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Monday News: “The Very Political” James Comey “made a serious mistake”; Voters Must Vote to Correct It


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, October 31. Also check out John Oliver on the absurdity of Anthony Weiner, emails, etc.

  • Video: Joe Biden “not a big fan” of Anthony Weiner


    • Quizzical

      If Huma didn’t know her emails were on her husband’s machine, how did they get there? One could say of Weiner that nobody could be that stupid; is he (or his laptop) doing the bidding of a foreign government?

  • New TV Ad: Remakes “Daisy” Ad To Show Dangers of Trump With Nuclear Weapons

    With eight days left in the election, Hillary For America is airing a new powerful testimonial ad featuring Monique Luiz, the actress from the haunting 1964 commercial for Lyndon Johnson about the danger posed by nuclear weapons. Over the course of the campaign, Donald Trump has discussed the use of nuclear weapons recklessly, advocating nuclear proliferation and expressing disappointed incredulity that they aren’t used. He has proven just how reckless he would be when it comes to these powerful weapons of mass destruction. In the new ad, Monique expresses her concern for nuclear war given Trump’s temperament and rhetoric, and urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton on November 8 because the “stakes are too high for you to stay home.”


  • Video: Libertarian VP candidate Bill Weld calls Comey’s letter to Congress “inconceivable,” “troubling,” “no substance” – “this should not happen”; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2JJL86RhUw

  • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Endorses Jane Dittmar for Congress

    CHARLOTTESVILLE—In a statement today, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe endorsed Jane Dittmar, Democratic candidate to represent Virginia’s 5th district in congress.

    “As Governor, creating jobs and growing a new Virginia economy are my top priorities. I am proud to endorse Jane Dittmar for Congress in the race for Virginia’s 5th District because I know that she will work tirelessly in Congress to build on our economic success and bring more jobs to the 5th and all of the Commonwealth. I am so confident in Jane that I appointed her to my Broadband Commission to advise me on how to improve internet connectivity—a vital infrastructure for economic growth and job creation—across Virginia. Jane has a 35 year proven track-record creating jobs here in the Commonwealth, and I look forward to seeing her represent Virginians in Washington.”

    Dittmar worked in conjunction with the Governor’s office while serving on the Governor’s Broadband Advisory Commission and on various projects while serving as Chair as the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

    “Receiving the Governor’s endorsement is a distinct honor,” Dittmar said. “Governor McAuliffe has worked tirelessly for Virginia and is dedicated to economic development—a dedication I share. I look forward to working with Team Virginia when I am in Congress and partnering with Governor McAuliffe to move our economy forward.”

    The 5th district race has been designated a Red-to-Blue race by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball has moved the race from Likely Republican to Leans Republican, Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report moved the 5th district of VA into a more competitive category, and the Cook Political report moved VA-05 from Solid Republican to Likely Republican. All of these designations indicate that national groups and political experts believe that the 5th district could turn in favor of Democrats.

  • True Blue

    I just heard about this, and look forward to further scrutiny about Trump’s destroyed e-mails by the media over the next days:


    “Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump. In each instance, Trump and entities he controlled also erected numerous hurdles that made lawsuits drag on for years, forcing courtroom opponents to spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records.”

    “This behavior is of particular import given Trump’s frequent condemnations of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, for having deleted more than 30,000 emails from a server she used during her time as secretary of state. While Clinton and her lawyers have said all of those emails were personal, Trump has suggested repeatedly on the campaign trail that they were government documents Clinton was trying to hide and that destroying them constituted a crime. The allegation—which the FBI concluded was not supported by any evidence—is a crowd-pleaser at Trump rallies, often greeted by supporters chanting, “Lock her up!””

  • Video: Eileen Bedell On Issues That Matter To Virginians


  • Video: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest


  • Tim Kaine to Campaign in Phoenix and Tucson

    In Phoenix, Kaine to deliver address entirely in Spanish

    On Thursday, November 3, ‎ Tim Kaine will campaign in Arizona days before Election Day.

    In Phoenix, Kaine will deliver remarks entirely in Spanish – a first for an organized campaign rally during a US presidential campaign — about the high stakes of this election and the choice voters face. For the first time since 1996 Arizona is competitive in the presidential election due to demographic shifts and a dramatic increase in Latino voter registration. Over the last several months, Arizona has also seen strong growth in voter enthusiasm in support of Hillary Clinton’s positive, inclusive vision, and her commitment from day one to listening to the concerns of the Latino community. At the same time Arizonans have increasingly rejected Donald Trump’s offensive and dangerously divisive rhetoric.

    In Tucson, with one day left of in-person early vote, he will host a GOTV rally with supporters.

    With more people voting in this election than any in history, Kaine will urge Arizona voters to take advantage of in-person early voting. Voters can check their registration status and early vote location at iwillvote.com.

  • True Blue

    I just heard this, about Comey’s concern about election timing (Oct. 28) for e-mails but NOT for Russian meddling (Oct. 7):

    “FBI Director James Comey argued privately that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the U.S. election and ultimately ensured that the FBI’s name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out, a former FBI official tells CNBC.”

    “The official said some government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey would have election timing concerns with the Russian disclosure but not with the Huma Abedin email discovery disclosure he made Friday.”

    “In the end, the Department of Homeland Security and The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued the statement on Oct. 7, saying “The U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations…These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”