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Tuesday News: Warren Rips Trump as “bigger, uglier threat every day;” Obama to Nix Oil Drilling off Virginia Coast


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 15.

  • Quizzical

    Good article in Politico how Miami is dealing with rising sea level, so far.
    Too bad Gore didn’t get the votes he needed in Florida 16 years ago. Now, there aren’t many good options for Miami. They are talking about a new kind of mortgage that builds up a fund to evacuate and abandon your property.

  • Video: Hamilton cast performs “Alexander Hamilton” at White House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPrAKuOBWzw

  • Video: Hamilton cast performs “My Shot” at White House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEHKBckBcr4

  • Video: The First Lady Delivers Remarks at “Hamilton at the White House” Workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTrF1MyAjYA

  • Popcorn! Wackos vs. wackos! Michelle Fields, Ben Shapiro on resigning from Breitbart. lol



    ~ On today’s announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement today on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision not to allow energy exploration in the Atlantic Ocean in its 2017-2022 offshore leasing plan:

    “We’ve all been awaiting this decision from the Department of the Interior. I take seriously the concerns the Department of Defense and NASA have raised about the potential impacts of energy exploration and development along the Atlantic coast. I also believe we have to take into account the challenge of securing a fair revenue-sharing agreement for Virginia, and the changed economics surrounding oil and gas development. I look forward to getting a full briefing from the Navy and NASA Wallops about the nature of their concerns.”

  • Senator McEachin Announces Candidacy for Democratic Nomination in Virginia-04; Will Tirelessly Advocate for Citizens in His District

    Henrico – Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Virginia-04. In announcing his candidacy, Senator McEachin said, ”I want to go to Washington to continue to make a difference for the citizens of my district. I have dedicated my career to fighting for the underdog in my law practice and have an over ten year record in the General Assembly of leading the fights that make a difference.

    “Throughout my career in the legislature I’ve stood up for human rights, for seniors, for veterans and for those at the margins.

    “I’m running for Congress this year because I’ve had enough of the backward agendas and hateful language in Washington. I’ve had enough of Republicans attacking the civil rights, voting rights and human rights of Americans. I’ve had enough of Republicans trying to tell women how to control their own bodies and their own healthcare decisions. And I’ve had enough of Republicans slashing Social Security, Medicare and education funding while protecting tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

    “In Washington, I will work every day for economic justice to ensure everyone has an opportunity for a good job with good wages.

    “Our children need outstanding cutting-edge public schools so they can learn job skills or be prepared for higher education.

    “Our seniors have worked and paid into the system their entire lives and we need to protect Social Security and Medicare for them and for future generations.

    “All our citizens deserve equal rights and opportunity – those most vulnerable, women, our LGBT citizens and persons of color. We need to protect and expand their rights.

    “Our veterans have served our country and risked their lives to keep us safe. They must have access to services, healthcare, education and job opportunities.

    “We must protect our environment and leave the earth healthier for future generations.

    “In Washington, I will continue to lead these efforts. I intend to work with people, not spend my time on personal insults and partisan invective. We need to move forward to improves the lives of all Americans,” Senator McEachin concluded.

  • Rep. Don Beyer Urges Employers to be Generous and Flexible in the Face of Tomorrow’s Unprecedented Metro Shutdown

    March 15, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement after the announcement this afternoon that the Washington Metropolitan Area Metro Authority (WMATA) will suspend Metrorail service for 29 hours beginning at midnight tonight:

    Our office has been in contact with the Office of Personnel Management. We have urged them to allow unscheduled leave for federal employees, and I urge other employers in the region to be equally flexible, allowing employees to take unscheduled leave or to work from home if at all possible.

    I have confidence in the new leadership of Paul Wiedefeld and look forward learning more about the technical details behind this decision. We must overhaul this critical public transit system, and we must continue our federal investment in Metro in order for that to happen. Tomorrow we will get a glimpse of what our nation’s capital will look like without this essential system.

  • Connolly Calls For Unscheduled Leave or Telework in Light of Metro Shut Down

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Connolly released the following statement calling on OPM to grant unscheduled leave or telework for federal employees in light of the Metro shut down.

    Today’s decision by General Manager Wiedefield to shut down the Metrorail system for 24 hours is a gut punch to the hundreds of thousands of commuters who depend on the system. This decision, while perhaps necessary, will cause significant inconvenience and will disrupt the functioning of the federal government in our nation’s capital. OPM must recognize that challenge and should, at a minimum, grant unscheduled leave or telework for federal employees tomorrow. While I am extremely frustrated with this news, safety must be our number one priority. This dramatic action highlights the need for long-term safety and reliability improvements throughout the system.


    ~ On today’s announcement by Metro ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement today after Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced a temporary shutdown of the Metrorail system beginning at midnight in order to conduct emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables:

    “It’s sad that it’s come to this, but hundreds of thousands of people depend on the safety of the Metro system. We need to take it seriously. I’m glad that Metro’s new leadership is treating system safety with an appropriate sense of urgency.”

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Tomorrow’s Metro System Closure

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s announcement that the Metro system will be closed tomorrow due to safety concerns:

    “While I am disappointed that the closure of the Metro system has become necessary, I support the new management’s decision to take whatever steps are necessary to keep Virginians safe. Metro is essential to the economic health and quality of the Northern Virginia region and our entire Commonwealth – it’s time to make it the safe, accessible and dependable asset Virginia families deserve.”

  • Quizzical

    Robert Reich criticizes recent trade deals for being skewed towards enhancing intellectual property rights at the expense of middle class jobs