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world lead

June 11th, 2014
02:10 PM ET

Bergdahl told fellow soldiers he wanted to be an assassin - was he serious?

By chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – At sunset on June 29, 2009, then-Pvt. 1st Class Bowe Bergdahl joined three other enlisted soldiers on cots next to a truck at Observation Post Mest. They were smoking cigarettes and shooting the breeze. One of them was going to assume guard duty that night and be relieved by Bergdahl in the morning. That was the plan, anyway.
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Congressmen charge VA told local VA hospital to stymie their search for information

politics lead

June 11th, 2014
02:00 PM ET

Congressmen charge VA told local VA hospital to stymie their search for information

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

[Update, June 13] The VA tells CNN in a statement: With the investigation by the U.S. Attorney and VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) completed, VA has initiated administrative actions related to the Legionella outbreak in Pittsburgh.

On June 13, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson directed that VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Director Terry Gerigk Wolf be placed on administrative leave, pending the completion of administrative actions related to the Legionella outbreak.

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(CNN) – Two Pennsylvania congressmen, one Democrat and one Republican, charge that officials within the national Department of Veterans Affairs tried to stall, if not block, their attempts to find out about hundreds of veterans on wait lists for years, waiting for health care appointments at the Pittsburgh VA.

If the charges are true, the VA officials responsible should be terminated, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Florida, told CNN.
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