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Virginia and National News Headlines: Tuesday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, April 21.

*Confirm Lynch now (“Politics have kept the nominee in limbo.”)

*Editorial: Earth Day serves as reminder of the goals we must pursue together

*New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research (Yep, that’s your so-called “liberal media” at work!)

*Inside the right’s new “Clinton Cash” obsession: The sketchy new Hillary “exposé” that hooked the New York Times (“The right’s propaganda machine duped the media on the Clintons once before. Now they could be doing it again”)

*Rising Death Toll Leaves Europe With New Refugee Crisis

*Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi to 20 Years in Prison

*Candidates kicking in to their own campaigns in key Senate races (“Candidates are kicking in to their own campaigns to build early fundraising stakes in key contests for control of the state Senate.”)

*Ex-Virginia first lady McDonnell tries to get corruption convictions tossed

*Bob McDonnell’s wife: Corruption trial was unfair

*ABC shakes up leadership of enforcement division

*Our view: Our sleep-walking senator (“Is John Edwards awake?Judging from the latest campaign finance reports, it doesn’t appear so.”

*Problems with Virginia’s voting systems undermine confidence in our election results

*Beware Stalling Growth in Northern Virginia

*Lawmakers want assistant Norfolk prosecutor as judge

*Fairfax posts record low crime rate in 2014 (“Arlington and Alexandria are also at historic lows, and Prince George’s recorded a 9 percent decrease.” It continually amazes me that people erroneously think crime is high, when in fact the crime rate is the lowest in many decades.)

*McAuliffe on Redskins stadium in Virginia: ‘It’s where they belong’ (Nope, McAuliffe is wildly wrong. First off, we shouldn’t give Dan Snyder and Compan a dime of taxpayer-funded corporate welfare. Second, the team actually “belongs” in Washington, DC, at the RFK site, right at a Metro stop, not in exurban Virginia.)

*Casey: The Roanoke Tea Party tries again for control of county board

*Prince William GOP candidates prep for firehouse primary

*Do Fairfax Democrats Have A Mount Vernon Problem? (Fortunately, Republicans appear to have picked a teahadist nut as their candidate, which should help the “blue team.” Let’s hope they do the same in Sully as well!)

*2 Montgomery County supervisors won’t seek re-election

*Suspect due in court in fellow UMW student’s slaying as loved ones, friends prepare to attend her funeral (So awful.)

*Mostly sunny and breezy today;

rain and cooler weather ahead

  • loudoun independent

    President Obama took a step back from his supposed commitment to civil liberties by nominating her.  

  • Tim Kaine joins with…seriously, the two warmongering freakazoids John McCain and Lindsey Graham…calling on President Obama “to immediately establish and enforce humanitarian safe zones in Syria to protect civilian lives and supply lines for food, water and medical supplies.”

    April 21, 2015

    President Barack Obama

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

    Washington, DC

    Mr. President:

    With the brutal Syrian conflict entering its fifth year, the Syrian people are facing a humanitarian nightmare of unspeakable proportions.  The staggering human displacement, killing, and destruction are an affront to the civilized world and must be stopped.  As such, we urge that the United States work with key allies to establish and enforce one or more humanitarian safe zones in Syria without delay.  These zones would provide essential protection for displaced Syrian civilians and a safe transit route for desperately needed humanitarian supplies.

    What started in March 2011 as peaceful protests by Syrian people aspiring for greater political freedom has shamefully turned into an ongoing civil war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent times.  More than 200,000 Syrians have been killed in the past four years, many of them children, and more than 12 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance.  Nine million Syrians, almost half the total population, have been displaced from their homes and are now internally displaced or living in permanent exile as refugees in neighboring countries.  Jordan alone is currently hosting more than 1.3 million refugees, swelling its population by more than 10 percent.  Sadly, resettlement abroad has become even more difficult as neighboring states have closed their borders.  Resettlement has also gone slowly here at home, and we are disappointed the United States has taken in more than 700 Syrians since the beginning of the conflict.

    Those Syrians who do not find safe haven abroad are exposed daily to the atrocities of President Assad and extremist groups, as well as hunger and disease.  War crimes of unspeakable horror have been inflicted on the Syrian population, from devastating barrel bombs to the ongoing use of chlorine gas.  Nearly 2,000 barrel bombs were dropped in this past year alone, killing more than 6,000 people.  The use of torture, rape, and disappearances in Syria is well-documented by the UN and other humanitarian organizations.  Entire areas have been deliberately blocked from access to food, water, and medical services.  Protected humanitarian zones would provide safe haven to Syrians fleeing from these unacceptable conditions.

    While we may have disagreements on the broader policy toward the Syrian conflict, we all agree that this crisis is far from over and it is time for the United States and our partners to more aggressively address the terrible human suffering in Syria.  Accordingly, we urge the rapid establishment of one or more humanitarian safe zones with the necessary enforcement mechanisms, including the potential use of air assets so that civilians can be protected and receive unfettered humanitarian aid.  Any such actions should also include the long-overdue securing of the border area by Turkey, where too many extremists continue to easily flow into Syria.  The humanitarian safe zones would be fully consistent with UN Security Resolutions 2139, 2165, and 2191 that call for the aggressive delivery of humanitarian aid within Syria.

    These important steps would help alleviate some of the terrible human suffering occurring in Syria.  As such, we request an update on progress toward this goal, including the Administration’s planning and diplomatic efforts to negotiate and enforce one or more humanitarian safe zones with our partners.  



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