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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, December 18.

*Mr. Obama’s Historic Move on Cuba (“Mr. Obama could have taken modest, gradual steps toward a thaw. Instead, he has courageously gone as far as he can, within the constraints of an outmoded 1996 law that imposes stiff sanctions on Cuba in the pursuit of regime change.”)

*U.S., Cuba make historic move to ease Cold War stance

*Pope’s Intervention Helped Break Logjam in U.S.-Cuba Talks (I’m not a Catholic by any means, but Pope Francis truly rocks!)

*Cuba deal opens new front on political battlegrounds (“GOP critics denounced Obama’s move as overreaching and naive, but there’s growing public support to end the divide.”)

*Right-Wing Media Lash Out After Obama Announces Deal With Cuba (“Right-Wing Media Lash Out” – that’s the key phrase here, as that’s mostly what they seem to do.)

*The War on Reproductive Rights Will Get a Lot Uglier Next Year (Keep that in mind, all you Democrats who stayed home in November!)

*McAuliffe budget plan helps local governments but not state employees

*McAuliffe briefs lawmakers on Virginia budget cuts, spending (“If we are going to build the new Virginia economy, we must invest in our workforce, in savvy economic development strategies, in education and in infrastructure.”)

*McAuliffe budget would boost job fund, teacher pensions (“Despite a crippling budget crunch, Virginia’s governor offered big plans, including Medicaid expansion.” Actually, Medicaid expansion would help with the “crippling budget crunch!”)

*McAuliffe’s budget misses some needed cuts (“Conservative and liberal think tanks have pointed to the folly of sales tax holidays, and a 2011 report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission highlighted more than $12 billion worth of tax preferences, many of which are ripe for repeal.”)

*Dollars and sense (“Of course, the revenue picture would look considerably different if the General Assembly had agreed to expand Medicaid, as McAuliffe struggled strenuously to do. The GOP-dominated House of Delegates refused.”)

*Terry McAuliffe Chances Gun Control in Virginia

*McAuliffe calling for tighter day care rules

*Salem pipeline open house an example of conviction, unity of opponents (“If conviction alone could halt a $3.2 billion interstate pipeline project, the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline might just be dead in the water.”)

*Under McAuliffe, gifts to governor toned down

*Kaine on Cuba: ‘Engagement Rather Than Isolation’

*Joe Morrissey to announce his future today (“We expect that some time late this morning at the State Capitol in downtown Richmond.”)

*Goodlatte signs legal brief fighting Obama immigration action (BADlatte strikes again!)

*In Richmond area, immigrants view Obama plans with cautious optimism

*New Cuba policy met with cheers by immigrants in Roanoke Valley

*Sen. Kaine tours site of catastrophic rocket explosion (“The Virginia Democrat remained committed to private space industry after the recent mission’s failure.”)

*U-Va.: Outside review of sex assaults will be public when the investigation ends

*Arlington poised to close arts center in Rosslyn after years of losses (Yeah, that one just didn’t catch on.)

*Here comes the sun – and a nice breeze, too – for a couple of days

  • The latest from this wacko’s Twitter feed.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  44s 44 seconds ago

    My wife and I were saying Sharpton, Jackson and ilk must live in a different country. Actually, they live in a different mindset.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  4m 4 minutes ago

    We don’t need a national conversation on race. We need to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. There’s the answer. Next issue.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  6m 6 minutes ago

    It’s not the skin, it’s the sin. Racial division is only a symptom of a much deeper problem – fallen mankind. The antidote is Jesus Christ.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  9m 9 minutes ago

    When you hear a leftist say “every African American”, just get ready for an arrogant generalization or a flat out lie.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  13m 13 minutes ago

    Stop looking for racial grievance. Sometimes a person mistreats others because he or she is an idiot. Not a racist idiot. Just an idiot.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  18m 18 minutes ago

    I’ve been occasionally approached for directions in hotels. I assume it’s because I’m professional, well dressed and good looking. 🙂

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  20m 20 minutes ago

    When the 1st lady says a short white woman asking her to get something for her off a high shelf, is racist, she reveals her own racism.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  23m 23 minutes ago

    These race obsessed people act like the whole world is a utopia, but America is a caldron of injustice. Their perception is skewed.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  25m 25 minutes ago

    Jacques DeGraff: “Being black in America is…oppressive, threatening…” Really? Try being black somewhere else.

    E.W. Jackson @ewjacksonsr  ·  13h 13 hours ago

    Does the Pres. get some perverse satisfaction out of giving in to terrorists and dictators. Normalizing relations with Cuba?

  • JimWebster

    We can be thankful for the sanity of The New York Times editorial page for leading the way to a progressive and historic change in our misguided Cuba policy.

    But at the same time, we should shudder that The Washington Post editorial page aligns with Fox News and the other right wing media that “lash out” at the president for bringing an end to a policy that has failed to achieve its objective for more than half a century.

    Once again I am tempted to cancel my WaPo subscription, which has been continuous since 1970.

  • Jim B

    The Post and all the others with all their heads in the sand are worried about the Castro bros winning. Seems to me it is a win for the people of Cuba.

  • Should be fun; I’m stocking up on popcorn for this one! 🙂