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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning (Labor Day)

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, September 1 (Labor Day 2014). Also, check out that photo of how things used to be in this country, before progressives and unions changed it with much tougher regulations — you know, those pesky things that Republicans always say we need to roll back because they’re “job killing?” Yep, THOSE regulations, like ones prohibiting kids from work in dangerous, dirty sweatshops for 12 hours a day or whatever.

*The Medicare Miracle (“Covering the uninsured was supposed to be unaffordable; Medicare as we know it was supposed to be unsustainable. But it turns out that incremental steps to improve incentives and reduce costs can achieve a lot, and covering the uninsured isn’t hard at all.”)

*Workers are at the mercy of markets

*Putin suggests ‘statehood’ for eastern Ukraine

*Feinstein says Obama may be ‘too cautious’

*Israel Claims Nearly 1,000 Acres of West Bank Land Near Bethlehem (“The land appropriation has quickly turned attention back to the Israeli-occupied West Bank and exposed the contradictory visions in the Israeli government that hamper the prospects of any broader Israeli-Palestinian peace process.”)

*For Gov. Terry McAuliffe, question is whether to be bold or cautious on Medicaid expansion

*Warner: Obama’s ‘no strategy’ remark was ‘a very unfortunate choice of words’

*In Virginia, U.S. Senate race unusually low key

*Medicaid expansion holdouts are ideological

*Dorm deportment (“Common sense may be in short supply when hormones are raging, but it shouldn’t be too much to require one human being to respect the wishes of another when intimate relations are in the offing. And there must be serious consequences when that most basic decency is absent.”)

*GRTC studies Northern Va. rapid transit model (“New system sheds light on Richmond’s future for bus service”)

*Pr. William announces $5.9 million shortfall for fiscal 2014

*Nationals’ power surge continues, but they drop series finale vs. Seattle, 5-3

*Scattered strong storms possible through this evening

  • KAINE LEADS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO NORTH AFRICA, SPAIN

    Trip includes visits to Tunisia, Morocco and Spain

    TUNIS, TUNISIA – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, concluded a two-day visit to Tunisia. Kaine is leading a Congressional delegation to Tunisia, Morocco and Spain. Delegation members include Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA), Adam Schiff (CA), Albio Sires (NJ), Juan Vargas (CA) and Pedro Pierluisi (PR).

    In Tunisia, the delegation met with interim Prime Minister Mehdi Joma’a, government officials, and leading politicians. Kaine applauded Tunisia’s democratic journey and called for consensus and unity ahead of historic national elections this fall.  Kaine encouraged all sides to work together for all Tunisians after the elections. He also discussed ways to deepen counterterrorism cooperation and exchanged views on regional developments, including growing instability in neighboring Libya.  The delegation praised the strong ties between the United States and Tunisia, a partnership that goes back to 1797.

    In meetings with non-government organizations and local business leaders, Kaine discussed the upcoming elections, Tunisia’s economy, and strategies to expand bilateral trade and commerce.

    The delegation also paid their respects at the North Africa American Cemetery where 2,841 American World War II servicemembers are laid to rest. Meeting with Embassy Tunis Foreign Service Officers, Kaine discussed embassy security and praised American diplomatic efforts with an important North African partner.

    Next, the delegation will travel to Rabat, Morocco where they will meet with the head of government Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, Minister of Education Rachid Belmokhtar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Interior Mohamed Hassad, Parliament House of Representatives President Rachid Talbi, as well as House of Counselors President Mohamed Cheikh. The delegation will also meet with civil society leaders and entrepreneurs. On Wednesday, September 3, the delegation will travel to Tangier, where they will focus on expanding trade and business opportunities.   The delegation will also visit the American Legation – the oldest United States property on foreign soil – and meet with American Peace Corps volunteers.

    On Thursday, September 4, the delegation will visit U.S. Naval Station Rota in Rota, Spain where they will observe joint U.S. and Spanish military exercises, tour the destroyer USS Donald Cook, previously homeported in Norfolk, and meet with servicemembers from Virginia.

  • True Blue

    What a contrast between Foust and Comstock facebook pages:

    While Foust honors workers and labor unions who fight for decent wages and conditions on Labor Day, Comstock begs no less than three time out of four posts for funds by midnight complete with picture of Pelosi.