Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, July 28.
*At least 72 killed as Egypt’s military fires on protesters (I’m starting to think the U.S. needs to seriously consider suspending aid to Egypt. This is not looking good at all…)
*Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric
*Fox News Anchor Dumbfounded That A Scholar, Who Is Muslim, Had The Audacity To Write A Book About Jesus (So, in Republican Party mouthpiece Fox News’ “logic,” a Christian or Jewish scholar also shouldn’t write about other religions. Oh wait, I almost forgot, it’s ok unless you’re a Muslim, since they hate Muslims at Fox.
*Virginia’s ‘stable’ credit outlook (“Moody’s upgrade is a reminder of Virginia’s reliance on federal spending.”)
*McDonnell needs to do much more to have any hope of repairing reputation (“Regardless of his legal fate, McDonnell owes it to the voters to repair as best he can their faith in good government – and him.”)
*Va. first lady’s spending on clothes, other items detailed (“Maureen McDonnell spent thousands from a PAC on personal items – actions that are legal under state campaign finance laws, though unusual.” The fact that this is LEGAL is utterly outrageous.)
*Today’s top opinon: Broken (” Piecemeal reform will not suffice. In order to forestall an endless variety of future scandals, and an endless reactionary tinkering with the law to address them, Virginia should undertake a comprehensive overhaul of its ethics-in-government laws and regulations. Its aims should include reducing the potential for conflicts of interest and improving disclosure of both the culture of giving to politicians, and the behavior of political actors.”)
*Schapiro: Va. could be edging toward lifting fundraising ban
*McAuliffe’s career blends business, politics, controversy
*Virginia’s disclosure rules prompted resignations in 1980s (“Virginia’s disclosure laws, which now appear weak compared with other states, were seen as so strict upon their arrival in the late 1980s that a dozen appointed and elected officials resigned rather than comply.”)
*Portsmouth’s stall shows prudence
*Entrepreneurs, residents along Columbia Pike wait for changes (“Slow-moving redevelopment plan and a new streetcar aim to turn the corridor into a destination.”)
*Maybe a downpour or two today, then a magnificent Monday
*Haren, homers help lift Nationals over Mets
*How the Nats’ season unraveled (“In a season of high expectations, but as players and fans have learned ‘it’s not easy to be good.'”)