluctuations in interest rates that reduced…
Politics Nov 13AP fact check: Trump’s statements on the economy, veterans’ health care
Veterans Day prompted President Donald Trump and his administration to take stock of what’s been done to fix health care for those in uniform. They claimed more progress than has been made.
Politics Oct 1915 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs, House panel says
A House committee is demanding that 15 federal agencies fully account for senior officials' travel following reports of costly plane travel by Trump Cabinet secretaries.
Politics Oct 15Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy
A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums.
Politics Sep 26Department of Veterans Affairs says money for private health care may run out by year’s end
Weeks after a veterans' health initiative received $2.1 billion in emergency funding, the Trump administration says the private-sector Veterans Choice health care program may need additional money as early as December to avoid a disruption of care for hundreds of…
Nation Sep 16Suicide among veterans highest in western U.S., rural areas
Montana, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico had the highest rates of veteran suicide as of 2014.
Nation Sep 04Congress should tie Harvey aid to the debt ceiling increase vote, Mnuchin says
On Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described the federal aid package as an important initial "down payment" on Harvey relief that he expects will come to $150 billion to $180 billion. "We need Congress to step up and pass this…
Nation Aug 27Texas governor praises Harvey response as Trump meets and tweets
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott loaded heavy praise Sunday on President Donald Trump and the federal government for its response to Hurricane Harvey, describing an “A-plus” effort with the storm only just beginning to take its catastrophic toll.
Nation Aug 10U.S. Postal Service’s financial straits could disrupt daily mail delivery
The Postal Service on Thursday reported a quarterly loss of $2.1 billion, compared to a $1.6 billion loss in the same period last year.