August 28, 2014

Republicans attack Taliban prisoner swap

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Hagel arrives in Afghanistan, says Bergdahl’s life was in jeopardy

  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan Sunday, one day after the White House announced that it had secured the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, America’s only prisoner of war in Afghanistan, and four days after President Obama announced a drawdown of U.S. forces that would leave fewer than 1,000 troops in the country […]

Last US Prisoner Freed in Swap for Guantanamo Detainees

The last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, was freed after five years in exchange for five U.S. detainees the Taliban had long sought to get released. Those released from the U.S. military-detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, include Afghanistan’s deputy defense minister under Taliban rule and others who played major […]

President Obama: ‘Bowe was never forgotten’

Appearing at the White House with the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, President Obama said Saturday that he spoke for all Americans in sharing in the joy the family felt about their son’s release from Taliban custody. “While Bowe was gone he was never forgotten,” Obama said in remarks made in the Rose Garden […]

US Soldier Freed From Captivity in Afghanistan

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday. The officials said the Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, […]

Vets around the country describe VA experiences

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs became an explosive political story this week, culminating with the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. The final straw appeared to be a report that described chronic wait times at the Phoenix hospital and found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were “at risk of being lost […]

Donald Sterling’s antitrust suit against NBA adds new wrinkle to saga

Minutes before the NBA announced a settlement with Shelly Sterling on Friday afternoon to sell the Clippers, co-owner Donald Sterling provided another twist in the monthlong drama surrounding the franchise. Sterling filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, seeking more than $1 billion in […]

VA audit finds misconduct widespread; in Arizona, reaction is scorn

An internal audit of access and scheduling practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs paints a grim picture of an agency whose ambitious performance efforts were unattainable and where government schedulers faced pressures that led to inappropriate practices. As political pressure from the scandal over veterans’ healthcare grew in recent weeks, attention focused on the […]

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns Amid Crisis

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, after more than a month of battling criticism about access to care and tampering with official wait lists at VA health centers. At a meeting with President Barack Obama, during which Mr. Shinseki presented the VA’s internal findings of improper scheduling procedures and long wait times […]

Donald Sterling ruled mentally unfit, can’t prevent L.A. Clippers sale

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not have the authority to stop a $2 billion sale of his team because he has been determined to be mentally unfit to make decisions related to the family trust, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The Sterling Family Trust owns the team, with […]