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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:02:01 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 15. Also, check out the video of President Obama doing a "fireside hangout" on Google+. My question: is anyone using Google+? I have an account but almost never use it.

*GOP filibuster stalls Hagel confirmation (I'm not even a Hagel fan, but what the Teapublicans are doing here is totally absurd, nihilistic, outrageous. Harry Reid should have reformed the filibuster when he had the chance. Big mistake.)
*Why President Obama went all-in on Chuck Hagel (I can't tell you how exasperated I am to read sentences like the following one: "The White House seems to have underestimated the intensity of the opposition that Hagel would run into in the Senate..." As the expression goes, "fool me once, shame on YOU, fool me twice, shame on ME!")
*Meteorite fireball over Russia's Chelyabinsk injures 400
*Gov. Bob McDonnell cuts state employee hours to avoid Obamacare costs (Slimy move.)
*The makings of a plan for roads
*McDonnell: Va. will oversee federal health exchange
*Bolling seeks compromise on taxes and general funds for roads
*Cuccinelli presses Republicans to 'pivot' back to conservative principles (Yeah, just what they need, to move even FURTHER hard right - if that's even possible!)
*The Cuccinelli Manifesto ("Virginia's attorney general doesn't fit the Republican rebranding. He is ultraconservative and undaunted.")

lowkell :: Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

*Should Bolling Launch An Independent Bid?
*LG candidate dispenses Valentine's Day goodies (Smart move by Snyder, very well done/very effective, and I say this as someone who finds his views repulsive, and also finds him to be as slick and smarmy as they come.)
*Va. Senate panel protects post-Labor Day school law
*'Tim Tebow' home school sports bill sacked in Va. Senate (Good riddance.)
*Senate panel kills Lingamfelter's farm bill
*Virginia legislature moves to seal concealed gun permits
*Kaine, Scott to make local visits on defense cuts
*House backs authorizing SCC to oversee health plans on exchange (Yet more power to an organization that most Virginians don't even know exists. Hmmmm.)
*Forecast: 6.9 million to live in D.C. region by 2040 (Where are all these people going to live? This is why we need to get away from the "sprawl" model and towards smart growth, big time!)
*Capitals make it three straight (That's more like it!)
*D.C. area forecast: Late-day showers transition to some snow tonight; wintry weekend
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