U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

It's time for Trump's doctor to be examined, for VA chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was tending to grievously injured military personnel in Iraq when he was summoned to Washington to interview for a job he barely knew existed. He didn't see a way to get there.<p>"I thought this was it — this is where the road stops," he told the Lubbock …

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White House nervous Ronny Jackson won't be confirmed as VA secretary

White House officials and key senators are worried Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to replace David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs secretary, …

The White House

Fox News host calls on Trump to fire 'swampy' Scott Pruitt, clean up his administration

A British expat urged President Trump to fire EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and slammed other Trump administration officials on American cable TV …

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Cabinet nominees -- starting with Mike Pompeo committee vote -- top of Congress' agenda this week

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote Monday on Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, but the vote could prove to be a historic snub on the man vying to be the country's top diplomat.<p>Democrats on the committee as well as Republican Sen. Rand Paul are expected to …

Politics

White House says it's confident in Ronny Jackson ahead of confirmation hearing

The White House is disputing reports that the administration is worried about Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson's chances for being confirmed as the next …

The White House

Fifty Shades of Trump

EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO<p>Click for full view<p>US President Donald J. Trump speaks about his tax cuts in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington …

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Steve Hilton: Drain The Swamp -- Trump should fire Scott Pruitt and throw out lobbyists

It became one of the best-known chants on the 2016 campaign trail, and a powerful symbol of Donald Trump’s insurgent, anti-establishment campaign: “Drain The Swamp!”<p>The chant caught on because it captured something that everyone feels, even if they’re not familiar with specific examples: that for …

Opinion

Retiring Cleveland VA chief says privatizing 'would result in a huge disservice to veterans' (photos, video)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Dr. Murray Altose has developed a keen appreciation for the advantages and aggravations of veterans health care after nearly 30 …

Health Care

Five key questions in the upcoming VA secretary confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON — VA secretary nominee Ronny Jackson faces the first major test of his appointment on Wednesday, when he appears before the Senate …

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Trump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on …

Health Care

Haley, Integrity Intact, Is the Exception to the Trump Rule

Nikki Haley’s surprising remonstrance, issued this week from under the bus, earned huzzahs from both parties and showed the world what successfully …

Politics

Is Pompeo actually going to be confirmed?

It would be more than mildly disappointing if the statesman responsible for halting Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions and bringing peace to the Korean …

U.S. Politics

Ronny Jackson told George W. Bush he sutured own genitals

Ronny Jackson left George W. Bush in stitches.<p>The White House doctor tapped to lead the Veterans Affairs administration reportedly told Bush a …

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Pinning ceremony honors new VA Medical Center director Jill Dietrich

Newly appointed VA Medical Center Director Jill Dietrich's pinning ceremony was held this afternoon, marking the first time a woman has been sworn in …

David Shulkin

Walz bill sends message to VA: Get going on medical marijuana research

Veterans deserve the best chronic pain, PTSD treatment options.

Opinion

Ambitious VA medical records overhaul in jeopardy after department shakeup

WASHINGTON — Plans to overhaul the Veterans Affairs medical records system, one of President Donald Trump’s most touted achievements last year, may …

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Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's case referred to federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's inspector general has asked federal prosecutors to review findings that former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe misled investigators about his role in providing information to the media before the 2016 election.<p>Michael Bromwich, McCabe's attorney, said …

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Private health care for veterans can go wrong. Ask Ronny Jackson how he'd fix that.

Veterans have unique stressors and health needs. Senators need to ask Trump nominee Ronny Jackson how he'd make sure private providers are up to the job.<p>When I returned from Iraq as a 22-year-old former Marine sergeant, I sought out mental health care at the health center on my college campus. The …

Mental Health

White House denies report of rift between Trump and Mattis

WASHINGTON — White House officials are denying news reports that President Donald Trump ignored his defense secretary’s requests to get congressional …

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Trump campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment tapped for VA post

The White House has chosen a former Trump campaign staffer accused of sexual harassment as acting chief information officer at the Department of …

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Brown: VA nominee must convince veterans to earn vote for confirmation

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the nominee to become the next leader of the VA told him he opposes privatizing the federal …

Health Care

Veterans say marijuana eases their pain. Why won't Jeff Sessions and VA help them get it?

Veterans say marijuana eases their physical and mental pain. The VA needs to study this and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should rethink his hard line on the drug.<p>The American public’s perception of veterans is well reflected in the bipartisanship Congress has shown in enhancing veterans benefits …

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New VA official is Trump campaign veteran accused of harassment

The VA has appointed an acting information chief who repeatedly clashed with career staff at two agencies and was accused in a recent lawsuit of sexually harassing a fellow employee on Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.<p>The new acting chief information officer, Camilo Sandoval, is a former …

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VA loses its CIO, creating further uncertainty for EHR modernization

The Veterans Affairs Department is losing another top leader.<p>Scott Blackburn, the executive in charge of VA’s Office of Information and Technology, …

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Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs courts a skeptical Senate

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs is meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and has told several key Democratic senators that he is committed not to privatize veterans' health care.<p>The meetings, detailed in interviews Tuesday, provide the first …

Politics

Winners and losers: 6 special interest groups lobbying in VA-private care battle

WASHINGTON — At least 40 organizations actively lobbied on legislation that would provide veterans permanent options to get VA-sponsored care in the private sector, a USA TODAY review of hundreds of Senate reports show.<p>Their varied missions provide a revealing snapshot of who actually stands to …

Health Care

Trump's trade representative spent almost $1MILLION on office furniture and says it's Obama's fault

Robert Lighthizer shelled out $917,000 for furniture at the two trade offices near the White House - a significant increase compared to Ron Kirk (top …

Donald Trump

Secretary nominee opposed to privatizing VA, senator says

WASHINGTON — The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s top Democrat said President Donald Trump’s pick to take over Veterans Affairs promised not to …

David Shulkin

Power Briefing: Why would McCarthy want Trump’s endorsement now?

<b>BIG WASHINGTON MUST READ … WSJ’S BRODY MULLINS</b> and <b>JULIE BYKOWICZ: “How Tony Podesta, a Washington Power Broker, Lost It All:</b> The Democratic lobbyist had money, connections and a rarified art collection. Then came a divorce, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump, and his world came crashing down.” …

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Device cybersecurity top of mind

<i>With help from Arthur Allen (</i>@arthurallen202<i>) and Mohana Ravindranath (</i>@ravindranize<i>)</i><p><b>DEVICE CYBERSECURITY TOP OF MIND:</b> Medical devices, potentially so porous against malware and other outside attackers, received top-of-mind consideration with a policy rollout from FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb …

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