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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 24. Also, check out Del. Scott Surovell’s excellent, thorough explanation as to why Gov. McAuliffe’s line-item vetoes were very much constitutional.

*Iraq crisis: Kerry in Irbil for talks as crisis rages

*Sorry, Conservatives. The Supreme Court Isn’t Stopping Obama’s Climate Plan.

*Critics of the EPA need a new strategy, the Supreme Court makes clear

*Report Tallies Toll on U.S. Economy From Global Warming

*Watch This Muslim-American Activist Take Down A Leading Islamophobe

*Hillary Clinton Just Tipped Her Hand About Her 2016 Platform (“But Republicans are too busy cheering her gaffes to notice”)

*Rep. Jim Moran tells NewsChannel 8 he sees few decent U.S. options in volatile Iraq situation

*Ken Cuccinelli’s Mississippi misstep against Thad Cochran (“The timing and substance of Cuccinelli’s announcement couldn’t have been more awful. Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were murdered 50 years ago last week, just one day after the voter registration drive called “Freedom Summer” got underway in Mississippi on June 15, 1954.”)

*Court likely to decide McAuliffe’s authority to expand Medicaid

*Virginia finalizes $96 billion budget, averting a government shutdown (“Republicans dealt a blow to

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who still aims to expand Medicaid.”)

*Ex-Va. governor took undisclosed gifts from other sources, prosecutors say (“A judge must rule whether to allow evidence unrelated to Jonnie Williams Sr. in the McDonnell trial.”)

*Warner, Gillespie agree on caution over Iraq situation

*Governor McAuliffe meets tomorrow’s leaders at Boys State

*Silver Line surmounts decades of challenges (“Half a century after transit planners ignored Tysons Corner, a rail link will come to the economic hub.” July 26 is opening day.)

*Fairfax’s Bulova: No meals tax vote likely before 2016

*Preservationists warn of threat to Richmond slave history

*Two Hampton Roads lawmakers join Redskins Pride Caucus (Pathetic.)

*Virginia Now Has a Legislative Caucus Against Changing the Name of the Washington Football Team (Ditto.)

*Nationals vs. Brewers: In second start back from DL, Gonzalez impressive in 3-0 victory

*Humidity builds today ahead of storms, but nicer by Thursday

  • From the DPVA:

    It seems as if there are no limits to which Speaker Howell and his House Republicans will go to make sure that 400,000 Virginians are denied their healthcare.

    First, they held the state budget hostage for months, refusing to compromise or even discuss finding a solution to provide healthcare to the 400,000 Virginians who are currently without coverage. Then, when they realized they couldn’t get their way, they turned to dirty back room deals to force a Senator to resign in return for what appeared to be job offers for he and his daughter. And when that didn’t work, they tried to make healthcare untouchable in the budget all together.

    And last night, when they feared the Governor’s vetoes would be upheld by the Senate, House Republicans decided to circumvent the legislative process altogether, treating the budget process like a game they have to cheat at to win.

    Last night’s actions by the Speaker show once again that the agenda of the extremists in his party go above the agenda of the people of Virginia.

    “Instead of participating in dirty tricks and backroom deals, the Speaker and his Republican colleagues need to do what they were elected to do – serve and protect their constituents,” stated DPVA Executive Director Robert Dempsey. “It is morally unjust and fiscally irresponsible to deny hardworking Virginians the health care coverage they deserve.”

  • “Redskins Pride Caucus” Formed: 22 Members Join On First Day

    FAIRFAX, Va.- On Monday, June 23rd at a press conference in Richmond, State Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City), Delegate Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Delegate David Ramadan (R-Loudoun), Senator Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Senator Frank Ruff (R-Mecklenburg), Delegate Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), Delegate Michael Webert (R-Fauquier), Delegate Michael Futrell (D-Prince William) and Senator Bill Stanley (R-Franklin) announced the formation of the “Redskins Pride Caucus,” a bipartisan group of Virginia state legislators representing professional football fans in the Commonwealth.

    Membership in the caucus quickly grew throughout the day- including leadership in both houses of the legislature – and from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R-James City County), Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) and House Majority Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax).

    In the first day, the following members announced they were joining the Redskins Pride Caucus:

    Senate of Virginia

    Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R- James City County)

    Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax)

    Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)

    Senator Bill Stanley (R-Franklin)

    Senator Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)

    Senator Frank Ruff (R-Mecklenburg)

    Senator Walter Stosch (R-Henrico)

    Senator Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield)

    Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)

    Senator Richard Stuart (R-Spotsylvania)

    Senator Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke)

    House of Delegates

    Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights)

    Majority Caucus Chair Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax)

    Majority Whip Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)

    Delegate David Ramadan (R-Loudoun)

    Delegate Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)

    Delegate Michael Webert (R-Fauquier County)

    Delegate Michael Futrell (D-Prince William County)

    Delegate Dave Albo (R-Fairfax)

    Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William County)

    Delegate Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)

    Delegate Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach)

    The RPC also announced its founding principles which are —

    #1-  Providing a voice for Redskins fans and season tickets holders.  

    #2-  Supporting the Redskins franchise, a Virginia-based business that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in taxable revenue for schools, roads, public safety and other important public services in the Commonwealth.

    #3-  Opposing the inappropriate involvement of the United States Congress in issues surrounding the Redskins franchise and its supporters.

    #4-  Supporting commercial freedom in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rights of businesses to their own brands and intellectual property.