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Arkansas VA spent $408 million on solar-panel project as veterans faced brutal wait-times

Officials at an Arkansas Veterans Affairs hospital over a five-year period spent $408 million a so-called “green management” solar-panel project that went over schedule and over budget as former servicemen and women awaited care long overdue, according to a VA inspector-general report spurred by members of Congress. The Daily Caller has the details: The move to solar is part of the VA’s Green Management Program, which is tasked with installing renewable energy sources at various medical facilities. The probe included 11 out of 15 solar panel projects awarded from 2010 through 2013, which were still incomplete in 2015. Each of the 11 solar ...

Washington Times: Obama administration announces immigration surge for Central Americans

The Obama administration this week announced plans they are inviting thousands of Central American immigrants to apply for refugee status, especially those related to the children that are illegally crossing the border from Central America. The Washington Times has the scoop: “Today’s expansion of the Obama Administration’s policy is simply a continuation of the government-sanctioned border surge,” [said House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). “Tens of thousands of unlawful immigrants continue to arrive at the Southwest border to benefit from the president’s lax immigration enforcement, and now many more can simply use this ...

Report: Houston-area Veterans Affairs office falsified wait times for Texas vets seeking appointments

It's again come to light Veterans Affairs employees falsified wait times of veterans who were seeking medical appointments – this time in Texas – according to a report released this week. Fox News has the details: The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General said more than 200 appointments were incorrectly recorded for the year that ended in June 2015. Two former scheduling supervisors and a current director of two VA clinics instructed staff to incorrectly record cancellations as being canceled by the patient, the report shows. Veterans in many instances then encountered average wait times of nearly three months when the ...

Iowa farmer, former state rep: ‘[N]avigating the cumbersome tax code takes time away from our livelihood’

Former Iowa state representative and third-generation family farmer Annette Sweeney in a recent opinion piece says members of Congress need to join together and fix our unnecessarily intricate tax code. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have no excuse for not simplifying what should be a simple process, she says. The Des Moines Register has the details: I proudly represented the people of Iowa in the state Legislature for four years and I heard many complaints about our outdated tax system. Throughout the year, taxes are of major concern for Iowans; farmers file on March 1, individuals on April 15, and small business owners pay taxes every quarter. ...

Tea Party Patriots: Our prayers and condolences are with the victims of this senseless terror attack

  ATLANTA, Ga – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today in light of the terror attack in Orlando early yesterday morning. “We are shocked and saddened by the horrific terror attack on a nightclub in Orlando that claimed the lives of at least 49 people and injured dozens of others. Our prayers and condolences are with the victims of this senseless attack and their families as they grieve the loss of their loved ones. All of the current evidence points to this being an act of radical Islamic terrorism. Our elected officials will say this isn't a time to politicize this tragedy, but ...

Study: Obamacare forcing people to take part-time jobs

Obamacare: It’s the silent job killer as more and more part-time jobs than full-time positions start popping up in local communities. Whether it’s the 35-hours-a-week posting for a new church secretary or 35-hours-a-week instead of 40 at the local coffee shop, hundreds of thousands of Americans nationwide are feeling the Obamacare pinch, according to a recent study from Goldman Sachs. The Washington Examiner has the details: In a research note sent out Wednesday, bank economist Alec Phillips concluded that "the evidence suggests that the [Affordable Care Act] has at least modestly elevated involuntary part-time employment." He wrote that a ...

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VA supervisors instructed employees at facilities in seven states to falsify veteran wait times

Veterans Affairs supervisors told employees at facilities in seven states to  falsify veteran wait times, according to 70 reports investigating the agency. USA Today has the inside story: Overall, those reports — released after multiple inquiries and a Freedom of Information Act request — reveal for the first time specifics of widespread scheduling manipulation. Employees at 40 VA medical facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico regularly “zeroed out” veteran wait times, the analysis shows. In some cases, investigators found manipulation had been going on for as long as a decade. In others, it had been just a few years. In many ...

Report: VA staff falsified time it took for suicidal vet to get care

  A Veterans Affairs report alleges staffers at the San Diego VA in 2014 falsified wait times of veterans seeking mental-health care, arguing one veteran even attempted suicide after his doctor cancelled numerous appointments. KPBS has the story: The report released last week said the unnamed veteran’s provider canceled four appointments in a row. The local VA concedes the report is true. “We rescheduled him — that got canceled. Rescheduled him — that got canceled,” said Ray A. Deal, deputy chief for health administration at VA San Diego. “But typically, if a provider calls in sick, we contact all the patients, let them know ...

Bereaved father estimates nearly 4,000 people are killed annually by unlicensed, illegal immigrants

  A man whose son was killed in a hit-and-run by an unlicensed, illegal immigrant estimates 7,500 Americans are killed every year by unlicensed drivers and that half of those people are killed by illegal immigrants behind the wheel. Fox News has the story: As many as 7,500 Americans — 20 per day — are killed annually by unlicensed drivers, and Rosenberg calculates that more than half are the victims of illegal immigrants. Now, by testifying before lawmakers, speaking to parents who have been through the same ordeal and posting his research on his nonprofit’s website, unlicensedtodrive.org, Rosenberg is shedding light on a frightening ...