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VA Overpaid $230 Million In Disability Claims, Official Tells Congress

(MCT) — The Department of Veterans Affairs disability system has improperly paid former service members at least $230 million over the past few years, according to the VA’s Office of the Inspector General. The overpayments stem largely from the department’s attempts to clear a massive backlog of claims for disability compensation. In trying to speed […]

2 Texas Lawmakers Offer Bipartisan Bill To Combat Border Crisis

WASHINGTON (MCT) — In an unlikely partnership, two Texas lawmakers — one Democrat, one Republican — are proposing a bipartisan bill that would empower the U.S. to speed up immigration hearings in hopes of stemming the crisis of unaccompanied children at the border. The proposal from Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the […]

Biden Making Pitch To Liberals

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Vice President Joe Biden will appear this week for the first time before the largest gathering of progressive activists in the country, a critical constituency for any Democrat with Presidential ambitions. Biden’s debut at the annual Netroots Nation comes as the Vice President has made a number of moves that could better […]

Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained At Texas Airport

MCALLEN, Texas (MCT) — Prominent journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport in Texas on Tuesday. Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, tweeted that he was going to go through security carrying a pocket version of the U.S. Constitution and his Philippine passport as his only form of identification. After that, […]

Yellen Gives No Hint Of Lowering Interest Rates Soon

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen told Senators Tuesday that the economy still has not fully recovered the recession and did not indicate that central bank policymakers would soon begin to raise rock-bottom interest rates. “Although the economy continues to improve, the recovery is not yet complete,” Yellen told the Senate Banking […]

Millions In Federal Emergency Communications Funding Lost, Diverted

Millions In Federal Emergency Communications Funding Lost, Diverted

Four years ago, Commerce Department officials were touting their pilot grant program as a way to vault emergency responders into the age of high-speed broadband. But now, the program is in turmoil — and tens of millions of Federal grant dollars have been lost or diverted to other purposes.

Federal Agent Who Fired Gun During Pro-Israel Rally Is Placed On Leave

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — A Federal Protective Service agent is on administrative leave after firing his gun when a truck full of men who allegedly assaulted pro-Israel protesters Sunday in Westwood tried to get away, an agency official said. The shooting occurred about 5:20 p.m. outside the Federal building in the 11000 block of Wilshire […]

Appeals Court Vacates 2 Convictions Of Bin Laden Aide

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A civilian appeals court on Monday vacated two convictions of a former aide to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded a military commission lacked authority to convict Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al-Bahlul of two out of three […]

Citigroup To Pay $7 Billion To Settle Subprime Mortgage Investigations

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Citigroup Inc. said Monday it has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle Federal and State investigations into the sale of defective mortgage investments during the subprime housing boom. California is among several States that will share in the settlement, one of the largest to come from probes into the role of […]

Released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl Completes Treatment, Takes New Army Post

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan until he was traded May 31 for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, has completed his U.S. military-led reintegration and has been assigned to an army unit in Texas to continue his military service. Senior Pentagon officials told McClatchy that […]

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