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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:26:32 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 1. Also check out Terry McAuliffe's first television advertisement of the campaign, "Youngest of Four," a positive ad which will air statewide starting tomorrow. Go Terry!

*Obama preparing to send arms to Syrian rebels (Time for a no-fly zone as well?)
*Markey takes Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary in rout (We badly need this champion of clean energy and climate action in the U.S. Senate!)
*Senate Democrats Eye Push For Gay Couples' Protections In Immigration Bill
*Virginia's deepening scandal ("The troubling questions about the McDonnell-Cuccinelli-Williams affair are mounting. Did the governor and his wife accept unreported gifts from Mr. Williams in return for political favors? Did Mr. Schneider's role as whistle-blower factor in any way into Mr. Cuccinelli's pursuit of criminal charges against him? How could Mr. Cuccinelli not have remembered that Mr. Williams paid for his family's summer vacation last year? Virginians deserve answers.")
*McAuliffe's first ad focuses on family, jobs
*Cuccinelli's test: Winning centrists without losing conservatives (Why would any "centrist" vote for a guy who's as far right wing as is humanly possible? It makes zero sense.)
*Case of Cailin McDonnell's wedding involves Cuccinelli, FBI
*Gov. Bob McDonnell denies donor favoritism in Star Scientific case (Yeah, right!!!)
*Ken Cuccinelli Struggling with Makeover in Virginia Governor's Race ("The Republican nominee is now focusing more on job growth and education reform than railing against abortion and gay marriage.")

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Should Fossil Fuel Companies Reimburse Taxpayers for Climate-Change-Related Disaster Spending?

by: lowkell

Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 15:39:42 PM EDT

Cross posted from Scaling Green

According to a new report by the Center for American Progress

...the federal government-which means taxpayers-spent $136 billion total from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2013 on disaster relief. This adds up to an average of nearly $400 per household per year.

Nearly all of this disaster spending was for relief and recovery from these and other smaller natural disasters. Most of these disasters are symptomatic of the man-made climate change resulting from massive amounts of carbon emissions and other pollutants in the atmosphere, which warm the oceans and the Earth. As climate change accelerates, so will federal spending on disaster relief and recovery, which will ultimately be paid for by taxpayers.

The nearly $400 per household spent annually over the past three years could be the beginning of a very costly future as climate-related extreme weather multiplies. This issue brief explores federal spending on disaster relief and offers up recommendations for how we can respond to the potential growth in these expenditures.

So, let's get this story straight. The fossil fuel companies make enormous profits and receive huge taxpayer subsidies. At the same time, they spew enormous amounts of pollution that fuels climate change and intensifies storm severity and damage. Then, we the taxpayers get to shell out of our wallets to clean up the disasters the fossil fuel companies helped create. Great deal, huh? No, didn't think so. Instead, how about the fossil fuel companies reimburse taxpayers some or all of the $136 billion spent between 2011 and 2013 on disaster relief? And, going forward, how about the fossil fuel companies pay for the damages their pollution contributes to, especially as long as they continue to wallow at the taxpayer-funded government trough. Deal?
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Is Bob McDonnell Turning Into Virginia's Version of Rod Blagojevich?

by: lowkell

Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 06:53:17 AM EDT

What's the difference between Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, now "serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison following conviction for corruption including the soliciting of bribes for political appointments?" Well, so far at least, Bob McDonnell hasn't been arrested by federal agents and put on trial for bribery and corruption. But based on this Washington Post front-page story, that might just be a matter of time at this point.
FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor's daughter, according to four people familiar with the questioning.

The agents have been asking associates of the McDonnells about gifts provided to the family by Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and actions the Republican governor and his wife have taken that may have boosted the company, the people said.

Among the topics being explored, they said, is the $15,000 catering bill that Williams paid for the 2011 wedding of McDonnell's daughter at Virginia's historic Executive Mansion. But questions have extended to other, previously undisclosed gifts from Williams to Maureen McDonnell as well, they said.

Great stuff, huh? Gotta love these moralistic , holier-than-thou Teapublicans. Also, so much for Bob McDonnell's hopes of ever being President, Vice President, Senator, dog catcher, etc. :)
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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:09:27 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, April 30. Obviously, the top story BY FAR is FBI looking into relationship between McDonnells, donor by the Washington Post's Rosalind S. Helderman and Jerry Markon. I hope all the organizations giving out journalistic awards are paying attention to Helderman's work on this unfolding, multi-pronged corruption scandal, because she's doing a superb job digging into it (and possibly bringing down both Bob McDonnell (Virginia's Rod Blagojevich, apparently) and Ken Cuccinelli in the process). THAT is what journalism's supposed to be all about!

*The story behind Jason Collins' story: The interview (Courageous; let's hope this will lead to a lot more honesty and openness in sports!)
*More backlash against Senators on gun vote (Good!)
*Ex-chef alleged wrongdoing by McDonnells to FBI
*Va. governor's former chef alleges conflict of interest in seeking dismissal of charges ("A former chef at the Virginia governor's mansion asked a judge Monday to dismiss embezzlement charges against him, arguing that state Attorney General Ken T. Cuccinelli II has a series of conflicts of interest that have tainted the proceedings.")
*Chef wants indictment tossed, cites Cuccinelli conflict, McDonnell 'wrongdoing'
*Va. Dems, liberal PAC target Cuccinelli over gift disclosure ("Ken Cuccinelli's foes are hammering the Republican gubernatorial candidate over his delayed disclosure of nearly $13,000 in personal gifts spanning four years but only revealed late last week.")
*Tea Party, conservative PAC pick Obenshain, Stewart (The LAST thing this state needs is more Tea Party extremists in its government. These endorsements really say it all about what's at stake this year in Virginia!)
*The forgotten summer vacation ("Attorney general and Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli is stretching the limits of credulity with his latest explanation for amending his annual economic disclosure reports.")

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Challenge Accepted: 25 Examples of Ken Cuccinelli's Extremism

by: lowkell

Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 14:36:23 PM EDT

(Add another one: Cuccinelli endorser the Family Research Council says that "tragedies like Newtown and Boston - as well as the shooting at its headquarters last summer - are the result of 'sexual liberalism' and the lack of Christian influence on society." Does Cuccinelli agree with his endorser's views? If not, we're all ears! - promoted by lowkell)

A bit earlier today, I noticed a "conservative" (whatever that word even means these days) Virginia blog (I'm not linking, but the blog's initials are "BD") had an article arguing that Virginia actually has NOTHING to fear from Ken Cuccinelli, that he isn't really "extreme," and that simply "repeating that someone is extreme over and over doesn't make it so." OK, fine, challenge accepted: I won't just SAY the dude's extreme, I'll provide examples, 25 of them for starters (there are many, many more - these are pretty much the ones off the top of my head!). And yes, I'd say Virginians have a great deal to fear from almost every one of these items...

1. He wants to make it easier for Virginia public universities to discriminate against gay people.
2. He believes that "homosexual acts are...intrinsically wrong...don't comport with natural law...not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society."
3. He strongly supports a so-called "personhood amendment" to the Virginia constitution, that would effectively outlaw abortion as well as several types of birth control (e.g., the "morning after" pill).
4. He wants to ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest!
5. He has pushed to defund Planned Parenthood.
6. He has pushed to defund embryonic stem cell research, which is crucial for curing diseases from diabetes to Parkinsons to Alzheimers name it, pretty much (note: the blastocysts would be discarded anyway).
7. He not only pushed for draconian, and completely unnecessary/arbitrary/absurd new regulations at Virginia women's health clinics, he went beyond that by "refus[ing] to certify that version of the regulations [which "grandfathered" existing clinics], telling [Virginia Board of Health] members that adopting such an amendment was outside their scope of power...[and threatening] to withhold state legal counsel from them if they did not pass his original version of the regulations."
8. He denies climate science (that alone should disqualify him from ever holding ANY public office, let alone governor!)
9. He launched a vicious witch hunt against one of the world's leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann, something that AG candidate Mark Herring called "Un-American" (Herring added, correctly, that "that kind of attack on science went out with Galileo.")
10. He claims that Virginia can disobey federal laws it disagrees with. Uhhhh...didn't we fight the Civil War over that?

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Shocker: Ken Cuccinelli's Top Allies Are Extremists AND "Pants on Fire" Liars

by: lowkell

Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 11:03:43 AM EDT

Well, isn't this a shocker?
A PAC affiliated with the Susan B. Anthony List says in an ad that McAuliffe opposed new regulations that would "require women's health clinics to provide the same sanitary environment we expect of dental offices."

McAuliffe did oppose new regulations that were approved for abortion clinics earlier this month. But it is ridiculous to imply that these rules elevate the sanitary standards for clinics to those of dental offices.

Abortion clinics will be held to hospital building codes, must comply with with federal guidelines for infection prevention and will be inspected at least once every two years. Dental offices do not have to meet any of these guidelines and will continue to be inspected only in response to a complaint.

Without any evidence, the PAC has launched a misleading ad that trivializes very significant and polarizing changes Virginia has made to the way it regulates abortion clinics.

We rate this claim Pants on Fire.

What is the Susan B. Anthony list? Well, for starters, it "has a long history of waging war on women's rights and healthcare, from their support of radical 'personhood' legislation to their fight to ban access to abortion in all cases - including rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother." They also defended (e.g., ran a TV ad) Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after his comments about pregnancies resulting from rape being a "gift from god," and stood by Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin after his "legitimate rape" comments. Now, this extremist group - which has also been labeled "Pants on Fire" liars for their "ridiculous" claims about right-wing efforts to close down Virginia women's health clinics - has enthusiastically endorsed Ken Cuccinelli for governor of Virginia, in large part because of his "leadership in defending the unborn" (translation: his efforts to outlaw abortion altogether). How much does the extremist Susan B. Anthony List love Ken Cuccinelli? Enough to pledge $1.5 million to help elect him. That pretty much says it all.
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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:23:12 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, April 29. Also, check out the photo by Del. Scott Surovell from last night's Prince William County Democratic "JJ Dinner" - "8 Prince William Delegate races, 8 Delegate candidates!" (Michael Futrell, John Bell, Richard Cabellos, Atif Qarni, Luke Torian, Jerrold L Foltz, Reed Heddleston and Jeremy McPike.).

*The GOP And The Conspiratorial Mindset (" The problem is, as it always has been for the past four years, is that these voices tend to get drowned out by the shrill voices of the Obama Derangement Syndrome crowd, and it's that crowd that becomes associated in the public mind with the party and the movement. That is the price the GOP is paying for giving these people space to grow rather than denouncing him in the manner that they should have been.")
*Online Sales Tax Mandate Divides G.O.P. Lawmakers ("Antitax groups seem to be losing their influence, as Republican lawmakers' constituents support legislation that would require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes.")
*Immigration's dead-enders ("On Thursday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte...the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and an opponent of a pathway to citizenship, served notice that the delay-and-dismemberment plan was under way.")
*In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites
*Knaves, Fools, and Me (Meta) ("The point is not that I have an uncanny ability to be right; it's that the other guys have an intense desire to be wrong. And they've achieved their goal.")
*Obama to nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx for Transportation chief
*Sen. Manchin vows to continue fight to pass background check bill
*Outright deniers of global warming are no worse than those who accept it, but refuse to take action
*Susan B. Anthony List says new Virginia regulations put abortion clinics on par with dental offices ("Without any evidence, the PAC has launched a misleading ad that trivializes very significant and polarizing changes Virginia has made to the way it regulates abortion clinics. We rate this claim Pants on Fire."
*Please Come Back Bill Bolling ("Maintaining his appeal to the medieval vote in Virginia, the Republican front runner has injected what one journalist for the New York Times has dubbed the 'icky factor' into Virginia politics.  He has expressed his support for legislation to outlaw some nonviolent sex acts between consenting adults.")
*McDonnell to host summit for small businesses in Richmond in June
*Legislation on Internet sales tax is big for Va.
*Incoming Virginia Tech students will pay higher tuition, fees, board of visitors votes
*Virginia Beach uses sand to fortify storm protection
*Concern grows in Va. Beach after a violent night at the Oceanfront
*Nats lose to Reds in series finale

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Workers Memorial Day

by: virginia_aflcio

Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:44:20 AM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

Workers should be able to go to work and return home safely. Unions fight for this promise every day. When working people have the ability to collectively bargain, they have a say in health and safety conditions on the job. Collective bargaining means workers can insist on protections without fear of retaliation. When working people speak out for better working conditions, it benefits everyone, not just union members.

Still too many workers remain in danger. The tragedy in West, TX is a painful reminder of the consequences of lax safety regulations combined with weak enforcement. Fourteen people including 10 first responders lost their lives and 200 people were injured when a fertilizer plant exploded.

According to reports, the West fertilizer plant had 270 tons of ammonium nitrate (1,350x the legal amount) and no sprinklers or fire barriers. The plant went 28 years without a safety inspection by OSHA. During that investigation, OSHA found 5 "serious" violations and fined the company $30.

No worker should have to sacrifice life, limbs or health to earn a day's pay. In 2011, 127 Virginians left for work one day and didn't come home to their families. That's 127 too many.

Every year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives on the job, as well as those who've been injured or made sick due to workplace violations.  We also renew our struggle for safe workplaces and the rights of workers to basic protections that keep them safe.  

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Right-Wing Hack/GOP Flack Jennifer Rubin Continues to Make Mockery of Washington Post

by: lowkell

Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 16:54:13 PM EDT

I'm not going to waste my time, not to mention valuable brain cells, detailing the shameless hackery, dutiful GOP party line stenography, breathtaking dishonesty, vicious nastiness, rotten-eggplant-level idiocy, extreme internal/self contradiction, sniveling sycophancy, and utter lack of journalistic ethics that comprise the Washington/Kaplan Post blogger Jennifer Rubin. I'll just provide you with a few links to get a taste of what I'm talking about, if you're so inclined:

*The Right's Jennifer Rubin Problem: A Case Study in Info Disadvantage (Sample passage: "At every opportunity, Rubin wrote favorably about Romney and his campaign. And she didn't just get things wrong, sometimes absurdly, she always got them wrong in a way that redounded to Team Romney's benefit. If her goal was striving to inform her right-leaning audience with the truth, she was an abject failure.")
*Why the Washington Post won't fire Jennifer Rubin ("The paper's ombudsman admits Jennifer Rubin would be fired if she promoted anti-Israeli rather than anti-Arab bile.")
*Post Roast: Jennifer Rubin's retweet (Post Ombudsman: "in agreeing with the sentiment, and in spreading it to her 7,000 Twitter followers who know her as a Washington Post blogger, Rubin did damage to The Post and the credibility that keeps it afloat.")
*The 8 Worst Responses To The Boston Marathon Bombings (Yes, one of them was Jennifer Rubin's)
*Washington Post Columnist Launches Sexist Diatribe Against Hillary Clinton On Twitter (Yep, Rubin again.)
*WaPo's Jennifer Rubin Admits She Misled Her Readers ("Let's take what she's written here, in the cold reality of a Romney loss, and compare it to what she wrote when the Romney campaign was still in full swing.")
*Jennifer Rubin, Mitt Romney's top media shill ("The Romney campaign's communications office has its own platform at the Washington Post, thanks to Jennifer Rubin")

On and on it goes; it's really endless how bad, unprofessional, insane, etc. Jennifer Rubin is. Yet Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt keeps paying her salary (while the Post cuts loose its Ombudsman, by the way - fascinating priorities!), so he obviously approves of what she's doing. Or, more to the point, he like that: a) Rubin brings "eyeballs" - whatever their political stripe, they still count in terms of "hits" or whatever metric they're using - to the Post, which remains desperately in need of a business model, any business model, to stay afloat in the internet age; b) she provides faux "balance" to the Post; and c) she at least gives the Post an argument that they let right-wing voices be heard, that they're not totally "liberal" (in reality, the Post is overwhelmingly corporate in orientation, definitely NOT "liberal" on most issues).  

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The Hard Road Towards Legislative Redemption & Policy Victories

by: Progressive86

Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:41:38 AM EDT

When the issue of Democratic Party strategy comes up, one of the biggest questions often is: does the Democratic Party finally dig its trench and swollen the bitter pill of sequestration in order to force the GOP into an unshakable political hole? Of course, there are as many opinions and answers as there are individuals answering this question. But two of the main answers are as follows.

One is that refusing to cave to Republican Party pressure to cut a raw deal on the sequester  is an essential policy move that will make Republicans think twice about waiting the Democratic Party out to give in to GOP demands. And there's a lot of truth to this. If the Democratic Party continuously 'caves' during the worst effects of poor policy decisions (like the sequester), then the Democratic Party has no real leverage to extract any significant policy demands from the Republican Party, like Ezra Klein points out. Yes, the Democratic Party may be saving their constituents pain in the short run, but when you give in to the demands of a mad man holding hostages, you better make sure you've neutralized the mad man (i.e., the Republican Party) in the process. Otherwise, the mad man will keep holding hostages!

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 06:40:27 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, April 28. Also check out the video from last night's White House Correspondents Dinner, Steven Spielberg's "Obama." LOL

*Obama slings arrows, jokes at WHCD
*With new arrest, ricin case takes a strange turn
*GOP moves from entitlements to tax reform in budget deal
*The Boy Scouts' proposal on gay participation goes the wrong way
*Ken Cuccinelli, Terry McAuliffe shift away from attack mode to attract voters
*Gifts to politicians from Star Scientific CEO show loopholes in Va. ethics law ("Virginia is one of few states where gifts of unlimited value can be accepted if they are disclosed.")
*Virginia is a DISCLOSURE State
*Double-duty is a drag for Cuccinelli ("The Republican's determination to keep his old job is making it increasingly difficult for him  to pursue a political promotion")
*AP analysis of Executive Mansion food payments shows spike in late 2011, early 2012
*Will incumbent delegates get a pass?
*Virginia Supreme Court ponders when to let cameras in courtrooms
*Harper hits 9th homer to propel Nats

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Terry McAuliffe Fairfax Office Opening

by: ToddSmyth

Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 14:23:33 PM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

Terry does a great job of laying out the campaign, emphasizing the stark contrast of his common sense solutions with Cuccinelli's extreme crackpot agenda. He announced we will be opening 35 field offices all over Virginia so we can talk to our voters on-on-one and get them out to vote this year. Meet your organizer in Fairfax on the flip.

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What It Means to Say a "Sick and Broken Spirit" is Damaging America

by: AndySchmooklerforCongress

Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 16:11:59 PM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

Last fall, before a crowd of 350 people, I made a campaign speech about "a sick and broken spirit."  At the end of the speech, people sprang to their feet as if they had heard something meaningful. A video of the speech went viral  . But what did people think I meant by that word, "spirit"?

Spirit is something that one cannot see but that one can discern from the way things move. We see the spirit as we "see" the wind when trees bow before it

So it is with the sick and destructive spirit that now animates the Republican Party.

We cannot see that spirit directly.  What we see are the actions of politicians like Bush and Rove and Cheney, and the words of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and the minions of Rupert Murdoch, and the way of doing politics practiced by the NRA, and by Liberty University and by the Republicans in Congress who made it their top priority, in a time of national crisis, to make our president fail.  

Those things show us the force of the invisible wind that compels trees to bend in the direction the wind is heading.

And we see the sick and destructive spirit whose portrait, in that viral video, I painted like this:

• A spirit that makes a fight over everything
• A spirit for which there is no such thing as "Enough" of wealth or power
• A spirit that appeals continually to the worst in people, their hatreds and fears
• A spirit that lies about everything

When we see a force that acts coherently and that consistently inflicts damage, we infer that there's something operating that we do not see.

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Cuccinelli's Fatal Political Mistake Becoming Clearer

by: Goldmanusa

Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:14:04 PM EDT

( - promoted by lowkell)

by Paul Goldman

As often happens in gubernatorial races, the difference between winning or losing doesn't rest on substantive positions, TV ads, big-time endorsements, turnout organization, candidate charisma, etc. Rather, it comes down to a basic "process" issue. That is to say: the fatal problem starts with a fundamental mistake on how one organizes one's campaign.

A textbook case in point is the 2013 Ken Cuccinelli for Governor campaign. The more I study it, the more convinced I am of the following: there is a fundamental flaw at the heart of the campaign, one which no TV ad, no issue position, no fundraising, no nothin' of the sort, can fix. Mr. Cuccinelli created it.

The problem: Cuccinelli forget to the read the Bible. Specifically, Mathew 6: 24, wisely addressing the age-old problem of whether a man can serve two masters. Since the campaign year officially began on January 1, there have been two people running for the GOP nomination for Governor: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Governor guy wannabe Ken Cuccinelli.

As a matter of law and substantive work as regards the office of Attorney General, it is possible for these two Ken Cuccinellis to serve the same master: that is to say, the god of gubernatorial campaigning. With all due respect to the AG and his staff, it ain't that hard being the AG. It ain't that hard as regards the substance of running for governor. So as a legal matter, as a substance matter, it is easy to be AG and run for governor at the same time. The gods accept that, no big deal.

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:51:43 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, April 27. Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, in which he says " it's time for a balanced approach to deficit reduction that makes smarter cuts and reforms in the tax code while creating jobs and strengthening the middle class." The problem is, as always, Teapublicans are not interested in a "balanced approach," and no matter how many times President Obama calls for one, they're not going to give in. what?

*Obama: Replace 'dumb' sequester cuts with 'smarter' cuts (Except for one problem...see the next item!)
*Ezra Klein: The Democrats have lost on sequestration ("But that's game, then. Absent the willingness to accept the pain of sequestration and use it to overturn the whole policy, Democrats have no leverage to end it." Brilliant, guys.)
*White House hails economic growth report
*Mark Zuckerberg's New Political Group Spending Big On Ads Supporting Keystone XL And Oil Drilling (WTF?)
*12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts
*As U.S. wars end, drop in spending hurts economy
*Cuccinelli says he failed to disclose some gifts from Star Scientific CEO ("Amid controversy, attorney general amends disclosure forms to include stays at executive's vacation home.")
*Cuccinelli amends gifts disclosures
*Virginia's assault on abortion ("The state's arbitrary rules claim their first victim.")
*AG's office spells out conflict in Executive Chef case
*Goodlatte offers first bills on immigration (And of course it's godawful.)
*Maryland, Virginia road plans rely on Congress to avoid higher gas taxes
*Nats trounce Reds a second night ("Jordan Zimmermann throws a 1-hitter to catapult Washington to victory over Cincinnati on Friday")

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