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The View from Here: Some Things Should Never Be For-Profit

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Tue Sep 01, 2015 at 22:04:01 PM EDT

Most Americans support a robust private sector. Yet few would argue that we should profit from imprisoning fellow citizens, for example. The implicit conflict-of-interest works against Constitutionally protected freedoms. I do not know how many would want to profit from medical care for the poor. But I hope we are better than that. Some things should never be privatized. I've written in this space before about how far gone is our NC legislature and our governor.  They cannot run the state to save their lives, but would have citizens believe they have "saved' North Carolina (from what, no one knows).  I've also told you how "Governor" Pat McCrory hired as his Secretary of Health and Human Services, a physician whose only qualification was that she'd made a huge donation to said governor. She dutifully ran HHS into the ditch.  

The "launch" of the new HHS computer system resulted in so many errors it defied the imagination. The unfortunate souls depending on Medicaid weren't necessarily the ones who got the paperwork, including their Medicaid cards, in the mail. So many wrong addresses received Medicaid cards you almost had to try to mess up that badly. Yet the vendor was handsomely paid for one of the biggest fails in recent NC history. God save privatization.  

Now the GA has decided it wants even more privatization. Indeed, it wants to inject the profit motive into Medicaid services. So having cut Medicaid, cut unemployment insurance by a third, and refused to expand Medicaid, the GA  has been discussing one of the worst ideas ever: Allowing profiting from health services for the poorest among us. That's essentially another cut because the monies allocated won't be providing health care, but rather lining white-collar pockets. This is the worst-of-the-worst of Republican bad ideas.  

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It's Not Just Trump Supporters; National GOP Primary Electorate Is...Well, Bonkers

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 01, 2015 at 13:48:15 PM EDT

Sure, Donald Trump supporters may be a bit crazier and more extreme than likely Republican voters in general, but according to a new national poll, they're basically all cuckoo.
Trump's beliefs represent the consensus among the GOP electorate. 51% overall want to
eliminate birthright citizenship. 54% think President Obama is a Muslim. And only 29%
grant that President Obama was born in the United States. That's less than the 40% who
think Canadian born Ted Cruz was born in the United States.
Of course, this is the same electorate that has Donald Trump in first place and the even more extreme (if that's possible) Ben Carson in second place nationally. They're also the same folks who don't "believe" (as if science is a matter of "belief") in global warming (66% of these folks don't "believe" in it, even though there's overwhelming scientific evidence, dating back a century or more, in support of it) or evolution (49% don't "believe" in it, even though it's one of the most fundamental, well-supported theories in all of science). And they're the same folks who support "establishing Christianity as the national religion," which of course completely violates one of the most important, underlying values - separation of church and state, tolerance of other religions than the majority one - that make us American. What's amazing is that anyone could make it through K-12 (let alone college!), get hired by a company, or succeed in life in any way with such disordered, bizarre ways of "thinking." But there it is...ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Republican Party's primary electorate! Gack.
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Tonight's Debate in Centreville; Tea Partier John Guevara Attacks Democrat Kathy Smith's Family

by: frankoanderson

Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 23:58:23 PM EDT

Tonight I attended the debate between Democratic School Board Member Kathy Smith and Republican Tea Party Member John Guevara, candidates for the Sully District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Sitting on the western edge of the county alongside Dulles Airport, with about 130,000 residents, Sully is one of the most rapidly growing and changing parts of the Commonwealth. This race is a chance for Democrats to pick up an open seat in a district currently represented by a Republican, retiring Supervisor Michael Frey -- who also was the debate moderator.

I have to say that I was surprised when the debate turned ugly, thanks to Mr. Guevara's comments (which I will address later). For most of the time things were relatively civil and Guevara came across as a polished candidate who seemed committed to a drama-free event. But I guess he couldn't resist throwing some red meat to his supporters so, as they say, the gloves came off.

Supervisor Frey remarked on the large crowd, which neared 100 people -- quite a feat for an obscure political debate taking place before Labor Day. I doubt that there were many undecided voters in attendance. This appeared to be an exercise in candidates and parties getting their supporters out. Us Democrats had a good crowd, with elected officials and many top party activists in attendance. The Republicans clearly had sounded the alarm for the Tea Party folks to come out.

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Tuesday News Headlines: "The Trumps of August....coordinated burst of stupid" in GOP

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 01, 2015 at 06:31:48 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, September 1. Also check out President Obama addressing the "GLACIER Conference" in Alaska. According to Obama, "the science is stark" on the dire threat of climate change, with the Arctic being the "leading indicator" of what the planet as a whole faces. Which is all true, but is contradicted by allowing drilling for oil in the Arctic. To the contrary, we need to be getting off of fossil fuels ASAP, like yesterday would be nice.

*A Lot of American Catholics Have Never Heard of Pope Francis' Most Important New Message ("But his visit to the United States could change all that.")
*The Trumps of August: GOP presidential hopefuls close out summer with a coordinated burst of stupid ("Walker, Huckabee and Christie stumble into autumn by trying to out-crazy Donald Trump on immigration")
*Paranoid history of the GOP: How conspiracy theories poisoned the Republican Party ("Wingnuts have become increasingly reliant on reality-defying paranoia. Here's how it happened")
*Republicans are digging themselves a hole over immigration
*Trump upends GOP message on economy
*Supreme Court decides first gay marriage skirmish ("In its first ruling involving its landmark decision, the court rejected a Kentucky county clerk's request to be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.")
*NRA Host Warns Parents Of Slain Virginia Journalists To Not "Become So Emotional" In Response To Shooting (The NRA continues to be disgusting in every way.)
*Mt. McKinley becomes the newest conservative molehill ("Alaska, run by Republicans, want the name to be Denali and have been trying to make the change for decades. The Alaska delegations - Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young, Republicans all - heralded the move...")
*In Alaska, Obama Makes Appeal for Climate Action
*Krugman: A Heckuva Job ("What we should have learned from Katrina, in other words, was that political poseurs with nothing much to offer besides bluster can nonetheless fool many people into believing that they're strong leaders. And that's a lesson we're learning all over again as the 2016 presidential race unfolds.")
*As time runs out on McAuliffe pick, Va.'s Supreme Court shuffles docket
*Bizarre Trump "rogue group" event in Virginia canceled (Alrighty...)
*Brat says he's among "very few" who voted against Iran deal ("False" - of course.)
*McAuliffe Restores Voting Rights for Over 10K Virginians
*McDonnell to remain free on appeal
*Climate commission endorses information clearinghouse, other efforts (What we need is a significant price on carbon, ASAP.)
*Ben Cline, Ellen Arthur already debating 'debates' in Virginia House race
*Editorial: Dominion reacts to questions raised over charitable giving practice (" shouldn't be taken aback when the media or a consumer group takes over the watchdog role the state has relinquished.")
*Jerry Kilgore joins Scott Walker's Virginia presidential campaign (Hahahahahaha.)
*Five years after expansion, VMFA impact soars
*Adam Ward mourned, celebrated at Salem gathering (with video)
*Another no vote on uranium ("The Virginia Beach City Council is set tonight to vote - again - on a resolution opposing uranium mining in Virginia.")
*Nationals can't hold lead against Cardinals, fall another game behind Mets (Game, set, match for this season? Ugh.)
*D.C. area forecast: Last-minute summer heat, some relief by Labor Day weekend

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McAuliffe, Toscano, and Perriello Push for More Women in the General Assembly

by: Dan Sullivan

Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 16:37:40 PM EDT

DMac and Delegate Candidates photo Dorothy with the candidates_zpsczpsgatq.jpgDorothy left the Governor holding their children's backpacks on the evening before Richmond schools began classes, joining Delegate Dave Toscano (D-57th) at Linda Perriello's home and bringing attention to important initiatives and the women running for the Virginia House who support them. Chaos in the mansion?

Delegate Toscano introduced this Virginia First Lady who continues in the footsteps of her Democratic predecessors in the impressive tradition of competent leadership. The Perriello home was crammed with enthusiastic advocates of effective legislation and good government. Linda Perriello's grandchildren pitched in with the hosting even officially welcoming the First Lady with a bouquet as Linda circulated as best she could in a house almost bursting at the seams. There was also at least one caped Wonder Woman apprentice making an appearance.

Here is the thing about DMac: she takes every opportunity to pursue her personally held and informed rather than politically motivated agenda; one that includes improving the lives of every Virginian. Her rifts are not made of red meat mantras that rile and anger a constituency demanding to be pandered. She genuinely strives to guide her audience to consider solutions for 21st century challenges rather than harkening back to an era that no longer exists and trying to wish away contemporary problems that demand innovative approaches.

Toscano's introduction emphasized her efforts to ensure that every child in Virginia gets a nutritious meal each and every day. And he reminded us that Dorothy has been at the lead in the effort to make Virginia the most veteran friendly state in the Union ever since her husband's first run at elected office in 2009.  

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VA House Dem Leader David Toscano, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Work to Elect Female Candidates

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 15:02:31 PM EDT

Great job by Del. David Toscano, who on Sunday night held a fundraiser with First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe for six female candidates for Virginia House of Delegates. Good luck to every one of these candidates, and please do whatever you can to help them win in November!
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No-Background-Check Gun Sales, Nazi Paraphernalia Cool; but Not Peaceful Protests

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 14:56:18 PM EDT

From the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV): "This really sums up gun policy in Virginia. Earlier today [Sunday], a peaceful protester (mother of two) on a sidewalk outside the C&E Gun Shows, Inc gun show in Roanoke, Virginia was handcuffed by Virginia State Police. Meanwhile, inside, guys were selling guns to each other through private sales, no background check required, cash and carry. And law enforcement didn't so much as ask them--or their buyers--any questions." Also note the Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia. Lovely, eh? Must be those "good guys with guns" again. Heh.

P.S. CSGV adds a good question: "Whose side are you on, Members of the Virginia General Assembly? We'd love to know."

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2005 Loser for Virginia Governor Jerry Kilgore Joins Loser Scott Walker's Campaign

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 10:26:01 AM EDT

For a reminder, from the early days of Raising Kaine, about the pathetic record of Jerry Kilgore, check out 25AgainstJerry. The list includes: 1) "The Kilgore campaign has resorted to racial code language and "nativism"  repeatedly in this campaign"; 2) "Kilgore recently was subpoenaed in connection with a political eavesdropping scandal"; 5) "Kilgore has also received a significant chunk of change from Kansas-based Koch Industries;" 6) one of Kilgore's big contributors was "Bob J. Perry of Houston, chief financier of the infamous 'Swift Boat Veterans'; 10) "Kilgore was a miserable failure as Attorney General" (e.g., " On his watch, drug arrests fell by nearly half, while forcible rapes increased 10%"); 14) "Kilgore's family is notorious for corruption and brass-knuckle tactics." Sounds like a perfect fit for Scott Walker...ugh.

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Monday News: Iran Deal Looking Good; Bob McDonnell Not So Much...

by: lowkell

Mon Aug 31, 2015 at 06:36:27 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, August 31.

*Bust: Iran opponents' August fail ("The monthlong break was supposed to be the best window for critics to whip up opposition. It hasn't happened.")
*Oregon Dem becomes 31st senator to support Iran deal (Thank you Sen. Jeff Merkley! Still waiting for word from Mark Warner...)
*Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali (Good.)
*Walker: What about a wall on Canada's border? (Insane.)
*My daughter was killed on live television. I will do whatever it takes to end gun violence.
*Clinton and Biden's awkward friendship ("Not quite rivals, but never very close-now Hillary and Joe are on a collision course.")
*What happened to Scott Walker? (He joined up with Mark Obenshain for one thing! LOL)
*Donald Trump & white America's anxiety: The political throes of a forgotten country ("Liberals, don't kid yourselves: 'The Donald' is not just a media creation. He's a tribune of our past - and future")
*Fox's George Will Dismisses Gun Legislation And Blames "Evil" After Virginia Shooting (Yep, George Will is E.W. Jackson-level insane.)
*Oliver Sacks dies in New York aged 82
*Supreme Court likely to deny McDonnell's bail request
*Dominion Va. Power using rate riders to pay for new plants
*Research warns of fast-rising waters ("Scientists know a few things about sea levels: They're rising across the globe, though not uniformly. And they're rising faster than they had been. In Hampton Roads, seas are rising even faster because the Gulf Stream has slowed down and because land here is sinking, a result of the region's geology and groundwater withdrawals.")
*The undercarriage of the car-wash industry: Wage fraud and other abuses
*Library, condos part of South Norfolk's revitalization vision
*Editorial: State Police break an oath
*Nats roar back to defeat Marlins
*D.C. area forecast: A few showers possible today, but heat and humidity are the stories of the work week

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Trump: An American Caesar

by: Andy Schmookler

Sun Aug 30, 2015 at 11:58:34 AM EDT

Like everyone else who pays attention to American politics, I have been thinking a lot about the astonishing rise to political prominence of Donald Trump. What a sad thing it is that our country is in this condition where such a man, saying such things, and acting in such a way, can inspire so many people to rally to his support.

What does it mean?

Recently, George Will -- for whom I do not anymore have the respect that I once had - put his training in the classics to good use in making an apt observation: he equated "Trumpism" with "Caesarism." (Wikipedia defines Caesarism as "a form of political rule that emulates the rule of Roman dictator Julius Caesar over the Roman Republic, in that it is led by a charismatic strongman whose rule is based upon a cult of personality...")

That resonated with me, as it connected with an image that, for weeks, had been arising in my mind in relation to Trump. It's an image of Mussolini standing on the balcony with his hands crossed in front of his chest and his head thrown back in the most arrogant and full-of-himself way. Mussolini was explicitly trying to be the new Caesar in a regime that harkened back to the days of Roman dominance over the world.

(And of course this would-be Caesar willingly made himself part of history's greatest nightmare.)

"Make Rome great again" was a theme of that twentieth century Italian Caesar. And now in America our own embodiment of the ugly force of "Caesarism" is running to be president of the United States under the slogan "Make America great again."

It would be one thing if Trump had a genuine understanding of what American greatness is supposed to be about, and if he presented a picture of what we as a nation need to do to restore that greatness by repairing the damage lately done to our nation.

But Trump's notion of greatness is all about our getting more "victories." It's all about winning. It's all based on a Caesarian lust for power.

Following Donald Trump on the path that he is pointing us down would be not a restoration of what has been really great about America. It would represent, rather, an empowering of the very force that has degraded our once-great nation.

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Falls Church Forum: "The Impact of Climate Change on the Health of Latino Communities"

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 30, 2015 at 10:52:04 AM EDT

This past Wednesday, Voces Verdes- Latino Leadership in Action hosted a forum in Falls Church entitled, "The Impact of Climate Change on the Health of the Latino Community." Speakers included Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Alexandria/Arlington), Vanessa Cardenas (Latino Outreach Director of World Wildlife Fund), Lisa Garcia (Earthjustice's VP of Litigation for Healthy Communities), Hareth Andrade (DREAMer & Arlington activist). I wasn't able to make the forum, unfortunately, but Del. Lopez (moderator of the forum) was kind enough to forward me his opening and closing remarks, which I include below (after the "flip"). Also check out the tweets (in English and Spanish) and photos courtesy of Voces Verdes Twitter feed. Finally, check out this recent poll, which found that "Latinos have an intense commitment to action on climate change, carbon pollution standards, development of renewable energy sources, and strong policies to clean up our waterways and air."

@VocesVerdes "Me interesa este tema del #cambioclimatico porque tiene que ver con nuestra salud y los trabajos."
‏@VocesVerdes "Let's make sure that #climatechange is not a soap opera. We don't want a tragic ending. It affects us daily."
‏@VocesVerdes "Flooding like in #hamptonroads directly affects #jobs & quality of life." - @Lopez4VA #voces4climate #climatechange #cleanenergy
@VocesVerdes  "Tenemos que conectar nuestra vida cotidiana con el #medioambiente." -Lisa Garcia, @Earthjustice #voces4climate
@VocesVerdes "Cómo vamos a crear un movimiento tan fuerte como lo de #inmigración?" - Gaston Araoz #voces4climate #virginia
@VocesVerdes "If thousands of #scientists say #climatechange is real, we can't give weight to the oil & gas industry." @Lopez4VA
‏@VocesVerdes  "El impacto que estamos teniendo en el #planeta está impactando más a los pobres." -@vcardenasDC #voces4climate
@VocesVerdes  "Cuál es el rol del @Pontifex en este movimiento de #accionclimatica?" - Federico Cura #virginia #voces4climate
@VocesVerdes  Quien dijo que no nos importa nuestro medio ambiente!? Estamos aquí y de aquí no nos vamos #AccionClimatica
@VocesVerdes  "Tenemos que hablar con nuestras familias. Necesitamos un movimiento fuerte." - Hareth Andrade, Dreamers of #Virginia
@VocesVerdes "We need to call upon our #electedofficials to talk to us about #climatechange. Queremos acción." - @vcardenasDC, @WWF #voces4climate
@VocesVerdes "We have to show that we as #Latinos are united & care about nuestra #madretierra." - Lisa Garcia, @Earthjustice
‏@VocesVerdes  "No hay cuestión que nos importa #inmigración. Es que también nos importa el cuidado del #medioambiente." - Lisa Garcia #voces4climate
@VocesVerdes "#Latinos are more likely to live near polluting facilities."-Lisa Garcia, @Earthjustice #voces4climate #ActOnClimate
‏@VocesVerdes  Our amazing panel today. Lisa Garcia from Earthjustice taking the mic right now en español! #ActOnClimate
@VocesVerdes "Tenemos que cuidar a nuestra creación." -@vcardenasDC #voces4climate #CambioClimatico #accionclimatica #actonclimate
@VocesVerdes Thank you to our panelists for speaking to #Virginia community members about the #CleanPowerPlan! #voces4climate
@VocesVerdes  Voces Verdes is so proud of Falls Church's Latinos for the amazing outcome today
@VocesVerdes  "El #cambioclimatico es real y nos esta afectando donde vivimos y trabajamos."

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Sunday News: GOP, Dem Races Tighten in IA; Another Push for Medicaid Expansion Coming?

by: lowkell

Sun Aug 30, 2015 at 06:55:18 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 30.

*Iowa poll: Trump, Carson lead GOP race
*Democrats worry about autumn after Clinton's summer of stumbling
*Trump to decide 'very soon' on whether to rule out independent bid
*Sanders Within Striking Distance of Clinton in Iowa
*Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs ("The move comes amid weak poll numbers and concerns that Bush's torrid fundraising pace has slowed.")
*Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting (Not cool at all.)
*Chris Christie: As president I would hire FedEx CEO to teach us how to track immigrants like packages (Sounds just like Barbara Comstock, and that's not a good thing.)
*Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Visits Albemarle on Campaign Trail
*Commentary: Solar can help Virginia meet clean-energy goals (" For the sake of our environment, economy, and future generations, we can't afford to wait to tackle global warming.")
*Schapiro: In Va. politics, sometimes there's less than meets the eye ("Don't rule out another push for a Medicaid-financed expansion of Obamacare. A seemingly unlikely endorsement for Northam. Gillespie eyes Senate - again. And Supreme Court pick could survive.")
*Casey: Gun control efforts are unwelcome in Richmond ("'s going to be even harder to win approval from a gang of lawmakers who are so reflexively pro-gun that they would reject firearms restrictions on 4-year-olds.")
*Gilmore campaigns in Petersburg, says Trump has yet to accept challenge for one-on-one debate
*Terry McAuliffe: Reconsidering parole in Virginia
*Virginia relaxes restrictions on death row inmates
*University, college presidents move up state compensation list
*Offshore wind could be a windfall for Hampton Roads
*Editorial: Being No. 1 in congestion takes a heavy toll on region
*Millennials have transformed Arlington, but will they stay?
*Zimmermann stifles Marlins, Nats gain a game on Mets (That's what the Nats need, a pitching staff that "stifles" opponents day after day for the next month.)
*D.C. area forecast: Sunday starts a several-day stretch of highs near or past 90

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Photos: Mark "Criminalize Miscarriages" Obenshain and Scott "Circling the Drain" Walker

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 17:56:56 PM EDT

It's great to see Scott Walker recover sufficiently from Out-Of-Control Scott Walker Injured After Wildly Careening Between Stances On Immigration to be able to attend today's event in Woodbridge with Virginia State Senator Mark "Criminalize Miscarriages" Obenshain (Far-right "R") and what looks to be a huge crowd of...maybe a few dozen people? LOL. For other, recent news about Scott "I'm going to punt on that one" Walker, see Scott Walker Is Circling The Drain: Experts Slam His "Childish" Comments On China, 'It's just wrong': Walker defends Cruz from Boehner 'jackass' attack, Scott Walker falls flat on his face, Scott Walker Takes $250 Million From U. Wisconsin, Gives $250M To Billionaire Sports Team Owners, Scott Walker clueless on both guns and mental health, 6 ways Scott Walker has become more Trumpy, etc., etc. So yeah, crazy extremist Mark Obenshain and crazy extremist Scott Walker are just purrrrrfect for each other. Also gotta love the sign for Manassas City Mayor Hal Parrish, that supposedly more "moderate" Republican who's anything but...

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Del. Marcus Simon on Jamycheal Mitchell: "This makes me incredibly sad and angry at the same time"

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 08:07:17 AM EDT

How can this lunacy happen in the United States of America in 2015? I agree 100% with Del. Marcus Simon: "This makes me incredibly sad and angry at the same time," and we "need to get serious about fixing our broken mental health system in Virginia before more people die!" I'd add that nobody - let alone someone with severe mental illness - should be in jail for stealing a Snickers bar and a 2-liter Mountain Dew - let alone for months "while awaiting trial on the charges." Add this one to the outrageous case of Natasha McKenna, and yes Virginia, we've got a major problem here that needs to be addressed ASAP!

P.S. Virginia ACLU Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga writes: "This is outrageous. Deinstitutionalization has resulted in reinstitutionalization in jails because community programs non-existent. And, no bail?"

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Saturday News: Calls for More Dem Debates; GOP Pours $$ Into 2015 VA Gen. Assembly Races

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 06:34:16 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 29. Also see President Obama's weekly address, this time on "his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century." Given this and other environmental threats, I urge President Obama to announce his absolute opposition to oil and/or gas drilling in the Arctic. And no, I don't buy President Obama's argument that "high standards" are sufficient; the fact is, an oil spill in the Arctic would be a catastrophe, not in any way/shape/form worth the risk.

*Paul Krugman: Crash-Test Dummies as Republican Candidates for President ("The point is that one side of the political aisle has been utterly determined to learn nothing from the economic experiences of recent years. If one of these candidates ends up in the hot seat the next time crisis strikes, we should be very, very afraid.")
*Underdogs blast Democratic leaders, Hillary Clinton (I definitely agree that there should be more debates, probably twice as many...)
*As GOP outsiders surge, insiders favor Jeb Bush (Not surprising.)
*Don Lemon slams CNN for homophobic coverage of shootings of Virginia journalists
*Donald Trump plays a dangerous game: The dark side of making America great again ("Fascists always masquerade as patriots -- but their sinister motives are never far beneath the surface")
*Sarah Palin Lobs Softballs at Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush (What a pathetic oke.)
*Senator powerfully indicts colleagues for gun control cowardice: "We are essentially sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders"
*Jeb Bush's foot-in-mouth problem ("When Jeb Bush opens his mouth, danger occurs.")
*GOP group to pump $100K into Va. races in bid to draw women, minorities (This is what Republicans have been doing for a long time at the state and local level, while Democrats have mostly allowed them to run roughshod and demolish our "farm team." When are Democrats going to wake up and fight this battle to win?)
*Jim Webb Snubs DNC Summer Meeting Over Clinton Favoritism
*Jim Webb Campaign: Reaching Out to DNC 'About As Useful as Sticking One's Hand Into a Wood Chipper'
*Gilmore challenges Trump to 'mano a mano' debate on birthright citizenship
*Alison Parker's parents call for reform; McAuliffe offers support to WDBJ family
*Court moves toward special master to redraw 3rd Congressional District
*Va. Supreme Court secretary responds to FOIA lawsuit
*Jailed over $5 theft, inmate found dead in cell at regional jail (Absolutely inexcusable on almost every level.)
*Public's business should be public
*Officials say WDBJ attack was 'well-planned,' 'premeditated'
*WDBJ reporter's father criticizes senators for not calling family
*Northern Virginia teen sentenced to 11 years for aiding Islamic State
*Virginia Shooter's Ex-Boss Tells of His 'Abrasive' Behavior (Sounds like a nightmare employee.)
*Marlins handle Scherzer and hold off the Nationals, 4-3 (This season is very close to being over.)
*D.C. area forecast: Summertime heat and humidity build back in

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