VA Director at Phoenix Hospital Got $9K Bonus

40 vets died from delays at facility
With Vietnam military veteran Chuck Tharp, right, listening in, Sen. John McCain, second from left, R-AZ, and Sen. Jeff Flake, left, R-AZ, finish up a news conference to discuss recent reports that dozens of VA hospital patients in Arizona may have died while awaiting medical care in the Phoenix VA Health Care System

The director of the Phoenix VA hospital where at least 40 military veterans died from delays received more than $9,000 in bonus pay in 2013, public records show.

Communications Crackdown

DNI directive forbids unauthorized talk with journalists
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper / AP

Members of the intelligence community are now forbidden from unapproved contact with reporters, according to a memo issued last month by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Future Uncertain for Wind Industry Tax Credits

Report: ‘declining political appetite for wind PTC’
AP

Expired federal tax credits for the wind industry are in front of Congress again, but the political future for the long-standing subsidies is anything but safe, according to a new report.

Mallets and Midshipmen

Feature: St. John’s squares off against the Naval Academy in a croquet match for the ages
Navy Midshipmen playing the St. John's Johnnies at the 32nd annual croquet match between the two colleges / CJ Ciaramella

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—On the first hot spring weekend this year, 4,000 people in suits and sundresses watched the croquet teams of St. John’s College and the Naval Academy duel for the “Annapolis Cup” in what is, without a doubt, the greatest collegiate rivalry in the American history of English lawn sports.

IRS Gave House Oversight Democrats Info on Targeted Conservative Group

Cummings previously denied IRS contact
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. / AP

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent tax documents on a targeted conservative group to Democratic staff on the House Oversight Committee, newly released emails show, despite previous denials by ranking Oversight Democrat Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) that such contact had occurred.

Emails released by the GOP-led Oversight Committee show Democratic staff requested information from the IRS’ tax-exempt division on True The Vote, a conservative group that monitors polling places for voter fraud.

Low Times

Obama admin unlikely to unilaterally remove marijuana from list of Schedule I drugs
AP

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder indicated Tuesday that the Obama administration is not planning to unilaterally change the status of marijuana as a Schedule I drug.

GOP Pushes VA Accountability Bill

Wrongful deaths, mismanagement of hospitals leads to push for reform
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) announce the VA accountability bill / AP

House Republican leadership is calling for increased transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after a series of wrongful deaths and cases of mismanagement at VA hospitals across the country.

ATF Denies Targeting Mentally Disabled in Sting Operations

Stings in six cities used mentally disabled to stimulate sales of illegal drugs, guns
ATF Director Todd Jones

Federal agents who entrapped mentally disabled young men in sting operations across the country did not know their targets were disabled, the director of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms said Wednesday.