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My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

VA Scandal: Our Imprint, Our Legacy, Our Sin

James Campion | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
James Campion

One can conceive something as horrifying as the VA systematically allowing dozens of wounded soldiers to die and then scramble to cover it up, just as easily as one can conceive the bizarrely ritualistic lies, deceit and ideological idiocy that put them there in the first place.

The Definition of Insanity at VA

Jim Moore | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

For five years, VA leadership under Secretary Shinseki apparently continued doing the same things over and over in order to achieve a different outcome. And for five years, President Obama has supported the same secretary who continues to do the same things over and over.

Sam Stein

Veterans Groups Completely Unload On Sen. Richard Burr | Sam Stein | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A highly bitter war of words has broken out between veterans organizations and the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Af...

Time to Go: VA's Leadership Cannot Stand

Jim Moore | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

Having retired from VA last September, after 12 years there as a speechwriter for four secretaries, and another 20 years in other lanes of federal service, I look at the scene from a distance through the strong field glasses of professional experience with many of the players.

David Wood

Eric Shinseki, Battered By Allegations Of VA Abuses, Vows To Stay On | David Wood | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional critics are blasting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki for new allegations of abuse in the VA system, but many o...

Veterans Re-enlistment

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Veterans's re-enlistment

David Wood

VA Chief: Backlog Reform Is Difficult But On Track | David Wood | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Eric Shinseki triumphed over a severe combat wound in Vietnam, outmaneuvered the crusty Old Guard in the Pentagon and stared down...

Disabled Veteran Waits four Years for Help

David Wood | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
David Wood

The Obama administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs are unsurpassed when it comes to voicing support for veterans. And the VA, under Eric ...

Returning Troops From Iraq And Afghanistan Are Different From Our Vietnam Vets

Belleruth Naparstek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Belleruth Naparstek

This new group of active military knows what's happening to them, to a much greater extent. There's been a push to educate our troops and the general public about posttraumatic stress.

Veterans Advocates Worried About Care For Troops Wounded In Afghan Surge

McClatchy | David Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration ramps up the war in Afghanistan, veterans advocates say the government must develop a better plan to handle ...

Congress Gets Paid, Veterans Get Shafted

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

This year, like 20 out of the last 23 years, the veterans' health care budget is late. In fact, the only budget that did pass on time this year was the one that funds salary checks for members of Congress.

Veterans: Newest Addition to the Health Care Debate

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Hundreds of veterans were in attendance recently to hear Obama and VA Secretary Shinseki promise that despite the rumors, VA health care will be protected.

President Obama Fulfills Two Critical Campaign Promises to Vets

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Our nation's heroes deserve much more than lost paperwork and endless delays. Today, we are finally turning the page on this horrific chapter in our nation's history.

Mayor MIA on Veterans' Affairs

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

When hundreds of thousands of New York's veterans do not receive the benefits and entitlements they deserve, is there then no cost to New York State taxpayers?

Open Letter to Veterans Affairs Nominee Gen. Eric Shinseki

Joseph A. Violante | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Violante

The history of veterans funding is so consistently poor that even when Congress has gotten the funding level right, it has been late. Imagine trying to run a private sector health care system without knowing your budget.

My 2008 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to our annual awards! For the past three years, this column has paid homage (translation: "ripped off their gimmick") to the McLaughlin Group...

Shinseki for VA Secretary: A Bold Choice

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Shinseki has always put patriotism ahead of politics, and is held in high regard by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

McClellan and Second Thoughts

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Feffer

In this version of shock therapy, Scottie McClellan and David Brock and Eric Shinseki would warn kids not to listen to Rush Limbaugh or watch Bill O'Reilly or read Ann Coulter.