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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue May 26, 2015 at 06:07:33 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, May 26 (two weeks until primary day in Virginia).

*No Cost for Extremism: Why the GOP hasn't (yet) paid for its march to the right (Must-read article if you want to understand U.S. politics these days!)
*The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show (This is disturbing on almost every level, that is if you care about having any sort of demoracy in this country.)
*Chart: America Is More Liberal Than Politicians Think ("Everyone-both liberal and conservative legislators-thought their districts were more conservative than they really were.")
*With ISIS in Crosshairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians
*Bobby Jindal reaches peak stupid: One-time GOP savior embraces hate speech to appease bigots, wingnuts ("Governor who urged GOP not to become "stupid party" now fans hate, spouts nonsense. Think he's running in 2016?")
*McAuliffe names former U.S. House CIO to run VITA
*Casey: Caldwell denies rumors swirling around possible Senate bid ("The 35-year veteran prosecutor is closer than ever to announcing an independent bid for the state Senate seat from the 21st District, which includes the city of Roanoke and Montgomery and Giles counties.")
*Asset forfeiture issue isn't going away
*Veterans honored in various ways across Peninsula
*Inexcusable behavior at City Council meetings ("Decorum in city council chambers lately has reflected poorly on this region's citizens. Perhaps when people speak to elected officials, they take a cue from online forums, where rants and attacks are de rigueur. Perhaps they see nothing wrong with booing, berating, hounding, even threatening those with different opinions." Same thing recently in Fairfax, Stafford, etc.)
*Editorial: Will the court decide Sweet Briar College's future?
*A tumultuous year for U-Va. comes to a close, with sighs of relief
*Editorial: Joe Morrissey: Rediscovering a sense of shame ("The Morrissey saga also emphasizes what Colin Powell meant when he said that humans need to rediscover a sense of shame.")
*Loudoun supervisor with DUI and domestic record reconsiders campaign ("Shawn Williams, accused in 2006 of a brutal attack on his then-girlfriend, may run for board chairman after all.")
*Tanner Roark pitches Nationals past Cubs in his first start of 2015
*D.C. area forecast: Warmer, more humid today; Afternoon storms through the week

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Memorial Day 2015

by: lowkell

Mon May 25, 2015 at 06:40:30 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Memorial Day 2015. Also, later this morning, President Obama will deliver remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2015.

*Juan Williams: GOP dishonesty on ISIS and Iraq
*The right's political correctness ("Accommodating right-wing primary voters poses real risks to the party in next year's elections. Its candidates' messages on immigration and gay marriage could hurt the GOP with, respectively, Latinos and the young.")
*Las Vegas tycoon Sheldon Adelson to face graft accusations in US court (One of the GOP's big funders is a corrupt scumbag. Shocker, eh?)
*Defense chief: Iraqis lack 'will to fight' Islamic State
*Krugman: The Big Meh ("In other words, at this point, the whole digital era, spanning more than four decades, is looking like a disappointment. New technologies have yielded great headlines, but modest economic results. Why?")
*Pope's pronouncements making trouble for GOP Catholics ("Francis may be popular with the general public, but key Republican primary constituencies are wary." Yeah, because actually caring a lot more about the poor than the rich; feeding the hungry; welcoming the "stranger" - aka, immigrants - into our land; being good stewards over the earth; favoring peace over war; turning the other cheek rather than resorting to violence; all those things that Jesus taught are the opposite of what the Republican Party believes.)
*'Beautiful Mind' Nobel winner Nash dies in crash
*GOP contest to succeed Stosch in Senate heats up ("The four-way race for the Republican nomination for the open 12th District Virginia Senate seat is heating up in the final weeks leading up to the June 9 primary.")
*Va. House speaker and GOP challenger battle in first forum before primary ("Armed with charts and intent on capitalizing on the voter disaffection that helped Dave Brat oust former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year, Stimpson tried to paint Howell as out of touch with conservative principles of low taxes and small government.")
*Two Sweet Briar board members make the case: The school had to close
*Nationals haven't won anything, but fans prove D.C. is a good sports town
*Marvelous holiday weather, but steamy and stormy by midweek

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun May 24, 2015 at 06:39:39 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, May 24. Also, check out that story in which "police body camera videos show a Fredericksburg police officer use his Taser and pepper spray on a motionless, silent driver who was having a medical emergency." Would this have ever happened to a white person? Doubtful. Should this happen to ANYONE? No!

*In stunningly lopsided vote, Irish legalize gay marriage (Go Ireland!)
*"War On Cops": Fox News Abandons Its Catchphrase When Bike Gangs Threaten Police (Of course, because when whites do it, it's not a "war on cops," only when African Americans do it. Not racist at all, no no no...snark.)
*Cleveland officer acquitted for role in fatal shooting (It's not acceptable for police to be shooting unarmed people whose car backfired, not sure how they were acquitted but this needs Justice Department intervention.)
*WATCH: Virginia cop uses pepper-spray, Taser on unresisting black man having stroke (Also outrageously unacceptable; WTF?!?)
*Ben Carson: 'Don't Let The Secular Progressives Drive God Out Of Our Lives' (Uh, dude, get a grip; nobody's driving your religion out of your life.)
*McCain Calls White House Spox An 'Idiot,' Quickly Retracts It (John McCain, class act as usual.)
*They're all still lying about Iraq: The real story about the biggest blunder in American history - and the right wing's obsessive need to cover it up ("Conservatives are trapped in an outdated and delusional worldview. Rubio, Jeb and media sycophants make it worse")
*Jeb Bush cozies up to haters: Jerry Falwell, Liberty University and the real story of religious right evil<?a>
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The GOP's Southern discomfort ("As the 2016 Republican presidential campaign gets underway, the nation's most reliably red region finds itself yet again without a native son in a leading position.")
*Loving v. Virginia looms large in gay marriage case
*Hinkle: Brat jumps the shark on immigration (Agreed, although Brat jumped a bunch of sharks a long time ago on several subjects, such as his worship of Ayn Rand la-la-land "economics," his climate science denial, etc, etc.)
*Schapiro: Offstage redistricting drama rattles Republicans ("In this rough-and-tumble campaign season, a nastier battle - over the legal foundation of Republican legislative dominance - is unfolding largely out of view.")
*Virginia redistricting lawsuits could cost taxpayers big bucks
*Va. Democrats hope to use Clinton mojo to improve their own position ("How many eager Clinton volunteers will turn out, as she urged, at the 'awesome parade' in Falls Church on Memorial Day?" Good question.)
*The 1,2,3s of ABC: How a 20th century fear of saloons governs Va. restaurants today (Afraid of saloons? But not guns in those saloons? Gotcha.)
*Incumbent Sen. Stephen Martin faces two challengers in 11th District race
*Dance, Howell experience benefits of incumbency
*Coal-ash inquiry must continue
*With little recourse in gun-friendly Va., Arlington resists store opening ("The landlord, Kostas Kapasouris, did not respond to requests for comment.")
*Strasburg hammered again as Hamels, Phillies thump Nationals, 8-1 (Who ever expected Stephen Strasburg to be the Nats' worst pitcher? Got to get him straightened out somehow.)
*D.C. area forecast: Comfortable warmth today, then more summery starting Memorial Day

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat May 23, 2015 at 06:44:26 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 23. Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, in which he "commemorate[s] Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country."

*Make time for Memorial Day's true purpose ("Monday is the day to pause and give a moment of respect to those who, regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin or sexual orientation, served, fought and died in behalf of our nation.")
*Senate rejects compromise bill on surveillance
*Economy delivers a graduation gift, as new workers' underemployment eases (Just remember which president and which party got us into the Great Recession, and which president/party got us OUT of the Great Recession. Hint: the first answer starts with "R" and the second with "D" - lol.)
*Mike Huckabee Makes Excuses For Duggar Family Hiding Years Of Sexual Abuse ('Nuff said about Mike Huckabee.)
*The Family Research Council's Strange Statement On Josh Duggar's Child Molestation Confession ('Nuff said about the "Family Research Council" hate groupL.)
*Jeb Bush And George W. Bush Have Drastically Different Views On Climate Change ("Jeb Bush says scientists don't know if humans cause climate change. President Bush knew they did." As did George HW Bush. Jeb Bush is actually a step BACKWARDS from his brother, let alone his father!)
*How Scott Walker and His Allies Hijacked the Wisconsin Supreme Court ("And what it means for the probe into alleged campaign violations by Walker and conservative dark-money groups." Like a banana republic.)
*Ireland Appears Set to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
*State senator: Bills probably coming on Daily Press' database fight against Virginia Supreme Court
*"They're just trying to do their job." ("Virginia Beach's Police Benevolent Association says officers are being unfairly scrutinized because of public pressure after two viral cellphone videos showed officers using force to make arrests.")
*Prince William's newest high school to be named for Virginia's oldest senator
*How a former Va. lawmaker made a bad situation even worse, in 1 picture (The 20 gazillionth article on Joe Morrissey, but no investigative reporting on the much more serious corruption in Richmond. How about this many articles on Bill Howell's close ties to ALEC? Tommy Norment's corruption? Dick Saslaw's? Nah, just stick with the sex story about an ex-delegate.)
*Morrissey: We're getting married, and I'm running for Senate (This is like an idiotic, smarmy TV "reality show," and that is NOT a good thing.)
*Fairfax approves $2.6B school budget with raises and later high school start
*Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper pace Nationals to sixth straight win
*D.C. area forecast: Spectacular through Sunday, then trending hot

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri May 22, 2015 at 06:20:15 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 22. Also, check out the video by Catherine Read from last night's Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) meeting. Here's her description: "Phil Hicks of Metro DC PFLAG. A graduate of FCPS public schools and the father of two gay sons who also went through the Fairfax County Public Schools. This is the reality of the times we live in."

*9 Times Josh Duggar Lectured People On Family Values Before He Admitted He Was A Child Molester (Utterly hypocriticsal family of right wingnuts.)
*The GOP's xenophobia primary: Why the Republican candidates are rejecting immigration - and their best shot at the White House
*"Morning Joe's" Nazi freakout: Joe Scarborough is a bullying egomaniac (pt. 134) (Because anyone who disagrees with Scarborough or criticizes him in any way is a "Nazi." What a nutjob.)
*Exclusive: States quietly consider ObamaCare exchange mergers
*Obama Set to Bolster Federal Role in Clean Water Control
*Krugman: Trade and Trust ("And the fact that the administration evidently doesn't feel that it can make an honest case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership suggests that this isn't a deal we should support.")
*Kaine to kick off tour across the state
*Kaine: Virginia is a global gateway
*Roanoke County seeks extended public comment period for Mountain Valley Pipeline
*Challenger to Va. House speaker accuses him of 'cheating' in ballot rules
*Predatory tow companies targeted in proposal from Md. and Va. lawmakers
*Alexandria chooses location for Potomac Yard Metro station
*Morrissey makes the Joe Show a family affair (And the media dutifully pays attention to the slimeball. Why?)
*How a former Virginia lawmaker made a bad situation even worse, in 1 picture
*Facebook post about Virginia State Trooper's act of kindness goes viral
*Democrats bash Arlington board's farmhouse vote (And rightfully so.)
*D.C. area forecast: Breezy today, and nearly ideal holiday weekend weather

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu May 21, 2015 at 06:23:23 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 21. And of course, farewell to David Letterman, who I never stay up late enough to watch live, but snippets of whom I get to watch on YouTube. :)

*California declares emergency after oil pipeline rupture (As always, fossil fuels are a disaster waiting to happen. Actually, they're not waiting, as the disaster is happening right now, both off the California coast and in the atmosphere. So much for the brain-dead "all of the above" approach.)
*Big Banks Pay $5.6 Billion, Plead Guilty To Felonies Over Currency And Rate-Fixing (And Republicans want to regulate these crooks LESS?!?)
*U.S. and Cuba Nearing Deal to Fully Restore Diplomatic Ties
*The High Cost of Dirty Fuels ("Ending subsidies for fossil fuels would save many lives, a report from the International Monetary Fund makes clear.")
*Letterman Goes for Laughs Instead of Tears ("David Letterman signed off on Wednesday with an all-star edition of the 'Late Show,' bringing his 33-year career in late-night television to a close.")
*The Tea Party's Most Hated Presidential Hopeful? Hint: Not Hillary Clinton (LOL)
*Obama: Climate Deniers in Congress Are Undermining Our Troops (They're undermining a lot more than our troops, like our entire country and planet.)
*Rand Paul doesn't know what he's talking about ("Rand Paul's playing Jimmy Stewart again, filibustering the Patriot Act. Trouble is, Paul's opinions are a mess" Like father, like son...and that's not a good thing in this case!)
*Dave Brat criticized for immigration, Islamic State comment (Basically, almost every time Brat opens his mouth or writes something, the lunacy starts pouring out. The fact that Randlph Macon hired this wacko doesn't say anything good about that school, that's for sure. Nor does the fact that 7th CD Republicans elected him.)
*Chasing Gecker (Emily Francis is the obvious choice for Democrats in this primary. Dan Gecker hasn't supported our last two Democratic presidents, for god's sake.)
*FOIA Council: No on making open records violations a misdemeanor
*D.C. will use roof gardens - among other things - to clean city waterways (Virgnia cities and counties should be doing the same!)
*Former Virginia lawmaker publicly admits paternity for the first time (Yes, this guy is a slimeball, but why is this story getting more attention than the massive sliminess and corruption among legislators in Richmond?)
*Expect to see more transit-oriented housing in the future (Transit-oriented development "does even more. It benefits the health of residents. And it increases wealth, since owning one car or no car, using transit and driving less lowers household expenses.")
*Alexandria chooses location for Potomac Yard Metro ("Council members said they expect it to bring 26,000 new jobs, 21,000 new homes and $1.5 billion in new tax revenue over the next 20 or 30 years.")
*The Fight for the 45th ("Democratic primary candidates vying to replace Delegate Krupicka lay out campaign priorities.")
*Harper tossed, but Zimmermann and Span keep the Nationals alive
*D.C. area forecast: Rain keeps it cool today but sun-filled weekend finishes summery

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed May 20, 2015 at 06:08:39 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 20. Also, check out the video of this past weekend's debate for the Democratic nomination in the Mt. Vernon (Fairfax) Magisterial District Supervisor's race. The candidates are Jack Dobbyn, Tim Sargeant, Dan Storck and Candice Bennett.

*In Coast Guard commencement, Obama to link climate change to national security
*After media drought, Hillary Clinton takes some questions in Iowa
*Hillary Clinton on her emails: I want them out, too!
*George W. Bush's CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public ("On 'Hardball,' Michael Morell concedes the Bush administration misled the nation into the Iraq War.")
*Record-High 60% of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage
*David Brooks Tries To Rewrite History Of The Iraq War
*Why We Should Spend Billions More On Trains
*Start over force authorization? No, say Kaine and Rigell, stop stalling, start debating
*An opportunity for Virginia to earn a reputation for energy efficiency
*DOE: Bigger Turbines Could Unlock Wind Energy Potential In All 50 States (Hello Dominion, are you reading stuff like this?!?)
*Schapiro: Governor looking at judicial trifecta?
*Another wasted election ("The November elections are still six months away, but we can already predict who the loser will be: you. All 140 seats of the General Assembly are, in theory, up for grabs. But except for a few districts that will see a competitive race, the outcome is already ordained.")
*Businesses hedging their bets with political donations
*UVa rector won't seek another term on board of visitors
*UVa board extends president's contract at least two years
*At Christopher Newport University, a pitch for more state building money
*Expect more flooding and erosion, study says
*Arlington police officer responding to domestic dispute fatally shoots man
*Democrats seeking Prince William Senate seat debate in Woodbridge
*Widening I-66 to Ease Traffic Causes Concerns for Some Northern Virginia Residents (As always, widening roads is not the answer; smart growth and transit are.)
*Arlington board majority asks football team to change Redskins name (Not that Dan Snyder gives a crap.)
*Zimmerman's blast lifts Nats over Yankees in 10th
*D.C. area forecast: Sunny, cooler and drier through Sunday, except for Thursday cloud and shower threat

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue May 19, 2015 at 06:24:48 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, May 19.

*The Republican field is a clown car (Not one of these clowns, extremists and/or bigots should be elected to any office, let alone president.)
*Obama drills a hole in his climate policy ("Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-April on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean." Truly appalling and inexcusable by the Obama administration.)
*In Egypt, Deplorable Death Sentences (Agreed.)
*America's Views Align Surprisingly Well With Those of "Socialist" Bernie Sanders (Even the most "far left" Democrat is basically in sync with the majority of Americans. So much for the false "equivalence" that "both parties" are "extreme," or whatever idiocy the corporate/right-wing media is pushing on us today.)
*Bill O'Reilly Accused of Domestic Violence in Custody Battle (Sadly, this would not be at all surprising...)
*Building Virginia's transportation future through bipartisanship (I see none of the following words or phrases in this op-ed by Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Lane: environment, climate change, smart growth, pollution, carbon emissions, sprawl. That counts as a #FAIL)
*Virginia Clinics Navigate Changing TRAP Law: 'I Feel Like I'm Digging a Hole Just to Fill It Back In'
*Atlantic Coast Pipeline picks several alternate route segments
*PolitiFact: McMurtrie says Va. lawmakers shifted $2 billion from education to roads
*Light turnout expected during June primaries
*Numbers drop in Virginia Medicare/Medicaid pilot program
*Opinion: Virginia Supreme Court's executive secretary should honor FOIA, transparency
*Governor Terry McAuliffe Lifts Ban on Food Truck Operations in Virginia
*Coalition of labor, immigrant groups flexing muscles in Va. local races
*Sweet Briar website collects resources to save college
*In the 10th state Senate district, the question may be: 'Who's the best Democrat?'
*At Public Square, Richmond officials say system creates too many felons
*In Portsmouth, two audits have been done and more are coming
*Portsmouth councilman acquitted of threatening pastor
*D.C. area forecast: Summery warmth and storms today, then cooler and drier

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon May 18, 2015 at 06:11:26 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, May 18. Also, nice photo by Fairfax County Democratic Commitee Chair Sue Langley of Fairfax County Public School Board members Ryan McElveen and Ted Velkoff, plus future (hopefully!) School Board member Dalia Palchik.

*Obama to Limit Military-Style Equipment for Police (Good, this is utterly ridiculous.)
*This Photo Is Raising Questions About How Police Are Treating White Bikers After A Mass Murder ("Several commentators have noted that it's a remarkably casual treatment of individuals who could be potential suspects for mass murder. No one is handcuffed and several people appear to have access to their cell phones.")
*9 Are Killed in Biker Gang Shootout in Waco (Ah, America...guns, violence, more guns and more violence.)
*Jeb Bush's brotherly bind
*The GOP Is Dying Off. Literally. (Hopefully a new, better, sane GOP will be reborn.)
*The Koch Brothers' guide to 2016: How to win $1 billion for your Republican candidacy ("Which GOP candidate has the best chance of pulling in the dark-money score of the century?")
*Jeb's bankrupt healthcare fantasy: Expanding coverage with Apple Watches and freedom (This dolt is supposed to be the SMART Bush? Ha!)
*Herring Makes Another Good Call ("As Herring has said in another instance, the attorney general represents the people of Virginia, not just agencies of the state.")
*Stimpson hopes for Cantor repeat in toppling Howell (Right now, there's little sign of that happening.)
*OB-GYN wants to be the fourth Stolle in public office
*Experts: Divided Portsmouth council needs counseling
*Shockoe proposal moves another step backward
*D.C. area forecast: Humid with storm chances today and Tuesday; drier, cooler mid-week

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun May 17, 2015 at 06:41:17 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, May 17. As for that VPAP graphic, it demonstrates people voting LESS in elections that are closer to their homes and in which their votes matter a LOT more, and voting MORE in elections further away from them and where their votes matter a lot LESS. We saw another example of that last night, with just 1,900 Arlingtonians (1.4% of the 135,000 active, registered voters in Arlington, which means that 98.6% did NOT vote) casting ballots for School Board. Pathetic. By the way, that 1,900 turnout was the lowest in an Arlington County School Board Democratic caucus since 2007, down from the 2,200+ voters who turned out for the two-way races in 2006 and 2013, for instance. So...this problem's not showing any signs of getting better, that's for sure.

*Large GOP field has party leaders anxious about '16 (It's not the fact that it's large, per se, it's the fact that it's far right and nutso!)
*ISIS Official Killed in U.S. Raid in Syria, Pentagon Says
*The Right Baits the Left to Turn Against Hillary Clinton (Don't take the bait.)
*Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's ex-leader, sentenced to death
*Jon Stewart vs Sean Hannity: We all know who the real "sanctimonious jackass" is ("Oh, how funny it is when a Fox News blowhard tries to take down 'The Daily Show' and just embarrasses himself")
*Jeb bends with the wind ("It's not just Iraq: Bush repeatedly insists he won't yield to popular pressure, until he does." The guy has zero backbone.)
*In Northern Virginia, a Republican congresswoman already on the run (I'll start taking this one seriously if and when Democrats recruit a truly  excellent candidate along with a kick-ass campaign team, one that doesn't blow most of its money on super-low-bang-for-the-buck broadcast TV ads for starters.)
*Three seek Democratic nod for pivotal state Senate seat (Still no coverage of the 10th State Senate district debate held last week. #FAIL)
*Morrissey could still face perjury charges ("Stamos is appealing a judge's ruling in April that tossed out multiple perjury counts against Morrissey that could have sent him to prison for decades.")
*Revisit Beach's drilling position
*A bittersweet farewell to Sweet Briar as college celebrates final graduation
*Scherzer, Nationals silence Padres
*D.C. area forecast: Storm threat sticks around through Tuesday, then cooler and drier

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat May 16, 2015 at 06:58:06 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 16. Also, see President Obama's weekly address, on "Creating Opportunity for All."

*Pope Francis makes Tea Party heads explode: Why Steve King & Louie Gohmert have it in for the pontiff ("GOP members are worried about what Pope Francis will say in his speech to Congress, and it's great")
*Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Disappear Completely In A Few Years, According To NASA (Earth to political leaders, Earth to political leaders: HELP!)
*FBI investigates report that object hit Amtrak train
*Hogan: Cost of Purple Line is 'not acceptable,' but no decision is made (Typical Republican idiocy, hostile to transit, only looking at the COSTS side and not the BENEFITS side of things, etc. Why did you elect this clown, Maryland, WHY?!?)
*Jeb Bush's alarming caution (Jeb Bush "managed over an extraordinary 72 hours to demonstrate that he is not anything like his older brother, the former president. He showed himself to be indecisive, uncertain where he stands, afraid of his shadow and nakedly calculating.")
*Former Va. senator Jim Webb talks record on rare N.H. trip ("The luncheon marked Webb's first visit to the state since October." That's not the schedule of someone serious about running for president.)
*Grim Carnival ("The baffling reasoning of the jury that just sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.")
*FERC rejects bid for more hearings on natural gas pipeline (Lame.)
*Virginia's all-women Sweet Briar College holding last commencement
*McAuliffe taps Feinman to lead revised Va. tobacco commission
*Virginia Supreme Court administrators say FOIA doesn't apply to them
*Sweet Briar President James Jones will not attend commencement Saturday
*Sen. Warner checks on progress at Hampton VA Medical Center
*Story of couple's landmark victory to be filmed in Virginia
*Study: Tunnel tolls are hurting Portsmouth badly
*Law firm charges Fairfax $85,000 to write second letter in John Geer police killing (This whole situation is unacceptable, has been badly mishandled by Fairfax County authorities...)
*Confederate flag flutters on and off at swampy site at Va., N.C. line ("Drivers headed south on Va. 168 are most likely to spot the flag. The problem: The area belongs to Virginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation")
*Wild Virginia Group Turned Away ("Dominion Riverrock organizers say thanks but no thanks to pipeline protesters.")
*Wizards fall to Hawks, with Pierce's shot a bit too late
*D.C. area forecast: Summer-like soupy weather returns, along with shower and storm risks

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri May 15, 2015 at 06:18:42 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 15. Also, click on that image to "embiggen" and to understand why no Democrat should support Dan Gecker in the State Senate primary (in District 10- Chesterfield, Richmond, Powhatan) on June 9.

*Krugman: Fraternity of Failure ("On the modern right, everything is a political litmus test. Anyone who tried to think through the pros and cons of the Iraq war was, by definition, an enemy of President George W. Bush and probably hated America; anyone who questioned whether the Federal Reserve was really debasing the currency was surely an enemy of capitalism and freedom.")
*John Boehner: 'Stupid' to link Amtrak cuts to Philly derailment (What's really "stupid" is Republicans who believe that underinvesting in America's infrastructure is any kind of path towards a prosperous, sustainanble future.)
*It's Been 6 Months Since Tamir Rice Died and the Cop Who Killed Him Still Hasn't Been Questioned (WTF?)
*A gift basket for Clinton from the GOP ("...most of the GOP field seems to be in a contest to make the likely Democratic nominee look better. Jeb Bush has been the biggest disappointment.")
*Kaine, Warner back Trans Pac; deal moves after White House confab
*Senate panel OKs defense bill; some good news for Huntington Ingalls
*B.B. King dead at 89
*How Jeb Bush Triggered an Iraq War Watershed
*The Bush dynasty is crushing Jeb: How the GOP identity crisis is ruining this frontrunner's chances
*Jeb Bush Reverses: He Now Says He 'Would Not Have Gone Into Iraq'
*Governor signs legislation in Roanoke to make crowdfunding easier
*U.S. regulators reject request for more hearings on Atlantic Coast pipeline
*Story of Richard and Mildred Loving to be filmed in Virginia
*Transit for the masses ("Without adequate means to get to work, those in poverty will remain stuck, both literally and figuratively.")
*Feds zero in on timeline of Uhrin's Cavalier vote, builder involvement ("The FBI and Virginia State Police are conducting joint interviews in their separate criminal investigations of votes taken by Councilman John Uhrin and Mayor Will Sessoms.")
*Portsmouth: Bad budget, poor politics
*In Va. man's wrongful conviction, many see damaged justice system
*Metro will clean tunnels to prevent more smoky shutdowns (A clean Metrorail tunnel is a happy Metrorail tunnel? LOL)
*A shaky night for pitcher Doug Fister in Nationals' 8-3 loss to San Diego
*D.C. area forecast: Pleasant and variably cloudy today; Muggier and warmer this weekend

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

by: lowkell

Thu May 14, 2015 at 06:09:40 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 14. Also, check out the video of Sen. Elizabeth Warren on last night's NewsHour, talking about trade promotion authority, and making a strong case for her position. By the way, if you're an Arlington Democrat who cares about education, don't forget to vote in the school board caucus today or Saturday.

*Jeb Bush falters on Iraq, and his rivals pounce
*Azerbaijan secretly funded 10 Congress members' trip
*Train approached curve at 106 mph, twice the limit
*The abuse of the mentally ill in America's prisons ("Even as an accounting of Ms. McKenna's death remains mired in inertia in Fairfax, what's become clear is just how commonplace it is that mentally ill inmates like her are subjected to physical abuse and mistreatment, including the casual use of stun guns, in the nation's prisons and local jails.")
*House GOP approves cuts to Amtrak budget despite crash (These folks are crazy.)
*Jeb Bush, in apparent slip, says 'I'm running for president' ("The difference between considering a run and actually jumping into the race affects what he can and cannot do under the law with regard to fundraising. Once candidates formally enter the presidential race they face tighter restrictions on raising money.")
*House Approves Revised Measure Banning Most Abortions After 20 Weeks (Yep, Republicans again.)
*Wow, Jeb Bush Is Awful (Ain't that a shocker? LOL)
*Former AG Troy: McDonnell "not even ethically" wrong (Uhhhhh....)
*McAuliffe says workforce development, defeating sequestration vital to region's economy
*Hillary Clinton to keynote Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson dinner
*McAuliffe pardons man wrongly convicted of attempted rape
*Another candidate for BaCote's seat ("Pricillia Burnett, the former Newport News School Board member and retired police officer who has also run for mayor and sheriff in the last decade, has thrown her hat into the ring for retiring Del. Mamye BaCote's seat.")
*With vote, The Tide moves closer
*Metro: Extension on one of three loans improves financial picture
*Grand slam propels Washington over Diamondbacks; Nats win series
*Rangers continue Game 7 mastery of Capitals with overtime win
*D.C. area forecast: Spectacularly sunny and springlike today, summer returns this weekend

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed May 13, 2015 at 06:36:18 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 13.

*Democrats vote to block Obama trade authority
*Democrats hand Obama a stinging defeat on trade deal ("Under intense pressure from the Warren wing, 44 of the 45 Democrats present Tuesday afternoon defied Obama.")
*5 dead as Amtrak train from D.C. derails in Philadelphia
*The Jeb Bush Adviser Who Should Scare You ("Paul Wolfowitz not only championed the Iraq war; he obsessively promoted a bizarre conspiracy theory.")
*A Crank Theory of Seymour Hersh ("To understand the legendary national security reporter, you need to understand an archetype of the intelligence world: the crank.")
*You can't kill the Christian right: Why extremists are thriving even with religion in decline ("A record number of Americans consider themselves religiously unaffiliated, but our conservative nightmare won't end")
*Schapiro: McDonnell corruption case - like McDonnell - is nuanced (" A jury of his peers - that's not what McDonnell's lawyers would call them - declared what voters might have: His public persona was inconsistent with his private wont.")
*Jury instructions, publicity key at McDonnell hearing
*Va. attorney general in tricky political spot over Sweet Briar closure
*Supreme Court accepts appeal, briefs in Sweet Briar case
*Appeals court hears arguments in Bob McDonnell case
*U-Va. dean sues Rolling Stone over 'epic failure' on retracted rape story
*He 'slit my throat': Va. couple details harrowing attack for the first time
*Fairfax supervisors and school officials can't stop fighting over money
*Outlet mall entrance: "City Council Way" ("The new traffic arrangement around a proposed outlet mall in Norfolk will inconvenience residents of both Norfolk and Virginia Beach. It will punish shoppers and tourists. It will, in a concrete way, make life a little worse on the border of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. For no good reason.")
*Virginia Beach council OKs budget, votes to support light rail
*Portsmouth council approves budget with 3-cent tax increase
*D.C. area forecast: Heat and humidity on hiatus through Friday; unsettled weekend?

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

by: lowkell

Tue May 12, 2015 at 06:21:23 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, May 12. Also, check out Michelle Obama talking about being the nation's first African-American first lady. Such an inspiring, amazing woman - go Michelle!

*George Zimmerman Involved In Shooting, Fourth Violent Incident Since Killing Trayvon Martin (Ticking time bomb, also a murderer, should be in jail.)
*Obama OKs Shell's Plan to Drill for Oil in the Arctic (Yes, I understand that the Obama administration had its hands tied in many ways due to the Bush administration's decision to grant this license, but still, this is INSANE!)
*http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/05/11/3657223/prize-racist-interview-2016-candidate-goes-bloombergs-mark-halperin/ (Just cringe-inducingly awful.)
*Sy Hersh, Lost in a Wilderness of Mirrors
*The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory
*Gov. fast-tracks the state's energy-efficiency goal (Good stuff, now we need the General Assembly to pass legislation that promotes a massive improvement in our homes' and businesses' energy efficiency.)
*Sen. Mark Warner concerned about 'rogue' drones
*Warner says millions of Social Security numbers still active for people 112 or older ("True")
*Rigell undeterred by opposition to offshore drilling (Who are Democrats running against this guy?)
*Virginia desperately needs substantive ethics rules to curb abuse by elected officials (Right, but if we didn't get them after the Bob McDonnell scandal, I strongly doubt we will anytime soon. Also consider that "leaders" like Dick Saslaw, Tommy Norment and Bill Howell are all utterly part of this corrupt system.)
*McDonnell appeal hearing today
*Fracking decision belongs in Richmond (The problem is that the state legislature and SCC are utterly "captured" by the fossil fuel companies, so where does that leave the people, the environment, etc?!?)
*Massive delays create headache for thousands of Metro commuters (We need to be pouring billions of dollars into Metro to upgrade this aging system and also to expand it!)
*Shame on parents fighting against transgender kids in school bathrooms (Agreed, these people are a disgrace, frightening to think that they are actually parents!)
*Roanoke police closer to getting body cameras
*Forecast: The hottest day so far this year! Then spring returns.

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

by: lowkell

Mon May 11, 2015 at 06:10:43 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, May 11. Also, if you're interested, I talked to the Kudzu Vine Blog Talk Radio show last night about Virginia politics; I come on about 20 minutes into the show.

*Ben Carson should embarrass the GOP: How the Tea Party hero is making a complete dunce of himself
*Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP (This party is a menace.)
*Jeb Bush: I Would Have Invaded Iraq
*Anatomy of a racist revolution: How the GOP was hijacked by small-state bigotry ("In some ways, it's a tale as old as America: state vs. federal power. But 50 years ago, something sinister happened")
*Trade bill fate in doubt as debate kicks off
*Lobbyists take changes to political gifts law in stride ("While adjusting to the new rules will take some time, Dominion and other leading gift-givers say the law won't hinder their efforts to sway lawmakers." Not good at all.)
*Blankenship's Incriminating Tapes
*VDOT squanders money on litigation
*Some developments go Bob McDonnell's way as ex-Virginia governor's hearing nears
*Virginia's pipeline to jail ("Virginia is the most aggressive state in the nation in referring students to the criminal justice system. The commonwealth, according to a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity, sent students to law enforcement agencies at three times the national rate, many of them pre-teens arrested on charges of disorderly conduct or simple assault." Disgraceful.)
*Public employees honored with week that says 'government works' (Which, despite decades of right-wing lies and demonization, it generally does!)
*Activist emerges as Va. GOP's power broker - unelected but never ignored ("As conservative Russ Moulton gains influence, other Republicans worry it could hurt in a 2016 swing state.")
*Scientists trying to help rare bog turtle
*Southeast Community residents plant garden to combat food desert
*Capitals can't complete comeback in Game 6, head to New York for Game 7
*Toasty today and Tuesday before cooler, drier air makes its arrival

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

by: lowkell

Sun May 10, 2015 at 06:35:42 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, May 10. Also, the photo (by Mike Beaty) of Don Shaw's kickoff highlights the need to finally, at long last, vote Del. "Sideshow Bob" Marshall (far-far-out-there "R") out of office this November!

*Election may set U.K. on path to a split, isolation (Yeah, British voters made a big mistake last week.)
*Obama Calls Elizabeth Warren 'Absolutely Wrong' on Trade Deal ("Mr. Obama said liberal opponents of his trade deal were living in the past")
*America's Richest Congressman, Worth Almost $500 Million, Says Poor Americans Are Doing Great (Reason #1,000,000 why Darrell Issa is horrible.)
*Why Obama is happy to fight Elizabeth Warren on the trade deal (Wait, didn't the Teabaggers claim free trader Barack Obama was a "communist," "Marxist," "leftist," etc? Hmmmm.)
*Judges to hear Bob McDonnell's corruption appeal Tuesday
*Think big, take chances, McAuliffe tells VCU grads
*At Liberty Jeb Bush urges Christians to defend religious freedom (Religious freedom is very strong in America, not sure what Bush is talking about, other than pandering to unwarranted fears/paranoia.)
*Schapiro: Despite struggling bid, Webb was ahead on big issue ("Jim Webb was worrying about high incarceration rates for blacks before worrying about high incarceration rates for blacks was cool.")
*Dance faces Preston in 16th Senate District showdown
*Striking a balance on privacy in Virginia ("By insisting on deleting data after just seven days, lawmakers in effect dismissed the possibility that terrorism or major crimes could occur in Virginia, and that in those instances investigators might need the means to reconstruct perpetrators' movements.")
*Hampton Roads' bridges are old and tired. What are we going to do about it?
*Legislators urge Attorney General to take stronger stance in closure of Sweet Briar College
*To enable progress, find common ground ("While Hampton Roads politicians have spent more than 20 years fighting over whether to build light rail, the most competitive cities in America have been moving smartly ahead on transportation, on education, on economic development.")
*Portsmouth's stopgap solution could worsen problem, experts say
*After losing a 20-point lead, Wizards survive on a last-second shot
*On the muggy side for Mother's Day, but cooler, drier air on the way

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

by: lowkell

Sat May 09, 2015 at 06:24:41 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 9. Also, check out President Obama's weekly address, on the 70th anniversary of V-E Day.

*Britain's election stirs questions on E.U., Scotland
*Krugman: Triumph of the Unthinking (" Like Mr. Obama and company, Labour's leaders probably know better, but have decided that it's too hard to overcome the easy appeal of bad economics, especially when most of the British news media report this bad economics as truth. But it has still been deeply disheartening to watch.")
*British polling flop prompts global reassessments ("Too few cell phones? Internet bias? Pollsters grope for answers.")
*Jeb Bush hopes to sway evangelicals with speech at Liberty University
*Dark money, taxpayer money, flow in redistricting lawsuits
*Va. House speaker's upstart challenger loses another key campaign aide ("Grass-roots director Daniel Bradshaw confirmed Friday that he had left former Stafford County supervisor Susan Stimpson's campaign for the House of Delegates." LOL)
*Federal officials: More transportation funds would help Northern Virginia
*Fairfax's stand against discrimination
*Norfolk State to cut 97 jobs to help balance budget
*From thorny to thornier: Pipeline companies tap state law to gain access to properties
*Think big, McAuliffe tells ODU graduates
*Sage advice on clinic rules
*Some Fairfax Co. Parents Protesting Vote on Transgender Students
*Southwest Virginia has right environment for economic growth, experts say
*Capitals can't finish off Rangers in Game 5
*Harper homers twice; Nats hammer Braves 9-2 to return to .500
*Nationals vs. Braves weather forecast: Warm and a bit muggy

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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

by: lowkell

Fri May 08, 2015 at 06:46:05 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 8. Also, check out the video of last night's Fairfax County Public School Board debate over transgender protections. Actually, only 1 of the 12 members voted the wrong way, and she really had no coherent/sane arguments, but the audience of organized, anti-transgender "activists" more than made up for logic with volume and vitriol. Ugh.

*Cameron set to retain power ("Conservatives' gains upend
pre-election polls." Pathetic performance by YouGov polling, which screwed up big time the entire way, including election day itself.)
*Senate approves bill on reviewing a proposed nuclear deal with Iran
*NSA program on phone records is illegal, appellate court rules
*Netanyahu's shaky base
*Kaine calls Congress 'shameful and cowardly' for inaction on war powers (Hate to say "I told you so," but I saw this one coming a mile away.)
*Jeb Bush's terrifying W. strategy: How he's sucking up to extremist billionaires-with the help of the worst president ever
*Terry McAuliffe mocks Jade Helm conspiracy theorists (Which is exactly what they deserve.)
*The Beginning Of The End Of For-Profit Colleges (Good riddance!)
*Weather Forecasters Used To Be Among The Country's Staunchest Climate Deniers. Why That's Changing Fast. (How about WUSA-9's resident science denier Topper Shutt?)
*Don't worry, Virginia, presidential spotlight is coming soon
*Editorial: Governor gives police too much license (Looks like we'll be taking another crack at this one next session.)
*McDonnell appeal hearing Tuesday
*Who were the 12 people who decided the fates of the McDonnells?
*Fairfax school board approves transgender protections (Teapublican and ignoramus Elizabeth Schultz needs to be voted out of office this November.)
*Portsmouth mayor, sheriff fail to talk about proposed cuts
*UMW Feminists United file Title IX complaint against university
*Virginia Beach Hoteliers Oppose Offshore Drilling
*Editorial: Hanover delegate disgraces county, GOP
*Sheriff nominee Allman asked to leave Loudoun Dems' meeting (Charming.)
*D.C. area forecast: Dry and warm today, increasingly like summer in the days ahead

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Video: Gov. McAuliffe Says "We love the military," Invites Texas Companies to Virginia

by: lowkell

Thu May 07, 2015 at 15:32:06 PM EDT

A few quotes by Gov. McAuliffe from his interview earlier today with Bruce DePuyt, including the one I put in the headline:

  • "I gotta say, the Texas situation has to be one of the dumbest things I have ever heard -- to bring out your Guard to follow the military around. Let me tell you, I spent the day yesterday with the military at Hampton Roads with my Guard doing exercises. We love the military, we're the #1 recipient of Dept. of Defense dollars.  So, if Texas companies are watching this and saying what a waste of time and resources...come to Virginia, we love the military...We're too busy for that foolishness in Virginia, we've got serious things to do."
  • Agrees that the bloody arrest of UVA honor student Martese Johnson was "disturbing," says his Administration has taken strong action/undertaken reforms. Also notes that the criminal part is now complete, although he hasn't seen it, and has been sent to the Commonwealth Attorney. Also notes that Baltimore's recent unrest illustrates that "a tipping point could occur in any city in America."
  • "I need Baltimore to be strong for Virginia, for our region...sure we're competitive, but we're stronger" if we "act together" to bring jobs to our region.
  • Says economic diversification is an imperative right now, given federal sequestration, defense cuts, etc. Says there are "huge opportunities" for human genome sequencing, biomedical research..."the jobs of the future." Says "we have totally transformed workforce development" in Virginia, that "we're rebuilding our econmomy."
  • Asked about Del. Buddy Fowler posting an image of a snarling police dog eating Baltimore protestors, Gov. McAuliffe said it's "disgraceful, I don't know how in your wildest dreams you can put something up like that."
  • Says he's had Bruce Allen, Dan Snyder to the Executive Mansion to discuss the R**skins possibly moving to Loudoun County. "We are aggressively working to try and get the R**skins to come to Virginia," but it's "got to make economic sense" so it may not end up happening. "We have shown them sites in Loudoun close to Metro that may make sense for a stadium." But "I can't sit here today and say I'm even close to a deal with Dan Snyder yet." But "you can't win if you're not on the playing field."
  • On law enforcement collecting data from license plate readers, Gov. McAuliffe says that Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille - "both I would say liberal jurisdictions" - both "begged me to veto that bill." Also noted that "the sniper was capture by a license plate reader." Says this bill was rushed through the legislature at the end and there were a "lot of mistakes made on the bill." Among others, McAuliffe says the bill wwould have forced him "to shut down the new 95/495 lanes" because they rely on license plate readers.
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