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Virginia News Headlines: Labor Day 2013

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Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Labor Day 2013. Also check out the video, “A Look at Senator Tim Kaine’s First 7 Months in Office.”

*Syria Splits The Professional Left (And the grassroots “left,” broadly speaking, from what I can tell. Personally, I’m in the “use of chemical weapons against civilians needs to be an enforced red line” camp. Of course, the devil’s in the details, especially in a case like Syria, where the government’s horrible but the opposition is also horrible for the most part. The situation just sucks, let’s face it.)

*Kerry’s Syria Campaign Likely to Define His Legacy (I’d say right now it’s 50/50 at most that Congress authorizes the use of force in Syria. Of course, first Congress has to get its butts back to Washington, and you never know with Boehner/McConnell/Can’tor and Company!)

*A comeback for labor (“Could this Labor Day mark the comeback of movements for workers’ rights and a turn toward innovation and a new militancy on behalf of wage-earners?”)

*Americans’ lagging wages (And growing income inequality, I’d add, for which we need a much more progressive tax system, as well as better educational opportunities and other measures to enhance economic opportunity and mobility.)

*Gubernatorial campaigns court students (Any student who votes for science-denying nutjob Ken Cuccinelli should probably consider whether they’re wasting their money on an “education,” because it certainly isn’t working!)

*In Virginia governor’s race, it’s about motivating the base (The Post finally figures out what the rest of us have known for…well, forever?)

*McDonnell touts lower gas prices at Labor Day weekend (Utterly absurd in every way. Hello Bob? Ever hear of global warming, not to mention the national security harm our “oil addiction” does to us? It’s time to get off this crap, not make it easier to stay on it.)

*Why is Cuccinelli hiding his good deed? (Yet ANOTHER absurd opinion piece in the Kaplan/Bezos Post. As one commenter puts it: “Cooch does talk about schools…and his desire to put a bible on every desk and a science book in every trash can. No thanks. I want a sane governor.”)

*Shrinking car tax relief

*Arrests of illegal buyers at Va. gun shows trending up

*Third-party candidate for Va. governor vies for visibility (“Robert Sarvis wants Virginia voters to know they’ve got another option. The trouble is, the Libertarian candidate does not have a very big megaphone.”)

*Virginia Beach travels far to drum up business close to home

*Steamy with possible storms today; tranquil after Tuesday

*Werth delivers decisive blow as Nats rally