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Thursday News: Hillary Clinton Speaks to Children’s Defense Fund; Are Dems “Screwing Up the Resistance to Donald Trump?”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, November 17. Also check out Hillary Clinton’s speech last night at the Children’s Defense Fund. Just a reminder that she would have been an infinitely better President than Trump. I’d also note that Clinton continues to widen her popular vote lead over Trump, now up to 1.34 million!

  • Quizzical

    I caught part of Bernie Sanders’ speech. I’ll say this, given the way things worked out, I’m very glad the Bernie is around to rally progressives right now.

    • Yes, although Bernie (and Warren to an extent) continue to be far too economically “determinist” for my tastes, when clearly there are MANY other factors – race, culture, identity, religion, values of all kinds, “blood and soil” stuff – that motivate people above and beyond (or at least coequal to) economics.

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  • Video: Colbert on Trump transition as Game of Thrones “except I definitely don’t want to imagine any of these people having sex”


  • Virginia self segregates, polarizes politically


  • True Blue

    “Never has so big a popular-vote victory been trumped by the Electoral College.” https://www.thenation.com/article/hillary-clintons-popular-vote-victory-is-unprecedented-and-still-growing/

    “Clinton’s [1.34 million and counting] popular-vote margin over that of Trump is now greater than that of Richard Nixon over Hubert Humphrey in 1968, and that of John Kennedy over Nixon in 1960…The Republican nominee will become president with [LESS] popular support than a number of major-party candidates who [LOST] races for the presidency. Trump is now at 47.0 percent of the popular vote, according to the Cook count. That is a [LOWER] percentage than were won by Mitt Romney in 2012, John Kerry in 2004, Gore in 2000, or Gerald Ford in 1976.”

    “IF SOMEONE TELLS ME I SHOULD “GET OVER IT,” HOW SHOULD I RESPOND? Just tell them that you agree with Donald Trump, who in 2012 described the Electoral College a “disaster for democracy.”

    The evidence is that Americans voted for equality, inclusion, worker protections, women’s reproductive rights, health of children and families, debt-free advanced education, environmental protections, voting rights, criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform, strengthening foreign alliances, investment in jobs and infrastructure, experience in governance, breaking through partisan gridlock, a growing economy, and yes, love and kindness.

    Despite voter suppression in Wisconsin, Florida, and North Carolina, voters saw the importance of these goals. Marian Wright Edelman got it correct last night – “The People’s President” is Hillary Rodham Clinton. But that’s not what we’ll get, and it’s hard to see how hateful rhetoric, corporate welfare, nepotism, state run QVC-like infomercials, discrimination, self-aggrandizement, lack of transparency, Twitter tantrums, and threats to political opponents, protestors, and the media will help any Americans. God help us.

  • Verrrry interesting; smart to focus on his reelection race in 2018, possibly against Barbara Comstock or Ken Cuccinelli or whoever.


  • Video: Jon Stewart on GOP cynicism, President-elect Trump, hypocrisy in America


  • Video: Bob McDonnell’s pal/boss Pat Robertson compares sanctuary cities to Jim Crow



    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after voting against cloture on the motion to proceed to the American Energy and Conservation Bill:

    “I voted no on this bill in large part because of findings from the Obama Administration earlier this year, as well as increasing opposition to speculative oil drilling off Virginia’s coast from constituents in Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore. Department of Defense concerns about the impact mid-Atlantic oil drilling would have on military operations in Hampton Roads and subsequent conversations with DOD officials as well as regional leaders led me to conclude that speculative drilling activities would pose a risk to the Hampton Roads economy and should not be undertaken.”

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly and House Foreign Affairs Democrats Request Urgent Hearing To Examine Potential Foreign Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and 15 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee requested an urgent hearing to examine reportedly deliberate attempts by foreign governments to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. In a letter sent to Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the Members wrote, “We cannot ignore these facts merely because Election Day has come and gone. The Committee must understand and be prepared to counter what constitutes a potentially unprecedented intervention by a foreign government into U.S. elections.”

    The letter was signed by Representatives Gerald E. Connolly, Brad Sherman, Gregory Meeks, Albio Sires, Ted Deutch, Brian Higgins, William R. Keating, David Cicilline, Ami Bera, Alan Lowenthal, Grace Meng, Lois Frankel, Joaquin Castro, Brendan F. Boyle, Robin Kelly, and Karen Bass.

    The Members noted that, “On October 7, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security released a joint statement saying “The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.” The USIC went further to explicitly state that “these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” and “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.” We cannot ignore these facts merely because Election Day has come and gone.”

    The members added, “The Committee must understand and be prepared to counter what constitutes a potentially unprecedented intervention by a foreign government into U.S. elections.”

  • Video: Bernie Sanders speaks at GWU


  • ventolin63

    Did they (Children Defense Fund) pay her 300000$ a pop, or she slashed her prices on speeches now that she got booted OUT of the game ? ‘Cause for sure that wasn’t a freebie, it’s not Clinton’s style 🙂