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Trudeau cabinet minister resigns amid controversy

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s former justice minister quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet on Tuesday amid allegations Trudeau’s office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm. Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a letter announcing her resignation. She had been demoted from the post of justice minister last month. The Globe and […]
Tags: Business, News, Toronto, Ap, World, Canada, Veterans Affairs, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Jody Wilson Raybould, Nation & World


Success stories - V.A. Wait Times Now Shorter Than for Private Doctors

From New York Times on 01/22/19 Wait times for an appointment at Veterans Affairs hospitals have decreased since 2014 and are now, on average, shorter than those in the private sector, a new study shows. Researchers used V.A. data to calculate wait times for about 17 million appointments. The public sector data came from a survey conducted by a physicians’ search firm in nearly 2,000 medical offices in 30 major and midsize metropolitan areas. The study, in JAMA Network Open, covered f...
Tags: Health, Success Stories, New York Times, Veterans Affairs, Infertility, Talkin, Johnny Winter, David G Markham, Markham s Behavioral Health, Organizational Performance, Health Care Delivery, V.A


WI Watchlist: Epic Systems, M-WERC, Nordic, Dianomi Therapeutics

It’s time to catch up on some recent headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community:—Dianomi Therapeutics, a Madison-based life sciences startup, said it received a $3 million investment from San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND). The investment includes $2 million in equity funding and $1 million in convertible debt financing, according to a Dianomi spokesperson.As part of the deal, Ligand said it will provide technical and scientific advisory services to Dianomi for a year, a...
Tags: Deals, Energy, Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Biologics, Veterans Affairs, Va, San Diego, M&a, Wisconsin, Cleantech, Digital Health, Electronic Health Records, Life Sciences


LA County homeless count was something these Valley volunteers could not ignore

Thousands of people across Los Angeles County took to the streets this week, but it was not to march in support of a political cause. Instead they were volunteering in the homeless count, a now annual reminder of a pressing problem in Los Angeles that has become difficult for many to ignore. That inability to look the other way was what prompted eighth-grade math teacher Jose Fernandez to go straight from the LAUSD teacher strike that ended Tuesday to join the homeless count. Homelessness has be...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Veterans Affairs, Homeless, Santa Claus, Lausd, Chatsworth, Local News, Southern California, Providence, Northridge, Los Angeles County, Valley


Report: Former VA official broke ethics rules

An inspector general report faulted former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with violating ethical rules by allowing security agents to drive his wife around, and also found larger long-standing ethical and management flaws in the department's security program.
Tags: News, Veterans Affairs, Va, Stories, David Shulkin


Watchdog report finds former VA secretary violated ethics rules with security use

An inspector general report faulted former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with violating ethical rules by allowing security agents to drive his wife around, and also found larger long-standing ethical and management flaws in the department's security program.
Tags: Cnn, Veterans Affairs, Va, David Shulkin


Lawmakers Worry New VA Private Care Program Could Be a ‘Train Wreck’

Members task Veterans Affairs secretary with avoiding familiar trappings in implementing the new law.
Tags: Veterans Affairs, Pay & Benefits


Conventional loan limits increase for a third year in a row

What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. Rate news summary From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey:  The 30-year fixed rate did not change from last week, remaining at 4.81 percent. The 15-year fixed increased one basis points, now averaging 4.25 percent. Bottom line: Assuming a borrower gets the average 30-year fixed rate on a conforming $484,350 loan, last year’s payment was $259 lower than this week’s payment of $2,544. What I see: Locally, ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Veterans Affairs, Va, San Diego, Mortgage, Orange County, San Diego County, Southern California, San Bernardino, Carter


Veterans study points to suicide risk from multiple brain injuries

A Veterans Affairs study finds that post-9-11 veterans with a history of repeated traumatic brain injuries -- versus none -- are at much greater risk for considering suicide.
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Vacation rental business growing, Honolulu council candidate asks Supreme Court for recount, Western governors to meet in Kona, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii beach scene ©2018 All Hawaii News Isle B&Bs, vacation rentals see double-digit growth. Hawaii’s bed-and-breakfast accommodations and vacation rental homes saw double-digit growth in 2017. Star-Advertiser.State economic growth downgraded. Hawaii’s extraordinary run of economic expansion, now in its ninth year, paused briefly earlier this year, according to a new federal estimate that has led state officials to downgrade their annual growth forecast for the local economy. Star-Adve...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, Washington, US, United States, Hawaii, Veterans Affairs, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, DOE, Irs, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Dpp, Honolulu


New eastern Idaho VA clinic triples those receiving care

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic is opening in eastern Idaho with the capacity to treat three times more patients than the region was previously able to care for. Tim Huhtala, the regional head of primary care services for Veterans Affairs, told the Post Register that Idaho Falls […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Veterans Affairs, Idaho Falls, U S Department of Veterans Affairs, Post Register, Nation & World, Idaho VA, Tim Huhtala


The VA Shadow Rulers’ Signature Program Is ‘Trending Towards Red’

A $10 billion technology upgrade championed by Jared Kushner and the Mar-a-Lago trio is at risk of failing the VA’s 7 million patients. When senators asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie in September about the three Trump supporters who’ve been quietly shaping the agency’s agenda from the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, he minimized his interactions with the trio, saying they’d had a single meeting on a seemingly dry subject: electronic medical records. As unexciting as that might s...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Senate, White House, Defense, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, House, Veterans Affairs, Va, PAC, Pentagon, Salt Lake City, Seattle


Trump Says Baselessly That Dems Behind ‘Caravan’ To Get More Voters

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting without evidence that Democrats or their allies are supporting a “caravan” of Central American migrants who are traveling north aiming to enter the United States. Addressing thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in Montana Thursday, Trump said immigration is now one of the leading issues in the 2018 midterms, and he accused Democrats of supporting the migrants because they “figure everybody coming in is going to vote Democrat.”...
Tags: Florida, News, Supreme Court, Montana, Mexico, White House, Gop, United States, House, Veterans Affairs, Arizona, Secret Service, Honduras, Jackson, Guatemala, Donald Trump


GOP Senator Pushed VA to Use Unproven ‘Brainwave Frequency’ Treatment

The Trump administration has welcomed experimental procedures for veterans’ mental health, even though doctors urge caution. Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, pushed doctors at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Reno to adopt an experimental mental health treatment marketed by a company with ties to his office. On a Friday night last December in his Reno office, Heller, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced VA officials to representatives from a health care ...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, Gop, Veterans Affairs, Va, Food And Drug Administration, Wisconsin, Fda, Nevada, Smith, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Reno, Trump, VFW, Federal Election Commission


Ryan Zinke’s High School Football Teammate Reviews Research Grant Applications

Sometimes we have a hard time defining “Trump Swamp.” (Basically, it’s the sabotage of the Executive Branch by the people in charge.) Sometimes, defining it is easy. A high school football teammate of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must approve all “grants and cooperative agreements” above $50,000. Steve Howke has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the Guardian , and prior to occupying this government job — the sole purpose of which now seems to be interfering with the funding of...
Tags: News, Washington Post, White House, Cnn, New York Times, Veterans Affairs, The Guardian, Epa, Customs, George W Bush, Scott Pruitt, Trump, Mother Jones, Interior, Zinke, Customs Enforcement


From A Distance, Bill Shine Is Quietly Making His Mark On The West Wing

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — For years he dutifully carried out Roger Ailes’ orders, earning himself the nickname “the Butler” at Fox News. Now, Bill Shine is serving the same role under President Donald Trump. The former news executive, who was formally brought into the White House last month as deputy chief of staff for communications, has yet to move into a permanent office or bring on his own staff. But he is already putting his mark on the West Wing, clashing with reporters, improving the produ...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, White House, Cnn, Fox, Veterans Affairs, Fox News, Bill, Donald Trump, Shine, Trump, Bridgewater, HANNITY, Oval Office, Fox Friends, West Wing


Washington Post: New VA secretary to shuffle department leadership

Robert Wilkie, the newly minted Veterans Affairs secretary, plans to reassign members of the department's leadership as one of his first acts on the job, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Tags: Washington Post, Cnn, Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, New VA


Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be Veterans Affairs secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate confirms Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be Veterans Affairs secretary.
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, Ap, Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, Nation & World Politics, Robert Wilkie


Senate set to confirm Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling President Donald Trump’s promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie is Trump’s third pick […]
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, Ap, Veterans Affairs, Va, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Wilkie, Nation & World Politics, Robert Wilkie


Life In Trump’s Cabinet: Putdowns, Perks And Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross came in for an Oval Office tongue-lashing after he used a mundane soup can as a TV prop. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got overruled by President Donald Trump’s announcement that a new “Space Force” is in the offing. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt finally bailed out this week, three months after his steady stream of highly publicized ethics problems brought a sharp admonition from image-conscious Trump to “knock it off.” Welcome ...
Tags: Energy, Transportation, Europe, Texas, Budget, News, Obama, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Defense, America, Barack Obama, Ap, Commerce


Did a VA Hospital Replace Its American Flag With a Pride Flag?

A Veterans Affairs facility flew a rainbow flag, which some social media users mistook for a permanent change.
Tags: News, Lgbt, Veterans Affairs, Rainbow Flag, Pride Month, VA Hospital Replace


Did a VA Hospital Replace Military Flags with a Pride Flag?

An Indiana veterans facility temporarily removed military flags to fly a rainbow flag, an action some social media users mistook for a permanent change.
Tags: News, Lgbt, Indiana, Veterans Affairs, Rainbow Flag, Pride Month, VA Hospital Replace Military Flags


Acting veterans secretary tours recovering Manchester clinic

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Just a week into his new job, the acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs will be in New Hampshire checking on progress at a medical center recovering from both flooding and allegations of substandard care. Peter O’Rourke, a veteran of the Navy an Air Force, previously served as head of the VA’s […]
Tags: News, New Hampshire, Veterans Affairs, Manchester, Va, Peter O Rourke, MANCHESTER N H AP, Nation & World, Navy an Air Force


Did President Trump Donate His First-Quarter 2018 Salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs?

In keeping with his campaign promise to forgo a presidential salary, the White House announced in May 2018 that Trump is donating $100,000 to Veterans Affairs.
Tags: News, White House, Veterans Affairs, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration, Presidential Salary


Trump’s pick to head Veterans Affairs: Robert Wilkie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is President Donald Trump’s pick to permanently lead the beleaguered department. Wilkie is a former Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness. He’s led the agency for two months, ever since Trump fired David Shulkin amid an internal revolt and questions about his compliance with ethics rules. […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Trump, Wilkie, David Shulkin, Nation & World Politics, Robert Wilkie


Trump picks acting director Robert Wilkie to head Veterans Affairs

By ZEKE MILLER, HOPE YEN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he has chosen Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department, a surprise announcement that appeared to catch Wilkie off guard. Wilkie, a former Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness, has led the department since Trump fired David Shulkin in March amid an ethics scandal and mounting rebellion within the building. Trump r...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Obama, Congress, Navy, Washington, Senate, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, Veterans Affairs, Army


Senate Expected To Confirm Haspel As CIA Director After Dems Pledge Support

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set to vote Thursday on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel as the first female director at the CIA. Haspel’s nomination to lead the spy agency revived a debate on its now-banned torture program. She is expected to be confirmed after several Democrats joined most Republicans in saying they would back Trump’s nominee. Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the majority whip, said in a floor speech Thursday afternoon that the Senate would be voting soon. The po...
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Trump Considers FL GOP Rep. Brian Mast For Veterans Affairs Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering an Army veteran who is a Republican member of Congress for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, part of a lengthening search for a nominee following the abrupt firing of David Shulkin in March. A White House official on Thursday said Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, who was elected to the House in 2016, was among the list of candidates for the job heading an agency of 360,000 employees serving 9 million veterans. The White House official ...
Tags: Florida, News, Obama, Congress, Washington, White House, Ap, Afghanistan, House, Veterans Affairs, Army, Va, Pentagon, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump


AP Source: Trump considering Army veteran for VA secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering an Army veteran who is a Republican member of Congress for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, part of a lengthening search for a nominee following the abrupt firing of David Shulkin in March. A White House official on Thursday said Rep. Brian Mast of Florida, who […]
Tags: Florida, News, Congress, Washington, White House, Ap, Veterans Affairs, Army, Va, Donald Trump, Trump, David Shulkin, Brian Mast, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


Snarky, smug letter-writers: Letters

Michael Logan’s letter (“The white van,” April 29) was as usual filled with unsubstantiated attacks on his large enemies list. As with many of the right wing who often seem to be convinced of their cleverness and sterling insight, he operates in a snarky, smug manner. This time he tried to score cheap points but denigrates every innocent victim of the Toronto van attack. In his haste to show what a wit he is, he has reduced those people to punchlines in some extremely clumsy attempt to both make...
Tags: Opinion, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Veterans Affairs, Trump, Letters to the Editor, Ronny Jackson, Michael Logan, David Gooler, Pasadena Dental, Harvey Pearson