House, Senate negotiators reach deal on VA bill

Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). (McNamee/Getty)

With only four days until the summer recess, negotiators came to a tentative agreement that would overhaul the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and provide funding to hire more health-care workers.

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Today’s politics reflects society’s sense of drift

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Candidates trade barbs in first Virginia senatorial debate

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At the borders of Colorado, a dividing line over marijuana

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QUIZ: Can you guess where this front page came from?

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Obama gives a lot of speeches, but not from the Oval Office

President Obama prefers campaign-style speeches to the gravitas of an Oval Office address.

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One of the most awkward exchanges you will ever see, inside or outside the Capitol

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Killer of Marines tried in Afghanistan as juvenile, prompting outrage

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One idea to expedite government oversight? Toss officials in water and see if they can swim

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Rand Paul’s ‘third way’ proposals to attract minorities

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Why David Perdue is the favorite against Michelle Nunn in Georgia

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This animation shows how awful the California drought is this year

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This isn’t the first time Michelle Obama has asked Democrats for their biggest, fattest checks.

Based on the Democratic Party’s coffers, it appears to be working too.

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One-third of Americans support impeaching Obama. One-fifth don’t understand “impeachment.“

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