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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, April 14.

*4 Ex-Employees of Blackwater Get Long Terms in Iraq Killings

*Republicans’ and Netanyahu’s wildly inconsistent opposition to an Iran deal

*Marco Rubio Is a Polished Performer, but He’s Out of Position (“At a certain point, one wonders whether he is like the first-round draft pick who doesn’t make the All-Star team after four years.”)

*Marco Rubio Is the Most Disingenuous Republican Running for President (“He’s not a reformer. He’s a fraud.”)

*Nate Silver to Vox: Stop stealing our charts! (I already wasn’t a big fan of Vox. Hmmmm….)

*McAuliffe, Warner, mark 10,000 DNA “hit” at state forensics lab

*In Richmond McAuliffe, Warner tout Clinton’s bid

*Editorial: General Assembly gives its final answers (“Chief among them: ethics legislation. The governor made a number of commendable changes to the General Assembly’s latest effort.”)

*Virginia GOP excited about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio running for president (He’s a climate science denier, end of story – disqualified.)

*Marco Rubio Used to Believe in Climate Science. Now He’s Running for President. (As I said, climate science denial or “skepticism” should be an automatic disqualifier for president, for two reasons: 1) it shows a fatal flaw in the candidate’s “thinking;” 2) climate change is by far the biggest threat to America in coming years, and we require a president who understands that and will act aggressively.)

*Virginia revenues higher than projected

*Sweet Briar faculty members back call for injunction to halt college’s closing

*Wittman, Brat hold town hall meeting at defense contractor’s Spotsylvania headquarters

*Editorial: Lowly oyster says a lot about health of Chesapeake Bay

*Newport News civil rights activist pulled over, claims retaliation

*Plenty wrong with tuition hikes

*Fairfax Sheriff defends actions in apparent fatal Tasing (Seems indefensible to me…)

*Tax hike draws first opposition on Portsmouth council

*Metro’s new rail cars are ready for riders on Tuesday

*Norfolk changing construction oversight after ordeal with builder

*A move to Virginia might be best for both Daniel Snyder and the city (As long as we don’t give him a single penny in taxpayer-funded corporate welfare!)

*April showers and not much sun today; mostly a wet week ahead

  • To the stark contrary:

    There are two basic types of international agreements that the White House could pursue in its nuclear talks with Iran.

    Treaties, which require approval by the U.S. Senate, used to be more common, but now are a relatively rare occurrence. Presidents of both parties have instead opted to enter into so-called executive agreements, which for the most part don’t require congressional authorization.



    Treaties are binding. In fact, the U.S. government still has more than a dozen treaties on the books with Iran, having brokered various agreements on agricultural commodities, aviation, and even military matters dating back to the 1950s.

    But treaties are also trickier to come by, because they need Senate approval. That is one reason why presidents in recent decades have opted for executive agreements, which typically don’t require congressional input. But they carry a major drawback: they can be reversed by the next president.

    A 2009 study published by the University of Michigan found that 52.9% of international agreements were executive agreements from 1839 until 1889, but from 1939 until 1989 the ratio had risen to 94.3%.

    The founding fathers designed the international agreement system with a lot of flexibility, or, depending on your perspective, ambiguity, because even they couldn’t agree on which branch of government should have the dominant say in how the U.S. reached deals with foreign governments.

    In recent decades, presidents have entered into thousands of executive agreements with foreign governments, on a range of issues, both controversial and relatively basic.

    Diplomacy is a lot more complicated now than it was in 1789,” said Michael Ramsey, a professor at the University of San Diego Law School.” The president has a lot more things now that he has to just get done on a daily basis than he used to. If all those agreements had to be brought back to the Senate to be approved, there’s no way it would be done.”

    Webb’s also wrong in another sense – if we don’t get a treaty with Iran, which there’s amost no chance in hell we would if it had to go to our utterly dysfunctional, Republican-controlled Congress, we’d be on a path to possible war with Iran. And that, of course, could be an utter disaster.

  • Moran: Joe Biden would be the next strongest option, but other than that she has a “relatively clear field, and that has its benefits but its drawbacks as well..she’s fair game for every hater out there…she’s been a target ever since 1991…

  • It’s painful on one level, but it’s amazing to watch Fiorina attempt to spin failure and disaster into success. Of course, this is the same person who is pro-ALEC, anti-science, and an ally of bat****-crazy Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). See Washington Post Runs Pro-ALEC, Anti-Science Op-Ed From Inhofe Ally Carly Fiorina.

  • Richmond, VA – ProgressVA today released the following statement from executive director Anna Scholl regarding the State Board of Elections’ decision to immediately decertify AVS WinVote voting machines in use across the commonwealth.

    “We thank the State Board of Elections for taking this important and necessary step to protect election security in the commonwealth. Every voter should be confident his or her vote is secure and will be counted. While these machines may have once been state of the art, as technology has advanced they have become outdated and are no longer secure.  It would be the height of irresponsibility to wait for a catastrophe to occur before taking action. Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible. Unfortunately, members of the General Assembly rejected an opportunity earlier this year to help local communities purchase new voting machines that would have promoted election security and accessibility. These new developments illustrate how shortsighted legislators were and emphasize a renewed need for Virginia leaders to invest in our democracy and ensure every eligible voter can participate without barriers.”

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe today endorsed Penelope A. “Penny” Gross for re-election as Mason District Supervisor, citing her results-oriented, pragmatic, common-sense approach to governing.

    Supervisor Gross is seeking the Democratic nomination for a sixth term as Mason District’s representative to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The primary election will be held on June 9, 2015.

    “I am proud to endorse Penny Gross for re-election as Fairfax County’s Mason District Supervisor. She shares my belief in a pragmatic, common-sense approach to governing – and she gets results, ” Governor McAuliffe said. “Penny’s leadership is what we need on the local level as we continue to diversify and strengthen Virginia’s economy.”  

    Upon learning of the Governor’s endorsement, Supervisor Gross said, “I am humbled to have the support of Governor Terry McAuliffe.  I, like many Virginians, am consistently inspired by the Governor’s unmatched work ethic and unwavering focus on achieving positive results for the Commonwealth. It is truly an honor to have the support of such an outstanding leader.”

    Governor McAuliffe joins a long list of elected officials across Fairfax County and the Commonwealth who who have endorsed Supervisor Gross for re-election:

    Honorable Ralph S. Northam, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

    Honorable Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia

    Honorable Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly, US House of Representatives

    Honorable Donald S. Beyer, Jr., US House of Representatives

    Honorable Sharon S. Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

    Honorable Richard L. Saslaw, Virginia State Senate Minority Leader

    Honorable David W. Marsden, Virginia State Senate

    Honorable Vivian E. Watts, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Kaye Kory, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Alfonso H. Lopez, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Marcus B. Simon, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Stacey A. Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff

    Honorable Sandy Evans, Mason District School Board Member

    Honorable Adam P. Ebbin, Virginia State Senate

    Honorable Mark D. Sickles. Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable David L. Bulova, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Eileen Filler-Corn, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Mark L. Keam, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Kathleen J. Murphy, Virginia House of Delegates

    Honorable Katherine K. Hanley, former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia

    George Burke, Chairman, 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee Suchada (Sue) Langley, Chairman, Fairfax County Democratic Committee

    Rachel Rifkind, Chairman, Mason District Democratic Committee

    Honorable George Lamb, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

    Justin E. Fairfax, former Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

    Penny Gross was first elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on November 7, 1995. Supervisor Gross serves as chair of the Board’s Personnel Policy and Reorganization Committee, and the Board’s Environment Committee. She has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2009.