National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning

National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 26.

*Krugman: Hooray for Obamacare (” The Affordable Care Act is now in its second year of full operation; how’s it doing? The answer is, better than even many supporters realize.”)

*Obamacare’s win is even more decisive than you think

*The Obamacare ruling disappoints the conspiracy theorists (“An unambiguously good decision by the Supreme Court.”)

*Legacies of Obama presidency and Roberts court are forever intertwined

*Scalia, Thomas & Alito have totally lost it: The complete and utter incoherence of the conservative Supreme Court justices (Three incompetent far-right-wing ideologues.)

*Read the 7 Most Ridiculous Lines from Justice Antonin Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent (As I was saying…)

*The Court Keeps the Fair Housing Law Effective (Another case in which Scalia/Thomas/Alito voted the wrong way.)

*These clowns will never give it up: Post-SCOTUS, GOP vows to get super serious about repealing Obamacare (“With no idea what else to do, Republicans and conservatives get ready to fight each other on Obamacare repeal.” Duhhhh….drool.)

*The Republican war on vegetables: How new dietary guidelines brought out the GOP’s inner petulant child (Speaking of duhhhh…drool!)

*It’s time for conservatives to end the denial on climate change (By conservative op-ed writer and former Bush administration official Michael Gerson)

*What’s Changing At (Excellent investigative reporting by Josh Israel of ThinkProgress!)

*Trump bump terrifies GOP (Go Trump! LOL)

*150 years later, America is still battling the Confederate mentality (“Black voters showed in 2012 that they can overcome restrictive new voting laws. They can do it again, including in state and local elections, where power over voting rights resides.”)

*Supreme Court ruling on health law prompts new McAuliffe Medicaid push (Great, although good luck convincing Republicans, who are terrified of their far right wing above all…)

*Virginia lawmakers react to rulling (Predictably hysterical responses from the right wingnuts…)

*Health care ruling doesn’t move political battle lines in Virginia

*Civil rights leaders demand Goodlatte move on Voting Rights Act reform

*Frank Wagner calls Democratic flag attack “cheap shot” (“The state senator says a news release saying he’s staying quiet about Confederate flags is a ‘cheap shot.'”)

*Pipeline partner says natural gas could be exported (“An owner of the proposed pipeline has a deal to export natural gas, contrary to a federal official’s promise.” Yep, liars.)

*Loudoun Has Seen Confederate Flag Controversy Before

*Williams: It’s time for Confederate monuments to come down

*Jefferson Davis statue on Monument Avenue vandalized

*Virginia OKs coal ash spill settlement

*GOP Del. Robert Bell opposes restoring felons’ rights before they pay restitution (Huh? If they’ve served their time, they’ve paid their debt to society. End of story.)

*Doug Fister zeroes in as the Nationals win their sixth straight game

*D.C. area forecast: Rain risk up late today, peaks Saturday when severe weather and flooding may visit

  • lowkell

    Henrico – Senator McEachin today issued this statement on the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney. Senator McEachin stated, “Today, as Charlestonians, South Carolinians and Americans we put to rest Rev Pinckney and we continue to mourn all the victims of the church massacre. But, as part of this time of mourning, we must determine a path forward. While the pending removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds and the removal of the flag from license plates here in the Commonwealth is a good symbolic starting point, the underlying issues remain etched in our communities.

    “We need to address the racism that permeates parts of our society. Just as importantly, we need to address the results of that racism -income inequality, educational disparity, poverty frustration and despair.  While “resolving” racism may be difficult and complicated and scouring the landscape of hate and bigotry may seem almost impossible, we all know that there are steps we can take to address the resulting issues.

    “The tragedy in Charleston was fueled by racism and hatred but it was facilitated by a society permeated by gun violence. The Second Amendment should not mean that criminals, those convicted of domestic violence and those who are violently mentally ill should be able to purchase a gun. For just, literally, a couple of minute delay, we could have universal background checks to try to limit some violent individuals from owning such lethal weapons.  We could limit ammunition purchases and we could determine that certain types of rapid fire assault weapons do not need to be available to the general public.

    “On this day of all days, I challenge all of us to take another look at those issues and to commit to actually doing something. Let us look around and see how we can help our neighbors, lift up those less fortunate and make policies that work to improve everyone’s lives. “

  • lowkell

    Beyer All In For Hillary Clinton

    Alexandria, VA – Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) announced his support for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign today, saying:

    “Hillary Clinton is the most qualified and best prepared candidate to ever run for president. Megan and I are excited to support this amazing woman in her history making campaign.

    “As Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein I benefited from her leadership, her command of foreign policy, and her tenacious pursuit of peace through diplomatic solutions. I look forward to working with her as our Commander-in-Chief.”


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  • Harry

    Bell is another one of the white supremacists whose mission in life is to deny minorities the vote. These people who restrict access to the vote as well as restoration of voting rights are white supremacists disguised as members of the general assembly. We need to start calling them exactly what they are…I’m starting right now:  Delegate Bell is a white supremacist, pass it on.

  • lowkell


    ~ Motion filed in federal court to dissolve the 2001 injunction that placed flags on certain specialty license plates ~

    RICHMOND (June 26, 2015)-Late today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring took the first legal steps necessary to remove the Confederate battle flag from Virginia license plates. He has filed a motion in federal court in the Western District of Virginia to vacate the order and to dissolve the injunction issued in the 2001 case of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. and Virginia Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. vs. Richard D. Holcomb, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles which required the Commonwealth to place the flag on specialty license plates issued to members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    On Tuesday, Governor McAuliffe announced plans to remove the battle flag from these specialty plates in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. Today’s filing begins the process of lifting the injunction so Virginia can enforce its existing statute, which states that “No logo or emblem of any description shall be displayed or incorporated into the design of license plates issued under this section.”

    The Commonwealth anticipates a hearing on its motion in the coming weeks.