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The boss resigned under pressure and other Veterans Affairs managers are likely on the way out. Now the challenge is to solve the problem by providing timely health care for hundreds - perhaps thousands - of waiting veterans around the country.
Even Eric Shinseki knew he had to go, President Barack Obama said Friday in announcing the resignation of his only Veterans Affairs secretary over a growing scandal involving sometimes deadly waits for care at VA hospitals.
Obama went before reporters shortly after meeting with Shinseki at the White House and said the retired Army general told him that "the VA needs new leadership" to address the widespread problems chronicled in new reports this week, adding that Shinseki "does not want to be a distraction" to fixing the situation.
"That was Ric's judgment on behalf of his fellow veterans, and I agree. We don't have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem," Obama said. Full story
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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) says the Obama Administration was caught napping with regards to the recent VA scandal
Rep. Cole: VA not a Congress problem!
Stephanie Cutter asks Rep. Tom Cole if he thinks the politics of the VA scandal and who it falls under.
Who's to blame for VA scandal?
Reps. Tom Cole and Joe Crowley debate the politics of the VA and who's to blame for the scandal.
Fl. lawmaker: Common Core makes you gay
Cutter is outraged that a Florida lawmaker said Common Core will make you gay.
A congressional committee chairman investigating allegations of delayed care and cooked books at Veterans Affairs health care facilities said the current revelations are "just the tip of the iceberg."
Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who heads the House Veterans Affairs panel, on Thursday forecast more serious developments.
"We've received some information and some tips that will make what has already come look like kindergarten stuff," he told CNN's New Day. FULL STORY
At 6:30pm ET, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK) join Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich for a debate.
Who do you blame most for the VA scandal?
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Crossfire host Van Jones asks Senator Dean Heller how he would handle the VA scandal, Sen. Bernie Sanders debates.
Should the head of the VA lose his job?
Newt Gingrich asks Senator Bernie Sanders if Eric Shinseki should lose his job.
A "Benghazi-like" effect with the VA?
Van Jones and Newt Gingrich debate the politicization of the VA scandal along with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Dean Heller.
Joint outraged: Prison system failing America
Van Jones and Newt Gingrich are both outraged that the Prison system is failing America.
President Barack Obama promised accountability, but he made clear Wednesday he won't fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki - yet - over excessive and sometimes deadly waiting times faced by veterans seeking government health care.
The controversy has mushroomed since CNN first reported the problem last November in a detailed investigation examining several VA hospitals.
After meeting with Shinseki at the White House, Obama held a hastily arranged news conference in which he said he needed more time to review what was going on.
"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," the President said in his first public comments in weeks on the issue. FULL STORY.
At 6:30pm ET, VA Senate committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) debates fellow committee member Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Newt Gingrich and Van Jones host the debate.
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S.E. Cupp asks in what bizzarro world would Shinseki get to keep his job after the Veterans Affairs waiting-list scandal. Larry Korb & Jessie Duff debate.
Korb says VA has gotten better under Shinseki
Larry Korb says the Veterans Affairs has gotten better under Shinseki. S.E. Cupp & Jessie Duff do NOT agree.
Cupp outraged teacher hit kindergarten student
S.E. Cupp is outraged a teacher hit a student and received a 10 day suspension.
Under withering criticism, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki told a Senate committee on Thursday that he was "mad as hell" about allegations of deadly waiting times and coverup at VA hospitals but he doesn't plan to resign.
"Any allegation, any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell," Shinseki said at the first congressional hearing since reports of 40 deaths in Phoenix that may be due to a lack of timely care for veterans.
Last month, CNN revealed that at least 40 veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, according to sources inside the hospital and a doctor who worked there. Many of those veterans were placed on a secret waiting list, the sources said. FULL STORY.
At 6:30pm ET S.E. Cupp and Van Jones host a debate with Larry Korb of Center for American Progress vs. Jessie Jane Duff of Concerned Veterans for America.
Should Secretary Shinseki resign from the Department of Veterans Affairs?
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