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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines,  political and otherwise, for Monday, August 25. Also, check out that video, because it provides a crystal clear indication regarding one of the top 2 or 3 themes Jim Webb would run for president on — “economic fairness and social justice,” a phrase he repeats several times.

*The certainty of climate change (“Action, too, is inevitable. It should be smart – and prompt.” Immediately — at federal, state and local levels.)

*Obamacare has growing support, even if its name does not (“As one Democratic pollster told me, his focus groups showed that when voters outside the Republican base are given details about what the law does and how it works, ‘people come around and say, ‘That’s not so bad, what’s everybody excited about?””)

*In latest bloody victory, ISIS seizes key air base in Syria

*US Journalist Held in Syria Freed (Finally, a bit of good news for a change.)

*More Audio Surfaces From Dan Page, the St. Louis County Police Officer Suspended After Racist Remarks (Clearly, people like this should not be cops.)

*Beyond Ferguson: 5 glaring signs that we’re not living in a post-racial society (“Privileged pundits love to insist that race is no longer a factor in American life. The numbers say they’re wrong”)

*Krugman: Wrong Way Nation (“So Rick Perry doesn’t know the secrets of job creation, or even of regional growth. It would be great to see the real key – affordable housing – become a national issue.”)

*Anti-Clinton past echoes

for Virginia Republican
(“GOP congressional hopeful Barbara Comstock touts her bulldog aggression in a state where Clinton-bashing is no longer a surefire way to rally voters.”)

*Bob McDonnell courts jurors with narrative of a micromanager blindsided by his wife

*Judge in McDonnell case presides with humor and impatience

*With gay marriage on hold, same-sex couples remain hopeful

*VDOT hopes photographic study will reduce interstate wildlife collisions (“People and animals are getting killed and maimed in highway collisions, and Virginia is looking for ways to reduce the carnage.”)

*McDonnell’s broken covenant worse than loans (Not sure about that, but he’s an extreme hypocrite, that’s for sure.)

*McAuliffe to visit area to tout conservation program

*Nationals flex muscle, beat Giants

*A stellar start to the work week (“Mostly sunny skies, comfortable temperatures and low humidity will last a few days.”)

  • Sorry, but if you don’t “believe” in climate change (or evolution or gravity or that the earth revolves around the sun for that matter), you are utterly unqualified to hold elective office in America. Or any other “developed” country.

  • Congress SHOULD be an important player in these important foreign policy questions. But in reality, given how f’ed-up Congress is (thanks to the Tea Party, of course), I reluctantly disagree with Sen. Kaine on this. If/when right wingers stop opposing everything just because President Obama proposes it (also, are they ever even in session?!?), then it will be a different story. For now, though, that’s the way it is, sad to say.

    KAINE STATEMENT ON EXPANDED U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST ISIL

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on expanded U.S. military operations against ISIL:

    “Actions by ISIL over the past several months, including the gruesome murder of an American journalist and threats against others, are barbaric and the work of a callous terrorist organization. I agree that ISIL poses a significant terrorist threat to U.S. interests and partners in the region, which is why the Administration has initiated military action against the group. But I do not believe that our expanded military operations against ISIL are covered under existing authorizations from Congress.  The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force does not apply, and the Administration has testified that the 2002 Iraq war authorization is obsolete and should be repealed.  Under Article II, the President has authority to defend against imminent threats to U.S. national security interests and personnel, but I have reservations regarding whether our military actions against ISIL all meet this test.

    “I’m encouraged by reports that indicate Administration officials have signaled that seeking Congressional authorization for U.S. military action against ISIL is being considered. This fight, and the threat posed by ISIL, is serious enough that Congress and the Administration must be united on U.S. policy going forward. I urge the Administration to use the next two weeks to clearly define the strategy and objectives of its mission against ISIL, then bring it to Congress for a debate and authorization vote.  

    “I have long stressed that Congress must formally approve the initiation of significant military action – it is what the framers of the Constitution intended, and Congress and the Executive have a responsibility to do the hard work to build a political consensus in support of our military missions. 



    “No one doubts the inhumane nature of ISIL. The Secretary of Defense has described ISIL as ‘beyond anything that we’ve seen.’  I applaud the setbacks ISIL has suffered at the hands of the U.S. military.  And I will always support the President when he takes action to protect American servicemembers and diplomats.  But I am calling for the mission and objectives for this current significant military action against ISIL to be made clear to Congress, the American people, and our men and women in uniform.  And Congress should vote up or down on it.”