To End VA Doctor Shortage, Medicare Funding Needs Boost
As the nation grapples with the imbroglio at the Department of Veteran Affairs and a doctor shortage cited in months-long delays at VA Hospitals, policymakers are focusing on ways to boost the nation’s physician supply. The fix may lie with the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly, which currently holds the purse strings.
Obama Asks Central American Leaders For Help
President Barack Obama is telling Central American presidents that the United States and the wider region share responsibility to address an influx of minors and families who are crossing the southwest border of the U.S. He says they all have to deter the flow of children across the border because the situation is putting the children and their families at risk. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met at the White House with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Obama said children without a proper claim to stay will be returned to their countries.
#RichKids Of Beverly Hills' Jonny Drubel Explains Why Season 2 Is Like Being "Blackout Drunk"
Season two of #RichKids of Beverly Hill s is right around the corner and Jonny Drubel is ready to roll! When asked about his recent trip to China with the gang, Jonny said, "There was a lot of dumpling eating and wondering where the closest McDonald's was. When you travel with that many people and we're all that close, it gets dramatic because you're away and there's a lot of jetlag, there was no Facebook and no Twitter because it's a Communist country."
One Cast Member Is NOT Coming Back To Orange Is The New Black For Season 3 — But Who?!
Orange Is The New Black is losing an important cast member! The ladies of Litchfield will be down a man in season 3 — and the star leaving is PORNSTACHE, played by Pablo Schreiber! the last time we saw him, the correction officer was sent to jail for getting Dayanara 'fake' pregnant! In an interview with the New York Post, he explained: "I'm not taking part in the third season. I'm a member of a show called The Brink that's going to be on HBO.
Charlize Theron & Sean Penn Aren't Engaged? That Ring Was Bought By A Special Someone ELSE!
Charlize Theron shocked fans when she was photographed wearing a ring on THAT finger on Wednesday! It didn't just add fuel to the fire of rumors that she and Sean Penn were getting hitched- it was like that giant bling was full of gunpowder! But the news explosion might be just a touch premature… According to a source close to Charlize, there's something about that ring no one realized- she bought it for herself! The 18 karat, $5,000 accessory was apparently just girl's lil gift to herself!
Facebook Says SEC's IPO Probe Ends, Extending WhatsApp Closing Date
Facebook Inc said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the social networking company over events surrounding its controversial initial public offering. In its quarterly report filed on Thursday, Facebook said the regulator in May "notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended by the SEC." Facebook shares began trading on May 18, 2012, but soon fell below their $38 per share offering price and had lost more than half their value by the middle of August, angering investors. The launch had been tarnished by technology problems that delayed trading and caused difficulty in processing trades.
Remembering Amy Winehouse 3 Years After Her Death
It's been 3 years since Amy Winehouse's beautiful soul and stunning voice was taken from us. The constant reminder of her absence from the music scene is still so heart wrenching. Thank goodness there are photos and epic ballads to remember her forever.
Michelle Beadle -- Rips ESPN Colleague Stephen A. Smith Over Domestic Violence Comments
ESPN has a civil (and gender) war on its hands ... as "SportsNation" host Michelle Beadle has lashed out on Twitter at "First Take" host Stephen A. Smith for his comments about domestic abuse. It began Friday morning when Smith, in the context of the NFL's suspension of Ray Rice, brought up the idea that there are things women can do to prevent themselves from becoming domestic violence victims. Beadle, who revealed she was once in an abusive relationship, said she "would never feel clean again" after taking in Smith's comments. She wrote, "I'm thinking about wearing a miniskirt this weekend...I'd hate to think what I'd be asking for by doing so @stephenasmith. #dontprovoke" She added, "Violence isn't the victim's issue. It's the abuser's. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Walk. Away." For his part, Smith did apologize to Beadle and said he "could've been more articulate on the matter." But he seemed to make the situation worse when he went on to say, "... What about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them?"
Plane Crashes Are In The News, But Air Travel Is Still Pretty Much The Safest Ever
The aviation industry as a whole may be at its safest since the beginning of flight, but airline travel still requires a leap of faith for passengers who must trust airlines and regulators to keep them safe. Thursday's crash of Air Algerie Flight 5017, likely due to bad weather, was terrible news in the wake of terrible news. The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March, combined with the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last week, amounts to 597 deaths, more than twice the total global airline fatalities in all of last year.
Mark Cuban Advocates Selling Shares Of Tax-Dodging U.S. Companies
Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, took to Twitter on Friday to rail against companies that adopt overseas addresses to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He urged investors to sell shares of those companies. Cuban, who expanded on his remarks in a CNBC interview, echoed comments by President Barack Obama, who yesterday said the practice, while legal, is ethically wrong. By avoiding taxes, Cuban said companies create an unfair burden by requiring the government to collect more money from everyone else.