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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 30. Labor Day weekend already? Wow, that summer went by fast!

*Obama Set for Limited Strike on Syria as British Vote No

*Secret budget details U.S. spy operation

*Internal Revenue Service to give equal tax treatment for same-sex marriages

*Eric Cantor Skipped The March On Washington To Meet With Oil Lobbyists (That’s our Eric Can’tor!)

*McAuliffe widens lead in Va. governor’s race (“Cuccinelli in a survey by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released on Thursday. That is 1 point more than in a Quinnipiac University poll released last week and 3 points more than in a similar PPP poll from July.”)

*Virginia lawmakers’ false war on abortion (“NOVA’s particular story may be complicated, but its message is clear: At virtually every level, Virginia lawmakers have waged a dishonest but effective campaign against clinics where women can exercise their constitutionally protected right to have abortions.”)

*Virginia governor candidates spar at energy forum (“A Northern Virginia forum on energy issues veers into other issues.” I’m still trying to think of a single thing Cuccinelli said that was not false or highly misleading. Anyone?)

*Are Ken Cuccinelli’s Ties to Big Coal And Gas Hurting Him In Deeply Red Southwest Virginia?

*Why Terry McAuliffe Is in a Box on Climate Change (And Cuccinelli yesterday dodged something like four questions dealing with climate change, wouldn’t even say if he BELIEVED in it!)

*Favola and McClellan: Cuccinelli’s ‘Fathers’ Rights’ Agenda Raises Red Flags for VA Women

*Economics, not ego on Olympics (“Virginia is enthusiastic about being part of the Olympics, but state leaders should take a hard look at the risks.”)

*Cyphert wins VEA, firefighters endorsements

*Del. Morrissey under investigation in matter related to teenage receptionist

*Alexandria superintendent steps down days before schools open

*D.C. area forecast: Calm start to holiday weekend before storm risk rises

*Griffin is a go for Week 1

*Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond homer to lift Nationals over Marlins, 9-0

  • Dan Sullivan

    “The well of public opinion has been well and truly poisoned by the Iraq episode,” Cameron said.

  • I basically agree with points made by both Brooks and Shields.

    1. Clearly, what the Assad regime did – gas its own people – is unacceptable and has to be punished. That’s a no brainer if you care in the least about the world having some “red lines” that can’t be crossed with impunity. Which we all should, for our own self interest purposes if nothing else.

    2. The question is, how exactly to punish it? That’s much more complicated, and obviously not an easy question to answer at all.

    3. President Obama should clearly articulate to the country what the plan is, what the objectives are, etc.

    4. No doubt there should be – and has been – consultation with Congress. As for waiting for Congress to get their butts back to Washington, to debate the situation, and to (almost certainly not) come to some sort of consensus…that’s probably not going to happen (let alone work). The fact is, as Brooks and Shields both noted, presidents (Reagan in Lebanon, Grenada; George HW Bush in Panama; etc.) have acted for decades without explicit Congressional approval. The reason for that, in large part, is that presidents know if they waited for Congress, nothing would ever happen on foreign policy. No, this is not the ideal situation, but it’s been reality since…forever.

    One more point I’d make is that it’s utterly absurd for Republicans to criticize President Obama for setting a “red line” on use of chemical weapons against civilians. Are Republicans SERIOUSLY arguing that use of freakin’ CHEMICAL WEAPONS (!!!) against civilians should NOT be a “red line?” If so….WTF?!?