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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

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

*Confident Syria Used Chemicals, U.S. Mulls Action (The bottom line in my book is simple: this has nothing to do with Syria, per se, but rather a principle, that the international community can not allow governments to use chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, let alone against civilians. Those governments that do so must pay a serious price, or else it’s a total “green light” for future governments to do the same. Unacceptable.)

*The Armageddon Caucus (“A handful of lawmakers may hold the rest of Congress hostage this fall to their extreme ideology.” And they are all Republicans, of course.)

*Cokie Roberts: ‘What’s Going on With Voter Rights is Downright Evil’ (Agreed.)

*Colin Powell On Republican Voting Restrictions: ‘It’s Going To Backfire’

*Ethanol’s empty promise (“Mandates won’t work, but a carbon tax might push the nation toward clean technologies.”)

*Virginia Governor Race Lures Far-Flung Donors (More boring horse-race coverage. The sad reality is that the media, and probably the public as well, is averse to serious policy discussion. Sigh.)

*The facts of omission (“Virginia’s ethics laws need strengthening, a fact Cuccinelli decided to champion after he stretched them beyond recognition.”)

*Cuccinell overstates McAuliffe’s role in Lincoln Bedroom scandal (“We rate Cuccinelli’s statement False.”)

*Most Virginia police agencies fall short of state photo lineup guidelines

*Gov. McDonnell, It’s Time for a Hard Choice (“We have said before, and we say again, Gov. McDonnell has lost all moral authority to govern. The longer he remains in his post, the more damage he does to the institution of the governor’s office and to the commonwealth.” And so has Ken Cuccinelli, who also took money from Bobby Thompson, Jonnie Williams, not to mention CONSOL Energy, I’d add…)

*In Fairfax schools, extra cash adds up to artificial turf, but not teacher raises (Brilliant priorities!)

*Goldman to meet with Gov. McDonnell about tax credit

*Virginians Split On Whether Racial Divisions Persist

*Nice today, but hottest weather pattern since July easing in

*Nationals lose a heartbreaker (Can’t afford to lose many more games…)