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On VA Scandal, No Partisan Divide, Just Universal Outrage

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:11am

Anger is a widespread reaction in Washington as systemic problems in the veterans health care system come to light. But there's disagreement among politicians and veterans on how to fix the problems.

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Politicians On Both Sides Of The Aisle Outraged Over VA Scandal

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:11am

A preliminary review by the Veteran Affairs' inspector general has found that inappropriate scheduling practices are a systemic problem. The scandal is a serious political problem for the White House.

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Transcript And Audio: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:02am

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviewed President Obama on Wednesday about foreign policy, including his approaches to Syria, Ukraine and China, as well as his effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

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10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 8:02pm

From his focus on peace instead of war to his praise for the U.S. stance in Ukraine, the president took a different tone Wednesday than he did in his 2009 commencement speech at the military academy.

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Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:21pm

Financial problems have led many hospitals to shut down completely. Georgia is issuing licenses to rural hospitals that would allow them to become nothing more than freestanding emergency rooms.

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America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:44pm

"We don't face an existential crisis," the president told NPR in an exclusive interview. He said the U.S. is blessed with a growing economy and no prospect of war with another nation-state.

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Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:26pm

This was starting to look like a bad year for the Tea Party, with primary losses to GOP establishment candidates beginning to pile up. Then came Texas.

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Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:19pm

The component of Obamacare that requires employers to provide health insurance has been delayed twice. Now, groups on both sides of the political spectrum are arguing to get rid of it altogether.

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Obama Calls For Further Support Of Syrian Rebels: What's Changed?

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:13pm

Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition spoke with President Obama shortly after the president's speech to West Point graduates. He offers a brief preview of that conversation.

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Finding The Fine Line Between Isolation And The 'Allure Of Normalcy'

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Robert Siegel speaks to Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution and Michele Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense, about President Obama's commencement speech to West Point graduates.

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Report Finds Systemic Problems With VA Wait Lists

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

In a new report released Wednesday, the inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs says that the department has frequently manipulated records to hide medical care delays. Investigators focused their probe on a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

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South Dakota To Drivers: Ignore Those Pesky Iowa Speeding Cameras

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Police in Sioux City, Iowa, use photo enforcement to catch traffic violations. An automatic camera takes a photo of a violator's license plate, then police find the registered owner and send out a ticket. South Dakota legislators have passed a law that will not allow their state's Department of Transportation to release vehicle information for this purpose. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Gary Ellenbolt reports that the bill was co-sponsored by a state senator who has reportedly received several of these tickets. The senator claims that with photo enforcement, there's no right for a defendant to face the accuser, as guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Obama Auditions Foreign Policy Speech Before Graduating Cadets

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

President Obama visited the U.S. Military Academy Wednesday, delivering a commencement speech to West Point cadets. He used the occasion to lay out a foreign policy vision based in pragmatism.

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Report Finds Evidence Of 'Secret' Wait Lists At VA Hospital

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:27pm

The inspector general's interim report said numerous problems had been found with scheduling practices and treatment delays at the Phoenix VA hospital.

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Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:55am

The media blitz underway for Hillary Clinton's upcoming book is "as subtle as a bugle call," says NPR's Ron Elving.

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Obama Emphasizes Importance Of Alliances In Foreign Policy Address

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:33am

Speaking at West Point, Obama suggested the nation's "long season of war" was drawing to a close. Although the U.S. will continue to lead, it will seek partners when not under direct military threat.

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Obama To Use West Point Speech To Lay Out Foreign Policy Doctrine

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama delivers the commencement address at West Point on Wednesday. Aides say he'll use the opportunity to spell out his broad vision of foreign policy and America's role in the world.

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U.S. Plans To Leave Residual Force Of Nearly 10,000 In Afghanistan

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama announced on Tuesday a plan to leave a residual force of 9,800 service members in Afghanistan beyond 2014. By 2016, most troops will be out of the country.

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Obama Delays Review Of Deportation Policies

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:03am

President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday.

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Oldest Serving Member Of The House Loses To Tea Party Opponent

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:57pm

Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, 91, was defeated in a Republican primary runoff by John Ratcliffe, 48, a former U.S. attorney with Tea Party support.

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