VA Whistle-blowers Testify About Retaliation

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_8129d53ad9.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Veterans Affairs hospital scandal was the subject of a House hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday evening with testimony from VA whistle-blowers who claim supervisors and top management retaliated against them when they uncovered wrongdoing. Dr. Katherine Mitchell, a medical director at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, told the House Veterans Affairs committee that she was routinely retaliated against for reporting health and safety concerns.

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Dinner Diplomacy: Sen. Angus King on Uniting Ted Cruz and Dems over Rack of Ribs

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_65ae79a449.jpgUnited States Senate (WASHINGTON) -- Angus King may be one of only two Independent senators in Congress, but that doesn’t mean he’s excused himself from the table of party politics. “I haven't traded lobsters, but I've bought a lot of ribs in here when I have friends for dinner – particularly senators,” the senator from Maine told “Power Players” during an interview at Kenny’s BBQ Smoke House in Washington, where he frequently picks up racks of ribs for bipartisan dinners he hosts at his nearby Washington home.

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Poll: American Voters Not Happy with Congress

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_4554c1cfe5.jpgArchitect of the Capitol (NEW YORK) -- While many Americans disapprove of the work being done -- or not being done -- by Congress, much of the blame for ongoing gridlock seems to be pointed at Republicans, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. The latest polling data shows 73 percent of American voters disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing, higher than the 63 percent who feel the same way about Democrats in Congress.

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Obama 'The Bear' Lets Loose in Denver, Will Meet with Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_32005f3291.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- Just as the White House cautioned, President Obama, “The Bear,” went “loose” in Denver on Tuesday, breaking the “bubble” to meet with average Americans. Shortly after arriving in the Mile-High City, the president sat down for dinner at the Wazee Supper Club with five people who wrote him letters about their personal stories and, conveniently, issues that are high on his agenda, including raising the minimum wage, college affordability, and the controversial Affordable Care Act.

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HHS Seeks More Military Bases to House Unaccompanied Border Minors

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_579f98d662.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in talks with the Pentagon to use additional bases to house thousands more unaccompanied minors from Central America that are swamping its facilities. The Pentagon is housing 2,700 minors at unused housing facilities at three military bases; it has authorization to house up to 3,600 children at those facilities for 120 days.

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