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Sunday News: GOP Now Run by “Extremists, Authoritarians; VA Elections “All About Mobilizing “Base”

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, September 27.

*In Philadelphia, pope challenges Americans to live up to their ideals

*Congressional agenda in disarray with Boehner’s departure

*Week of tumult within GOP signals change, but to what?

*Fiorina’s falsehoods (“Ms. Fiorina may have deeply felt objections to abortion. That doesn’t excuse her use of mistruths to justify her willingness to shut down the government, which by the way she seems to consider no big deal.”)

*John Boehner May Have Been The Only Thing Standing Between America And Madness

*It is time to get very afraid: Extremists, authoritarians now run the GOP – and no one can stop them (“Boehner and McConnell weren’t conservative enough for them. Nor Eric Cantor. Right-wing purists won’t stop here”)

*Carly Fiorina Ambushed By Planned Parenthood Supporters At Tailgating Party

*Bernie Sanders’ secret advantage: How dominating Facebook could help him overcome Hillary Clinton’s financial juggernaut

*Schapiro: Local elections an exercise in national politics (“But will that coalition be there for McAuliffe on Nov. 3? Virginia’s legislative elections, much like those for statewide and national office, now come down to mobilizing a clearly identified base of reliable Democratic or Republican voters rather than stitching together a disparate array of supporters willing to put policy or personality ahead of party.”)

*Virginia and Cuba discuss expanding trade beyond agriculture

*Joe Stanley makes his return to politics, this time for a presidential election

*Rasoul: Who is to blame? Personal responsibility vs. systemic flaws

*Fairfax police investigating officer’s use of stun gun

*Power line across the James River: An intrusive eyesore or electrical necessity? (Not until Dominion has maxed out energy efficiency improvements, which it isn’t even CLOSE to doing, and also encourages distributed power, such as community and rooftop solar, which it aslo hasn’t done.)

*Shaping downtown Norfolk’s future

*D.C. area forecast: Showers continue to threaten, but may remain elusive