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Monday News: Boehner Rips Right Wingnuts, Fiorina Defends Torture, “Make or Break Time” for Bush

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, September 28. Also see President Obama’s speech at the closing session of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

*Shell Halts Alaska Offshore Exploration After Failing to Find Enough Oil (“Royal Dutch Shell Plc will halt exploration in the U.S. Arctic after $7 billion of spending ended with a well off Alaska that failed to find any meaningful quantities of oil or natural gas.” Good!)

*U.N. General Assembly to Open With Focus on Syria, ISIS and Refugees

*Republican hard-liners are ‘false prophets,’ Boehner says

*John Boehner’s Move Deepens a Republican Chasm

*Boehner climbs off the tiger

*Top donors warn Jeb Bush: It’s make or break time (LOL)

*Pope Francis: I Understand Anger of Catholic Church Sex-Abuse Victims

*Carly Fiorina defends Bush-era torture and spying (Sorry, but anyone who defends torturing people should be automatically disqualified from holding office in America. And anyone who participated in it in any way should be facing serious charges in a court of law.)

*It’s make or break time for Jeb Bush

*NBC/WSJ Poll: Trump and Carson Lead GOP; Clinton Loses Ground (Just think about that: carnival barker Donald Trump and extremist/bigot Ben Carson are #1 and #2 among Republican primary voters. What does that say about their party?)

*Trevor Noah gives Fox News a free pass: The new “Daily Show” could be great for Ailes and Hannity, bad for America (“Trevor Noah debuts tonight, but already there are ominous signs about his approach with this essential institution”)

*Donald Trump is a Modern-Day George Wallace (“Donald Trump is a scaremonger. And he’s bringing the most hateful strains of American politics back to life.”)

*Texas gives Virginia lethal drug for execution next week (Ugh.)

*Cuba-Virginia meetings seek to expand post-thaw trade opportunities

*Political stakes high for McAuliffe in November (“If he’s successful, McAuliffe will have greater political clout and have more deal-making cachet with the Republican-dominated House of Delegates during the last two years of his term. If he loses, McAuliffe could look politically weak at a particularly awkward time, just as his friend Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House and will likely need swing-state Virginia to win.”)

*Metro’s forbidding future (Metro needs reform and also a lot more resources.)

*Editorial: Voters lose out when candidate debates are nixed (“House Speaker Bill Howell, a Stafford County Republican, also has turned down the UMW request to take part in the forum. He is opposed by Kandy Hilliard, a Democrat and former Stafford County supervisor.”)

*Harper-Papelbon brawl transforms Nationals’ wake into a public viewing (Suspend Papelbon immediately, then dump him if at all possible.)

*D.C. area forecast: An unsettled week that starts like summer and ends like fall