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Gates promises changes at Walter Reed hospital

Defense Secretary Robert M.Gates took a personal look at Walter Reed Army Hospital’s outpatient care today and declared conditions there “unacceptable.”

Gates said “a number” of those responsible for the deplorable conditions at the hospital have been relieved of duties.

“This is unacceptable and will not continue,” Gates declared.

Reports William Branigin of The Washington Post:

Mark Foley blows town

By AMIE PARNES

Mark Foley has been crisscrossing the country during the last several months, trying to get his post-congressional life in order.

Last week, the former congressman briefly resurfaced in Washington to pack up his Capitol Hill townhouse, which, according to a source, he had sold on Monday.

Losing the grammar war

By DEROY MURDOCK

“If I was president, this wouldn’t have happened,” John Kerry said during Hezbollah’s war on Israel last summer. As 2004’s Democratic presidential nominee should know, he should have said, “If I WERE president …”

America’s MIA President

By ANN McFEATTERS

A day at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is an eye-opener — about our soldiers, our government generally and the Bush administration.

I visited the renowned hospital complex after The Washington Post ran a series of articles exposing serious problems at the center, where as many as one-fourth of our injured soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan are treated. The halls are swarming with the wounded and their families. Residential facilities for recuperating soldiers and their spouses have a long waiting list.

Lieberman threatens party switch over Iraq debate

Sen. Lieberman

AP

Senate Democrats appear ready to try and revoke the broad authority Congress gave President George W. Bush to launch his increasingly unpopular invasion of Iraq in 2003 but the escalating debate in Congress could change the balance of power in that legislative body.

So much for good behavior

By DALE McFEATTERS

Maybe because it’s so early, the presidential race has been lackluster to date. There are still too many candidates and they are overeager — eight Democratic hopefuls showed up for a weekday forum in Carson City, Nev. And the spectacle — like three Republicans with eight wives among them competing for the family-values vote — is mainly of interest only to junkies.

A ‘breakdown in leadership’

A top army general blamed “a breakdown in leadership” for poor living conditions of wounded soldiers at the US Army’s renowned Walter Reed Medical Center.

AFP

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