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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 29. Also, congratulations to Del. Patrick Hope, who last night received the Aggie Wolf Defender of Choice Award from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (photo by Catherine S. Read).

*National Review’s Rich Lowry Advocates For Increased Incarceration In “Dangerous” Black Neighborhoods (Disgusting.)

*Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments (“The longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House faces charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed individual to cover up ‘past misconduct.'”)

*The national security threat that Republicans are ignoring (” You can’t credibly claim to be tough on national security and terrorism while simultaneously boasting how unconcerned you are about global warming.”)

*Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find. (Hahahaha, so awesome!)

*Scott Walker to Sign Ban on Abortions for Rape, Incest

*Rand Paul’s money problem (“Behind the Kentucky senator’s NSA ‘filibuster’ lies a desperate quest for cash.”)

*Why Bill Nye really pissed off the Ted Cruz right: It’s no longer possible avoid talking about climate change

*Virginia campus sexual assault task force releases recommendations (“A new report from the governor’s task force on college campus sexual assault recommends longer and more uniform storage for evidence, more cooperation between colleges and police, and more frequent notifications to students when an assault occurs on or near campus.”)

*State leaders pitch Virginia investment and trade to foreign dignitaries

*Pipeline contractors face trespassing charges in Craig County

*Prosecutors: Maureen McDonnell verdict ‘unquestionably sound’

*Fairfax Co. hopes to squeeze more cash out of Richmond for schools

*Sen. Warner sends ‘SWAT team’ to fix Hampton VA wait times

*Virginia lawmakers cut tax holidays, so there will be fewer days to save

*As Portsmouth cuts services, city still subsidizes golf courses

*D.C. area forecast: Muggy warmth and scattered storms through weekend; cooler next week

  • See here for more details.

  • Quizzical

    Bill Nye’s tweet:

       Billion$$ in damage in Texas & Oklahoma. Still no weather-caster may utter the phrase Climate Change. pic.twitter.com/9J10deVQ7S

       – Bill Nye (@BillNye) May 26, 2015

    Top ten tropical storms in terms of property damage, as of 2011:

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pdf/nw

    Katrina at number 1, with 108 billion in damages.

    Pay now or pay later.

  • From Mark Warner’s FB page commenting on Memorial Bridge, symbol of U.S. strength, is corroded, partly shut down

    How can Congress fail to act while the Memorial Bridge – which is not only a vital artery for local commuters, but also the entrance to our nation’s capital – is literally falling apart? This is not just embarrassing – it’s outrageous. We have to get serious about fixing and upgrading our roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure. Until that happens, Virginia commuters will be stuck sitting in even more traffic – and crumbling and inefficient infrastructure will remain a serious drag on our economic growth.