At least 40 U.S. veterans reportedly died after they were allegedly stuck for months on a secret waiting list to see doctors in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare system.
In what is being described as an elaborate scheme to make the VA hospital look more efficient than it really is, a CNN investigation has revealed that Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix used a secret list to hide some 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans who were being made to wait, well beyond the 14 to 30 days as per VA internal policy, before they were able to get appointments with doctors.
Dr. Sam Foote, a recently retired top VA doctor who spent 24 years with the VA system in Phoenix, confirmed the practice along with emails from several high-level sources which showed that top managers were aware of the secret list and even defended its existence. more >>
Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Wednesday that will ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation starting on July 1.
"Today is an important day for protecting the unborn and the health and safety of women in Mississippi," Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "Medical research shows that an unborn child can feel pain by not later than 20 weeks gestation, and research also shows that the risk of death and complications from an abortion increases significantly as a pregnancy progresses."
NASHVILLE – The Republican governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and Democratic mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, shared on Wednesday how they have cooperated and worked effectively together despite political differences.
According to Haslam, while 97 of the 132 state assembly members and senators are Republicans, the mayors of the state's five largest cities are Democrats.
"One thing that actually helps at the issue of the state and local level is that because cities and states are forced to balanced their budgets, the issues look a little different, whereas in Washington you don't have that situation and there's a lot of issues that end up being philosophical discussions but nobody ever has to make a decision about we're going to spend this and not spend that, said Haslam. "Because of that you're forced to get on the same page a little more than Washington." more >>
My dear friend Michelle Cox has written a novel that every parent in America needs to read. It's called, Just 18 Summers. She reminds us that we have just 18 summers before our children leave home. Just 18 Summers.
"I hope parents will realize how quickly those summers will fly by," she told me. "Take it from a mama whose sons are all grown now, someday you'd give a million dollars to walk down the hall one more time and tuck your children into bed, to kneel down and pray with them, to hear their footsteps and the sound of their laughter filling the house."
In addition to being a delightful author, Michelle is a fabulous Southern cook. She shares her weekly recipes on my website – and has written several amazing cookbooks! more >>
Recently, I interviewed Jim DeMint for my radio show to discuss his new book, Falling In Love With America Again. Some remarks he made on the show, especially about slavery, have been burning up the blogosphere. Many of the articles imply or state that Mr. DeMint, former US Senator (R-SC) and now head of The Heritage Foundation, doesn't know his US history.
In the interview, I asked DeMint about the founding fathers, the Civil War, and slavery. He said: "Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people. Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to 'all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights' in the minds of God."
Of course, it is the Declaration of Independence that he was quoting there. But, as he well knows, the Constitution was predicated on the Declaration. The text of the Constitution states that it was signed in the 12th year of the Declaration (as well as the 1787th "Year of our Lord"). more >>
Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Wednesday a controversial bill expanding the places where residents can legally carry firearms including churches, bars, schools and government buildings.
The decision has also sparked protests and celebration from both opponents and supporters of the legislation respectively.
"People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don't follow the rules," said Deal of the impact of the legislation Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds." more >>