Report: Some prisoners incorrectly releases due to staff error

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Staff error resulted in 152 federal inmates being freed after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014, including three who spent more than an extra year behind bars, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Department watchdog.  

The inspector general report counted a total of 4,340 Bureau of Prisons inmates who received “untimely” releases during those years.  

Of those cases, 157 were classified by the BOP as due to “staff errors,” such as employees who misapplied credit for time served, the report stated.

Just five of those mistakes led to early releases; in the rest, inmates served more time than they should have, with one prisoner serving roughly three additional years.  

“Late releases from prison deprive inmates of their liberty, while early releases can put communities at risk if the inmates are dangerous,” the report states.  

The overwhelming majority of “untimely” releases were for reasons that the BOP said were beyond its control, such as sentences that were changed by court orders after the inmate had begun serving them. In some instances, an inmate had already served more time than the new sentence imposed.  

The inspector general report called on the Justice Department and the BOP to improve training and to establish a process for notifying prosecutors and court officials about untimely releases.   The inspector general’s review followed news reports in 2014 after an inmate over being held for 13 months beyond his correct release date. That suit was ultimately settled for $175,000.

Trump hits back at media over veteran fundraiser reports

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pushed back Tuesday against critics questioning how much he raised for veterans charities at an event in January. 

“I raised almost $6 million for the veterans almost $6 million for the veterans including putting up $1 million of my own money,” he said in a newly released online video. “I had no obligation to do anything or to do so. I get nothing but bad press from the dishonest media. It is absolutely disgraceful.”

The billionaire businessman held the Des Moines event when he skipped the Jan. 28 Fox News GOP debate in Iowa. After the event, Trump claimed he raised $6 million for veterans.

However, The Washington Post recently reported that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says the fundraiser only raised $4.5 million. Lewandowski told The Post this discrepancy comes from large donors pledging to write big checks, but then backing out. He would not name the donors.

The Post also reported it has been able to account for just $3.1 million given to veterans groups. Post reporter David Fahrenthold also questioned the whereabouts of the $1 million Trump claimed to have put up of his own money.

In the new Trump video, posted to Instagram, Trump responded to the accusations. Called, “A suggestion for the dishonest media,” the video features Trump in his Manhattan office, blasting the coverage of his event as “disgraceful.”

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The billionaire finishes with a shot at Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton: “Why don’t [the media] look into the Clinton Foundation, [if] you want to see dishonesty?” 

A suggestion for the dishonest media.

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on May 24, 2016 at 8:05am PDT

On Monday, a group of anti-Trump veterans protested outside Trump Tower, calling him a “fraud” and accusing him of using vets as “props for hate.”

FoxNews.com’s Christopher Snyder and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass

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Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky’s presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.

The Sanders campaign said it will ask the Kentucky secretary of state to have election officials review electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from last week’s primary in each of the state’s 120 counties.

Sanders signed a letter Tuesday morning requesting a full and complete check and recanvass of the election results in Kentucky.

“He’s in this until every last vote is counted and he’s fighting for every last delegate,” said Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs.

Clinton holds 1,924-vote lead over Sanders out of 454,573 votes cast. The Associated Press had not called the race, despite Clinton’s slight lead, in the event that Sanders might ask to recanvass the vote.

A recanvass is not a recount but a review of the voting totals. It is unlikely to affect the final outcome but could affect the awarding of a single delegate still up for grabs.

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Sanders has vowed to amass as many delegates as possible in his lengthy primary fight against Clinton, where he trails the former secretary of state by 274 pledged delegates according to a count by The Associated Press. Clinton holds a substantial lead with party leaders and elected officials, called superdelegates, and is on track to clinch the nomination through the combination of pledged delegates and superdelegates after contests on June 7.

Sanders can ask a judge to order a recount or an examination of individual ballots but his campaign would have to pay for it. The deadline to request a recanvass is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Clinton and Sanders both picked up 27 delegates in Kentucky and one remaining delegate will be allocated in the sixth congressional district, which includes Frankfort and Lexington. The delegate will be awarded based on final vote tallies and Clinton currently leads Sanders by a slim margin of about 500 votes in that district.

The recanvass is conducted by the state at no cost to the campaign.

A tip in the statewide vote in Sanders’ favor would not guarantee him that last delegate. But if a recanvass were to determine he actually received more votes than Clinton in the sixth congressional district, Sanders could earn the last remaining delegate that Clinton would otherwise receive.

Earlier this year, Sanders could have pressed for a review of voting results in the leadoff Iowa caucuses and in Missouri’s primary. He narrowly lost both contests. But in those cases he chose not to contest the results but pursue delegates later in the process.

Top House Republicans make case to impeach IRS boss

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Top congressional Republicans made their case Tuesday to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee that he intentionally ignored and “lied” to Congress about the agency’s 2010 targeting scandal.

“We were lied to in Congress. We were misled in Congress,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Commitee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is seeking Koskinen’s removal. 

The commissioner, in a written statement, called the charges “unfounded” but did not personally testify before the committee.

The unusual hearing Tuesday instead featured Republican lawmakers outlining to their colleagues why they believe impeachment should be pursued. Chaffetz has 73 co-sponsors on his impeachment resolution — but support from other Republicans has been tepid and Democrats are flatly opposed.

The Utah Republican argued Tuesday that impeachment appears the remedy of last resort, after years of investigations and findings by his panel yielded few results.

He also testified that Koskinen’s conduct before Congress is impeachable. Chaffetz specifically has accused Koskinen of failing to provide congressional investigators with subpoenaed evidence, not testifying truthfully about the destruction of emails and taking three months to reveal to Congress that emails considered important to the probe were missing. 

“The facts before us on the impeachment go solely to what Mr. Koskinen did and didn’t do when he was under subpoena,” Chaffetz told the Republican-led Judiciary committee, which handles the chamber’s impeachment requests. “There was a lot of gross negligence, things he should have done, could have done.” 

In 2010, the IRS began subjecting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to unusually tough scrutiny, prompting GOP lawmakers to launch congressional investigations, cut the agency’s budget and trim its staffing.

In May 2013, the agency acknowledged the targeting. Koskinen was nominated by President Obama later that year and began running the agency in December 2013.

But in 2014, the IRS disclosed it had lost emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the agency division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Chaffetz alleges that 422 IRS backup computer tapes containing up to 24,000 of Lerner’s emails were destroyed while Koskinen was in charge.

Florida GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis also argued that while Koskinen said he made every effort to find backup computer tapes for Lerner’s lost emails, an IRS inspector general simply drove to a government warehouse in West Virginia to recover at least some of them.

“This is a sorry train of false statements,” DeSantis told the committee. “Americans will never get the truth.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has yet to embrace the impeachment push, with spokesman Brendan Buck saying Ryan has deferred to committee leaders.

Many Republicans would rather not launch a campaign-season impeachment effort with little chance of success. 

The hearing Tuesday started with partisan wrangling.

Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte refused to allow Koskinen’s written testimony to become part of the official record, arguing it was not subject to questions by committee members.

“This is Lois Lerner all over again,” said committee member and California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, referring to Lerner invoking the Fifth Amendment on the scandal so she did not have to testify before Congress.  

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the committee, acknowledged the evidence presented by Chaffetz and others suggested mistakes by Koskinen and other IRS commissioners but questioned whether Koskinen’s reached the level of “gross negligence” and were bad enough for him to be impeached.

“Is this being a little heavy handed?” he asked.

To impeach a federal official, a majority of the House must vote to proceed. It then takes a two-thirds majority vote of the Senate to actually remove the official from office.

The Senate’s minority Democrats could easily block the effort, leaving many to believe that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., won’t even try. McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart declined to comment on the subject last week.

In his statement Monday, Koskinen said he delayed telling Congress about missing emails until his agency could assess how much data had been lost. He also said he assured Congress that all emails had been preserved — which turned out to be untrue — only because he wasn’t aware at the time that data containing the emails had been destroyed.

“The allegations that I somehow attempted to deceive Congress are unfounded,” he said. 

Last July, a report by IRS Inspector General Russell George concluded that the data were destroyed by mistake, not in any agency effort to withhold information from Congress.

The Justice Department ended a two-year investigation of the controversy last year, saying no IRS official would face criminal charges and that it had uncovered no evidence that agency officials acted out of political bias against conservative groups.

Koskinen’s term as IRS commissioner expires in November 2017, 10 months into the next president’s term.

“The reality is there are 90,000 good, hard-working people there,” Chaffetz also said. “But they are being mismanaged and led by somebody who is lying to Congress.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump camp denies claim he helped pay Clinton accuser mortgage

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Donald Trump’s campaign is denying Democrats’ claims – and those of a former adviser – that he helped pay the mortgage of a woman who years ago accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and was just featured in a scathing Trump campaign video.

“There’s no truth to that,” spokeswoman Hope Hicks told Fox News on Tuesday, responding to the mortgage claims.

The pushback comes after a Democrat-tied group posted the video and transcript of a February interview where Trump ally Roger Stone described efforts to financially help Kathleen Willey, who claims former President Clinton groped her in 1993.  

Stone told host Alex Jones in that interview about efforts to raise money online so Willey could save her home, which has been in foreclosure, and “hit the road and start speaking out on Hillary.”

Stone, a longtime Republican campaign strategist and former Trump adviser, said they had raised a “substantial amount” and “Trump is himself a contributor.” He did not disclose how much Trump supposedly had given – though the Trump campaign now indicates he gave nothing.

As first reported by Reuters earlier this year, Willey is signed on as a paid spokeswoman for a Stone-created political action committee. Reuters also reported back in February that Stone was helping her raise money for her mortgage – but the comments about Trump’s supposed help were not widely circulated until the liberal Media Matters posted the interview video.

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Clinton ally David Brock, who founded Media Matters and now runs the pro-Clinton Correct the Record, swiftly promoted the video through his new group.

“Nothing is below Donald Trump, including paying Kathleen Willey’s mortgage so she could ‘hit the road and start speaking out on Hillary,’” Brock said in a statement. “It is no surprise that this serial liar is willing to pay for the re-peddling of these unfounded, already-discredited claims. The media needs to ask: Who else is Trump paying?”

The GoFundMe page that Stone was promoting in his February interview is still far short of its $100,000 goal. As of Tuesday morning, the fund had raised just $7,119.

Willey’s allegations rocketed back into the news on Monday when Trump released an online video that features the accounts of her and Juanita Broaddrick (who has alleged that Bill Clinton raped her in 1978) describing their accusations. Bill Clinton has long denied their claims.

While Trump’s campaign is denying Stone’s claims that the billionaire businessman chipped in to help Willey as she prepared to speak out anew against the Clintons, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is defending the tactic of digging up the Clintons’ past scandals.

“I’m only responding to what they do,” he told Fox News on Monday. “… When [Hillary Clinton] hits me on things, I just have no choice. So, you have to do it. It’s unfair. And you know they are dirty players. They have been dirty players, historically. And I have to fight back the way I have to fight back.”

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report.

Will the past trump the future in 2016?

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• Will the past trump the future in 2016?
• RNC trying to pick up the slack
• Clintons rake it in from ‘blood minerals’ firm
• They always look bigger in Dickeyville

WILL THE PAST TRUMP THE FUTURE IN 2016?
Can Donald Trump do to Hillary Clinton what he did to his Republican rivals?

He’s certainly giving it his best shot.

For several days, Trump has been going through a sort of greatest hits compilation of Clinton scandals. He’s raised accusations of rape against Bill Clinton and called the 1993 suicide of Clinton aide Vince Fostervery fishy.”

Clintonland is doing its part to help keep the scandal pot simmering, with veteran Clinton cash man turned Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under investigation for his ties to a Chinese oligarch whom he met, you guessed it, through his work on the Clintons’ foundation.

And now we even have former Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr weighing in.

Even if the attacks are something of a departure for Trump as it relates to the Clintons, the idea is to keep the scandal cycle cooking and keep the free publicity machine cranking out TV segments and articles. Whether they are praising Trump for “taking the gloves off” or bashing him for recycling tabloid junk hardly matters. If he can get murder, rape and corruption associated with his rival, its good news for him.

Clinton isn’t holding back on bringing up the past either, however, hitting the real estate mogul for filing for bankruptcy several times over the past 30 years. The Democratic frontrunner said at a rally with union members in Detroit on Monday, “I mean ask yourself, how could anybody lose money running a casino? Really?”

The Clinton campaign is also getting ready to roll out some rough stuff about Trump selling subprime mortgages prior to the housing crash while simultaneously saying he hoped to profit from any bust that did occur.

We see this focus on the past mainly because the future is also problematic for both candidates.

Trump is working hard to avoid policy specifics, now deeming core parts of his primary message simply “suggestions.” Clinton, meanwhile, has no particular vision or stated goal for her administration. She is about tinkering and small changes, essentially offering a more technocratic version of President Obama’s presidency.

Her slogan “stronger together” is the cipher-like soul of empty political rhetoric, surpassing even Trump’s “make America great again” and Obama’s “hope.”

As the two candidates get ready for many weeks of savage character attacks designed to render each other unelectable, we are forced to consider the likely reality in which the two least-popular major party nominees in history could, amazingly, be liked even less.

WITH YOUR SECOND CUP OF COFFEE…
Today in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world” opened over the East River. History: “Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date…The two granite foundations of the Brooklyn Bridge were built in timber caissons, or watertight chambers, sunk to depths of 44 feet on the Brooklyn side and 78 feet on the New York side. Compressed air pressurized the caissons, allowing underwater construction. At that time, little was known of the risks of working under such conditions, and more than a hundred workers suffered from cases of compression sickness.”

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POLL CHECK
Real Clear Politics Averages
General Election: 
Clinton vs. Trump: Trump +0.2 points
Generic congressional vote: Democrats +2.2

RNC TRYING TO PICK UP THE SLACK
David Drucker
describes the organization being built for Trump by the RNC: “The Republican Party is racing to build a presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The presumptive GOP nominee enters the general election with an organization even thinner than Mitt Romney’s four years ago. Trump won the primary by dominating media coverage. He didn’t bother to develop a ground game or data analytics program, believing those modern tools overrated. The Republican National Committee is filling the void. The party invested more than $100 million, and counting, since 2012 to construct and refine cutting edge voter turnout and digital operations after being outclassed by President Obama. The plan was to create a turnkey operation for the 2016 nominee that could compete with the Democrats. The GOP largely succeeded. Yet, despite their advances, the Republicans still find themselves where they didn’t want to be (again) at this point in a presidential campaign: Behind.”

Trump holds first fundraiser with the RNC – The Hill: “Donald Trump will headline his first campaign fundraiser in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday with the Republican National Committee (RNC), according to The Washington Post. The fundraiser, hosted by GOP donor Kevin R. Daniels, requires a $10,000 contribution and up to 25 people are planning to attend. Daniels told the Post the event was requested by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.”

Clintons rake it in from ‘blood minerals’ firm – Daily Caller: “A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found. ‘Blood minerals’ are related to ‘blood diamonds,’ which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords. When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the ‘Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative,’ the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the war-torn African countries of Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia.”

RACE NOTES
Poll: Clinton and Trump tied in Virginia – WDBJ

Asian -American voters take a dim view of Trump – Politico

Clinton hacker reaches plea deal – Fox News

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn reportedly on Trump’s shortlist – NY Post

Sen. Bob Corker auditions for Trump – USA Today

Al Gore still not ready to endorse – The Hill

Bernie picks pro-Palestinian activist to Dem policy platform – WaPo

Team Clinton wants to meet with billionaire Mark Cuban Daily Beast

WITHIN EARSHOT
 “I’m not the person to be giving you the breakdown of Donald Trump. That’s not my job and responsibility.” – House Speaker Paul Ryan to Politico

THEY ALWAYS LOOK BIGGER IN DICKEYVILLE
WBAY: “The Grant County Sheriff’s Office warned parents and pet owners to be alert for a very large snake on the loose in southwestern Wisconsin. But it turned out to be a fish tale. The snake was spotted May 22 crossing Highway 61 in Grant County’s Village of Dickeyville. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page says the snake was described ‘as long as the width of both lanes of traffic.’ Sheriff’s officials first thought it might be an escaped python…Authorities now say a photo snapped by a resident shows it’s a bull snake between 50 and 70 inches long. The species is native to the area.”

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Reid vows to ‘stop’ Clinton from picking certain running mates

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Add Harry Reid to the list of troubles dogging Hillary Clinton as she stumbles toward the Democratic nomination for president.

The powerful Senate minority leader delivered an unusual warning to Clinton on selecting a running mate, vowing to “do whatever I can” to stop her from choosing a Democratic senator from a state led by a Republican governor.

“If we have a Republican governor in any of those states, the answer is not only no, but hell no and I would do whatever I can, and I think most of my Democratic colleagues here would say the same thing,” Reid, D-Nev. said on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” Monday. “I would yell and scream to stop that.”

Should Clinton pick a senator as her running mate and win, he or she would need to step down, allowing that state’s governor to temporarily fill the seat. In a Republican-led state, that would surely flip that seat to the GOP — complicating Reid’s goal of bringing the Senate back under Democratic control before he retires at the end of his current term. 

Reid’s bid to forestall that scenario would rule out some high-profile names that have been floated as possible Clinton VP picks, such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. 

Unclear is whether Clinton — presuming she is able to clinch the Democratic nomination — would consider Reid’s warning in her vice presidential selection process.   

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But to support his position, Reid offered the example of Democratic Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, who was appointed as Treasury Secretary in 1993 under President Bill Clinton. Though Democratic Gov. Ann Richards appointed a Democratic successor, Bob Krueger, he was later beaten in a runoff by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison. Republicans have held the seat ever since.

“We have never recovered from that,” Reid said. “Had we not gone along with that, we could still have a Democratic senator from Texas.”

A Democratic aide later appeared to walk back Reid’s comments, telling The Hill that Reid was responding to a question and not indicating that he would weigh in on the VP selection process.

“I wouldn’t look too deep into his comments,” the aide said. “He didn’t want Republican governors to be in line to appoint [GOP senators].”

Brown and Warren, both in the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, have been cited as possible for picks as ways to excite the party’s base and burnish Clinton’s left-wing credentials — and bring back disenchanted Bernie Sanders supporters.

California considers bill to allow window smashing to save dogs from hot cars

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow people to legally smash car windows to rescue dogs left inside hot vehicles.

The bill, named the “The Right to Rescue Act,” was drafted by state legislators Marc Steinorth of Rancho Cucamonga, Ling Ling Chang of Diamond Bar and Kristin Olsen of Riverbank, KABC-TV reported.

The lawmakers are expected to introduce the bill Tuesday during a Humane Society rally in Sacramento.

The three made a video of themselves sitting inside a hot car for 21 minutes to demonstrate the dangers it poses to an animal, according to the station.

Many residents in Southern California support the measure — but some say they’re concerned people might take advantage of the law.

“I think that should just be logic. If you see a dog in distress, break the window if you can’t find the owner,” dog owner April Rocha told the station.

“I think some people might take it a little far, like they see a dog in there and go a little nuts. I think it depends on the condition, but I think people may take advantage and go extreme,” Rocha said. 

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VA secretary facing bipartisan firestorm over Disney comments

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is scrambling to calm a growing bipartisan firestorm after downplaying veteran wait times at VA hospitals by comparing them to wait times for rides at Disney theme parks.

McDonald made the comments Monday morning, and faced a backlash from Capitol Hill almost immediately. Perhaps the toughest condemnation came from Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat and Iraq war veteran who lost her legs in Iraq and still receives health care at a VA hospital.

“Comparing abhorrent wait times to a trip to Disneyland is unbelievably tone-deaf and hurtful to American heroes desperately in need of care,” she said in a statement. Duckworth, who is running for Senate, said McDonald “needs to comprehensively address the VA’s systemic problems — and that means reducing wait times, improving care and increasing patient satisfaction.” 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, also said he was “troubled” by the secretary’s comments and wants to speak with him.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of that committee, said in a statement he was “extremely disappointed in Secretary McDonald’s comparison of the deadly VA wait-time scandal to long lines at an amusement park.”

McDonald made the comparison during a breakfast with reporters in Washington.

“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” McDonald said.  

House Speaker Paul Ryan swiftly chided him on Twitter.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the remarks to hammer home his own message about the lingering problems at the VA.  

The VA later issued a statement on Monday stressing that they are working to better serve America’s veterans.

“This is a solemn duty that we take seriously,” the statement said. “We know that Veterans are still waiting too long for care. In our effort to determine how we can better meet Veterans’ needs, knowing that their satisfaction is our most important measure, we have heard them tell us that wait times alone are not the only indication of their experience with VA and that’s why we must transform the way we do business.”

The VA went on to acknowledge that inaccurate figures can cause “unintended consequences and confusion” like the flawed and erroneous bookkeeping that was exposed in 2014. That year, reports broke that dozens of patients died while waiting for care and that VA employees at some locations made secret lists to hide long wait times. McDonald took over when his predecessor, Eric Shinseki, was forced out.

The VA is the only health care system that makes wait time information public.

Asked Monday by Fox News about wait times, McDonald acknowledged they have issues getting veterans in for care and said they’re working hard to address it. 

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Guerin Hays contributed to this report. 

IRS improperly paid $15.6 billion through Earned Income Tax Credit program

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The IRS erroneously paid out an estimated $15.6 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit payments in fiscal year 2015, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

A low-income worker can receive refundable tax credits from the Earned Income Tax Credit program when they meet certain requirements for income and age.

The $15.6 billion in improper payments identified by the inspector general represented 23.8 percent of total earned income credits paid out in that fiscal year. According to the Office of Management and Budget, an improper payment is a transfer that should not have been made, was made in the incorrect amount, or was made to an ineligible recipient.

The Office of Management and Budget has classified the Earned Income Tax Credit program a “high-risk” program, making it the only IRS program with this classification.

“The [Earned Income Tax Credit] remains the only revenue program fund to be considered a high risk for improper payments despite numerous indicators that other refundable tax credits (e.g. the Additional Child Tax Credit) also potentially result in significant improper payments,” the report states.

The inspector general found that the potential improper payment rate for the child tax credit program was 24.2 percent in fiscal year 2015, with improper payments totaling $5.7 billion.

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