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Thursday News: Dems Vote to Keep Government Open; Most Republicans Vote to Shut it Down

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, October 1.

*Kevin McCarthy’s truthful gaffe on Benghazi (“So now we know: One of the principal reasons Republicans spent so much public money investigating the tragic Benghazi episode was to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.”)

*Clinton Camp Senses Moment to Expose Benghazi Committee (“House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy unleashes the perfect talking point for Democrats pushing for the panel to be dismantled and investigated.”)

*Hillary Clinton Camp Is Making Moves to Check Joe Biden (“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign, increasingly worried about the threat of a challenge from Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., is making a sudden and urgent effort to throw roadblocks into his path.”)

*Russians Strike Rebel Targets in Syria, but Not ISIS Areas (Dangerous situation.)

*‘This wasn’t an abortion’: CNN forces anti-Planned Parenthood group to admit Fiorina was wrong (Why does anyone give this group of anti-choice extremists any credibility at all?)

*Pro-Lifers Embarrassed By Planned Parenthood Hearing, Call It ‘GOP Freak Show’ (Bingo.)

*Sanders nearly matches Clinton fundraising, putting new pressure on the front-runner

*Congress passes spending bill, averting government shutdown (Most Virginia Republicans – Morgan Griffith, Bob BADlatte, Dave Brat, etc. – voted to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood. They all need to be voted out of office.)

*The GOP Argument for Defunding Planned Parenthood Is Incoherent (“Republicans should want the clinics to get more federal funding.” Exactly, because most of what PP does reduces the number of abortions, arguably by a a lot.)

*Elizabeth Warren Just Gave the Best Response to Black Lives Matter (“She went further than any other mainstream politician has gone so far, but it’s still not enough.”)

*Warner, Kaine, vote for CR, against shutdown

*Jeb Bush: Crying Out Loud (“Ah, Mr. Bush, you always seem to be missing something.”)

*Breaking down the proposals on congressional redistricting

*Editorial: Herring aims for more good cops

*McAuliffe promises to keep fighting for gun control

*Pope urges McAuliffe to spare Prieto one day before scheduled execution

*Execution delayed over challenges involving drug, disability

*Legislation expected to address state Supreme Court FOIA ruling

*Norment v. Saslaw debate to be live streamed, broadcast (This should be, uh…”interesting?” Or not.)

*Needless secrecy on ABC report

*McCollum TV ad blames his bio error on military clerical mistake

*Hampton Roads officials, residents brace for impact of Hurricane Joaquin

*Roanoke’s flood control project passed test, but no guarantees if it rains like 1985

*NTSB recommends reclassifying Metrorail, fortifying federal oversight

*A deaf man’s jail ordeal in Arlington: ‘I felt stuck. I was stuck.’

*In Jonathan Papelbon, Nationals got their closer – and then fell apart (This series by Barry Svrluga is painful to read, but very well done.)

*D.C. area forecast: Increasing rain and wind through Friday; Possible impact from Hurricane Joaquin Sunday-Monday

  • Today, the House passed a short-term spending bill to fund the federal government for two months. While today’s vote avoids another government shutdown, we will be at the brink of another shutdown in December if House Republicans continue to push a partisan agenda. The last time Republicans shutdown the government, it cost the U.S. economy $24 billion and had significant negative impacts on the Commonwealth. Tens of thousands of federal employees throughout Virginia and in my district were furloughed. Our nation’s credit rating was put at risk, and critical investments in education, transportation, defense and medical research were unnecessarily delayed.

    I hope that my Republican colleagues will work with Democrats on finding a path forward to address sequestration, fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016, raise the debt ceiling, reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, and pass a long-term transportation bill.

  • True Blue

    McCarthy’s truthful gaffe is only surpassed by his channeling Scary Sarahy – the Palinesque remarks on foreign policy yesterday were incoherent, as reported by Maddow and Daily Kos.

    Egads!  House will elect a fundraiser whose sole experience in legislation was naming two structures in CA?

  • My statement following House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s admission last night that there is no evidence Planned Parenthood has violated any laws:

    “The Chairman’s admission on national television that there is absolutely no evidence Planned Parenthood has broken any laws and that this week’s one-sided hearing was about nothing more than scoring cheap political points at the expense of women’s health, though not surprising, is shameful and should be condemned.

    “This is the second revelation in the last two days by Republican leaders that their “investigations” are not about oversight but nothing more than misogynistic attacks for political reasons.

    “First, the Majority Leader admitted the Benghazi Select Committee, Congress’s longest-running investigation in recent history, is only a means to attack Secretary Hillary Clinton. Then last night, the Chairman of Congress’s leading oversight committee was forced to confess that there is absolutely no evidence Planned Parenthood has broken the law, leaving the American public to conclude the Republican Majority is abusing congressional oversight to further their own political agenda.

    “The Benghazi Select Committee has proven to be one of the most biased, one-side investigations in congressional history. Given the Chairman’s own words, I see no reason taxpayers should be asked to pay for yet another witch hunt in creating another Select Committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.”