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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, October 29. Also, check out the video of President Obama explaining, with regard to Ebola, that “America is not defined by fear.”

*Pope Francis says evolution is real and God is no wizard (In general, science is fact-based, empirical, etc. Religion is in a completely different realm of human thought.)

*Obama rejects idea of state-level quarantines (Agreed, it’s not helpful.)

*Unrealized Promise (“House Republicans have been incredibly unproductive. There is no reason to think that’s about to change.”)

*Fifty Protocols, Fifty States, One Gigantic Mess (“Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo, and other American governors are the last people who should be making rules about Ebola.”)

*BREAKING: Court Refuses To Intervene In Case of 40,000 Missing Voters In Georgia (That’s crazy!)

*Schapiro: GOP divisions aren’t helping Democrats – yet (“Long term, however, Democrats could thrive. That’s because the issues debate among Republicans seems to only drag their party further to the right – further from where fast-changing, suburban-dominated Virginia usually stands.”)

*John Foust cuts television ad buy in Virginia House race

*Poll: Warner maintains lead over Gillespie heading into election (It’s a crappy Roanoke College poll, but for the record it’s Warner by 13 points over “Enron Ed.” What happened to the “race is tightening” narrative the media’s been pushing? Hmmm.)

*Brat, Trammell square off over Ebola, Obamacare (I’m not sure Brat said anything truthful or accurate during that debate. Lots of Big Lies though. Also, the LAST thing we need is to send such a bizarre, extreme “economist” to Washington!)

*A look at the undecided in the Warner-Gillespie Senate race

*They’re baaack — General Assembly meets Nov 10 to vote on judges

*Pipeline company moves to initiate federal review of proposal

*Former U.S. president fires up local GOP supporters (None other than Dubya, aka one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.)

*Summit aims to tackle port congestion

*Ebola seminar seeks to tamp down public fear in Southwest Va.

*Wrapping up Asia trade mission, McAuliffe appeals for money to lure businesses to Va.

*Virginia may remove highway guardrails over safety concerns

*Unmanned rocket explodes seconds after launch from NASA facility in Va.

*Prelude to the big chill: Cool and rainy today, downright cold by the weekend

  • From Gov. McAuliffe’s office:

    State and local emergency responders on site during tonight’s attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Anteres rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility quickly jumped into action to contain the fire and secure the scene following the accident. No injuries have been reported and all personnel from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility have been accounted for.

    “Virginia state and local emergency responders are playing a vital role in the wake of this evening’s failed launch on Wallops Island,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Going forward, Virginia transportation, safety and environmental quality officials are ready to assist NASA and Orbital in assessing the impact of this evening’s accident and mitigating any environmental or public safety concerns.”

    Responders included Wallops Island, Accomack County and towns of Chincoteague and Assateague fire departments, and Accomack Sheriff’s Department as well as state assistance from State Police and the Departments of Transportation and Emergency Management. The Department of Environmental Quality will assess whether there are any pollution concerns.

    NASA has encouraged members of the public to avoid contact with any debris that may have landed in their area and report it immediately to NASA’s Incident Response Team at 757-824-1295.

  • Gee, ya think? LOL

  • In the report by Peggy Fox below, GMU political scientist Jeremy Mayer clearly explains that “it’s clear from the context of [John Foust’s “real job”] remarks that what he was talking about was partisanship, that [Barbara Comstock’s] a political operative who has worked in a number of impressive jobs, but she’s always been a political attack dog.” Yet somehow reporter Peggy Fox lumps Foust’s gaffe in with the truly nasty/racist George Allen’s “macaca” commments, as well as with Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks. The huge difference: in the case of Foust, it was simply a gaffe by someone who, let’s just say, is not the most articulate person around. Nobody who knows John Foust for years (as I have) thinks he’s a sexist in any way, shape or form. That’s just moronic. As for Allen, after his “macaca” remarks, all kinds of former teammates and acquaintances came out of the woodwork to talk about Allen’s long history of racism, using the “n word,” idolizing the Confederacy, etc. Also, it turns out that “macaca” was a common racial slur (meaning “monkey” and directed at dark-skinned Africans) in Allen’s mother’s homeland, Tunisia. As for Romney, his “47 percent” comments were damaging specifically because they played into a widespread belief that Romney really did care only about the wealthy, that “corporations are people,” etc, etc. Again, in Foust’s case, it simply was a tongue-tied gaffe by not-the-most-articulate candidate around, to put it mildly. To present these remarks as equivalent in any way, except possibly for their political impact (Comstock HAS effectively pounded Foust on this, as I had warned a bunch of people privately back when he first made the gaffe), and Foust has not responded effectively (huge mistake by his campaign). But again, substantively, there is absolutely no comparison between Foust on the one hand, and Allen or Romney on the other. For a journalist to suggest otherwise is wildly irresponsible.