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Veterans Affairs hospital staff knew of roaches on food trays but didn't get rid of them, report finds

Cockroaches were a "persistent presence" at a veterans hospital in Illinois and the administrators were aware of the problem but failed to remove them, the Veterans Affairs Department's Office of Inspector General confirmed. The insects were found in and around the food service areas and even on food trays served to patients at the Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital in Hines, Ill.

"During our unannounced site visit on May 10, 2016, we found dead cockroaches on glue traps dispersed throughout the facility's main kitchen. We observed conditions favorable to pest infestation," said the inspector general in a report dated Wednesday. The inspection was sparked by a whistleblower's report.

The report found that the roach situation was known to administrators of the hospital but that they had failed to remove the bugs. "We substantiated that at least several patients received food trays with cockroaches on them. We reviewed emails from mental health staff to (nutrition and food service) managers from March 11, 2011 through December 28, 2015, and a (mental health) report dated March 13, 2014, that reported six complaints from patients that cockroaches were present on food trays delivered from the facility's main kitchen to the MH unit via a transportation cart."

Despite these reports, the administrators continued to use their existing pest control program and "did not take additional action to control the problem."

Part of the problem, the report said, was the lack of stable leadership at the hospital. Between 2011 and 2016, the hospital had 10 different directors.

The inspections were requested by last year by then-Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. Kirk lost his re-election bid last fall to Duckworth.

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Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Publicly Deny Russia Ties

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Another account of President Donald Trump attempting to push back on the investigation of his campaign’s ties to the Russian government emerged Monday evening, as The Washington Post reported that the president asked two top intelligence officials to deny any evidence of collusion. 

According to the report, Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny that there is any evidence of connections between Trump’s team and Russia. Those requests reportedly came in late March, after then-FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his bureau was looking into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Coats and Rogers reportedly rejected the requests.

The Post also said that White House officials sought to influence Comey directly:

In addition to the requests to Coats and Rogers, senior White House officials sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly with Comey to encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, according to people familiar with the matter. The officials said the White House appeared uncertain about its power to influence the FBI.

“Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” one official said of the line of questioning from the White House.

“The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement emailed to HuffPost in response to the Post article. “The president will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the report raised “troubling” possibilities:

If latest reports are true, the specter of possible obstruction has grown larger and more troubling. Congress will need to find out. 

The Post’s article is the latest in a series of revelations indicating that Trump and his associates have sought to intervene in the FBI’s Russia probe. 

The cascade of news began May 9, when Trump fired Comey, at first citing his conduct during the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Trump later said he considered the Russia investigation while weighing Comey’s future at the Justice Department. 

One week later, multiple news outlets reported that Trump had asked Comey during a private meeting on Feb. 14 to stop the investigation of Flynn, whom Trump had fired the day before.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president said to Comey, according to notes Comey reportedly wrote soon after the meeting.

That revelation sparked concern on both sides of the aisle, and some Democrats raised the possibility that the president’s request could constitute obstruction of justice.  

On Thursday, the Justice Department announced it was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation. Trump attacked the appointment on Twitter, calling the investigation “the single greatest witch hunt” in U.S. political history. 

And on Friday, the The New York Times reported that Trump had described Comey as a “nut job” to Russian officials visiting the White House earlier this month, telling them that firing the FBI director eased “great pressure” on the Russia investigation.

The same day, The Washington Post reported that the FBI is also investigating a current White House official in connection with the Russia probe, in addition to several former campaign officials.

Amid all this, Trump and the White House have denied any wrongdoing and have argued the investigation is detrimental to the country.

“I believe it hurts our country terribly because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country,” Trump said Thursday. “And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it’s trade deals, whether it’s military, whether it’s stopping nuclear ― all of the things that we discussed today. And I think this shows a very divided country.”




Donald Trump Has Done An Amazing Job At His Most Important Job

Looking at it objectively, as a guy who opposed Trump until he dispatched Ted Cruz, I have to consider all the facts and ponder the evidence carefully before awarding Donald Trump the grade of A+. He has done an incredible job of doing exactly what I had hoped he would do in the off chance he defeated that naggy harridan and her corps of gender indeterminate hipsters, coastal snobs, race hustlers, aspiring libfascists, media scum, and wussy pseudo-conservatives terrified that a Hillary loss would mean people might expect them to do more than wear bow ties and go on NPR to prattle about Burke in their high-pitched, nasal voices.

There can be no serious debate. Donald Trump has done a truly outstanding job of not being Hillary Clinton. 

His not being Hillary Clinton was and remains my sole expectation of Donald Trump’s presidency. Nothing else matters in the end; it is enough that Trump foiled Felonia von Pantsuit’s creepy scheme to subjugate forever the deplorable mass of normal people she despises. The Obamacare repeal, tax reform, plus appointees of the quality of Gorsuch, Mattis and McMaster, and his lower court appointments – the inexplicable and damn-well-better-be-corrected-if-Trump-doesn’t-want-a conservative-rebellion omission of Justice Don Willett not withstanding – are merely icing on the red velvet cake of Trump’s not-being-Hillaryhood.

In fact, the only thing keeping me from giving him an A++ is that Trump has unforgivably failed to point toward his zipper and invite the liberal establishment and their panty-twisted Fredocon houseboyz to “Obstruct this!”

Now, that is not to say there have not been challenges, but we must be careful not to confuse the lies of the media and their Democrat masters, repeated by the Never Trumper geek chorus, with problems Trump himself caused. 

Here’s the brutal reality: No matter what Trump does, he will always be evil, awful, criminal, and/or treasonous. It doesn’t matter if he does something good. It’s doesn’t matter if Obama famously did the same thing – or worse. It doesn’t matter if it’s an outright and obvious lie. It will never stop. The soft coup plotters’ plan is to generate a constant barrage of bullSchumer designed to eventually browbeat the weak-hearted among the GOP into going along with their impeachment scheme as the first step on the road to the left retaking power and consolidating it so that we normals can never again have our voices heard.

If you want to blame Trump for the phony “controversy” surrounding him, ask yourself – what actions could he take that would stop the liberal feeding frenzy? Be nicer and gentler and act like “the bigger man? Worked great for W. 


You fall into their trap when you buy into the characterization of Trump himself being responsible for what is an organized conspiracy to delegitimize him. They want you to think that. They want you to think that where there’s smoke there’s fire. They want you to think “Gosh, Trump has to be doing something wrong if so many of the conventionally pretty TV people and my dying morning newspaper keep saying he is.”  

But it isn’t true. It’s nonsense. It’s a fraud. It’s a steaming pile of Harry Reid.

Ask yourself: If Trump did not collude with the Russians, what would happen? He’d deny it – Trump has. He’d hit back – Trump has. And no evidence of actual wrong doing would leak out after nearly a year of investigations – and none has, as even that wizened crone Diane Feinstein and that gold standard of stupidity Maxine Waters have been forced to admit.

Now ask yourself: If Trump did collude with the Russians, what would happen? Well, we’d see a zillion leaks about the damning evidence from the intelligence community, and currently unemployed nut job James Comey would have been pressing for indictments. Those things haven’t happened.

Gee, the facts are perfectly in synch with these allegations not being true, and utterly at odds with the allegations being true. Since liberals believe in science and evidence and stuff, I guess there’s only one rational, reasonable conclusion we can draw:



Just watch how Robert Mueller becomes part of the conspiracy when he comes back with nothing on the President. The left will 180 its attitude toward him even faster than it did toward Comey when that towering dork got canned.

There are things Trump can do better, like getting some appointments made of loyalists who share his vision. His loyalists been shut out, and the Never Trumpers have been invited in. Apparently their high principles lasted until Election Day when they finally accepted the fact that Jeb! was never going to be president of anything except his extensive stuffed bunny collection.

Allowing his friends and conservatives to get shafted is a grave error. It will haunt Trump. His embrace of enemies by giving them a chance to betray him will dishearten and drive away the loyal. For example, why are Trump and every single White House rival of Reince Priebus getting trashed by leaks to Maggie Haberman & Co. at the New York Times, but never Reince? I guess none of those disloyal anonymous leakers ever says anything bad about Reince because he’s so gosh-darned squared away.

Yeah, that’s it. Or every night Reince lies in his bed on his tummy wearing a floral bathrobe with a One Direction poster on the wall, kicking his feet in the air, holding his pink rotary dial phone, exclaiming, “Hey Maggs, do I ever have some dish for you!” 

Trump needs to start rewarding loyalty while punishing disloyalty, do some housecleaning, and get himself a competent Chief of Staff who is focused on running the staff instead of running his mouth to the enemy. Otherwise, the President needs to simply drive on. Every day Trump stays in office is another day Hillary is not in office. And that’s a win.

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