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VA health chief Shulkin picked by Trump for VA secretary

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he will tap David J. Shulkin, who is now head of the Veterans Health Administration, to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The president-elect said "at least" 100 interviews were conducted for the top job to lead the troubled agency that has struggled to deliver care to veterans at a time of increased demand and budgetary pressure.

Trump stumped hard on the campaign trail for veterans, promising expanded access to private health care, and continued to do so on his thank-you tour across the country in December.

--CQ Roll Call

Supreme Court likely to boost public schools' responsibilities to children with disabilities

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices appeared ready Wednesday to clarify and strengthen the rights of the nation's 6.7 million children with disabilities, perhaps by requiring public schools to offer a special education program that will ensure they can make significant progress.

The case of a Colorado boy with autism, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, could have a far-reaching impact on millions of children and their parents as well as the budgets of school districts nationwide.

--Tribune Washington Bureau

Elaine Chao will have the easiest time getting the worst job in Trump's Cabinet

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