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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 07:42:39 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, January 12. Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, this one on ending the war in Afghanistan.

*Senate Dems tell Obama to bypass GOP on debt ("President should take 'all legal steps' to avoid default if lawmakers cannot agree to raise the debt ceiling, they say, even 'without Congressional approval.'")
*A likely end to the Rockefeller dynasty
*Gun control proposals hardly draconian (Nope, they're just no-brainer, commonsense things like background checks on anyone buying a gun. Duh.)
*Virginia must take lead in fighting sea level rise, report says (Duh! And no, Virginian Pilot, global warming isn't "politically charged," it's a scientific matter that only a few wackos and fossil fuel industry "deniers" work to turn into a "controversy.")
*The Dumb and Dumber Transportation Funding Policy (Let's face it, Bob McDonnell simply isn't a very bright guy. Nor is he a leader. Other than that, he rawks!!! LOL)
*One Mile Forward, Two Miles Backwards
*Kaine: Common ground can be found as lawmakers consider gun control
*Virginia, still running on fumes (Interesting point, that cutting Virginia's gasoline tax might not result in lower gasoline prices, at least not significantly lower, in Virginia.)
*Gov. Bob McDonnell will not stop Virginia killer's execution
*Many drivers would face higher sales tax - and no break on fuel
*Cuccinelli Won't Have To Submit Petitions, But McAuliffe Will (And So Would Bolling)
*Rights restoration finds new support (What are the chances, though, of this idea making it anywhere in the crazy/nasty Teapublican House of Delegates?)
*Roanoke chamber gets behind McDonnell transportation plan (Dumb and dumber.)
*McDonnell declines to block execution of prisoner who said he wants to die
*McAuliffe hits Cuccinelli on "go to jail" contraception protest remarks
*AG outlines legislative agenda
*Ruff: Hunters should be out of season for drones
*The good ones make it back ("Yes, Robert Griffin III suffered a horrific injury. But his career is hardly in jeopardy - historical evidence says so. ")

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Annabel Park breaks down five of the most common, and most effective false memes that prevent the United States from fully recovering from the Great Decision.

When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is true with what is false. We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few super wealthy and powerful people. We need to balance the facts about how the economy works with self-serving fantasies of the the Koch brothers distributed by Fox News.

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