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Tuesday News: “Donald Trump is brilliant revenge;” Ryan McElveen Welcomes Students Back to School


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, September 8.

*Donald Trump is brilliant revenge: The GOP’s demise looks a lot like this (“The right used angry blue-collar voters and just made the rich richer. Supporting Trump settles the score”)

*Migrant crisis: Germany ‘can take 500,000 asylum-seekers a year’ (How about the U.S.?)

*Obama has plenty of reasons to smile (“Attention has been focused on who becomes our next president, but meanwhile the incumbent is on quite a roll.” Too bad Obama can’t run for a third term, he’d win in a landslide.)

*Kim Davis is no Rosa Parks (That comparison is beyond laughable, truly offensive.)

*Boehner’s future as speaker in doubt (“The Republican leader faces a grueling next few months, and even allies believe this will be his last term atop the GOP conference.”)

*Hillary Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart, Aides Say

*Dick Cheney’s despicable alternate history just got even worse (A truly evil man.)

*GOP to attack climate pact at home and abroad (“An aide to Mitch McConnell has been informing foreign embassies about GOP plans to oppose Obama’s strategy on global warming.” Speaking of evil; Republicans fight to destroy our planet.)

*Kaine to introduce gun bill to ensure buyer meets federal standards

*Gov. McAuliffe Continues Fight to Re-appoint Justice Roush

*Our view: Why the Edwards-Dye-Caldwell race may be closer than you think (“Advisory: Our Democratic readers may want to have their blood-pressure medicine handy before they read further.”)

*Va. lawmakers expect uphill fight over bolstering defense budget

*Should Virginia Impose Sanctions on Iran? (This is a bad joke, right?)

*New school year brings more change, anxiety in Norfolk

*Many join in Rep. Bobby Scott’s Labor Day celebration

*Loudoun incumbents lead in campaign financing

*Virginia House candidates speak at Buena Vista LaborFest

*Supervisors vote to contribute $50,000 to second Civil War memorial in Leeburg

*Alexandria paramedics fighting chief’s plan to cross-train them as firefighters

*No one is more puzzled by Max Scherzer’s collapse than Max Scherzer (Unfortunately, it’s killing the team, along with the middle-inning relief pitchers.)

*D.C. area forecast: 90s return before a stormy Thursday, cooler weekend

  • Good!

    Cites commitment to improving Loudoun for Working Families

    The Northern Virginia AFL-CIO has endorsed Democrat Andrew Resnick in his race for Loudoun County’s Algonkian District Supervisor.

    “Andrew Resnick is committed to making Loudoun County a better place to live and work,” said Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan. “He stands for issues that matter to working families. From maintaining strong schools, to keeping Loudoun competitive with livable wages, Andrew will be the voice we need on the Board of Supervisors.”

    “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Northern Virginia Area AFL-CIO,” said Andrew Resnick.  “As Supervisor, I’ll be a strong advocate for Loudoun families.  I look forward to working with the AFL-CIO to create good-paying jobs and protect the rights and interests of working men and women so we can grow the middle class.”

  • Good stuff; ultimately we need to make all gun sellers and buyers carry liability insurance.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine introduced the Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act to hold people responsible if they sell or transfer a firearm to someone who is barred by federal law from possessing firearms. Under current law, gun sellers can only be held liable if they know or have reasonable cause to believe that the recipient is prohibited. The Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act would require someone selling or transferring a weapon to take reasonable steps to make sure that the recipient is not prohibited from possessing a firearm.

    “As recent tragedies in Virginia and across the country have shown, the gun laws in our country have done little to stem senseless gun violence,” said Kaine. “These numbing incidents in urban, rural and suburban communities are made worse by the lack of accountability in those instances where the tragedy might have been prevented. That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act to help bring some measure of accountability for the violence that continues to plague our communities. It would hold a seller or transferor of firearms criminally liable should they fail to demonstrate they took reasonable steps to prevent a weapon from falling into prohibited hands. Why should someone be able to casually place an illegal firearm in the hands of a felon or other prohibited person?”

    As it stands, criminal liability applies only if the person who sells or transfers a firearm “know[s]” or has “reasonable cause to believe” that the buyer falls under any of the prohibited categories. Using this standard makes it difficult to hold someone accountable for an illegal sale or transfer because they can just claim that they did not know the recipient was a prohibited person.   That’s why the new law would simply require that any transferor must take reasonable steps to ensure that the person receiving the firearm is lawfully able to do so.

    “Ultimately, efforts to reduce gun violence must focus on multiple solutions,” said Kaine. “But this act is a step in the right direction.”