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Politics Apr 04VA says it fixed the veteran suicide hotline, but critics say it’s still broken
The Department of Veterans Affairs told skeptical lawmakers Tuesday it has already fixed problems with its suicide hotline that were highlighted in an internal watchdog's report released just two weeks ago.
Politics Mar 27Schumer seizes on Trump team’s offer to work on health care with Democrats
Trump initially focused the blame on Democrats and predicted a dire future for the Obamacare. But on Sunday he turned his criticism toward conservatives.
Nation Mar 23VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even as money remains in question due to a tightening Trump…
Health Mar 12Republicans dismiss upcoming budget analysis of health plan
Republicans on Sunday dismissed an upcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that more Americans will be uninsured under a proposal to dismantle Barack Obama's health law.
Politics Mar 07VA secretary urges extension of troubled choice program
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is urging Congress to act quickly to temporarily extend a troubled program aimed at widening veterans' access to private-sector health care.
Nation Jan 13U.S. to pay billions to Marines affected by contaminated drinking water
After years of waiting, veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.
Politics Jan 11Trump picks Veterans Affairs insider to lead agency
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped the Department of Veterans Affairs' top health official to lead a beleaguered agency struggling to meet the health needs of millions of veterans.
Health Jan 11VA health system to return to list of troubled federal programs
Veterans health care remains a "high risk" issue threatening the federal budget and quality of care for former service members, auditors say in a forthcoming report.
Politics Dec 17Trump’s pick for budget director has urged big spending cuts
Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as his budget director, is a fierce deficit hawk with a record of pushing deep spending cuts.
Politics Nov 03Voters already have cast about a quarter of all expected 2016 ballots
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton may not be accumulating the type of early-vote advantage her campaign wanted, but she continues to maintain an apparent edge over Donald Trump, with roughly one-fourth of all expected ballots cast in the 2016 election. The…