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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 29. Also, check out the photo of Republican “attack dog” Barbara Comstock smiling approvingly at her friend Dick Black, the extremist who recently sent a letter praising Syrian war criminal Bashar al-Assad. Of course, Comstock has been endorsed by numerous extremists (e.g., Mark Levin, John Bolton, Sean Hannity), so this is nothing new.

*Missing Malaysia jet MH370 not in search area, officials say

*New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys Climate Deniers (“The next episode of Cosmos will make the anti-science crowd’s heads explode. Here’s a preview.”)

*Doctor of division (“Ben Carson’s radical remarks serve a purpose.”)

*Obama outlines a doctrine where restraint makes us stronger

*John Boehner’s friends plot tea party crackdown

*Barack Obama still undecided on Eric Shinseki

*Chamber Of Commerce Blasts EPA Rule That Doesn’t Exist (These people are hysterical. And dead wrong.)

*Va. House GOP rebuffs Hoosier Medicaid plan appeals (“Without a state budget first, Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders won’t consider Indiana’s conservative-minded Medicaid expansion plan whether the entreaty is from Democratic Gov. Terry McAullife or Hoosier state GOP Gov. Mike Pence.”)

*Warner begins campaign kickoff tour

*State senator criticized by Democrats over letter praising Syria’s Assad (But note that Republicans are silent. That speaks volumes.)

*Virginia’s budget shortfall could top $1 billion (“The decline in revenue over the next two years could force deep spending cuts.”)

*Right, left rip Cantor on immigration

*Even back home in Virginia, Cantor feels the pressure on immigration from both sides (“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor took heat in his own backyard Wednesday from both sides of the immigration debate, trying to fend off a primary challenge from his right flank even as he faces scorching pressure from immigrant rights advocates to lead Republicans in passing legislation”)

*McAuliffe chides House GOP as unwilling to compromise on budget

*Deputy state mental health official announces retirement

*The trial nobody wanted (“Virginians who had hoped to avoid the spectacle of a public corruption trial of the state’s former governor and first lady appear unlikely to get their wish.”)

*Maya Angelou touched lives in region (“At Virginia Tech, Nikki Giovanni said that Angelou’s death is sad but that her life is worth remembering.”)

*Virginians remember Angelou’s talent, generosity

*Article from 1933 refutes cherished tale on history of Redskins name (” Contrary to the team’s contention, it wasn’t named to honor a Native American coach.”)

*Dramatically cooler today and rainy (“Today is just raw and wet, but the weekend is shaping up as near perfect.”)

  • However valid questions are about the NSA – and in my view, they go back to the laws Congress passed, and which should be changed – I agree with John Kerry’s characterization of Edward Snowden. He betrayed his country and fled to freakin’ authoritarian Russia – one of the worst places in the world for everything Snowden supposedly believes in – where he is hiding out, avoiding justice for his actions.

  • STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER

    ~ On Dept. of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Report ~  

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement today:

    “Like most Americans, I am outraged about how our veterans are being treated. The preliminary Inspector General’s report shows this is a systemic problem that dates back many years. We have to fix the system now.

    “The controversy over Gen. Shinseki’s leadership has taken attention away from the real issue – the need for swift, decisive action to reform the VA, change its culture, and ensure that we provide quality, timely services for our veterans.

    “Gen. Shinseki has served our country with distinction. I now believe he should step aside in order to allow our focus and our efforts to be on making the critically needed changes to fix the VA.

    “No one has pushed the VA harder than me: we pressed them to broaden PTSD services for female veterans. We pushed them on the claims backlog. It took us more than a year to get the VA to adopt the William & Mary law school’s pro bono model, which helps veterans with some of the toughest disability claims.  That Virginia model is now being expanded to 15 other law schools across the country.

    “It is important that we provide Virginia’s veterans with the services they have earned – and which we as a nation have committed to provide.”

  • Jim B

    It will take more than getting rid of the General. Apparently the whole VA system is broke and if republicans have had anything to do with funding it has been run on the cheap.

  • He doesn’t look the same, but in many ways he sounds the same. LOL