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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki pauses while speaking at a meeting of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans on Friday.

Shinseki Couldn't Outflank Election-Year Politics

By President Obama's own admission, politics had a lot to do with why he decided to accept Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation Friday.

In saying that he accepted Shinseki's judgment that there was a real downside to his remaining in the Cabinet, Obama said: "Well, the distractions that Ric refers to in part are political."

The impression Obama wanted to leave was that Shinseki would be so tied up with appearing at politically inspired congressional hearings and the like that he wouldn't be able to focus on fixing what was broken at the VA.

House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions

The House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the Justice Department from hiring more attorneys to deal with thousands of backlogged clemency petitions in a bid to block one of the Obama administration's top criminal justice priorities.

Border Agency Revises And Makes Public Its Use Of Force Policy

SpaceX founder Elon Musk briefly climbed inside the capsule to show off its flat panel cockpit.

SpaceX Unveils A Sleek New Ride To Orbit

Yesterday, entrepreneur Elon Musk sauntered on to stage and unveiled his latest product: not a smart phone, but a spaceship.

The Dragon V2, as it's called, looks like a giant shuttlecock with feet. It's set to be the first all-new U.S. spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit since the Space Shuttle took flight in 1981.

Retired Army Gen. On Shinseki: 'I Don't Look Up To Any Man More'

Shinseki's Apology Punctuates A Long Career Of Service

VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems

An American Suicide Bomber In Syria

Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words

Mike Cassidy stands in front of the grain elevators his family has owned since 1921.

Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst

Rainfall totals in southwest Oklahoma are more than three inches below normal. And that means that the wheat crop grown in brothers Fred and Wayne Schmedt's farm is several inches shorter than normal as well.

Laughter is key to surviving as a farmer here. Fred Schmedt looks out on his field, then down at his legs and laughs at how short the wheat stalks are.

"What would you call that, high shoe-top high?" he says. "In a normal year — a really good year — it'd be thigh-high. So we're looking at plants that are 6 to 8 inches tall versus 24 to 30 inches tall."

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