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Del. Marcus Simon on Jamycheal Mitchell: "This makes me incredibly sad and angry at the same time"

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 08:07:17 AM EDT

How can this lunacy happen in the United States of America in 2015? I agree 100% with Del. Marcus Simon: "This makes me incredibly sad and angry at the same time," and we "need to get serious about fixing our broken mental health system in Virginia before more people die!" I'd add that nobody - let alone someone with severe mental illness - should be in jail for stealing a Snickers bar and a 2-liter Mountain Dew - let alone for months "while awaiting trial on the charges." Add this one to the outrageous case of Natasha McKenna, and yes Virginia, we've got a major problem here that needs to be addressed ASAP!

P.S. Virginia ACLU Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga writes: "This is outrageous. Deinstitutionalization has resulted in reinstitutionalization in jails because community programs non-existent. And, no bail?"

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Saturday News: Calls for More Dem Debates; GOP Pours $$ Into 2015 VA Gen. Assembly Races

by: lowkell

Sat Aug 29, 2015 at 06:34:16 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 29. Also see President Obama's weekly address, this time on "his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century." Given this and other environmental threats, I urge President Obama to announce his absolute opposition to oil and/or gas drilling in the Arctic. And no, I don't buy President Obama's argument that "high standards" are sufficient; the fact is, an oil spill in the Arctic would be a catastrophe, not in any way/shape/form worth the risk.

*Paul Krugman: Crash-Test Dummies as Republican Candidates for President ("The point is that one side of the political aisle has been utterly determined to learn nothing from the economic experiences of recent years. If one of these candidates ends up in the hot seat the next time crisis strikes, we should be very, very afraid.")
*Underdogs blast Democratic leaders, Hillary Clinton (I definitely agree that there should be more debates, probably twice as many...)
*As GOP outsiders surge, insiders favor Jeb Bush (Not surprising.)
*Don Lemon slams CNN for homophobic coverage of shootings of Virginia journalists
*Donald Trump plays a dangerous game: The dark side of making America great again ("Fascists always masquerade as patriots -- but their sinister motives are never far beneath the surface")
*Sarah Palin Lobs Softballs at Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush (What a pathetic oke.)
*Senator powerfully indicts colleagues for gun control cowardice: "We are essentially sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders"
*Jeb Bush's foot-in-mouth problem ("When Jeb Bush opens his mouth, danger occurs.")
*GOP group to pump $100K into Va. races in bid to draw women, minorities (This is what Republicans have been doing for a long time at the state and local level, while Democrats have mostly allowed them to run roughshod and demolish our "farm team." When are Democrats going to wake up and fight this battle to win?)
*Jim Webb Snubs DNC Summer Meeting Over Clinton Favoritism
*Jim Webb Campaign: Reaching Out to DNC 'About As Useful as Sticking One's Hand Into a Wood Chipper'
*Gilmore challenges Trump to 'mano a mano' debate on birthright citizenship
*Alison Parker's parents call for reform; McAuliffe offers support to WDBJ family
*Court moves toward special master to redraw 3rd Congressional District
*Va. Supreme Court secretary responds to FOIA lawsuit
*Jailed over $5 theft, inmate found dead in cell at regional jail (Absolutely inexcusable on almost every level.)
*Public's business should be public
*Officials say WDBJ attack was 'well-planned,' 'premeditated'
*WDBJ reporter's father criticizes senators for not calling family
*Northern Virginia teen sentenced to 11 years for aiding Islamic State
*Virginia Shooter's Ex-Boss Tells of His 'Abrasive' Behavior (Sounds like a nightmare employee.)
*Marlins handle Scherzer and hold off the Nationals, 4-3 (This season is very close to being over.)
*D.C. area forecast: Summertime heat and humidity build back in

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Virginia Dems Attend WDBJ Vigil; Virginia Republicans Busy Fundraising

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 10:22:19 AM EDT

According to the Roanoke Times, Democratic State Senate candidate Mike Hamlar cancelled a fundraiser last night so he could attend the "Stop the Violence vigil" outside WDBJ's station. Attorney General Mark Herring (D) also attended the vigil last night, as did State Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke). In contrast, Edwards' Republican challenger, Nancy Dye, along with State Senator Mark Obenshain, were busy doing what they do best: fundraising. Which would normally be fine, except that Republicans have been incessantly lecturing Democrats about how it's wrong to talk politics during a period of mourning. Hypocrisy much? Meanwhile, what we need is action to strengthen laws in a way that protects all of us against rampant gun violence. Which means, in turn, that we need to start by booting Republicans - and really anyone of either party in the pocket of the NRA - out of office (or at least pressuring them to change their ways).

P.S. I can just hear the pushback now: "but Lowell, you're politicizing the politicizing of the politicians attending a political event." LOL

P.P.S. By the way, former Rep. Eric Can'tor and "JEB" Bush were busy fundraising last night as well...

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Huh? "National" Day of Action for Two Local GOP Candidates 99.99999% of the Nation's Never Heard Of

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 13:27:56 PM EDT

Seriously? A "national" day of action for a local County Board and School Board candidate who probably 99.99999999% of the nation has never heard of (nor cares about)? Delusions of grandeur or just completely clueless?

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Friday News: "GOP's denial won't defeat trump;" "Clinton email 'scandal' that isn't"

by: lowkell

Fri Aug 28, 2015 at 06:23:41 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 28. Also check out President Obama's speech in New Orleans marking the 10-year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

*Boat sinks off the coast of Libya, killing as many as 200; death toll up from abandoned truck in Austria (What a nightmare.)
*Key ruling gives workers more power to unionize (Nice!)
*Tech nerds are smart. But they can't seem to get their heads around politics.
*Dow Jones Industrial Average Rallies After US Economic Growth Surges In Second Quarter (Demonstrating that this was possibly the stupidest stock market "correction" ever.)
*Trump and the Dangers of Passionate Politics (Excellent analysis by Mike Signer.)
*The GOP's denial won't defeat Trump
*The Hillary Clinton e-mail 'scandal' that isn't (Wildly overblown by an irresponsible corporate media that despises the Clintons.)
*New poll showing Clinton beating everyone is reported as bad news for Hillary (Perfect example of how biased the corporate media is.)
*Breitbart Defends Homophobic, Race Bait-y Virginia Shooting Coverage (Breitbart is truly the dregs of the dregs...)
*Virginia Shooting Spotlights Riddle of Workplace Safety
*Eric Cantor endorsing Jeb Bush (Hahahaha.)
*Digging into big coal's climate connections ("Now, the bankruptcy filings of Alpha Natural Resources, a large Virginia-based coal company, provide a rare window into the list of political and advocacy organizations the company has funded. E&E Legal (formerly known as the American Tradition Institute) is one of them. Other recipients include the Heartland Institute, which compared climate scientists to the Unabomber, the American Legislative Exchange Council and numerous others.")
*Jindal Writes Letter To Obama Telling Him Not To Talk About Climate During Katrina Anniversary Visit (Jindal's at 1% or less in polls, and rightly so...the guy epitomizes what he called the "stupid party.")
*Jeb Bush is losing, and the GOP establishment has no one to blame but itself ("Elites are indicting Jeb Bush for Donald Trump's success. But if they want culprits, they should look in a mirror")
*McDonnell's lawyers tell Supreme Court he was victim of 'high-profile political prosecution' (Actually, he was the "victim" of his own actions.)
*Virginia Democrats Push Gun Reforms After News Crew Is Killed (Del. Patrick Hope: "Yes, I'm taking advantage of a situation where it's really raw for people right now, but people are frustrated and we've got to quit hiding behind this do-nothing attitude.")
*As partisan fight simmers, optimist-in-chief McAuliffe brushes concerns away
*McAuliffe on guns, and the pro-gun outrage loop (The vast majority of Virginians are on Terry McAuliffe's side on this one.)
*McAuliffe's call for tighter gun controls upsets Republicans (Whatever.)
*McAuliffe promises more money for education in spending plan
*Swecker: Leaving us behind - The Republican problem with women in Virginia ("Everywhere you look in Virginia, Republicans are torpedoing their relationship with women. Let me assure you - it's going to be an issue in November. From the backward policies discussed in the GOP debate to political temper tantrums here in Virginia, the GOP is burning any bridge it might have to women voters.")
*Hamlar camp nixes fundraiser with attorney general in light of WDBJ tragedy
*WDBJ staffers pull together after attack on 'our family'
*Politicians speak at vigil for WDBJ shooting victims
*Nationals hold off Padres, but win comes with more injuries ("Michael A. Taylor and Yunel Escobar leave the game with injuries and Denard Span returns to the disabled list to overshadow a sterling start from Joe Ross as Washington wins at home.")
*D.C. area forecast: Warm but tolerable today, with bigger heat on the way

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Eric Can'tor and "JEB" Bush: Two Corporate Peas in a Corrupt Pod

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 19:42:05 PM EDT

First, here's the response by the Democratic National Committee to this ridiculous endorsement.
"Eric Cantor was defeated by GOP primary voters for being too cozy with Wall Street and the GOP establishment, and Jeb Bush is being relegated to middle-of-the-pack status by GOP presidential primary voters for exactly the same reasons. Jeb Bush seems to go out of his way to show he's out of touch." - Christina Freundlich, DNC spokeswoman
Now, a few comments from on Twitter.

‏@realDonaldTrump "Who wants the endorsement of a guy (@EricCantor) who lost in perhaps the greatest upset in the history of Congress?"
‏@IngrahamAngle "Kiss of Death Alert: Eric Cantor will endorse Jeb Bush on Thurs. evening and will
@michellemalkin "Dear America: Please do to JebBush what Virginia conservatives did to Big Govt loser Eric Cantor."
@LOLGOP "If Jeb Bush had convinced Eric Cantor to endorse Donald Trump, that would have helped Jeb."
@hotairblog "Eric Cantor to endorse - who else? - Jeb Bush"
@chucktodd "Jeb's announcement of his VA co-chairs, which includes Eric Cantor, also interesting for who is NOT on it... ex-Bush 43 aide Ed Gillespie"
@jeisrael - "Endorsement from Eric Cantor, the right winger so corporate the Tea Party voted him out, speaks volumes about Jeb!"
@progressive_va  "Corporate-owned loser endorses corporate-owned loser: Eric Cantor to endorse Jeb Bush"
@RalstonReports "Twitter is not endorsing the Cantor endorsement."

I'd just add that both Can'tor and Bush are two corporate peas in a corrupt pod, that this endorsement might help Bush with fundraising as he tries to buy the nomination, but that it clearly will backfire/is backfiring with the right-wingnut "base." Gotta love it.

P.S. According to Politico: "Cantor is to introduce Bush on Thursday evening at a fundraiser in Richmond and then will appear with him Friday morning at a VFW post in Norfolk, for a town hall focused on veterans issues. Bush's other Virginia state co-chairs are Kay Coles James, director of the Office of Personnel Management under President George W. Bush, and John Hager, former Virginia lieutenant governor. Both will attend the fundraiser."

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Video: Pat Robertson Says We Don't Have a "Gun Problem," It's About a "Closet Gay"...and Stuff

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 11:14:18 AM EDT

Yep, this is the same Pat Robertson who has donated $733,000 to Virginia Republicans over the years, and who called Bob McDonnell his "dear friend" "Bobby". Charming, eh?

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Video: Scott Surovell Debates Empty Chair as Republican Opponent Refuses to Show

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 10:35:06 AM EDT

Last night in Occoquan, Del. Scott Surovell (D) attempted to debate his Republican opponent, Jerry Foreman, in their race for the 36th State Senate seat being vacated by long-time Sen. Toddy Puller (who has endorsed Surovell). Unfortunately for the public, the Republican candidate (Foreman) simply didn't show up. Interestingly, Foreman's campaign manager Shannon Duffy Daniels DID somehow manage to show up, along with members of the Prince William County Republican Committee -- but no Foreman himself. I'm told the Republicans in attendance even went so far as to distribute flyers attacking Surovell and listing his home address, which is not cool. Furthemore, individuals with questions for Jerry Foreman were told by his campaign they would only answer questions "offline." Is this the type of person voters in the 36th district want (mis)representing them in the State Senate. Nope, didn't think so.

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Thursday News: "Republicans stay mostly silent in face of Trump's bigotry and misogyny"

by: lowkell

Thu Aug 27, 2015 at 06:29:45 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, August 27. Also check out video of Andy Parker, father of murdered WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, vowing that his "mission in life" will be to do "whatever it takes" to "shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don't get guns." A courageous man, glad to see Gov. McAuliffe strongly supporting him, as do 80%-90% of Virginians based on the polls.

*Republicans stay mostly silent in face of Trump's bigotry and misogyny ("But the character of the candidates already has been revealed. Trump is acting like a sexist and a bigot - and the rest of the candidates are, with occasional exceptions, too timid to call him what he is.")
*The Trumpification of the news ("Nowhere is the tension between financial and public imperatives more obvious than in the massive coverage of the Trump spectacular and the parsimonious attention given to anything serious any other candidate might say. But hey, how often does a serious speech about our economic troubles win ratings for anyone?")
*Will America finally do something to stop our gun-fueled carnage? ("Congress must act. And if not Congress, then state leaders who want to finally do something about the gun-fueled carnage.")
*McAuliffe says tragedy reinforces need for stricter gun laws
*Biden unsure if he has the 'emotional fuel' for 2016 run
*Father Of Slain Journalist Makes Emotional Plea For Gun Control On Fox News
*We're now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015
*Dow soars more than 600 points, ending a six-day losing streak
*4 Reasons Why a Biden Run Would Help Sanders (I've been thinking the same thing for a while, that Sanders has to be very happy about this prospect...)
*State attorneys ask judge to dismiss Virginia Uranium suit
*Feds: McDonnell does not deserve continued freedom ("The Solicitor General urged Chief Justice John Roberts to reject the former Va. governor's request for bail while pursuing his high court case.")
*Virginia killings become world's
*McAuliffe says public can't see report on U.Va. student arrest by ABC police ("The investigation into a bloody arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control police is done and Gov. Terry McAuliffe has read it. It concluded the agents involved did not violate ABC policy, and McAuliffe said he agrees they be put back on the job.")
*City Attorney to seek court order to remove Confederate monument
*Two Roanoke journalists killed on live television by angry former colleague
*Remembering the lives of the news crew killed in Virginia ("Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward worked as a team at WDBJ in Roanoke, Va.")
*Gunman in televised shootings of Roanoke journalists used Twitter, sent manifesto
*Deaths of WDBJ journalists leave region in 'state of shock'
*Nationals' late rally falls short, and their deficit grows ("Gonzalez is again unable to make it out of the fifth inning in 6-5 loss. Three-run rally in the seventh is not enough." What happened to Gio?)
*PM Update: Another beautiful night and a gorgeous Thursday; Ragweed heading toward peak

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Audio: Gov. Terry McAuliffe says "there are too many guns...too much gun violence"

by: lowkell

Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 13:19:42 PM EDT

Gov. McAuliffe nails it, as does Rep. Don Beyer (see his statement in the comments section): too many guns, too much gun violence, too many unacceptable and horrible gun-related tragedies like the one that happened this morning in Moneta, Virginia. So what, as a nation, are we going to do about this scourge?

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New Study Finds Black K-12 Students Suspended, Expelled Disproportionately in Virginia

by: lowkell

Tue Aug 25, 2015 at 20:44:03 PM EDT

A new study by researchers at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, finds yet more evidence (as if we needed any more!) that racism is far from dead in the United States of America, and certainly not in the South. Check this out:
Nationally, 1.2 million Black students were suspended from K-12 public schools in a single academic year - 55% of those suspensions occurred in 13 Southern states. Districts in the South also were responsible for 50% of Black student expulsions from public schools in the United States...

In 132 Southern school districts, Blacks were disproportionately suspended at rates five times or higher than their representation in the student population.

Here in Virginia, it's not good either, as "Blacks were 24% of students in school districts across the state, but comprised 51% of suspensions and 41% of expulsions." In terms of "disproportionate impact," the report finds that "Botetourt County Public Schools, Falls Church City Public Schools, Lexington City Public Schools, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, and Rappahannock County Public Schools are among [Virginia school] districts in which suspensions most disproportionately affected Black students." For instance, Botetourt's "disproportionate impact" score in the 2011-2012 school year was 4.3x, while Falls Church's was 3.8x. Others that jumped out at me were several jurisdictions, such as Fairfax County (3.0x), Loudoun County (3.0x) and Arlington County (2.8x), which trend "blue" politically but still show an unacceptably high ratio of African-American students suspended or expelled relative to their population.

So what's causing this disparity? According to the authors of the study, it's exactly what you'd think:

"The findings in our report point to the residual effects of Jim Crow, slavery, and unequal schooling," Harper said. "They are further explained by poverty trends, structural inequities in the education workforce, and a longstanding history of racial injustice that cyclically reproduces itself, especially across these 13 Southern states."
What's particularly unacceptable about this situation is this:
Suspensions and expulsions can carry life-changing consequences for children. They impact academic performance and disrupt pathways to college, but also how a school and community perceive a student.

"It could take years to process through the trauma and stigma of being deemed a problem-that you're not responsible, not serious," Smith said. "Teachers and district leaders are signaling that you're not worthy enough for us to invest in."

The bottom line is that this situation is sadly unsurprising, yet completely unacceptable, and it needs to change ASAP, just as the disproportionate shootings of African Americans by police needs to change ASAP, and just as the disproportionate application of severe punishments (up to and including the death penalty) towards African Americans needs to change ASAP. I'd be very interested to hear a response on this from the "blue" jurisdictions I noted above...
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Wednesday News: Virginia GOP "loyalty oath," "Ashley Madison" Stir Things Up

by: lowkell

Wed Aug 26, 2015 at 06:43:28 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 26.

*China's Stocks Close Lower as Global Markets Turn Mixed
*Anchor Jorge Ramos Thrown Out of Trump Event, Told to 'Go Back to Univision' (Lovely.)
*Latino Media Broadcasts Disdain of Trump
*Murray, No. 4 Senate Democrat, backs Iran deal (Looking safer and safer, despite Republican warmongers...)
*Tim Pawlenty 2.0? ("Scott Walker's presidential campaign is flailing, and it's not just because of Trump.")
*Roger Ailes: Donald Trump should apologize to Megyn Kelly (Popcorn time!)
*Market chaos throws Fed rate plan into doubt
*Biden probably won't beat Clinton. He should run anyway.
*A policy of paranoia ("The GOP's penchant for foreign aggression.")
*Dear Republicans: You could have avoided this whole Donald Trump disaster
*Pollster's Legs Wobble After Fawning Donald Trump Focus Group (Ha, our old pal Frank Luntz goes wobbly when confronted with the rotten, disturbing core of his party. LOL)
*This Is What Would Happen if We Repealed Birthright Citizenship ("GOP candidates-led by Donald Trump-want to make a big change to our immigration laws. Experts warn it would lead to disaster.")
*Leavitt to head Walker's Virginia campaign ("Chris Leavitt, who managed Republican Ed Gillespie's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, will head Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 2016 presidential effort in Virginia.")
*GOP loyalty oath proposal in Virginia may signal trouble for Donald Trump (And for the Virginia GOP!)
*Schapiro: McAuliffe's unlikely (right-) wing man in parole debate
*Legislators' names appear in hacked Ashley Madison data ("Customers using the names and personal information of Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, R-James City, and state Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, have made payments to the Canada-based dating service marketed to people in marriages or committed relationships, according to an analysis of the user data by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.")
*McAuliffe hands over Fort Monroe land to Park Service
*Police must stop hiding behind laws on FOIA
*Follow both science, faith to battle climate change, Catholic bishop says ("Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo told an audience in Norfolk that people must learn about the science of what is happening to the world.")
*Schools consider regional effort to handle sexual assault
*Union on officer charged in shooting: 'We could all be Adam Torres'
*Supervisors, public comment on Bedrosian's fight against United Way, Planned Parenthood
*Strasburg, Zimmerman lead Nats past Padres for third straight win
*D.C. area forecast: Awesome August weather continues; warmer and more humid this weekend

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Not a Shocker: White Supremacist, Former KKK "Grand Wizard" David Duke a Big Trump Fan

by: lowkell

Tue Aug 25, 2015 at 12:11:14 PM EDT

Nope...this is not shocking at all if you look at polls of the Republican primary electorate and their nativist, xenophobic, homophobic, "birther," racist and otherwise obnoxious views. By the way, check out this new poll of New Hampshire GOP voters showing Donald Trump "lap[ping] the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul." Clearly, Trump's message and persona isn't just resonating with David Duke...

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Video: Arlington's Terron Sims, Other Iraq War Veterans, Urge Congress to Support Iran Deal

by: lowkell

Tue Aug 25, 2015 at 09:40:57 AM EDT

Excellent ad, very tough but also realistic, which is exactly what our approach towards Iran should be (in their view, the view of many intelligence and military people, a former head of the Mossad, most of our allies, etc.). Great job by Terron Sims of Arlington and his fellow Iraq War veterans on this one. Now, I'm looking at you, Sen. Warner, to announce your support for this historic agreement.

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Tuesday News Headlines: Virginia "GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump's hands"

by: lowkell

Tue Aug 25, 2015 at 06:16:46 AM EDT

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, August 25. Also check out President Obama's speech at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada.

*China is unable to stop stock market plunge ("As markets plunged for the fourth straight day, Chinese authorities stood aside. But many other markets in Asia and Europe showed signs of recovery.")
*The Stock Market Drop Exposes The Dangers Of Privatizing Social Security
*Obama calls out fossil fuel interests, Koch brothers for fighting solar, clean energy
*Scott Walker falls flat on his face ("This is what happens when you try to trump the Donald.")
*Walker Calls On Obama To Cancel Chinese President's Trip Amid Market Woes (Utterly unfit to be president...or anything, really.)
*Scott Walker adds Virginia strategist
*State GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump's hands (That includes Virginia's Republican Party and its chair, John Whitbeck.)
*Top Democratic fundraisers invited to meet with Joe Biden at Naval Observatory
*Donald Trump Is Not a Populist. He's the Voice of Aggrieved Privilege.
*Barack Obama calls opponents of Iran deal 'the crazies' (Some of them definitely are, but some of them simply won't agree to anything coming from Barack Obama, whether he cured cancer or stopped a nuclear arms race or whatever.)
*Krugman: A Moveable Glut ("Whatever the precise mix of causes, what's important now is that policy makers take seriously the possibility, I'd say probability, that excess savings and persistent global weakness is the new normal.")
*Why Hillary Clinton's "Emailgate" Is a Fake Scandal ("The real scandal is about journalism and the weak standards employed to manufacture headlines.")
*Bernie Sanders is wrong about the Koch brothers: They're even more dangerous than he thinks ("Sanders says his campaign is about a 'political revolution.' If so, he'll have to take his enemies more seriously")
*Don't fast-track pipeline process, Kaine says
*Walker to speak at Family Foundation gala
*Brat, Warner respond to stock market plunge (The last person in the world I'd ever listen to on economic issues is supposed "economist" Dave Brat.)
*No prison for McDonnell until chief justice weighs in on bail issue
*Our view: Why Roush should say no and decline reappointment (Hmmmm...not sure I follow this but alrighty.)
*Newspaper: Police fatally shot man in Portsmouth, handcuffed him (Time for criminal charges against the officers who did this, assuming the report is accurate.)
*The crisis in state's empty classrooms ("FINDING GOOD teachers is never easy. But years of stagnant wages and job insecurity have made it harder than ever to retain and attract talented educators. As The Pilot's Mike Connors reported Monday, summer break this year winds down with a raft of area and state public classrooms without permanent teachers. School opens just after the Labor Day weekend.")
*Sigma Nu Fraternity suspends ODU chapter after display of offensive banners
*Mountain Valley Pipeline may use controversial surveying law, judge rules
*Norfolk officer connects police, gay community
*D.C. area forecast: Fantastic through Friday, humidity returns by weekend

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