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Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:05:03 AM EST
Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 19.
Gun trade faces challenges to financial, political power
* After Newtown, beating the NRA at its own game (How about we all invest our values by putting our money in companies we believe in, not just financially?)
* Biden to oversee White House effort to reduce gun violence
* Boehner veers off bipartisan course with 'Plan B,' shaking up talks
* A rough 24 hours for the White House (What I don't understand is this: the White House had the Republicans in checkmate - game over. So why let them back in the game? The bottom line is that President Obama and the Democrats have all the leverage; no need to offer dumb concessions, especially ones that hurt Social Security recipients or impose austerity. Just really REALLY bad negotiating. Hello? Haven't you guys learned anything from the 1st term?!?)
* Eric Cantor plays loyal lieutenant to Boehner (If Can'tor had done that the last time Boehner was in serious budget/debt negotiations with President Obama, Republicans would have ended up with a better deal - from their bizarre harsh perspective, anyway - than they're about to get now. Brilliant Can'tor!)
* Neocons push against Chuck Hagel (Personally, I think Hagel's a good man, I just think we should have a Democrat as Defense Secretary, as there are many good ones available. Also, Hagel has a right-wing, anti-LGBT, anti-environmental voting record. Why pick him exactly?)
* McDonnell suggests a discussion of arming school officials (Brilliant, huh? Of course, the Newtown shooter's mother was armed to the teeth, and she still got murdered - by her own gun, surprise surprise.)
* McDonnell, O'Malley take opposing sides in response to Newtown shootings
* Survivors of Va. Tech tragedy share pain, send love
* Record day for Va. gun transactions after school shootings
* Editorial: Governor has teachers where he wants them ("After starving Virginia's public schools, Gov. McDonnell tosses them a few crumbs. Next, he'll seek to divert some of their funding to roads.")
* Editorial: Scrooge lives, unrepentant ("An uncharitable remark from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gets a response from Catholic bishops.")
* Schapiro: For McDonnell, uranium issue political and personal
* A start toward saving menhaden (Long overdue...)
* Legal battle with Virginia cost airports authority $1.5 million
* Hester sweeps to victory in special Va. House election (Congratulations!)
* Some top MWAA officials got big raises in 2012 (Big raises for running a corrupt cesspool of an agency? Nice.)
* Mike Shanahan can coach football - who knew? (Yep, when the 'Skins were losing, Shanahan was an idiot. Now that they're winning, he's a genius. Gotta love sportswriters.)
lowkell :: Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning
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