Nominee for Veteran Affairs Secretary Passes Big Test

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_e4e759fff8.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald is one important step closer to becoming the next secretary of Veteran Affairs, after a Senate panel Wednesday unanimously backed his nomination. The vote was 14-0. The agreement by both Democrats and Republicans that McDonald is qualified to take over the embattled agency should mean he'll face little resistance when the full Senate votes to confirm, most likely this week.

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Report: Montana Senator Walsh Accused of Plagiarism

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_0af180aa87.jpgUS Senate (NEW YORK) -- Democrats' chances of retaining the Senate may have taken a major hit Wednesday after allegations of plagiarism were leveled at Montana Senator John Walsh. As reported by The New York Times, Walsh, who is running for re-election in November, apparently lifted major portions of his thesis to graduate from the United States Army War College in 2007 from other sources available on the Internet.

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House Republicans Announce Recommendations to Address Border Crisis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_0b3fa1de76.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans unveiled a plan Wednesday to address the southern border crisis, recommending that the National Guard assist in humanitarian care of the influx of minors entering the country. House Speaker John Boehner has already called on President Obama to implement the reserve military force, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry already made the decision on his own.

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Boehner Honors Doctor Who Saved Lawmaker's Baby

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_d8299526f2.jpgUnited States House of Representatives (WASHINGTON) -- Speaker John Boehner praised a "special guest" on the House floor Wednesday, prompting applause and a standing ovation for a doctor who helped deliver a congresswoman's baby born with a prenatal condition. Boehner honored Dr. Jessica Bienstock, the residency program director for the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Intelligence Officials Present Evidence for How Malaysian Plane Was Shot Down

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_87d5be81c4.jpg (WASHINGTON) -- Senior United States intelligence officials presented evidence on Tuesday that they say makes a "solid case" as to why the U.S. believes a Russian made SA-11 missile fired from separatist-held eastern Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week. While the leading theory is that Russian separatists brought down the plane, the U.S. intelligence community still cannot determine who pulled the trigger or why.

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