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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Oct 05, 2014 at 07:42:06 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, October 5.

*The Country Simply Can't Go On Like This ("You can't do this and then claim to be acting responsibly. You can't spread ignorance this way, because ignorance is more virulent than the virus is. You can't have your own science just because you have your own media, and you have your own history, and your own Constitution. You can't do this and be treated as anything but a pariah in any country that pretends to make sense. What the hell does ABC think of their premium hire now?")
*U.S. Trying to Counter ISIS' Efforts to Lure Young Muslims
*Democrats Lean on PACs in Push to Counter G.O.P.
*Gay rights could reshape legacy of Supreme Court
*Puckett scandal exposes the ugly underside of the 'Virginia Way' (Yes, it's disgusting.)
*Horse-trading in Richmond ("But having spent the past several months affecting shock and outrage at the Republicans' supposed treachery, Mr. McAuliffe should now explain whether his administration was in fact not doing precisely the same thing.")
*Schapiro:The cowardly new world that is Va. ethics ("McAuliffe - suspect record in business and politics notwithstanding - wants to be seen as a straight-up advocate for tougher ethics laws. Reagan pretty much laid waste to that with a voice-mail message for a Democratic state senator who was little known until his surprise resignation in June killed McAuliffe's chances for a Medicaid-financed expansion of Obamacare.")
*Va. gov: Chief of staff acted alone on job offer (Uh huh...)
*Pipeline's path stirs opposition (As well it should.)
*Ethics Reform: The Third Rail of Virginia Politics
*Dave Brat adjusts to life as front runner (And Jack Trammell adjusts to life as the Democratic nominee who won't criticize his far-right-wing opponent's views and the extremists - Jeff Sessions, Lauran Ingraham - who rally with him.)
*U-Va. copes with a trauma's unknown end
*Nationals fall to Giants in marathon (Bummer.)
*Fall arrives with vengeance - for now

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Officer Petersen would like you to move right along, nothing to see here...

by: The Richmonder

Sat Oct 04, 2014 at 11:03:37 AM EDT

Yesterday State Senator Chap Petersen posted some thoughts on Facebook about what he called "the latest scandal du jour in the VPAP clips." It was a rather nonchalant introduction to some surprising comments:
I've known Paul Reagan for fifteen years, as an official for Mark Warner, Jim Webb and now Terry McAuliffe. (Back in the 90′s, he also served on the Consumer Protection Commission, where I used to appear as an attorney). I regard him as one of the most honest and reputable people I've met in Virginia. Nothing he said or suggested with Senator Puckett has changed my opinion. I'll leave it at that.
Because, as we all know, people with long and distinguished careers in public service never wreck those careers and self-destruct by breaking the law. No, that never happens.

The next "thought" Senator Petersen rolled out was this:

The Puckett investigation is a road to nowhere and we're slowly getting there. While Phil's actions in resigning just before a key vote were wrong (in my humble opinion), that is a matter between him and his friends. It does not involve the U.S. Attorney. This is not "McDonnell Part Deux." There is nothing illegal about resigning from a public office to take a better-paid position, either with the private sector or with state government. If it was, then you could lock up a lot of people in River City right now.
It's true enough that people often leave good jobs for better jobs. Indeed, that used to be the American dream, to build a career by taking a series of increasingly challenging jobs, succeeding in them, and moving on to better compensated opportunities. That's not what Phil Puckett did. Phil Puckett tried to trade control of the Virginia State Senate for not one, but two six figure jobs with the state judiciary and the state tobacco commission--the first for his daughter and the second for himself. There is a strong possibility that this attempted exchange of influence might be a violation of federal public corruption laws. It stretches credulity to suggest that Petersen--by all accounts a talented attorney--does not understand that.

But Petersen did not stop there; he dug deeper:

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Oct 04, 2014 at 07:03:30 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, October 4. Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, "We Do Better When the Middle Class Does Better."

*GOP 2016ers on Ebola: Panic (That's Republicanss' thing, of course: appeal to fear, anger, ignorance, etc. -- all the worst aspects of humanity.)
*The GOP's mug-shot primary ("Why is the lineup of prospective GOP presidential candidates beginning to look like, well, a lineup?" Ha, good point!)
*Islamic State beheads Briton, threatens to kill American
*DCision '14 potpourri: Catania wins Sierra Club nod; AG candidates hit the mail (Interesting, I didn't realize Catania was strong on the environment. The fact that Bowser wouldn't even fill out the Sierra Club's survey is really bad.)
*Virginia Cases Show Vulnerability of Women on Campus
*Barbara Comstock, John Foust raise more than $1 million in third quarter
*Brat accuses media of filtering his message (Yeah, uh huh....riiiiight.)
*Speaker Howell: WaPo report is "troubling," but let's see what develops (Sure, it's troubling, but Bill "ALEC" Howell is the LAST person on earth to talk about ethics, corruption, etc.)
*Va. governor's aide apologizes for talk of job for resigning senator's daughter (Bottom line is we need super-aggressive ethics and elections reform in Virginia, on a variety of fronts...)
*Lawyers: McAuliffe aide could be in legal jeopardy
*Pot, meet kettle ("before calling Puckett's actions 'despicable,' as he did on the radio last week, McAuliffe might've done well to check first with his industrious chief of staff, Paul Reagan, and others about whether his administration is operating out of a glass house." The entire Puckett incident was just disgusting from beginning to end.)
*Our view: What the governor should do (" McAuliffe could make his call for stronger ethics in government look more authentic if he sent his chief of staff packing - and then invited the FBI to investigate his office, as well." No doubt, the FBI should investigate all aspects of this. In addition, Virginia should - but almost certainly won't, given the rotten-to-the-core system and slimy cast of characters in Richmond - clean up its act. "Virginia Way?" Bad, bad joke.)
*In irregular format, Comstock visits Loudoun retirement community ("...some Democrat-leaning locals expressed disappointment residents weren't allowed to openly ask questions.")
*McCommon: Will natural gas save our way of life? (Short answer: absolutely not.)
*Washington Nationals discover how tough the San Francisco Giants can be in October
*First big taste of fall this weekend as temperatures slowly cool

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John Foust Raises Over $1 Million

by: lowkell

Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 12:35:38 PM EDT

Good news from the Foust for Congress campaign (apparently, as much as many of us find the fundraising emails to be annoying, the work!). :) 

Real Clear Politics Changes Campaign Ranking to “Toss Up”

FAIRFAX, Va. – Following a recent poll showing VA-10 as statistically tied and Real Clear Politics changing the race’s ranking from “Leans GOP” to “Toss Up,” John Foust’s campaign today announced that it raised over $1 million in the most recent reporting period.

Foust’s record-setting quarter makes him one of only a handful of congressional races this cycle nationwide to raise more than $1 million in a single quarter.

“I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received – this is another strong signal that our message of bringing the commonsense, bipartisan leadership that we practiced in Fairfax back to Washington is resonating,” said John Foust. “We balanced seven budgets, cut millions in wasteful spending and used the savings to invest in our community and create an environment that attracts jobs – and that’s exactly what Congress should be doing. But the more Northern Virginians learn about Barbara Comstock’s right-wing agenda, the more clear it becomes that she can’t be trusted to speak for us.”
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Democratic Policies Save the Economy. Will Voters Reward Them for It on November 4?

by: lowkell

Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 12:29:24 PM EDT

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly Employment Situation Summary, and it was truly superb. The headline numbers were a "non-farm payroll employment" increase of 248,000 in September, and a decline in the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent. On the White House blog, Jason Furman of the Council of Economic Advisors put these numbers in perspective: a) "private sector has added 10.3 million jobs over 55 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record"; b) the unemployment rate is now "the lowest since July 2008, and is down 1.3 percentage point over the last year"; and c) "more than 700,000 jobs added" in the manufacturing sector over the course of the economic recovery, with "an increase in the average workweek to levels not seen since World War II."

So, while it's not time to be breaking into the song "Happy Days are Here Again," I'd say it's most certainly time to start recognizing that something real - and really good - has been happening. And, of course, it's long past time start allotting credit (and blame) where credit (and blame) is due. The fact is, when President Obama assumed office in late January 2009, the economy he inherited from 8 years of Republican misrule was in freefall, no matter how you want to look at it. Look at that private sector payroll employment graph and you can see it starkly depicted: we've gone from job losses of more than 800,000 per month (!!!) when President Obama was sworn in, to job gains every single month for the past 4 years, 7 months.

Why did that happen? Very clearly, it was the result of the various emergency actions and longer-term economic policies that the Obama Administration and the Democratic-led Congress took during 2009. That includes the much-maligned (by Republicans) economic recovery act, which despite the critics' constant carping, has worked as well or even better than intended. Meanwhile, it's now apparent that other policies - like expanding health care access to millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act -- far from having trashed the economy, as Republicans promised they would, have if anything helped it. In fairness, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which was proposed by Bush Administration Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, certainly was important as well. The fact that Republicans were dragged kicking and screaming into doing it speaks volumes, though.

Speaking of Republicans, if it weren't for them, the recovery would have happened a lot faster and stronger than it did. First off, the initial economic "stimulus" package could have, and should have, been a lot bigger, with more of the money targeted at infrastructure investments, a lot more help to the states, far more aid to the unemployed, etc.

The reason it wasn't bigger/better? Mostly, because Republicans had decided that their #1 goal wasn't to help the country's economy recover, but to try to make President Obama (and along with him, of course, the country) fail. There were also a few "conservadems" to blame, of course, but overwhelmingly it was Republican recklessness, irresponsibility and belief in Herbert Hoover-style "austerity" policies (e.g., "let Detroit go bankrupt"). Crazy.

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Warner Campaign Rips Gillespie's "desperate"/"flailing" effort to "misportray Sen. Warner's record"

by: lowkell

Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 09:46:36 AM EDT

The Warner campaign responds to Ed Gillespie's latest b.s./nonsense:
Senator Warner has always worked across the aisle to find commonsense solutions to the problems facing Virginians. His bipartisan approach is why more Republicans are endorsing him than when he first ran. Ed Gillespie's flailing attempts to misportray Senator Warner's record are the surest sign of a desperate campaign. His claims have been called 'misleading' and 'bogus' by independent political analysts. But that's what you would expect from someone who has spent their whole career as a partisan operative and D.C. lobbyist.
They also point to their ad, "Truth", which responds to Gillespie's claims as well.  
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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 06:18:50 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, October 3.

*Second D.C. mayoral debate: Digs a little deeper, exchanges more personal (No great choices here that I can see.)
*About 100 people in U.S. at risk of Ebola exposure
*The Senate Conservatives Fund has had a very bad 2014 (Cuccinelli #FAIL as always. Shocker.)
*McAuliffe aide suggested job for senator's daughter if he remained in his seat (Ahhhh...the "Virginia Way," gotta love it eh? Or not!)
*Transcript: Voicemail from McAuliffe's chief of staff ("We, we would basically do anything. We just need you really, we need you for the rest of your term and beyond, but in the immediate future, we need you to help us get this Medicaid deal through and I think we've got a way to do it. So anyway, please let's keep all this confidential.")
*McAuliffe Dodges Mandatory Renewable Energy (Yep, Peter Galuszka nails it yet again -- "One more step back.")
*Mark Warner targets Ed Gillespie's Enron work in Virginia Senate race
*FEC to Cantor: Since you lost, you can't have that money in your general election account
*Trammell, Carr debate Medicaid expansion (That's a state issue, why are Congressional candidates debating it?)
*Herring calls for attack on illicit drug use
*Lawsuit challenges state code allowing gas company to survey land without permission
*A look at why a purple state might have a red Congressional delegation
*Beyond Suffolk's growth boundary ("Even if the Army Corps of Engineers hadn't already warned that his 650-acre property on U.S. 58 in Suffolk was riddled with wetlands, Scott Camp would still have a problem. His parcel is surrounded by farmland, just west of the urban growth boundary circling the city's downtown.")
*Nationals give D.C.'s crestfallen sports fans a reason to believe again
*Orioles Pummel Tigers in Teams' First Playoff Matchup
*A rainy, windy and much cooler weekend ahead in the D.C. area

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The Right-Wing Trolls Have a Strategy. What's Ours?

by: Andy Schmookler

Thu Oct 02, 2014 at 14:59:14 PM EDT

Years of interacting on the web with right-wingers have taught me: to engage with right-wing trolls is to play into their hands.

The first conclusion I drew was that there must be something amiss in their way of thinking, at least about political matters, that made them ineducable. Their arguments so often had no substance, but seemingly relied on slogans and bald assertions creating reality by magic. Paul Krugman talks about "zombie ideas" - ideas that have been killed, but somehow keep on coming - and that fits the way the right-wing trolls keep pushing their repertoire of arguments, no matter the logic or the evidence.

But I've learned that there's more to it than just bad thinking.

Many of us in Liberal America learned to regard ideas as a way to capture the truth. But ideas in the world of the right-wing troll don't seem to be about truth. Instead, they are tools to use in political combat. Any crazy statements will do, if they help gain advantage over the enemy, the "librels.''

These trolls do not argue in good faith because, in their code, good faith in dealing with the enemy is not required.

Why do right-wingers come to a liberal site? It's not an attempt to persuade, much less to learn. These men - almost all of them are men - only pretend to be involved in a discussion. They're really on a guerrilla mission behind enemy lines to disrupt communications.

It's not about ideas. It's about fighting to win.

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Three Graphics from Lazard Study Show How Competitive Clean Energy's Gotten

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 17:07:16 PM EDT

Cross posted from Scaling Green. For Blue Virginia, I'd just add that it's long past time for Virginia to stop wasting its time looking backwards towards energy sources of the 19th and 20th centuries (e.g., coal, oil), and instead to look forward to the energy sources of the 21st century (mostly wind, solar, hydro and other renewables). In short, there is absolutely no need anymore for an "all-of-the-above" strategy. In fact, according to the science, the "all-of-the-above" strategy will mean continued global warming and environmental devastation. Crazy, in other words.

The following three graphics (click on the images to enlarge) are from a recent "Levelized Cost of Energy" (LCOE) study by Lazard - one of the world's leading financial advisory and asset management firms.  I'm posting the graphics here because they demonstrate how competitive clean energy's become (even with massive implicit and explicit subsidies to fossil fuels), and also how much cheaper renewable power is going to get over the next few years.  No wonder why the International Energy Agency just explained how solar "could be the world's largest source of electricity by 2050," with coal just about extinct (see the slide "Solar's share varies significantly by region"). Great stuff; now let's get on with the transition from dirty, dangerous, fossil-fuel-based energy to clean, renewable power.

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Video: Dem Candidates for Congress, County Board, School Board, Treasurer Speak at ACDC

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 22:00:42 PM EDT

First, check out the excellent speech by our next Congressman, Don Beyer, preceded by an enthusiastic (as always) intro by ACDC Chair Kip Malinosky. I'll post the remaining videos in the comments section of this post.

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Oct 02, 2014 at 06:32:39 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, October 2. Also check out the video of 8th CD Democratic nominee Don Beyer, speaking at last night's Arlington Dems meeting (and introduced by ACDC Chair Kip Malinosky).

*Secret Service chief quits in wake of lapses (Something tells me the problems go a lot deeper than just the director.)
*As sea ice melts, 35,000 walruses cram together on Alaska shores
*The GOP's confirmation dysfunction ("Republicans' refusal to confirm ambassadors helps no one, except those who wish the U.S. harm.")
*CO2 figures provide more cause for concern ("This planet is getting warmer, a phenomenon that the geological record indicates will lead to all kinds of disruption, including sea-level rise that will eventually inundate parts of Hampton Roads, especially as storms become more severe.")
*Texas hospital failed to isolate Ebola patient, despite his travel in Africa (WTF?)
*Republicans' Latest Pitch To Women: Voting Is Just Like Picking A Wedding Dress (Republicans and women, two words that should never go together.)
*McAuliffe's energy plans sticks with "all of the above" ("All of the above" is a total non-starter, both on environmental and economic grounds. Energy efficiency, distributed solar and offshore wind - in that order - are by far the best options for Virginia.)
*At W&M, Deeds talks mental health policy, and Medicaid
*A bit of history, a bit of strategy and thoughts on the social safety net with candidate Norm Mosher
*Feds say former client tried to extort Norment
*Va. health official wants to amend abortion clinic rules (There is absolutely no medical reason for these rules to be stricter than for many other types of medical clinics.)
*Kaine Pushes U.S. Recognition of 6 Va. Tribes
*Bipartisan reform
*Mayor: Hospital proposal separate from stadium plan
*Our view: The "R word" ("Could Washington become The Team That Cannot Be Named? The betting line on that just went up a little this week.")
*Suspect in U-Va. case accused of sex assault at two colleges he attended
*Giants have D.C. date with Nats after throttling Pirates in Pittsburgh
*The calm before a weekend cool down

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Video: Arlington Dems Call Out Republican John Vihstadt's Distortions, Inaccuracies, Negativity

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 21:57:18 PM EDT

At tonight's Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) meeting, Clerk of the Courts Paul Ferguson and ACDC Chair Kip Malinosky strongly called out Republican John Vihstadt for his numerous inaccuracies, distortions, misrepesentations, etc. Here's Kip Malinosky noting that Vihstadt "recused himself" on affordable housing; voted AGAINST the capital improvement plan that would have put more money towards schools and road maintenance (including things like fixing potholes). As Malinosky put it, "I want somebody representing me on the County Board who is FOR something...and [Democrat] Alan Howze is that candidate," NOT Republican John Vihstadt.

Next (on the "flip"), Arlington County Clerk of the Courts Paul Ferguson also takes on Vihstadt's  "distorting what the facts actually are."

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E.W. Jackson: U.S. Response to ISIL is "Limp Wrist"; "doesn't look good right now" for Ed Gillespie

by: lowkell

Tue Sep 30, 2014 at 20:08:15 PM EDT

So sayeth 2013 Virginia Republican Lt. Governor nominee E.W. Jackson:

*"What we're responding with [to ISIL] is so milquetoast and weak and limp wrist..."
*He calls a no-fly zone a "flyover zone."
*He advocates for putting U.S. "boots on the ground" and not fighting it "through surrogates."
*He says "I know it doesn't look good right now" for Ed Gillespie.
*Says if Republicans win back the Senate, he expects them to block appointments to the judiciary and the cabinet...
*He likens Eric Holder to Nixon's Attorney General John Mitchell and says Holder's been "extremely racially divisive."
*He mentioned his conference call with retired General "Jerry" Boykin (now a VP at the Family Research Council "extremist" group). For a few of Boykin's controversial comments, see here. Examples include:

*"In an October 15, 2003 speech to a community church in Oregon, Boykin was recorded stating that Islamic extremists hate the United States 'because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christians. ... And the enemy is a guy named Satan.'"
*"The following day the Los Angeles Times ran a piece on Boykin. Among several quotes, the article revealed Boykin giving a speech about hunting down Osman Atto in Mogadishu: 'He went on CNN and he laughed at us, and he said, 'They'll never get me because Allah will protect me. Allah will protect me.' Well, you know what? I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol."
*"On September 26, 2009, Boykin gave an address at a How to Take Back America Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted by the Eagle Forum. According to the Canada Free Press, General Boykin asked the audience. 'What are you prepared to give up for America? Are you willing to pay the ultimate price?" He followed up with warning, 'there is no greater threat to America than Islam'."
*He was part of a team that produced a book which said, "most mosques in the United States already have been radicalized, that most Muslim social organizations are fronts for violent jihadists and that Muslims who practice sharia law seek to impose it in this country."

Yep, sounds like E.W. Jackson's kinda guy!

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Right-Wing OpEd Writer Kathleen Parker Goes Off Deep End; Barbara Comstock & Supporters Follow

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 08:38:40 AM EDT

Kathleen Parker is a right wing op-ed writer, but usually one of the better, saner ones out there (not saying much, I know). Not today. In her screed, The silly, selective 'war on women', she manages to: a) rant about "extremists on the pro-choice left"; b) falsely claims that the entire Republican "war on women" (and no, it's not made up by Dems; sadly it's real) is about abortion, when in fact it's about equal pay for equal work, access to contraception and family planning, health care, etc. as well; c) claims that John Foust is "a man whose disrespect toward women and the single job only women can do - mothering - is at least as offensive as Limbaugh's name-calling."

Wow. Just wow. That's some seriously insane s*** right there, on every level. And the Post printed this gar-bage? More "wow" and "just wow" and...

Meanwhile, on her Facebook page, that poor, beleaguered Barbara Comstock, the "pit-bull staffer" -- who somehow isn't tough enough to defend her honor against whatever slings and arrows, real or imagined, come her way -- is busy quoting her hero (or should it be "heroine"?) du jour, Kathleen Parker. And the first comment on Comstock's Facebook status update, by a male (of course!) supporter? Check this out.

The Democrats are the Party at War will ALL American CITIZENS, female or male, to sell their rights to buy the votes of Illegal Invaders for a soviet style one party America ruled by the Democrats. Any woman who believes the Democrat "War on Women" lie should ride in the back seat of Kennedy's car like Mary Jo & see how it feels.
Also note that Comstock hasn't deleted that abominable, despicable (any other synonym for "heinous" you can come up with) comment, or denounced it. And I bet she won't, as she's never denounced other extremists who have endorsed her, people like Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, who have said more vile, bigoted, insane things in the past few months than you'd think it's humanly possible to say (or even THINK!) in a lifetime. That's Barbara Comstock and her core supporters right there. These are, in short, the LAST people who should be criticizing John Foust for what was, admittedly, a stupid gaffe, but certainly not proof (or even evidence) that he's disrespectful to women in any way. Except, perhaps, for not respecting Barbara Comstock's abysmal record in her numerous "real jobs" (e.g., waging a jihad against the Clintons, defending Scooter Libby, consulting to the Koch brothers, voting for trans-vaginal ultrasound legislation) over the years.
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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 06:23:22 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, October 1. Yes, it's October already, which can only mean one thing - Nat's-O's in the World Series, hopefully. :) In watching that video of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi, I kept waiting for an intruder, knife-wielding or whatever, to come crashing into the room. Ugh.

*Mending Alliance, U.S. and Afghanistan Sign Long-Term Security Agreement
*From shaming to semi-stalking, Democrats flood inboxes for last-minute campaign cash (This stuff is pathetic and embarrassing, but apparently it works. Human psychology, gotta love it! LOL)
*Armed convicted felon was feet from Obama (What a mess.)
*Hong Kong draws massive protest on holiday honoring Communist Republic (If only we had such passion for democracy in OUR country, starting with people actually voting - what a concept!)
*Did Federal Budget Cuts Make Ebola Worse?
*FCC considering move to ban NFL R**skins team name
*NFL Backtracks After Penalizing Player For Brief Muslim Prayer (This league is totally FUBAR.)
*D.C. mystery: Jeff Bezos' plan for the Washington Post
*Conservative Media Blames Rise of Islamic State On Long Debunked Claim That Obama "Missed" Intelligence Briefings (But of course they do, that's right-wingnut media for ya!)
*Likely Cantor replacement Brat unsure he'll support Boehner ("Economics professor wants to repeal Obamacare, crack down on illegal immigration." Gack.)
*Cosmopolitan Endorses John Foust for Congress ("The Virginia congressional candidate supports women's rights, while his opponent champions trans-vaginal ultrasounds.")
*Schapiro: Internet tax fight a road to nowhere for Va. roads ("Pressure on Goodlatte notwithstanding, another, bigger culprit behind this looming blow to the state's first significant highway-funding measure in nearly 30 years may be the Republican-dominated state legislature.")
*Our view: Gilmore takes on Rand Paul (I'm not sure whose views I dislike more, the isolationist or the superhawk.)
*Libertarian Sarvis denies being in cahoots with Democrats (That's just a ridiculous accusation, for starters because Sarvis seems to draw rougly evenly from both Dems and Republicans.)
*McAuliffe administration energy plan for Virginia set to make debut on Wednesday
*Kaine: Obama needs Congress to approve action in Syria, Iraq
*Romney makes fundraising appeal for Brat (Why am I not surprised?)
*The moral failure in Norfolk's schools ("Federal investigators have highlighted a disgraceful culture in Norfolk Public Schools: Students who taunted, harassed or groped; teachers who looked away; administrators who discouraged reporting...")
*Kansas City Royals beat Oakland A's to win wild-card game, 9-8, in extra innings
*Some fog and sun before Friday front threatens showers

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