FBI joins probe of VA misconduct at medical centers

A few items that caught our attention on Wednesday:

FBI joins probe of VA misconduct: The FBI is reviewing records at the Department of Veterans Affairs to help determine whether hospital administrators intentionally falsified wait times for veterans in order to receive performance bonuses, although the the Justice Department still hasn’t determined whether it should launch a full investigation, according to a Washington Post article


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Border Patrol holding hundreds of unaccompanied children at makeshift facility: A makeshift Border Patrol facility in Arizona is temporarily housing hundreds of unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. during an unprecedented surge of cross-border migration, prompting concerns from immigrant advocates and public officials, according to a report from The Nation.

Marine sergeant major loses job after altercation in viral video: A senior enlisted Marine lost his job after an altercation with a Marine veteran who was protesting the recent prisoner swap that brought U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl out of captivity by the Taliban. A viral video shows Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie grabbing the demonstrator’s “campaign cover,” a hat traditionally worn by drill sergeants, and driving off with it, according to a summary by the Washington Post’s Checkpoint military blog.

Hagel defends Bergdahl exchange as lawful:  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended President Obama’s decision release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, telling the House Armed Services Committee that officials acted within the law and “in the best interests of our country,” according to a Washington Post report.

Microsoft fighting U.S. search warrant for customer e-mails: The Redmond, Wash.-based company, one of the world’s largest e-mail providers, is pushing back against a government search warrant to compel the firm to turn over customer data held in a server located overseas, saying the warrant is not justified by law or the Constitution, according to a Washington Post report.

Cantor backed the NSA, his opponent hates the agency: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) voted against a landmark proposal to rein in the NSA, but the candidate who beat him in Tuesday’s Virginia primary, David Brat, has argued that the agency abused its powers, according to an article from The Switch.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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