11:24 PM, Oct 8, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig has the details of yet another damaging Obama scandal:
As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.
But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.
As bad as that is, it gets much worse:
“We were directed at the time . . . to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, the lead investigator on the Colombia case for the DHS inspector general’s office, told Senate staffers, according to three people with knowledge of his statement.
Finally, how's this for an unreal detail? Jonathan Dach, the White House volunteer who allegedly had this liaison with the prostitute, "this year started working full time in the Obama administration on a federal contract as a policy adviser in the Office on Global Women’s Issues at the State Department." It almost goes without saying that Dach is also the son of a prominent Democratic donor and former lobbyist.
As is often the case, we'll hear a lot in the next few days about how the cover-up here is worse than the crime. Prostitution is, after all, legal in Cartagena. Still, the episode is more telling than White House would like. It speaks to this White House's extraordinary lack of professionalism and competency, and it's yet another example of how hollow and nakedly political the White House's "war on women" rhetoric really is.
But most importantly, it says a lot about what this White House is capable of. The White House is willing to hush up an investigation of a 25-year-old volunteer's dalliance with a prostitute because of concerns about electoral consequences, and yet we're supposed to believe that the White House has such integrity they wouldn't lie about, say, what happened in Benghazi, regardless of the election fallout?
11:29 AM, Aug 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The VA has created a small public relations problem for itself. Which, to say the least, is something it did not need.
Lerner also laments 'hoi palloi' ruining exclusive neighborhoods in emails
1:43 PM, Jul 31, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
Media coverage of yesterday's latest development in the Lois Lerner
Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The twilight of the scandal-plagued Obama administration is upon us, and voters are faced with a real conundrum. Which of the failures of progressive governance should be confronted first? The Mideast is an even more blood-drenched goat rodeo than pessimists predicted. There are 50,000 illegal immigrant children warehoused at the border. The IRS is starting to bear a resemblance to the Stasi. Then there’s the roiling Obamacare disaster, and the related politically driven crusade against religious liberty. The Bergdahl swap. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. One could go on.
10:38 AM, Jul 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Veterans Affairs, following the iron law of institutional self-interest, has been paying its people well – improperly and, possibly, illegally so – at the expense of it supposed “clients” and its mission.
11:31 AM, Jul 7, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Reporting on the Veterans Affairs, its problems, and what Congress might do to solve them, Craig Harris and Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the Arizona Republic are not terribly encouraging. They write that:
9:12 AM, Jun 24, 2014 • By PETE HEGSETH
Forty-four years after the legendary May 1970 Life magazine cover story first exposed the disgusting and shameful mistreatment of our nation’s Vietnam-era veterans in government medical facilities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is once again in desperate need of reform. Courageous whistleblowers have exposed systemic corruption and exposed falsified records, secret waiting lists, and delayed care — representing yet another scandalous and unconscionable neglect of our nation’s veterans.
8:28 PM, Jun 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The IRS reportedly used a private company to back up emails, a new report claims. The company is called Sonasoft, which boasts, "Email Archiving Done Right."
9:35 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By KEVIN NICHOLSON
The events of the last few weeks have been gut wrenching for many active duty members of the military and veterans. We have watched the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care scandal unfold, the absurdly lopsided trade of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five top-level Taliban commanders, and now the loss of hard-won Iraqi cities to ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) following the premature withdrawal of all U.S. troops from that country.
2:47 PM, Jun 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Jake Tapper has a report of VA officials telling members of Congress to buzz off, more or less, when they came looking for information about the sort of thing that has been in the news lately – lost patients, long waits for this who are not lost, and a clever bookkeeping system for covering it up.
9:09 AM, Jun 10, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Veterans Affairs has problems. This, we all know. Among the questions raised since those problems first began making headlines are: how widespread are they? Are we talking outliers? A few rogue operators. Or is the system, itself, dysfunctional. Today’s partial answer to that question is … kind of looks that way.
11:45 AM, Jun 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Two stories about the problems at the Veterans Affairs. Both come with numbers, if not faces, attached.