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Education Inequality Greater Problem Than Income

  • 05/26/2014 - 08:26

    Most American's have probably heard of the growing income inequality between the top 1% and the 99%, but an interesting article by MIT economist David Autor contends that an equal or greater problem is education inequality.

    In this blog post at the Washington Times Jim Tankersley summarizes the original interview between Autor and Peter Dizikes.

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Congress Relaxes Rules for Firing VA Execs

  • 05/22/2014 - 13:25

    The continued and disturbing allegations of mismanagement at various VA health facilities across the country has caused both houses of Congress to make it easier to dispose of some VA leadership.

    The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that allows the Veteran's Administration Secretary to more easily fire any of the 400 senior executives if they consistently underperform. The measure passed the House by a wide majority - 390-33. The Senate attached similar legislation to the annual VA appropriations proposal which is due to be signed into law later this year.

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ASVAB Question of the Week: May 21, 2014

Top VA Official Resigns

  • 05/16/2014 - 20:48

    Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, has tendered his resignation to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki one day after testifying in front of a Senate hearing.

    Dr. Petzel was scheduled to retire at the end of 2014, leading some veterans' groups and Congressional members to consider him a scapegoat. During the hearings Shinseki claimed multiple times to only have limited knowledge of reports about the problems with VA wait times, while Dr. Petzel had claimed to have reviewed all the reports and ordered corrections.

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Military Accepting Fewer Applicants

  • 05/14/2014 - 20:18

    Most people know that it is harder to enlist now than it was when the US military was in the midst of its surge in the Middle East, but now there are specific numbers.

    A recent report in the Washington Times shows that of every 5 adults that try to enlist, 4 of them are turned away -that's a 20% acceptance rate.

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