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Krauthammer’s Take: Shinseki
Resignation was ‘Elaborate Theater’

National Review, by Staff

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 5/30/2014 8:30:57 PM

Charles Krauthammer called former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation “elaborate theater” on Special Report Friday evening. Before Obama was president, he promised to end wait times at the VA and streamline services. But six years later he simultaneously claims that he’s been working on the problems, and that he knew nothing about the problems. “How can the president say that the VA’s problems had not reached the White House, when the president himself says he’s been working on this for six years?” he said. Krauthammer said the president is “trying to have it every which way,” and that Obama was

      


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Krauthammer’s Take: Shinseki
Resignation was ‘Elaborate Theater’
National Review, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/30/2014 8:30:57 PM     Post Reply
Charles Krauthammer called former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation “elaborate theater” on Special Report Friday evening. Before Obama was president, he promised to end wait times at the VA and streamline services. But six years later he simultaneously claims that he’s been working on the problems, and that he knew nothing about the problems. “How can the president say that the VA’s problems had not reached the White House, when the president himself says he’s been working on this for six years?” he said. Krauthammer said the president is “trying to have it every which way,” and that Obama was

   

 

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Why the blame-Bush
effort on VA will backfire
Hot Air, by Ed Morrisey    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/30/2014 8:15:28 PM     Post Reply
Prior to Barack Obama finally taking some executive action in the face of incompetence and scandal, Mother Jones attempted to let him off the hook for it. Mariah Blake offered a “scoop” on wait lists and backlogs by noting what no one denies — that they got out of hand during the Bush administration: President Barack Obama and his administration have come under fire following a string of revelations about the huge backlogs of patients at Department of Veterans Affairs clinics and the underhanded tactics many of them used to hide the long wait times for medical care. As of Thursday evening, more than 100 lawmakers were calling on

Kerry: Obama Administration ‘More
Engaged’ with the World ‘Than at
Any Time in American History’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/29/2014 11:51:09 PM     Post Reply
Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.” “I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t

Cabinet politics: Federal officials, grants
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Washington Times, by Kellan Howell    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/29/2014 11:15:51 PM     Post Reply
If you were looking for Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz this week, you might want to consult the 2014 electoral map of endangered Democrats as a guide. Mr. Moniz toured Louisiana’s Gulf Coast oil and gas operations to assure the industry the administration supported its growth even as the president rolls out his climate change agenda. At his side was Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, one of the most vulnerable incumbents in this fall’s election. Mr. Moniz followed up Thursday by announcing the loosening of regulations governing exports of liquefied natural gas, one of the pet issues of Ms. Landrieu and

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Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/28/2014 10:13:30 PM     Post Reply
It is said that the problem with the younger generation — any younger generation — is that it has not read the minutes of the last meeting. Barack Obama, forever young, has convenient memory loss: It serves his ideology. His amnesia concerning the policies that produced the robust recovery from the more severe (measured by its 10.8 percent unemployment rate) recession of 1981-82 has produced policies that have resulted in 0.1 percent economic growth in 2014’s first quarter — the 56th, 57th and 58th months of the recovery from the recession that began in December 2007. June begins the sixth

   

 

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Washington Post, by Wesley Lowery and Josh Hicks    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/28/2014 10:11:07 PM     Post Reply
An independent review of Veterans Affairs health centers has determined that government officials falsified records to hide the amount of time former service members have had to wait for medical appointments, calling a crisis that arose in one hospital in Phoenix a “systemic problem nationwide.” The inspector general’s report, a 35-page interim document, prompted new calls for VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, a former general and Vietnam veteran, to resign.Those calls from Capitol Hill included members of President Obama’s own party, complicating what is already a political challenge for a president who has made veterans issues a legacy-defining priority after

The Intellectual Dishonesty of
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National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/27/2014 11:40:22 PM     Post Reply
To voters angry at Washington, President Obama has an explanation for the deepening of gridlock, incompetence, and zero-sum gain thinking during his five-plus years in office: It´s not his fault. Not that finger-pointing solves anything, but Obama wants you to know that it was Republicans and the media who put his presidency on ice. At a fundraiser in Chicago on Thursday night, Obama said: "You´ll hear if you watch the nightly news or you read the newspapers that, well, there´s gridlock, Congress is broken, approval ratings for Congress are terrible. And there´s a tendency to say, a plague on both

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A ‘Monumental Mistake’? Obama
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PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/27/2014 11:06:16 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — National security hawks in Congress quickly slammed President Obama’s Rose Garden announcement detailing the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan as a “monumental mistake” put into action to score political points. Obama said the U.S. objectives requiring a residual force beyond the year-end withdrawal will be “disrupting threats posed by al-Qaeda, supporting Afghan security forces, and giving the Afghan people the opportunity to succeed as they stand on their own.” “First, America’s combat mission will be over by the end of this year. Starting next year, Afghans will be fully responsible for securing their country. American personnel will

Cafeteria politics: Michelle Obama starts
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Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
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First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday chided congressional Republicans for attempting to roll back her school lunch standards, calling the effort “unacceptable” and accusing lawmakers of playing politics with the health of young students. The unusual step by Mrs. Obama, who largely has avoided political scuffles during her husband’s time in office, underscores the growing unrest around the initiative and a real chance that the standards, at least in their current form, may not survive much longer. The first lady now is going toe-to-toe with lawmakers in the House and Senate, where proposals to alter the lunch guidelines are gaining

   

 

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Posted By: Dreadnought- 5/27/2014 10:51:17 PM     Post Reply
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