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An investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs' Inspector General found that VA Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets and used government funds to pay for his wife's trip to Europe. The investigation, first reported by the Washington Post, also found that Shulkin's chief of staff, Vivieca Wright Simpson, altered an email and misled ethics officials to gain approval for the trip.

Why it matters: Shulkin is one of several Trump administration officials facing criticism for their improper use of taxpayer funds for travel, an issue that forced Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to resign last September. Shulkin was nominated by Trump for his current position, but served as Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health from 2015 to 2017 under President Obama.

In response to an Axios request for comment, the VA's office wrote the following:

Accountability and transparency are important values at VA under President Trump, and we look forward to reviewing the report and its recommendations in more detail before determining an appropriate response.
— VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour

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Report: Pentagon watchdog finds Ronny Jackson drank on duty and harassed staff

Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to an official report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

Data: The American Aspirations Index/Populace; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.

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