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Special Counsel Investigating 37 Cases of VA Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced on Thursday that it is presently investigating allegations from 37 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employee whistleblowers at VA facilities in 19 states of retaliation for disclosing improper scheduling practices and other threats to patient care. Jun 6, 2014 5:52 AM PT

GOP Senator: Bergdahl Spoke English In 'Proof of Life' Video Made Last Year

At a Senate intelligence briefing given by the White House’s Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, members watched a “proof of life” video made by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Taliban captors late last year. According to Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) Kirk, Bergdahl appeared weak but spoke English and referenced the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela. Mandela died on December 5, 2013. Jun 4, 2014 5:23 PM PT

Hailey, Idaho Cancels Hometown Celebration For Bergdahl

Hailey, Idaho, the hometown of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, has canceled a rally planned for June 28 celebrating his release after five years of Taliban captivity, a municipal official told Reuters on Wednesday. The cancellation came after allegations emerged that Bergdahl may have deserted his post in Afghanistan prior his capture. Jun 4, 2014 2:16 PM PT

Saxby Chambliss: Classified File Didn't Mention Bowe Bergdahl's Desertion Note

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the classified file he read today on Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl did not include information about the note Bergdahl left on his bed in his tent before he abandoned his unit and was captured by the Taliban five years ago. Jun 3, 2014 8:49 PM PT

Hero's Welcome Planned for Bergdahl in Idaho

Despite the continuous stream of information surfacing about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s state of mind when leaving his platoon in Afghanistan in 2009, supporters of Bergdahl are still planning to hold a welcome home celebration for the young soldier, whom the administration exchanged for five top Taliban leaders on May 31. Jun 3, 2014 11:41 AM PT

Cruz Wins Conservative Intel R.L.C. Straw Poll

NEW ORLEANS – Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) won a presidential straw poll Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference (RLC), besting heart surgeon Dr. Ben Carson by just under one percent. May 31, 2014 3:47 PM PT

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

Following the roar of thousands of motorcycles in Washington D.C. carrying riders during Memorial Day Weekend honoring American prisoners of war and U.S. servicemen missing in action, the Department of Defense announced that remains of an American serviceman missing in action during the Korean War had been identified. May 28, 2014 8:07 AM PT

Obama 2007 Flashback: How Is It Scooter Libby Isn't Behind Bars?

 The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the CIA's top officer in Kabul was revealed by the White House on Saturday to news organizations during President Obama's surprise visit with U.S. troops. According to the Post, the White House saw the error and issued a revised list and did not include the person who had been named in the initial release as the “Chief of Station” in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country. May 26, 2014 12:47 AM PT

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