1. VA SCANDAL
Responsibility: President Barack Obama is promising more accountability in the scandal embroiling the Veterans Affairs health care system. When? We’re not sure. The President says he needs more time to study the situation. Today, three senior VA officials are likely to get grilled on Capitol Hill over allegations of cooked books, a secret wait list and cover-ups. The VA has acknowledged 23 deaths nationwide due to excessive waits by veterans for care.
More help: The White House says the United States has deployed 80 members of its armed forces to Chad to help in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. They’ll support reconnaissance missions over northern Nigeria. The Islamist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls last month from a school in the region. Nigeria has asked the U.N. to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. That could happen today.
3. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING EVIDENCE
The case: Apparently there was some sophistication to the explosives used by the accused Boston Marathon bombers. Prosecutors say the mechanisms used Christmas lights and model-car parts, according to prosecutors. We learned more about the case yesterday as they filed a motion in court thatdetails some of their evidence. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to killing four people and wounding more than 200. His brother Tamerlan died in the manhunt that followed the bombing.
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Five Things To Know For Your New Day – Thursday, May 22, 2014 was originally published on praisecleveland.com