The White House doctor still under investigation for doling out pills like a ‘candy man’ is now running for Congress


Dr. Ronny Jackson, nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, meets with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., off camera, in Russell Building on April 16, 2018.

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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and retired Navy rear admiral who had a short run as the nominee for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2018, now plans to run for a seat in Congress.

According to The Hill, Jackson will be running as a Republican in a rural Texas district that leans conservative, and where President Donald Trump netted the vast majority of votes in the 2016 election.

That might be relevant, since Jackson's foray into politics began when Trump nominated him as his top pick for the role of secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, after the previous chief, David Shulkin, was fired in March 2018. Shulkin was booted after a prolonged media circus hit on everything from misused VA funds, to infighting between the VA and the White House, and claims that political appointees were working to privatize the department.

That's the backdrop that Jackson stepped out from behind when he accepted Trump's nomination. At the time, Jackson had served as a physician for Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, before Trump nominated him to become the secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Despite concerns on Capitol Hill that Jackson may have lacked the experience necessary to lead a sprawling bureaucracy like the VA, it was a series of stories about his professional conduct as a White House physician that brought his nomination to a quick end.

Among the colorful anecdotes that emerged were accusations of excessive drinking at work, creating a hostile work environment, and improperly dispensing medication. The latter led to one of his two nicknames: "Candy man." (The other is "scrote," and yes, there's a story there.)

Jackson reportedly earned his "candy man" moniker for his lax attitude toward prescribing controlled substances to government employees "like candy," as Task & Purpose previously noted.

According to CNN, he is still under investigation by the Navy Inspector General over the many allegations leveled against him.

Despite Jackson calling the claims of drinking on the job and pill-pushing "false allegations," by the end of April 2018, he'd withdrawn as the VA nominee.

Jackson retired from the Navy earlier this month after earning his second star, according to CNN.

Considering how well things went last time he waded into the political arena, it'll be interesting to see how Jackson's congressional run turns out.

Soldiers from the 1-118th Field Artillery Regiment of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team fire an M777 Howitzer during a fire mission in Southern Afghanistan, June 10th, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jordan Trent)

Once again, the United States and the Taliban are apparently close to striking a peace deal. Such a peace agreement has been rumored to be in the works longer than the latest "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" sequel. (The difference is Keanu Reeves has fewer f**ks to give than U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.)

Both sides appeared to be close to reaching an agreement in September until the Taliban took credit for an attack that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. That prompted President Donald Trump to angrily cancel a planned summit with the Taliban that had been scheduled to take place at Camp David, Maryland, on Sept. 8.

Now Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has told a Pakistani newspaper that he is "optimistic" that the Taliban could reach an agreement with U.S. negotiators by the end of January.

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On January 26, 1945, the most decorated U.S. service member of World War II earned his legacy in a fiery fashion.

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Florida's two senators are pushing the Defense Department to award Purple Hearts to the U.S. service members wounded in the December shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

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The Navy and Marine Corps need to be a bit more short-sighted when assessing how many ships they need, the acting Navy secretary said this week.

The Navy Department is in the middle of a new force-structure review, which could change the number and types of ships the sea services say they'll need to fight future conflicts. But instead of trying to project what they will need three decades out, which has been the case in past assessments, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the services will take a shorter view.

"I don't know what the threat's going to be 30 years from now, but if we're building a force structure for 30 years from now, I would suggest we're probably not building the right one," he said Friday at a National Defense Industrial Association event.

The Navy completed its last force-structure assessment in 2016. That 30-year plan called for a 355-ship fleet.

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When Oscar Jesus Temores showed up to work at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story each day, his colleagues in base security knew they were in for a treat.

Temores was a master-at-arms who loved his job and cracking corny jokes.

"He just he just had that personality that you can go up to him and talk to him about anything. It was goofy and weird, and he always had jokes," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek Lopez, a fellow base patrolman. "Sometimes he'd make you cry from laughter and other times you'd just want to cringe because of how dumb his joke was. But that's what made him more approachable and easy to be around."

That ability to make others laugh and put people at ease is just one of the ways Temores is remembered by his colleagues. It has been seven weeks since the 23-year-old married father of one was killed when a civilian intruder crashed his pickup truck into Temores' vehicle at Fort Story.

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