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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 06:34:11 AM EST

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 17. Also, check out the video of President Obama announcing his "action to protect one of America's greatest natural treasures by signing a Presidential Memorandum to protect Bristol Bay." Good news!

*Ruble remains volatile as fear grips Russia
*Dick Cheney's tortured logic (The face of evil.)
*America should set torture out of bounds ("...the application of basic humanity and restraint should not depend exclusively on who's in the White House, or even on the letter of the law, which has more protections now but which creative lawyers could still try to manipulate. It must be a moral and political expectation, built into the country's mores.")
*Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter (She's absolutely right on both counts.)
*Rand Paul is Already Running an Ad Against Jeb Bush (The one who should be running ads is Chris Christie, who is probably the most harmed by Jeb Bush's entry into the race.)
*We Finally Have A Surgeon General Again. Here's What He'll Do Now.
*Is Obama destroying the Russian economy? (So, all the right wingers cheering Vladimir Putin and mocking our president got it totally backwards? Shocker!)
*Cuccinelli Has A 'Funny Feeling' GOPers Might Face Primary Challengers In 2016 (Cooch has a lot of "funny" feelings. Heh.)
*Thousands of miles of Va. rivers are polluted, report shows ("Chris Moore, a senior scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation...called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly to fund efforts to reduce pollution from farms, lawns and streets.")
*Virginia GOP labels Gov. McAuliffe's plan as 'unconstitutional gun grab' (Riiiight, because background checks are...oh forget it, let's not even try to pretend right wingers are being rational here.)
*Expulsion of convicted Virginia lawmaker would be first since 1876 ("Del. Joseph Morrissey, convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, has resisted calls to resign.")
*Editorial: Morrissey tries gator defense
*Schapiro: Running out of friends, Morrissey finds a new one ("It's not that lawmakers want to do this; it's that they have to, lest they hand their opponents ammunition for the primary and general elections.")
*Grassley now seeks answers from Fairfax prosecutor on John Geer police slaying ("After getting little new information from Fairfax police or the Justice Department, Grassley asks why the case moved to the feds.")

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Dec 15, 2014 at 06:38:07 AM EST

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, December 15. That video, by the way, is included for comic relief more than anything. :)

*Negotiators Strike Last-Minute Deal To Reduce Carbon Emissions
*With nominations, Harry Reid lands a late punch before bowing out as majority leader (Nice.)
*Krugman: Wall Street's Revenge ("Dodd-Frank Damaged in the Budget Bill")
*Hostage standoff in heart of Sydney
*Democrats divided on their path to 2016 (Yep, let's have this debate.)
*Cheney: 'I'd do it again in a minute'  (Sociopath.)
*Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report (Also a liar.)
*Teen's Death, Ruled Suicide By Local Officials, Now Being Investigated By FBI As Possible Lynching (That's sure what it sounds like.)
*McAuliffe to unveil gun control measures, including expanded background checks (Excellent, let Republicans try to explain why they're against this.)
*Today's Top Opinion: Zero?  (For once I agree with the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board: "When you don't accept any gifts, there's nothing to report.")
*Increasing oversight on road projects  ("The failed limited-access, tolled U.S. 460 route that former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his transportation secretary, Sean Connaughton, relentlessly pushed forward represents, perhaps, the most wasteful application of Virginia's public-private transportation law.")
*For many in Va., Medicaid coverage gap is unaffordable
*Tim Kaine, bridge builder? (Perhaps he is, but the problem with this op-ed is that the person writing it, Fred Hiatt, has zero credibility on anything.)
*Convicted Va. delegate says he needs more time to decide whether to resign
*Our view: How to stop a pipeline (As soon as I got done snorting cheerios out my nows at the idea that there's any kind of "free market" in energy in this country, I stopped reading this.)
*Susan Stimpson says Bill Howell has been the force behind major Va. tax hikes ("Mostly true" - interesting.)
*Mild to start the week, but winter could make stormy weekend return

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 06:33:45 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, October 30. The photo is courtesy of Rep. Connolly's communications director George Burke.

*5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better If Everyone Voted ("Low election turnout perpetuates income inequality and social injustice")
*"The Great Invisible": The BP oil disaster and our fossil-fuel addiction
*Weather Channel Rebukes Its Co-Founder On Climate Change (Good for the Weather Channel. Its co-founder is an imbecile.)
*EJ Dionne: Moderate thunder out of Kansas
*An exaggerated claim concerning savings on Metro's Silver Line construction ("Comstock's campaign could offer no evidence to defend the repeated use of the $400 million figure")
*Boucher: Why Warner deserves re-election
*Pipeline protestors visit lawmakers' local offices ("About a dozen Nelson County residents protested a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline Wednesday, stopping at the local offices of Democratic and Republican lawmakers to urge them to oppose the project.")
*What Is Ed Gillespie's Backup Plan? (Governor in 2017? "It's not clear whether Gillespie would be willing to run against Obenshain, as they have a close relationship.")
*Goodlatte looks poised for bump-free ride to 12th term (Really unfortunate, the guy's truly BADlatte not Goodlatte.)
*E.W. Jackson says Democrats attack Christian values with anti-discrimination laws about gays and lesbians (Yep, that's E.W. Jackson for ya.)
*Democratic congressman pressured VA to help politically connected contractor (Hmmmm.)
*Budget backtrack: Transportation concerns lead to $50m back pedal
*Wittman tells Kiwanis Washington should be 'reined in' (Standard, mindless Republican rhetoric...)
*Brutal cost of children who are homeless ("The State of the Region report released this month by Old Dominion University offers a sobering estimate of public costs for one often-overlooked group: children without a place to call home.")
*NASA reports broken windows, imploded doors after explosion
*Economic action plan ("The sequestration cuts set to resume in 2016 must be stopped - which will protect the Hampton Roads economy to say nothing of assuring the continued strength and readiness of our nation's armed forces.")
*Newport News could pay up to $42.6M to accommodate Tech Center research park
*Bumgarner, Giants edge K.C. to claim third World Series crown in 5 years
*A weather treat today, but look for tricky and icky on Halloween

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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Oct 28, 2014 at 06:37:53 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, October 28.

*Minimum wage gives Democrats a rare edge over GOP
*Scott Walker to Chris Christie: Thanks for nothing
*Ebola fears should not lead to overreaction (So far, much of the media -- PBS and NPR certainly being expections -- have been an utter disgrace on this. Right-wing media, in particular, has been a cesspool of misinformation, fearmongering, politicizing, etc. The usual, in other words...)
*The Dangers of Quarantines ("Ebola Policies Made in Panic Cause More Damage")
*Right-Wing Media Praise Failed Theory Of Trickle-Down Economics Myth To Condemn Hillary Clinton ("Conservative media praised the failed theory of trickle-down economics in response to Hillary Clinton's remark that the middle class, not tax cuts for corporations, spurs economic growth, a position backed by economists.")
*Ed Gillespie uses Redskins name issue in political ad against Sen. Mark Warner (Seriously?!? I believe that's what's known as a "Hail Mary" pass! LOL)
*Decision Virginia: Dave Brat / Jack Trammell debate preview
*Lobby firm snaps up Cantor aide with Wall Street ties (Lovely, eh?)
*Legislators gave localities an out on proposed constitutional amendment
*McAuliffe's new Va. ethics panel meets for the first time
*Governor's panel endorses tougher Virginia ethics laws ("In addition to tighter policing of public officials' behavior, the panel also agreed today that the state's congressional and state legislative districts should be drawn without regard to political party.")
*Virginia prepared to invoke involuntary quarantine power for Ebola (Monitoring is a good idea, although I'm not sure why we're singling out Ebola per se and not other dangerous, infectious diseases.)
*Of groundhogs and pull-string dolls: Rep. Rigell talks Hampton Roads energy
*Morgan Griffith, independent candidate face off in 9th District
*Sportsplex audit: wins and losses
*Quality warm sunshine today before Wednesday rain and weekend chill

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Oct 27, 2014 at 06:29:24 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, October 27. Also, check out the photo of Sen. Mark Warner and Fairfax County Dems Chair Sue Langley, from a "meet-and-greet" yesterday.

*ACA OK ("The verdict: It's going well. A big expansion in coverage, which is affordable for a large majority; the main exceptions seem to be people who went for the minimum coverage allowed, keeping premiums down but leaving large co-payments. None of the predictions of disaster has come even slightly true.")
*Is the Affordable Care Act Working? ("The Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Is Down by About 25 Percent...Wall Street Analysts See Financial Boon Across the Health Care Spectrum")
*Under Pressure, Cuomo Says Ebola Quarantines Can Be Spent at Home
*The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb '45' (Just what we need, huh?)
*The secrets behind the midterms ("Republicans could have been running away with this thing. They're not, because they look more extreme and out of touch than they did four years ago.")
*Obama's Hug With An Ebola Victim Puts Reagan's AIDS Response to Shame ("In embracing an Ebola victim, Barack Obama succeeded where Ronald Reagan failed.")
*Tens Of Thousands Of Voter Registrations Have Mysteriously Vanished In Georgia
*How To Enjoy Halloween Candy Without Worrying About Ruining The Planet ("The sure-fire winners either skip palm oil altogether or deliberately source it from sustainable producers.")
*Virginia Holds Back on Quarantine of Ebola-Exposed Travelers
*Gerrymandering deters competition in House races
*After Foust goes on offense, final debate in N. Va. race turns raucous ("Foust's closing statement was interrupted by shouts so many times that he was offered an opportunity to start over." Charming.)
*Warner: Making college better ("Upcoming, bipartisan legislative reforms will improve students' prospects after college")
*Ethics panel to consider redistricting ("Gov. Terry McAuliffe's new ethics advisory panel holds its first meeting today, with that topic given fresh urgency by a recent court decision.")
*Va. abortion laws still too strict
*Future of Bob McDonnell's gifts still cloudy
*Our view: How purple is Virginia?
*Choices for rail expansion in Norfolk
*Virginia State Crime Commission reconsiders penalties for sexting
*Gorgeous day streak isn't over yet, but much cooler air is on the way

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Oct 23, 2014 at 06:33:51 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, October 23. Also check out the NewsHour story, which explains that it's by far and away non-Ebola diseases (e.g., the flu, measles, whooping cough, antibiotic-resistant bacteria) which pose the real health threat to the American public when it comes to infectious diseases.

*Economists See Limited Gains in Republican Proposals (Ya think?)
*EJ Dionne: The politics of Ebola ("...it's something else again to stoke alarm and to set up an unrealistic policy demand as a test of 'toughness.'")
*Alison Lundergan Grimes finally goes off-script (Maybe Chuck Todd will say she's "qualified" now? LOL)
*Attack on Ottawa: PM Harper cites terrorist motive
*Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame
*Piketty's prophecy comes true: The planet's middle class is rapidly going extinct ("New research reveals the superrich have grabbed half the world's resources -- and their wealth is only growing")
*Exclusive: DSCC going back up with ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Ky.
*Comstock, Foust in Close Race for 10th Congressional District Seat
*Brat's Strange Immigrant-Bashing (Brat, as always, is an extremist.)

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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 06:37:18 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, October 22. Also see the video of Sen. Tim Kaine at the Richmond Times-Dispatch's "Public Square" on war powers.

*Mark Levin Urges Viewers To Vote Republican Because Obama Will Go "Full Mussolini" After Midterm Elections (Jut remember, this maniac endorsed Barbara Comstock.)
*BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality, Mocks Other Judges In Angry Diatribe ("Given the makeup of the First Circuit, the overwhelming consensus among federal judges in favor of marriage equality, and the belligerent tone of Pérez-Giménez's opinion, it is unlikely that his decision will be upheld on appeal.")
*Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93
*The GOP's Attack on Mark Warner Is One of the Most Hypocritical of This Election Season ("So, in short, Virginia's top Democrats, panicking about the potential loss of Senate control and the fate of the governor's legislative priority-not to mention the fate of 400,000 poor Virginians' health and financial well-being-tried to fight fire with fire, and favor with favor, and lost...even if the overtures crossed some line, there is no disputing which overture came first, what the original sin of this saga was.")
*Mark Warner attacks Ed Gillespie in new ad tying his former firm to 'dictator'
*Today's Top Opinion: Sen. Kaine calls for war-powers clarity
*Virginia jobless rate unchanged at 5.5 percent for Sept.
*Schapiro: A governor's chief of staff is his chief operative ("Reagan's error was not that he did his job. It was that he left fingerprints - lots of them. Did he do something illegal? Probably not, according to lawyers in both parties. Did he do something stupid? You don't have to consult a lawyer to answer that question.")
*Kaine says midterm election keeps Congress from debating war (Actually, it's the fact that Congress has for decades been close to impotent when it comes to debating war.)

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 06:50:36 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, October 20.

*Twitter Mocks Media Bias, White-on-White Violence after Pumpkin Riot ("Don't these people have jobs? Where are the white fathers? What will end this corrosive culture of violence?!" Spot on critique of the media's double standard.)
*George Will Spreads Misinformation About Ebola on Fox News (That's about all George Will's been doing for years now -- spreading misinformation. Why is he allowed in newspapers and on TV shows?!?)
*Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington (It's really fascinating how similar this guy is to his conspiracy-theory nutball father. The main difference is Rand hides it better than Ron.)
*Pentagon makes plans for U.S. Ebola response
*Both parties face a blue-collar imperative ("Over the weekend, Bill Clinton was in Arkansas, and he will campaign Monday in Louisiana. He's trying to bring home voters who once saw his party as the working man's best friend.")
*POLITICO poll: Alarm, anxiety as election looms (The alarm and anxiety are wildly overblown. Thanks a LOT corporate media and Republicans for stoking it!)
*American meat's disgusting secret: Why factory farms are even worse than you thought (There's really no excuse for anyone to eat factory-farmed meat. Ever. It's horrific.)
*Foust, Comstock locked in contentious and expensive House race in Virginia
*In N. Va. House race, seasoned politico Comstock blazes a new path ("'She will stop at nothing to tear apart her opponent,' Murphy says now. 'She will stop at nothing, because she is an expert in the politics of personal destruction.'")
*Rasoul: No Medicaid? Blame gerrymandering (Agreed, that's a big part of the problem.)
*Talk of pipeline surveyance creeps into Franklin County
*Clear choices in Portsmouth
*HRT reduces Naval Station light rail route possibilities to six
*A dose of sunshine today before clouds and possible showers move in

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 07:03:04 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, October 19. By the way, just click on that image if you want to tell the fossil fuel industry and corporate shills at the Virginia State Corporation Commission what you think about their wildly false, dishonest, disgraceful "report" on the impacts of EPA's Clean Power Plan on Virginia.

*The Dangerous Legal Rule Behind The Supreme Court's Latest Voter Suppression Decision
*Vatican meeting walks back language on gays, divorce (As usual, right wingers and bigots stand in the way of human progress. What else is new?)
*D.C. mayoral choice: Muriel Bowser's caution or David Catania's combativeness?
*Scott Brown: If Romney Was Prez 'We Would Not Be Worrying About Ebola' (Scott Brown, disgusting as always.)
*Schapiro: Va.'s 'Kafka-esque' obstacles to a second chance ("The auditor suggested creating a central debt collection agency, rather than relying on an array of entities and officials. Couple with it, Kalantari says, an easy, one-stop payment system for debtors. The backing of the legislature - political and financial - might make such a move easier. Perhaps the idea should be run by another guest at the Drive-to-Work luncheon: Bill Howell, the speaker of the House.")
*Kaine has found his niche in the Senate, will talk war powers at Public Square
*Rigell fends off attacks in 2nd District congressional debate ("Democratic challenger Suzanne Patrick accused U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell of failing to adequately support the region's military economy, veterans and issues important to women.")
*Editorial: Will Virginia meet the challenge ("One redistricting predicament is that Democrats in Virginia tend to be concentrated in urban areas while Republicans are spread among exurbs and rural regions. The W&M students managed to surmount the challenge. If 'amateurs' can come up with a fair design, then surely the state's professionals can, too.")
*Still distracted while driving? Hands off, legislator says
*Remains found in search for U-Va. student
*The choices in Virginia Beach
*McAuliffe to take Virginia sales pitch to Asia during trade mission
*Virginia budget cuts won't hamper Arlington streetcar funding, state says (Good news!)
*A sunny but brisk day with possible frost tonight to north and west

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Oct 18, 2014 at 07:41:56 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, October 18.

*President Obama: Americans cant give in to fear on Ebola (As Republicans and the wildly irresponsible corporate media stoke it...ugh.)
*The nasty politicization of Ebola ("Conservatives pillory NIH director for stating the truth about budget cuts.")
*Assuring Public on Ebola, but Obama Is Said to Be Seething ("President Obama has projected calm but privately has a different assessment of his administration's handling of cases in the United States.")
*Why An Ebola Flight Ban Wouldn't Work (For starters: "There are no regularly scheduled direct flights to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone - and very few from other countries in West Africa.")
*Conservatives fear Roberts going soft (Translation: they fear Roberts might actually follow precedent, fact, the Constitution, etc.)
*Supreme Court Upholds Texas Voter ID Law (So much for the previous item?)
*Russell Brand slams Fox News outside of Fox News headquarters, is threatened with arrest
*Gillespie reissues ad on Puckett scandal ("The original ad had featured an erroneous news report about Sen. Mark Warner that had been pulled." It also doesn't mention the fact that it was REPUBLICANS who bribed Puckett - successfully, I might add - to resign, throwing the State Senate to Republican control.)
*Warner and Gillespie spell out major differences ("The candidates made separate appearances onstage at Christopher Newport University to answer questions on topics including immigration, health care and fixing Washington's dysfunction")
*Woman who fell ill on bus at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola (Another example of hysteria.)
*The wrong ACA prescription ("By repealing ACA revenue-raising measures, Mr. Gillespie's alternative would leave nearly $300 billion less in the treasury over 10 years, even after all its spending cuts.")
*More Coal Industry Propaganda (There's so much of it out there, even including denial of climate science. Appalling.)
*Sentencing delayed for Maureen McDonnell in Virginia
*McAuliffe mobilizes command group to prepare for Ebola
*Retirement funding improves for first time since 2008 ("The funding of Virginia's pension plans for state employees and teachers improved in the last fiscal year for the first time since 2008, before the recession cut deeply into the retirement system's investments.")
*Sentencing delayed for Maureen McDonnell in Virginia ("One of her attorneys had requested the change because of a scheduling conflict.")
*Virginia Tech celebrates installation of new president Timothy Sands
*A blustery, cool autumn day that
turns much colder overnight

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Oct 17, 2014 at 06:06:50 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, October 17. The photo is from last night's 8th CD Democratic Kennedy-King Dinner, saluting Rep. Jim Moran for his many years of service.

*Nothing to fear but panic itself ("Ebola panic carries serious risks." Agreed, and guess who's spreading it? Yep, the media and the Republicans - shocker, eh?)
*Why a travel ban wouldn't work ("The political momentum for a travel ban on West African nations continued to swell Thursday, but health and transportation experts were uniform in saying it wouldn't stem the spread of Ebola - and could do more harm than good.")
*Don't Look Now, a Democrat Is Leading in Georgia ("Even if she doesn't win, it might spell disaster for the GOP")
*Democrat Foust seeks to regain ground on women's issues (It's absolutely crazy that there should even be a question here of who's the better candidate for women. And no, it's NOT Barbara "Mandatory Transvaginal Ultrasounds" Comstock.)
*Ed Gillespie Will Run Plenty of Ads in the Next Two and a Half Weeks
*Gov. Terry McAuliffe Urges Energy Savings by State Government
*Gillespie reports raising $1.8 million, temporarily ditches ads
*Leonsis, Minor among donors to pro-Warner Super PAC ("Investors and technology moguls are fueling a pro-Sen. Mark R. Warner super PAC that has put up $1.8 m...")
*McDonnell's legal defense fund donations dwindle
*Md., Va. officials hoping to avoid repeat of 2012 election lines
*Booze price hike upsets Va. consumers, restaurants
*4th District needs better choices ("Randy Forbes has not been a consequential member of Congress. By almost every measure of effectiveness, he trails his peers in the House of Representatives, not just among the 435 members of Congress, but among the 11-member Virginia delegation." Ouch, the truth hurts.)
*GOP lawmakers seek curbs on travel due to Ebola threat ("Three Virginia legislators say Gov. McAuliffe should consider suing Dulles airport." Uh....no.)
*Students at Virginia Wesleyan protest over sexual assault case
*Virginia Marine Police crack down on oyster violations, poaching
*Stricter Ebola screening begins at Dulles Airport
*Our view: Get on with real business in Roanoke County
*Vihstadt outraises Howze in Arlington County board race
*Gorgeous Friday to kick off a cooler and breezier weekend

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:57:22 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, February 9. Also see the video of President Obama's weekly address, in which he "urges Congress to act to avoid a series of harmful and automatic cuts-called a sequester-from going into effect that would hurt our economy and the middle class and threaten thousands of American jobs."

*Northeast storm lives up to its monster billing ("Snow totals surpass 2 feet, 650,000 homes and businesses without power as massive blizzard wallops Northeast.")
*Obama will propose 1% raise for federal workforce in 2014 budget
*Spike of Virginia redistricting plans shows House speaker's pragmatic streak
*Clinton: America's Debt Problems 'Can't Be Solved' With Austerity
*Jindal speaks at annual Cantor fundraiser; urges growth for GOP
*Warner: Sequestration Would Be 'Worse Than You Can Imagine'
*Warner: Defense industry shares blame for sequester
*Virginia's hi-tech corridor nervous over sequestration
*Mr. Cantor looks for middle ground
*Virginia General Assembly: The score at halftime
*Bolling to make "major announcement" March 14
*McDonnell, Senate Dem leaders exchange road notes
*Politics over sense in I.D. measures ("The notion that this measure ensures the integrity of elections has little basis in reality.")
*McDonnell sends school security bills to lawmakers
*Hey Fairfax County, High School Seniors Can Handle 'Beloved,' And Learn About Racism and Sexism
*Anti-uranium legislators make their case to McDonnell
*Putney considering a re-election bid as a Republican
*This time, Roanoke Valley got biggest snowfall totals

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 06:51:56 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, July 8.

*Schapiro: Bolling needs a new plan
*U.Va. board's annual expenses top $115,000
*Democrats, Republicans using health care ruling to raise funds
*McDonnell's trade trip to England to cost $92,084
*Senate hopeful Tim Kaine stumps at stops in Bristol
*Changing the face of Virginia's beach
*Charter schools expand in D.C., but stall in Maryland and Virginia
*Florida Senator Marco Rubio visits bookstore in Norfolk
*Editorial: A flight from the suburbs? ("Younger adults prefer urban living. Planners and developers will need to adjust.")
*Community Viewpoint: Farm Bill is Key to Cleaning Up Chesapeake Bay
*Temperature falls one degree short of tying the District's all-time high
*Bryce Harper makes All-Star history
*Gonzalez, Nats top sloppy Rockies

P.S. Also see John Boehner: Voters Need Not Love Mitt Romney ("The American people probably aren't going to fall in love with Mitt Romney.")

UPDATE: Oh, and watch out later today as the weather could get rough (D.C. area forecast: Record heat wave goes out with a bang for some)

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 06:10:15 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 25.

*The Virginia Fracas (Typical trash from the Wall Street Journal corporate hack editorial page. In this case, it looks like the $$$$ spent on Hill & Knowlton resulted in a laughable, error-filled monstrosity of an editorial. Fine work, H&K, fine work! Heh.)
*Rally held in support of ousted U.Va. president
*Rally for Honor ("Statements by speakers at the Rally for Honor, Sunday June 24, will appear here, as well as letters sent by those in absentia.")
*Battle-scarred McDonnell at 'pivot point' of leadership (Uh, when has T-Bob ever shown any leadership? Unless you count corporate cronyism and overall cowardice as leadership.)
*Rep. Gerry Connolly says Reagan raised taxes during five years of presidency (TRUE!)
*Fairfax County schools to pay falsely accused teacher $73,000 for legal fees in sex abuse case
*Partisan post polka ("Virginia's elected officeholders ought to stay away from partisan political posts while serving their constituents.")
*Former MWAA member used contacts from paid trip to win no-bid contract
*Cost of DUI to rise for many first-time offenders
*Connolly faces moderate Republican in N.Va.
*D.C. area forecast: Trending cooler early week briefly, then return of blistering heat
*Sean Burnett gives up late home run to Matt Wieters as Baltimore snatches three-game series from Washington

P.S. Also, gotta love this one: Americans love the individual components of "Obamacare," yet don't support "Obamacare." Why not? If there's any logic here, it's because they don't like that (in)famous conservative Republican idea, the "individual mandate," which most health care economists believe is essential to making the individual pieces - no preexisting condition exclusions, no lifetime caps, etc. - work. Other than that, of course, the reason Americans oppose "Obamacare" is that it's been demonized relentlessly by the right-wing media (e.g., Fox, Rush) and not defended strongly enough by Democrats. Now, the ultra-partisan, Scalia/Thomas/Alito/Roberts Supreme Court will have its say. Can't wait.

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Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 06:47:57 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, June 24. Also, check out the ad by PrioritiesUSA, which clearly and powerfully explains why "If Mitt Romney wins, the middle class loses."

*Recent reversals leave egg on the face of Va. legislature
*U-Va.'s community of trust broken
*At U-Va., a struggle over school's purpose
*Other Shoes Prepares to Drop In in C'ville (I agree with Chap: "We need independent Boards for our state institutions.  There has to be some institutional control.  But we can't keep appointing people just because they laid down a five-figure check at a cocktail party for Governor X.")
*What would Thomas Jefferson think of U-Va.?
*UVa community wants answers, not therapy
*Jefferson's university on path of deterioration
*Schapiro: U.Va. flap shows need to better vet trustees
*UVa kerfuffle has lawmakers considering changes to oversight, composition of college boards
*Poll: Virginians conservative but prefer Obama ("When asked whom they would vote for on Nov. 6, 49 percent of those surveyed said Obama, 42 percent chose Romney")
*Rush on port deal brings new doubts ("For one of the most business-friendly states in America, Virginia seems to be making a habit of negotiating disturbingly bad deals for itself.")
*Radtke wants debt proposal from Allen in exchange for endorsement
*Romney visiting Virginia on Tuesday (The pathological liar comes to the Commonwealth? Just remember, if his lips are moving, he's lying...)
*Governor's stand on Dragas key to board's next vote
*Election 2012: Henrico County a bellwether in critical battleground state
*Jackson, bullpen help Nats even series

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Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 06:30:00 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 23. Also check out President Obama's weekly address, in which he "discusses the urgent need for Congress to act now on two common sense measures to help middle class families: preventing interest rates on federal student loans from going up and putting hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job."

*Former Penn State assistant coach convicted of sexually abusing boys (Lock him up and throw away the key. Oh, and his wife should be on trial too, as she clearly had to have known/seen what was going on in her own house but did nothing to stop it, like calling the police.)
*Republicanpalooza ("The Romney campaign should disclose its secret bundlers.")
*Governor threatens removal of U.Va. board (No leadership at all, then all of a sudden this phony tough guy act? Whatever.)
*Tim Kaine: Reinstate U-Va. president Sullivan
*U-Va. needs its old president and a new board
*Koch brothers-funded group launches TV ad against Tim Kaine (All lies, all the time. Ignore.)
*Obama Key Figure In Senate Race Featuring Ex-Govs
*Romney names Virginia Latino leaders
*Chance to fix things at U.Va. (Bottom line: Sullivan needs to be rehired, Dragas needs to resign or NOT be reappointed.)
*McDonnell will travel to Utah for Romney event
*Storms knock out power, flood roads, cancel events
*O's spoil Johnson's Baltimore return
*D.C. area forecast: Less humidity, but still warm through the weekend

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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:26:17 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 22. Also, check out the new Obama ad, which focuses on equal pay for women, something Romney doesn't appear to care about and/or believe in.

*Under Romney, Bain invested in companies that sent jobs abroad (In other words, Willard "Mitt" Romney is Harris Miller "Job Killer," but far worse.)
*New Obama ad highlights equal pay for women
*U.Va. board to reconsider Sullivan ouster
*Cantor: House will continue attacking health law if Supreme Court doesn't kill it (These people are obsessed.)
*Allen's first television ads target women, independents
*Virginia Senators Fail to Stand Up for Clean Air
*House bill allows leases for drilling off Virginia's coast
*Bill Clinton to help McAuliffe at unveiling of electric car
*Conservative group targets Tim Kaine on bus tour ("'The only candidate in this race who helped turn a record surplus into a massive deficit and saddled Americans with trillions in new debt is George Allen,' Kaine spokeswoman Lily Adams said.")
*After affair, Del. David Englin to step down in Augus
*Lacking key permit, Chesapeake's overflow jails can't house inmates
*Biologists race to Dam Neck after rare turtle's unprecedented nesting
*Kaine Talks Education Funding & Affordability with Local Students
*Region gaining more jobs but losing federal employment (Once again, evidence that the public sector's been getting hammered by Republican austerity and anti-government policies...)
*Washington area ties heat record
*Nationals vs. Rays: Danny Espinosa gives Washington series win with decisive double off Joel Peralta

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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 06:21:17 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, June 21. Also, check out Jeff Schapiro's take on the "U.Va. soap opera."

*Supporters plot to reinstate Sullivan as U-Va. president
*Interim U.Va. leader disagreed with decision to oust president
*Senate Rejects Rollback of Mercury Standards; Warner, Webb Dissent (Environment Virginia: "Today, Senators Warner and Webb sided with the polluters instead of standing up for Virginians' health and environment. Environment Virginia urges Senators Warner and Webb to support rather than oppose commonsense measures to keep mercury pollution out of our air and water.")
*George Allen backs deal to keep Redskins in Va. (Yep, George Allen's all about taxpayer-funded corporate welfare for the super rich, while screwing over the middle class and working people. What else is new?)
*George Allen launches first TV ads of Senate campaign
*Virginia Sen. Stephen Martin plans run for lt. governor (Basically, who is NOT running as a Republican for LG next year?)
*Editorial: Restoring voting rights ("Ex-felons shouldn't need to rely on a governor's benevolence in order to vote.")
*Del. Joe Morrissey offers to pay for U-Va. inquiry
*Cantor: GOP energy bill will create jobs (Yeah right, Eric, we believe you. Suuuuure.)
*Marco Rubio Goes to Bat for George Allen in Virginia
*Warner's Broadband Amendment Passes
*Perriellio returns to Southside to campaign for Obama
*Va. board to bypass N.Va. Transportation Commission
*Airports board, McDonnell in standoff
*Moving Navy ships from here will take a financial toll, analysis finds
*Metro's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
*Nationals vs. Rays: Stephen Strasburg ends Washington's losing streak in wake of Joel Peralta controversy

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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 06:10:24 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, June 20.

*Rector, vice rector emails and other information obtained through Freedom of Information Act
*University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's ouster: The key players
*U.Va.'s rector should resign
*Editorial: Don't let anger control UVa's destiny ("Teresa Sullivan won't be president; the university now must look toward the future.")
*Tareq Salahi Announces His "Core Campaign Team" for Gubernatorial Bid
*McDonnell noncommittal on reappointing U.Va. rector
*Schapiro: Governor has company in late-term calamities, including U.Va
*Webb calls on regulators to implement Dodd-Frank financial reforms
*Morrissey urges legislative inquiry into Sullivan's ouster
*Political fallout from the UVA controversy
*Bad feelings still roil University of Virginia
*State group tasked with developing regulatory framework for mining
*Team Strategy: Snyder Plays Virginia Off of D.C. for Questionable Team Subsidy
*Va. House questions Redskins deal
*Kaine: BOV Made Big Mistake In Sullivan Resignation Process
*Why did Eric Cantor stand up the Peres dinner? ("Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Jewish majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, has never attended any formal White House Jewish functions under Obama, although he had been invited to the Chanukah parties and the Jewish American Heritage Month events.")
*Romney to fundraise with Cantor in the Hamptons
*Charges may be dropped in abortion-rights protest cases
*Dulles board to discuss new union controversy
*Picking a fight with Washington's airports authority
*Nats lose on Wang's clunker
*D.C. area forecast: Two days of extreme heat with heat index near 100-105

P.S. Also, see Obama Leads In Poll As Voters View Romney As Out Of Touch ("Obama leads Romney 53 percent to 40 percent among likely voters"). My guess is that this one's an outlier, although nothing jumps out at me in terms of the sample (e.g., a 5-point Dem advantage, compared to a 10-point Dem advantage in the May Kaplan Post poll and a 7-point Dem advantage in the May WSJ poll).  

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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 06:17:22 AM EDT

Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 19. Also, check out Ed Schultz as he skewers Willard for his cowardice, duplicity, etc. on the DREAM Act - and in general.

*Rector Dragas' Statement, Translated into Plain English (Waldo Jaquith hilariously nails it on Rector Dragas' #FAIL of a speech yesterday!)
*Leadership drama consumes U-Va.
*Redskins deal draws fire ("Gov. McDonnell's $6.4 million deal to keep the Redskins in Va. sparked accusations he made an 'end run' around the Gen. Assembly.")
*Amid uproar, U.Va. names interim president ("At 2:30 a.m.today, after a marathon closed-door session that ran almost 12 hours, the board appointed Carl Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, as interim president to replace Sullivan while a search is underway for a permanent replacement.")
*In statements, Sullivan and Dragas both seek pro-UVa high ground
*Thousands crowd Lawn in support of Sullivan
*L. Scott Lingamfelter running for lieutenant governor
*Mark Warner tries to cultivate new Virginia leaders
*Editorial: Good medicine or bad politics? ("The governor must decide between women's health and extreme politics.")
*Editorial: A pointless year for transportation ("Rather than provide leadership on investments, Gov. McDonnell settled for a minor scuffle over meager dollars.")
*Another chance to do right thing ("Delegates who blocked election of a candidate for a General District judgeship because of his sexual orientation - or by arguing that he had violated military code by acknowledging he was gay on national television 20 years ago - will get another chance to do the right thing.")
*New Fairfax police-fire headquarters pushed back to 2016
*Rush Plus or Rush Minus? Metro riders dispute the results of new service
*McDonnell accused of 'power grab' against Dulles board
*Silver Line to use old rail cars initially

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