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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 06:32:32 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, July 16. By the way, for more on that "pasty and white" photo of Frank Wolf, Barbara Comstock, and Clarke County GOP Chair Andrew Nicholson (photo at the far right, appropriately), see Loudoun Progress.

*When Darrell Issa goes fishing ("Though it has long bestowed unilateral subpoena power on the chairman, the committee didn't issue a single unilateral subpoena from the 1950s until the mid-1990s...")
*The distorting reality of 'false balance' in the media ("Earlier this month, the BBC's governing body issued a report assessing the BBC's impartiality in covering scientific topics. When it comes to an issue like climate change, the report concluded, not all viewpoints share the same amount of scientific substance.")
*CNBC invites climate denier on-air to explain why the "demonization" of CO2 is just like Hitler's treatment of Jews (Classic case of that "false balance," not to mention wildly offensive, disgusting, deplorable, etc. Sadly, CNBC is pretty much a typical corporate media outlet these days; utter trash.)
*The Iraq That Dick Cheney Actually Left Behind (This torture-crazy war criminal should be in The Hague, not on TV.)
*Things in Politico that Make Me Want to Mainline Antifreeze, Part The Infinity ("Tiger Beat On The Potomac should rediscover shame as something to be valued. Or it should close. This afternoon. Journalism-and the democracy that it is supposed to serve-should demand no less.")
*After Hamas Rejects Deal, Ceasefire In Gaza Lasts About Six Hours (Any questions about Hamas at this point?)
*Sen. Mark Warner to headline 'Ready for Hillary' fundraiser
*Dave Brat campaign says it raised $400,000 for congressional campaign
*Cantor raised and spent $6 million - and lost (Money isn't everything!)
*Sen. Warner widens financial lead over Gillespie in Va. ("Democrat, who is seeking reelection, brought in $2.7 million compared with GOP rival's $1.9 million.")
*McDonnells' finances take center stage at hearing ("Defense attorney says prosecutors questioned witnesses on couple's alleged "desperate" money situation.")
*Judge to rule by Wednesday on McDonnell's expert witnesses
*McDonnell defense fund took in $92,894 in second quarter, a drop from first quarter
*Our view: Make it count ("When the General Assembly reconvenes this fall to take up directly, at last, the question of Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the onus must be on Republican leaders to offer a way forward on health care coverage for the working poor.")
*Pasty and white (Andrew Nicholson, chairman of the Clarke County Republican Party, calls Gerry Connolly "pasty" and John Foust an "old white guy." It's funny, given that the Republican Party electorate draws heavily from those "old white guys" Nicholson seems to be disparaging. Weird.)
*Former state attorney general questions Puckett inquiry
*End of the road: State officials to consider Western Bypass termination (Good riddance.)
*Goodlatte, Griffith, Hurt outline concerns over EPA's Bay regulation (The three right-wing stooges.)
*Garza recommends later start time for Fairfax high schools
*Man probed in Alexandria murders to stand trial in gun case
*Much drier, cooler air to infiltrate D.C. region ("The polar front finally arrives tonight, putting a long-awaited end to the horrific humidity of recent days. Wednesday's weather is absolutely breathtaking.")

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Video: Dave Foster Agrees that Police Chiefs are "Gun Grabbers," Shouldn't Be Listened To?!?

by: lowkell

Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 12:56:01 PM EDT

Does 48th House of Delegates district Republican nominee Dave Foster really believe that police chiefs are "gun grabbers" who shouldn't be listened to? Check out this video of Foster speaking to the Virginia Citizens Defense League (click here for video of Foster talking about how their concerns are his concerns), a gun group more extreme (if that's possible) than the NRA. Here's a transcript of the relevant part, beginning at 5:00.
Audience question: You mentioned taking the advice and counsel...of the law enforcement community, but historically what has happened relative to 2nd Amendment rights is that the upper echelon of police chiefs and sheriffs' association are quite frankly...political forces and therefore are on the other side of the table as most of the folks in this room...If you talk to associations of police chiefs and those kinds of folks, they historically are gun grabbers for lack of a better term...the police chief of Washington DC...would snatch every gun she can get her hands on ...So as the Attorney General, those are the folks you're going to be rubbing elbows with, and if you take too much credence in the advice and counsel you get from those kinds of folks, quite frankly you're working on bad advice...I would suggest that you might want to talk to folks more on the line of the guys in this room than the police chiefs.

Foster (who nods his head in agreement throughout most of the question): You make an excellent point, you really do, and DC is a perfect example of it, that handgun ban...

Foster says something about trigger locks - another commonsense gun safety measure - but I couldn't really understand what he was saying (other than that there was no protest from the VCDL crowd, so I presume they agreed with him). Anyway, the bottom line is that every time Foster is pressed to reveal his true beliefs, it turns out that they are far from the views held in the 48th House of Delegates district. For instance, I doubt you'd find more than a tiny percentage of 48th district residents who would join Foster in his bashing and denigration of police chiefs, or agree with him that when it comes to gun policy, we want our leaders to listen to pro-gun absolutist groups like VCDL rather than said police chiefs.  
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Burned Once, Chesapeake Shouldn't Trust Dominion Virginia Power

by: Dan Sullivan

Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 17:33:42 PM EDT

Kingston Fossil Plant retention overflow photo 140714CUAandSMagazine_zpsbe6e7335.jpgChesapeake is concerned. The City Manager indicates that this issue rises from the Dan River spill last February and the city's action to protect the Elizabeth River is not directed at Dominion. But there's history there and Dominion has provided no reason to trust its motives.

This isn't just Chesapeake's concern. The Elizabeth is really only a tidal estuary that runs to the mouth of the James River on the way to the Chesapeake Bay through Portsmouth and Norfolk. It is about six miles long. The Dan River spill created a 70 mile coating of toxic sludge. So this should have the attention of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore too. But Chesapeake is center stage because it already knows how difficult it is to force Dominion Power to take responsibility for its mess.

Battlefield Golf Club was built using fly ash. Something the coal power industry has been advertising as a "good thing" in an attempt to rid itself of this pesky poisonous residue of energy production. Maybe if they can just spread all of it thin enough over hill and dale, insert it into concrete, and sweep it into wastewater systems no one will notice the damage. The proper cost of disposal has never been calculated into the cost of energy produced from coal. War on coal? How about coal's war on the planet?

Now almost five years into litigation over the damage caused during the Battlefield Golf Club construction, only one thing is clear: once any area is contaminated, you have to wait for a proper class to fall victim to the damage before anything can be recovered. That is essentially what is going on with the lawsuits over the golf course. For now the damage has been "limited" to the ground water under the golf course. And since the local residents have been connected to city water on Dominion's dime, the judge has basically said that they have not been damaged. The Environmental Protection Agency's findings of that limited damage have actually helped the defendants' case(s). Residents will have to wait for cancer, birth defects, or however this eventually manifests to demonstrate they have been harmed.  

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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 06:27:58 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, July 15. Also, see the video (by the superb citizen journalists, Eric Byler and Annabel Park) of "Day 1 of 273-mile Walk to Washington DC for Rural Healthcare." My understanding is that Bellhaven, NC Mayor Adam O'Neal will be stopping in Richmond to talk with lawmakers about Medicaid expansion, and that most of his walk will be going through Virginia. Maybe time for Virginia legislators and supporters of Medicaid expansion to join him in this walk for justice?

*Israel accepts truce plan; Hamas balks ("The Hamas rejection came just minutes after Israel's security cabinet decided to embrace the cease-fire terms set forward late Monday night by Egypt's military-backed government.")
*Republicans rant but offer no solutions (Yep, that's what they do.)
*Conservatives will buy anything if it's about the Clintons and Obamas (Obama AND Clinton Derangement Syndrome?)
*The Farce of Dick Cheney Giving Foreign-Policy Advice
*How Climate Change Changed Me (Tom Steyer: "I left my job at Farallon 18 months ago and have since divested my fossil-fuel holdings.")
*The False Statement Of Fact That Forms The Backbone Of John Boehner's Anti-Obama Lawsuit
*A shocking development in Virginia: Politicians are acting like politicians! ("There are two major differences with Puckett's resignation: It changed the balance of power in the Senate. And some observers say there's an appearance a quid pro quo might have taken place. It's also worth pointing out that no Democrats are among the elected officials on the Tobacco Commission board. It has nine elected Republicans among its 31 members.")
*JLARC to study DMV and state contracting
*Our view: Pitchfork mob leads to new law
*Virginia Retirement System posts record assets ("The Virginia Retirement System has reached a record high in assets, now valued at $66.1 billion after gaining a 15.7 percent return on its investments in the fiscal year that ended two weeks ago." Good, now join the rapidly-growing, divestment-from-fossil-fuels movement!)
*Have tougher DUI laws in Virginia prevented scenes like this? ("For years, legislators rejected efforts to lower the legal limit for driving from 0.15 to 0.10 percent blood alcohol content. The limit is now 0.08, and crashes and deaths have dropped.")
*As activists reemerge, council declines to take up stadium issue ("The Boulevard stadium proposal and a move to have the city buy key parcels of land in Shockoe Bottom were not discussed Monday night.")
*Rosalyn Dance to seek Senate seat once held by Henry Marsh
*Marsh Senate seat will be vacant when Assembly debates Medicaid in September
*Tea party-backed David Brat laments loss of Cantor cash
*Sickles says 70 percent of Virginia's Medicaid cost is for seniors in nursing homes (False.)
*Norfolk Southern train derails in Virginia, no injuries
*Arlington may crack down on pub crawls
*Federal judge forbids use of 'Redskins' in court documents (It's just a matter of time on this one...)
*Rain and lightning cause outages across Northern Va. ("As many as 20,000 Northern Virginians lost power, but it has already been restored to most.")
*One more steamy day before relief

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As Barbara Comstock Will Recall, Today is the 11-Year Anniversary of Valerie Plame's "Outing"

by: lowkell

Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 16:41:03 PM EDT

Believe it or not, it was 11 years ago today that conservative columnist Robert Novak outed Valeria Plame as a CIA operative - a treasonous act by those who leaked the information, in my view. First, though, here's some background on the Plame affair.
In 2002, Plame recommended her husband, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, to the CIA for a mission to Niger to investigate claims that Iraq had arranged to purchase and import uranium from the country. Wilson initially bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts, but after President George W. Bush made the same claim during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Wilson denied his initial pre-war assessment.

In response, Wilson published a July 2003 op-ed in The New York Times detailing the negative results of his investigation. A week later, Novak published a column which mentioned claims from "two senior administration officials" that Plame had been the one to suggest sending her husband. Novak had learned of Plame's employment, which was classified information, from State Department official Richard Armitage. Many...alleged that Armitage and other officials had leaked the information as political retribution for Wilson's article.

The scandal led to a criminal investigation; no one was charged for the leak itself. Scooter Libby was convicted of lying to investigators. His prison sentence was ultimately commuted by President Bush.

So, other than it being the 11-year anniversary of Plame's "outing" by Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby et al, why am I bringing this up now? Simply to remind everyone what a right-wing hack Barbara Comstock is. As you may recall, Comstock would later serve as the "opposition researcher, crisis manager, and chairwoman" of the defense fund for Scooter Libby - the individual who leaked Plame's name and status to Novak, and who would be "convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements" in the Plame case.

In the end, as we know, George W. Bush - aka, Worst President Ever - commuted Libby's sentence, no doubt with Dick Cheney breathing heavily down nape of his neck about it. For her part, Comstock and Company would end up being threatened with a gag order for refusing to follow the Judge's orders not to leak confidential information to the media during the trial.

The bottom line: 1) Barbara Comstock was a right-wing partisan political hack before she took the job defending the execrable Scooter Libby; 2) Barbara Comstock continued to be a right-wing partisan political hack while defending Scooter Libby; 3) Barbara Comstock is a right-wing partisan political hack today. Why would voters of the 10th district want to send someone like this to Congress? It's the absolute LAST thing we need in Washington, DC right now - or ever, come to think of it.

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Video: "Rip" Sullivan Rips Dave Foster's Extreme Gun Record

by: lowkell

Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 14:32:43 PM EDT

I wrote about 48th House of Delegates district GOP nominee Dave Foster's extreme views on guns the other day. Now, I'm glad to see Democratic nominee Rip Sullivan, well, ripping Foster for this. How on earth can anyone, let alone someone running from a liberal district like the 48th, say the the concerns of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which is by all accounts even more extreme than the NRA, are his concerns? And how can anyone oppose commonsense gun safety measures like making sure everyone goes through a serious background check, especially when 80%-90% of Americans support such checks? Clearly, Foster has very different priorities than voters in the 48th House of Delegates district. On August 19, he will find that out - the hard way. :)

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You Can't Tell Time by a Stopped Clock

by: Andy Schmookler

Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 17:19:18 PM EDT

It was good news a few months ago when the Los Angeles Times decreed that it would no longer print material advancing the denial of climate change. Good news in itself, and good news in signaling that at least a piece of our big-time media world is recognizing that balance does not mean treating truth and falsehood the same.

The L.A. Times rule should become general in the American media.

Let me propose another rule that would mark an improvement of the press's coverage of the political scene in our benighted times: The media should stop treating "GOP disapproves of what Obama just did" as news worth reporting.

After all, what have they not disapproved of? Who would ever bet money that something that President Obama does would get praise, or even acceptance, or even a refraining from attack, from the congressional Republicans? Indeed, from the evidence it seems reasonable to suppose that frequently, when the president has faced a decision in which he must choose between course A and course B, the Republicans simply wait to see which way he goes and then announce to the world that he should have gone the other way.

So there's no news value whatsoever in a report of Republican attacks on anything the president does-- any more than a person wanting to know the time would look to get it from a stopped clock.

The press would do the nation a service to stop reporting the stopped-clock attacks on the president. The message, "We've got your number, and we're not interested anymore" -- to the reflexive Republican critics of the president, like to the oil companies' lackeys with their climate change denial -- could have a salutary effect on our political process.

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 06:34:48 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, July 14.

*U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force
*Top House Republican Admits That There Are No Grounds To Impeach President Obama (That's from none other than Bob BADlatte.)
*Republican Governors Are Blowing Up The Laboratories Of Democracy ("When you put people like Sam Brownback in charge of your laboratory, don't be surprised when they create a monster.")
*Bordering on heartless ("It should bother religious people that politicians pay a lot of attention when conservative church leaders speak out against contraception and gay rights but hardly any when religious voices suggest that these children deserve empathy and care.")
*Holder sees 'racial animus' in opposition
*Eric Holder: Palin Wasn't a Good VP Candidate, Even Worse Judge of Who Should Be Impeached
*Kansas' Ruinous Tax Cuts ("Gov. Sam Brownback's ill-advised tax policy has contributed to the state's plummeting revenues." Same at the national level with Bush's tax cuts.)
*Report: Virginia lags on clean energy, but could lead
*Former UVa climate scientist awarded damages in FOIA case ("It's not the size of the penalty, it's the principle behind it, but that principle depends on which side you're on.")
*Chesapeake acts to manage Dominion power site's fly ash
*Special session ("Given those facts and the history most legislative Republicans have of not being at all interested in seriously discussing ways to expand health coverage, it is tempting to view this special session as a pony show, designed more to fulfill the letter of a promise while positioning lawmakers to exert legislative authority to thwart McAuliffe.")
*Space Station Shipment Launched From Virginia
*Va. state Sen. Chap Petersen defends 'R**skins Pride Caucus,' R**skin name (Just wrong.)
*Germany breaks through for Cup title
*Nationals throttle Phillies, 10-3, head to all-star break in first place in NL East
*Before polar cooldown, steamy start to the week, with possible severe storms

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Battles Forfeited

by: Andy Schmookler

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 15:43:59 PM EDT

Part III of "Dispirited Liberal America"

This series is about the role of Liberal America in creating America's current dangerous political dynamic. The thesis is that it is the weakness of Liberal America that has allowed a destructive force to become to powerful, and that this weakness is due to a disconnection from the power of "the spirit."

The previous installment ended with this statement: "One side is serving the dark spirit. The other side is impotent to rise to the defense of all that's sacred that's being destroyed." The essay now continues thus:

But the sacred is something that Liberal America, by and large, has not been tapping into. That was not always true.

One can sense the sacred in the words of FDR, for example, engraved in the granite in that memorial on the National Mall. (And FDR was not shy about going toe to toe against his enemies, whether it be to help make the nation a better place or to stop the predations of the fascist powers against much of the world.)

That was then. But if one listens to the voice of Liberal America in these times, one does not get that same sense of being on not just a constructive effort but a sacred mission.

Lacking connection with the spirit and the power it confers, Liberal America has been consistently weak as this crisis has grown. For the spirit not only gives hope, but strength as well.

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 06:45:20 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, July 13. Also, check out the video, in which "Senator Warner had the immense honor of presenting 95-year-old World War II veteran Ralph Kuethe with a Silver Star, the third highest military decoration awarded for gallantry in action."

*Is Hamas Trying to Get Gazans Killed? (Sure looks like it. Of course, it's a back-to-the-stone-ages terrorist group, so what else would you expect?)
*Kerry Brokers a Deal to Audit All Afghan Votes in Runoff
*Political calculus on immigration may be shifting
*South Miami Mayor: Marco Rubio Is An 'Idiot'
*G.O.P. Replays 2010 Strategy at State Level (And Democrats never learn, right?)
*Schapiro: Health care fight shifts from substance to process ("For the speaker, maintaining the upper hand requires keeping the issue away from a judge.")
*Three questions for Goodlatte on immigration (Another example of why it's more accurate to call him BADLatte.)
*Former Star Scientific CEO Williams lands immunity
*Obtuse angles in drilling and law ("Virginia -- a state with a constitutional amendment that says your property can't be taken for commercial purposes -- allows an oil and gas company to take your property for commercial purposes." It's crazy, but why am I not surprised?)
*McAuliffe 'has a Rolodex on a global scale' - and he's not afraid to use it
*Scott wants revision to drug sentencing guidelines
*Kaine supports legislation on contraceptive coverage
*Developers renew push for Boulevard stadium ("Developers are taking another crack at building a privately financed baseball stadium on the Boulevard, but they say they need to get the city of Richmond on board by the end of the summer to have the ballpark ready for the 2016 season.")
*Another candidate joins call for public vote on streetcars ("Democrat 'Rip' Sullivan joins call for public vote on Columbia Pike project." We're not in agreement on this one.)
*Dulles Toll Road users shoulder an increasing share of Silver Line costs
*Ryan Zimmerman delivers in 10th inning as Nationals rally past Phillies, 5-3
*Increasing heat, humidity and storm chances, then big-time relief by midweek

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Aneesh Chopra's "Innovative State": The Promise of Open-Source Government

by: kindler

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:33:05 AM EDT

Cross posted at Daily Kos

Had enough of the brain-dead "debate" over government in Washington?  Well, Aneesh Chopra -- President Obama's former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and a 2013 candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor -- has some actual new ideas to offer.

In his new book, Innovative State, Chopra paints a picture of government on the model of a sleek, high tech startup, engaging citizens and solving problems by opening access to information and finding innovative new ways to meet our highest goals.

Progressives recognize the need for government to help citizens build and maintain a civilized society.  But to be effective, we have to push our governments to keep up with the speed, efficiency and challenges of the Internet Era.  As Chopra puts it:

Americans have always understood that government is not some sacred entity with which the people should not tamper.  It is a tool.  Like other tools, it needs to be revised and upgraded to remain useful.

As he notes, America's founders junked their first attempt at self-government -- the Articles of Confederation -- after only 8 years when it proved inadequate.  Why cling to outdated and inadequate government models today?

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Video: Barbara Comstock Endorser Sean Hannity Endorses Palin Call for Obama Impeachment

by: lowkell

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 11:23:00 AM EDT

Just remember, 10th CD Republican nominee Barbara Comstock is a huge fan of Sean Hannity. Need I say more?

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Do Anti-Obamacare Ads Increase Enrollment?

by: Dan Sullivan

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 07:00:00 AM EDT

Anti-ACA Ad Spending photo 140712anti-ACAadspending_zps2ac991b7.pngThough intended to serve at least two purposes, the $450 million spent on anti-Affordable Care Act (ACA) ads have failed their purpose(s) and may have unintentionally informed the uninsured that they have a path to healthcare coverage. The other intent, to support Republican candidates by inference, may also backfire.

The correlation of negative ad spending to enrollment is not direct and is affected by demographics, but research prepared by Brookings Institution fellow Niam Yaraghi provides some very interesting data. The chart for the television markets that encompass Virginia shows raw spending data from 2013 (national TV market map and data). This is not per capita data, so cannot be used for an accurate correlation, but it is informative. And Yaraghi does point out that the market where the highest per capita spending occurred, Washington, D.C., had the highest Obamacare enrollment rate, 11%.

In the states where more anti-ACA ads are aired, residents were on average more likely to believe that Congress will repeal the ACA in the near future. People who believe that subsidized health insurance may soon disappear could have a greater willingness to take advantage of this one time opportunity.

What is also clear from the spending data is that this advertising is aimed at assisting Republicans in states with the most competitive mid-term Senate races: Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. The aim is probably as much voter suppression as it is support for the Republican candidates. In Virginia, these ads may influence the outcome of two Congressional races (7th and 10th) more than the U.S. Senate race not only because Senator Warner has a nuanced position on the ACA but also because his opponent is a cold fish.  

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Ed Gillespie Running on Issues Virginians Really Care About. Like Monica Lewinsky?!?

by: lowkell

Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 21:00:50 PM EDT

Oh, gotta love this as well: the Virginia GOP tried to deny having anything to do with this, but "Carole Donoghue, a retired journalist, said she found [a stack of] the bumper stickers at Fairfax County Republican Committee headquarters in Fairfax, Va." LOL

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 06:48:13 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, July 12. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in which he explains that while "Congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, [he] continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans."

*There's New Information on What Happened in Benghazi and It Discredits GOP Claims (I'm shocked, shocked, that it discredits wild, hysterical Republican claims about Benghazeeeeeeeeeeeee!)
*Ruling That Rejects 2 Florida Districts' Borders Casts Haze Over Coming Elections
*Confusion marred police response to Navy Yard shooting, report finds
*Tommy Ramone, Founding Member of Influential Punk Band, Dies at 62
*We must kill the McMansion! Good riddance to an American embarrassment ("Our homes dwarf those in every country on Earth. We can't control our environmental impact until that changes")
*Peggy Noonan's border nonsense: Her bizarre view of how "normal people" experience this crisis (The real question is, how do "normal people" experience one of Peggy Noonan's execrable columns? Heh.)
*Cantor condemns "unprovoked war against Israel"
*Another bill for outside legal opinion on the budget-Medicaid dispute
*GOP lawmakers question investigation of Puckett exit ("Four Democratic legislators have given up their seats in recent weeks. Only one of those resignations has sparked a federal grand jury investigation." Because only one was apparently a quid pro quo from Republicans to flip the State Senate to their control.)
*The Virginia GOP's Medicaid charade ("By transforming the General Assembly into a stage for Kabuki theater, the GOP leaders have called attention to their glaring failure to propose any alternative to expanding Medicaid.")
*Experts React as McDonnell Trial hits UVA
*Va. Beach's Oceanfront cleans up after tornado that injured 10
*Virginia Kicks in Add'l $65 Million for Pike Streetcar (Great news: "The county says the new funding will enable to Arlington and Fairfax to proceed with the streetcar project more rapidly - accelerating the construction timetable by at least a year - partially thanks to eliminating the need to obtain federal funding.")
*A tranquil Saturday, but turning
hotter and stormier by Monday

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