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NBC broadcasts first television interview with Edward Snowden

In a taped NBC interview broadcast Wednesday night, Edward Snowden explained to interviewer Brian Williams why and how he revealed NSA surveillance programs.  New details emerged about Snowden’s government work and his efforts to blow the whistle internally before going…

House committee gives VA officials a tongue-lashing

At a testy Wednesday night hearing, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs received testimony from Veterans Affairs officials on the  handling of healthcare appointments at VA medical facilities. Witnesses included Ms. Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs;…

VA crisis exposes cost of whistleblower reprisal

The Department of Veterans Affairs is embroiled in a scandal:  Employees “cooked the books” to hide extraordinary delays in scheduling healthcare appointments.  In Phoenix, 40 veterans reportedly died while waiting for appointments say sources who came forward last month. But, the…

Medicare fraud and how to stop it

By David E. Haynes Millions of Americans rely upon the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs for their health care services. In order to fund these critical services, the federal government spends billions each year. In 2013, the federal government spent…