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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, November 25.

*Krugman: California, Here We Come? (“At this point, more than 10,000 applications are being completed per day, putting the state well on track to meet its overall targets for 2014 coverage…What we have in California, then, is a proof of concept. Yes, Obamacare is workable – in fact, done right, it works just fine.”)

*In Report, 63% Back Way to Get Citizenship (“A consistent and solid majority of Americans – 63 percent – crossing party and religious lines favors legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States illegally, while only 14 percent support legal residency with no option for citizenship…”)

*An Iran deal worth trying – risks and all (Exactly. I’m amazed that Fred Hiatt and the Post editorial page were able to figure it out, though!)

*Obama’s Very Personal Deal With Iran: Did he finally earn that Nobel? (I’d say it was a good start, but the hard work’s actually ahead, and success is most definitely not assured.)

*Getting to Yes With Iran (“The temporary deal with Iran will make the world safer, for now.”)

*A nuclear end to denial (“With their dramatic decision, Senate Democrats have frankly acknowledged that the power struggle over the judiciary has reached a crisis point and that the nature of conservative opposition to President Obama is genuinely without precedent.”)

*AG candidates gear up for recount as certification nears (“Sen. Mark Herring leads by 165 votes in the closest statewide contest in modern Virginia history.”)

*Bob McDonnell hints at future in higher ed

*What are Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s plans for Virginia’s mental health system? (McAuliffe: “I support increased investment in the mental health treatment that doctors and public health experts believe best protects the health and safety of our mentally ill population as well as the general public.”)

*McDonnell breaks promise to preserve 400,000 acres (“…with less than two months remaining to his governorship, is not even halfway to filling his 400,000-acre preservation vow.”)

*Virginia’s closest election? Maybe not

*Norfolk men say they have earned right to marry (“After more than two decades in a loving and committed relationship, Timothy B. Bostic and his partner, Tony C. London, believe the time has come for their union to be recognized, equally, under Virginia law.”)

*Panel to seek action against cigarette trafficking (“ABC could lead effort against threat linked to organized crime, terror”)

*D is for a  dumb idea (“A new state law will give each school a letter grade, but there’s no proof it  will help students learn.”)

*Coal’s impact on region’s health part of research study

*Satellite built by Fairfax high school students launched into space (“The satellite, which receives and sends messages, orbits the Earth every 100 minutes.”)

*Va. students earn Rhodes Scholarships (“Two scholars from Arlington and two from the University of Virginia are heading to Oxford to study.”)

*Virginia acts to reduce population of wild pigs, the ‘most invasive animal’ in U.S.

*Week gets off to a frigid start with unseasonably cold temperatures (“The weather only gets worse with storms bringing rain and snow predicted for midweek.”)

  • I mean, if the diplomatic path isn’t the answer, and if it’s completely unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons – both of which Can’tor believes – then the ONLY other option, by his own reasoning, is the use of big-time military force.

  • brianrw00

    Thank goodness Dems wouldn’t equal Repubs in their blatant filibuster hypocrisy….

    Sen. Barack Obama: “You know, the Founders designed this system, as frustrating it is, to make sure that there’s a broad consensus before the country moves forward.”

    Sen. Joe Biden: “I say to my friends on the Republican side, ‘you may own the field right now, but you won’t own it forever.’ And I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”

    Sen. Harry Reid: “Mr. President [of the Senate] the right [sic] to extend the debate is never more important than when one party controls the Congress and the White House. In these cases, the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.”

    Sen. Hillary Clinton: “So this president (George W. Bush) has come to the majority here in the Senate, and basically said, ‘change the rules.’ Do it the way I want it done. And I guess there weren’t that many voices on the other side of the aisle that acted the way previous generations of Senators have acted, and said, Mr. President, we’re with you, we support you, but that’s a bridge too far. We can’t go there. You have to restrain yourself, Mr. President. ” {Note: Mrs. Clinton is no longer in the Senate.]

    Sen. Chuck Schumer: “We are on the precipice of a crisis, a Constitutional crisis. The checks and balances, which have been at the core of this Republic [finally, a Democrat who understands basic political philosophy – ed.], are about to be evaporated, by the nuclear option. The checks and balances say that if you get 51% of the vote, you don’t get your way 100% of the time.

  • Moran Statement on Iran Agreement

    Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, released the following statement on the agreement reached between the P5+1 countries and Iran on Iran’s nuclear program:

    “I am gratified and hopeful that the interim agreement reached by the United States and the rest of the P5+1 over the weekend in Geneva will make a final and comprehensive deal possible.

    “The sanctions relief offered Iran is, according to the White House, “limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible.” The most onerous components of the sanctions infrastructure — banking, financial, and petroleum measures costing Iran $30 billion in lost revenue — remain in place pending further negotiations.

    “In return for a waiver limited to certain exports, Iran’s government has agreed to suspend much of its nuclear program.

    “As a result, Iran is further away from developing a nuclear weapon than it was last Friday. This is only a first step towards ending the conflict, but it is an historic moment that lays the groundwork for a comprehensive and durable resolution.

    “The constant clamor in Congress for ever tougher sanctions against Iran has at times obscured the fact that economic sanctions are but one tool among many elements of statecraft necessary to enhance our security and advance our interests. President Obama’s overtures to the Iranian people in 2009 set the stage for this weekend’s milestone agreement.

    “The US negotiators, notably Secretary John Kerry, Deputy Secretary Bill Burns, and Under Secretary Wendy Sherman, have demonstrated the full array of that statecraft and vindicated the President’s approach.

    “The coming months will bring many challenges as the United States and our allies seek to compel Iran to meet the terms of the agreement. Not least among those challenges is the long history of Iran’s aggression against our allies in the Persian Gulf, Israel, and the Levant. But the world is safer as a result of the Administration’s efforts, and the global community more hopeful that decades of hostility between Iran and the West may finally end.”

  • Tim Kaine’s on around starting at 6:10 into the video.

    1) “We’ve stretched out the time and made it harder for Iran to have nuclear weapons-capable uranium or plutonium.”

    2) “We dramatically increased the early warning system – we already have good intelligence, but now we couple that with intrusive daily inspections, so that if they decide to go towards weapons-grade uranium or plutonium, we’ll know it a lot sooner.”

    3) “This is a good first step from everything I’ve heard…Everyone agrees that a diplomatic resolution to this question is far superior to a military resolution…”