Here are a few national and Virginia political headlines for Wednesday, September 24.
*Airstrikes bring together Arab nations often at odds
*Bill O’Reilly’s Plan To Defeat Islamic State: A 25,000-Person Mercenary Force (“U.S. Naval War College Professor Tells O’Reilly: ‘This Is A Terrible Idea, Not Just As A Practical Matter But As A Moral Matter'” — Bill O’Reilly, extreme and insane as always.)
*Fox Economist Proposes Energy Plan That Would Increase Terrorism (Bass-ackwards as always…)
*The Benefits of Easing Climate Change
*Gabby Giffords’ ‘Nasty’ Ad Causes GOP Candidate To Embrace Gun Safety Law
*Facebook to cut ties with conservative policy group (“The social media giant in Menlo Park would be the second Silicon Valley giant in recent days to sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC. On Monday, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told a radio show that the company would end its membership with the group.”)
*Obama taking case for strikes against Islamic State to U.N.
*“Nasty, petty and ill-informed”: Tea Party hero Ben Carson’s looniest beliefs (“Neurosurgeon-turned-pundit says he’s likely to run for president. Here are the views America will see on display”)
*Schapiro: Flying high above the McDonnell aftershocks
*Can Jim Webb Run for President as the Anti-Hillary?
*Tim Kaine finds justification for airstrikes in Syria troubling
*Jim Webb says he’s seriously considering presidential bid
*McAuliffe: Va. is ‘going to have marriage equality’
*Momentum undone by troubling mistakes (“Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration have spent much of their first year sorting through their predecessors’ reckless dealmaking. And drivers in Hampton Roads have done what they’ve long been accustomed to doing: losing time and money waiting for the mess to be cleared.”)
*Simonds to challenge Yancey for House seat
*Roanoke civic leader to challenge Edwards in 2015 Senate race
*Portsmouth speakers blast City Council over auditor decision
*Arlington awards $26 million contract for streetcar work (Good, let’s get moving on this thing after decades of talking about it!)
*Suspect in missing U-Va. student case charged with abduction
*Nats get past Mets, but Span hurts knee after spectacular diving catch
*Rain likely late today lasting into tomorrow; nice weekend ahead