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  • Olympic runner yearns for peace, fears bloodletting in Ethiopia
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    Washington (AFP) - Ethiopia faces potential tragedy -- even ethnic bloodletting -- if the international community looks away from repression there, runner Feyisa Lilesa warned Tuesday. "We all yearn for peace, but the government continues its attacks. I fear that if the killing does not stop, people could abandon nonviolence in self-defense," Lilesa said in an op-ed in The Washington Post. The marathon man made headlines during the Rio Olympics last month when he made a protest signal as he clai... Read more

  • Congress right to press VA on Aurora hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Taxpayers in Colorado and across the nation have been kept in the dark far too long about what went so disastrously awry with the mushrooming cost to build the still-under-construction veterans hospital in Aurora. One would think a billion-dollar overrun for a facility originally slated to cost $604 million would demand a timely explanation. But as we saw again last week, the top brass at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs keeps trying to keep its secrets. Though the VA completed a report o... Read more

  • Advocates, lawmakers push for answers to problem of 'bad paper' discharges
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Veterans advocates rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge lawmakers deal with the problem of so-called “bad paper” discharges that prevent some struggling veterans from receiving health care, and urged the White House to intervene while the legislative process drags on. “It’s disturbing to see this issue come back,” said John Rowan, president and CEO of Vietnam Veterans of America. “We saw half a million questionable less-than-honorable discharges during the Vietnam era. And to think that today... Read more

  • Congress is painfully close to passing mental health reform
    Posted in In the News on September 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    One of the best attempts to improve America’s mental health crisis in decades will stall if the U.S. Senate does not get its act together before it goes on another month-long break. Freshly back from vacation, senators should pass Rep. Tim Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Murphy, a Republican from Pennsylvania and a clinical psychologist, has seen firsthand the challenges that people with mental health disorders face. Social stigma and inadequate public support for treatmen... Read more

  • House Panel Subpoenas VA Over Denver Hospital, Artwork
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Demanding explanations for a $1 billion cost overrun, a House panel Wednesday issued a subpoena to the Department of Veterans Affairs for documents on how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital ballooned to almost $1.7 billion. That figure was nearly triple earlier estimates. The subpoena by the House Veterans Affairs Committee also seeks documents related to millions of dollars spent on artwork and ornamental furnishings at VA offices nationwide, including more than $6.4 million spent on the Pal... Read more

  • House Committee Subpoenas VA Over Hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    A House panel voted to subpoena the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday. The Veterans Affairs Committee wants thousands of pages of documents related to the cost of constructing the VA Hospital in Aurora. The committee also wants documents related to art and ornamental furnishing purchases for the past five-and-a-half years. The cost of building the hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus has ballooned to more than $1.6 billion. That figure was nearly triple earlier estimates. The hospit... Read more

  • VA might be forced to disclose documents related to over-budget Aurora hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    A congressional committee is expected to decide Wednesday whether to force the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to turn over thousands of pages of investigative documents into the over-budget replacement hospital in Aurora that panel members say have been wrongly withheld. The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs could vote on subpoenaing the VA — an unusual though not unprecedented move — to turn over paperwork that supports the findings of an administrative investigative board that said mas... Read more

  • Farmers and politicians talk immigration and regulation concerns at agriculture roundtable
    Posted in In the News on August 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    This is the first year Brighton’s Sakata Farms isn’t growing cabbage, one of its former principal crops. Robert Sakata, farm owner, said it wasn’t worth planting this year, because he wouldn’t have enough employees to harvest it. “We got tired of leaving crops in the field,” he said. Sakata, along with several other farmers, said labor was the No. 1 concern for his industry’s future Aug. 24 at a roundtable at Sakata Farms, which brought together vegetable farmers, ag industry professionals and e... Read more

  • VA’s Army Of Bored Interior Designers Can’t Keep Their Hands Off Brazilian Wood
    Posted in In the News on August 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    A Republican congressman is going after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for having almost 200 full-time interior designers. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller thinks the designers are a significant factor in the troubled agency’s penchant for wasting tax dollars, and offering inadequate care to veterans The Florida Republican — who has devoted much of his tenure as chairman to exposing waste, fraud and abuse in the VA — points to boondoggles like the department’s n... Read more

  • Ernst, Johnson, Coffman react to report on ISIS intelligence manipulation
    Posted in In the News on August 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) called a recent report’s findings that intelligence on ISIS may have been manipulated to create a more favorable depiction of U.S. antiterrorism efforts “alarming.” Ernst and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) called for an investigation in September into allegations made by whistleblowers that the military intelligence community had manipulated or altered intelligence products to distort the impact of U.S. antiterrorism efforts. The resulting Joint Task Force and U.S. Cent... Read more

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