• VA Scandal, Benghazi and Spending in Spotlight on Hill

      Busy day on Capitol Hill today.

      Awaiting new reaction today on the announcement that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will appoint five Dems to the Select Committee on Benghazi. Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner to hold their weekly news conferences.. which we will monitor.

      There's a hearing at 9am on the growing scandal of Veterans hospitals not properly caring for the nation's veterans. The House Veterans Affairs Committee holding an open meeting today to discuss VA Secretary Shinseki. Yesterday President Obama said caring for veterans and their families is "one of the causes of my presidency" and vowed to punish those responsible for long wait times and other serious issues at VA hospitals and facilities.

      The House is expected to pass new restrictions on the NSA bulk collection of data on Americans.

      The House is set to pass a $601 billion defense authorization bill that keeps spending on several programs the Pentagon says it doesn't want. Why? It's election time, and no member of Congress wants to tell constituents that they're closing a base or program that brings jobs to the district.

      The Senate set to vote on a $12.3 billion water bill. The first infrastructure bill of the year.

      The Senate set to vote today to confirm controversial judicial nominee David Barron to the appeals court. Molly Henneberg reporting.

      We get weekly jobless numbers today as well as a read on existing homes sales. Good day for the markets yesterday. Today we get several retailers reporting how they did in the most recent quarter.

      Um.. what's going on at our nuclear facilities? The Associated Press obtained a report on the problems at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. It suggest the 341st Missile Wing failed a broad safety and security inspection, and armed security forces were able to seize control of the nuke silos from ill-prepared staff.

      The military in Thailand has seized power in military Coup D-etat.

      Fighting raging in parts of Ukraine. Associated Press reporters say they saw 11 Ukrainians dead allegedly killed by pro-Russian forces at a checkpoint.

      Chinese officials say radical Muslim separatists killed 31 people and wounded more than 90 in Xinjiang.

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