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Saturday News: “Trump refuses to face reality about Russia”; “Why celebrate the New Year?”; Obama Reviews Progress Over Past 8 Years


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, December 31. Also see President Obama’s weekly address, in which he reflects “on the significant progress we’ve made since he took office in 2009.” It truly is amazing, especially considering that President Obama got ZERO help from Republicans (to the contrary, they worked to make him fail). So, from the majority of Americans (Obama’s approval rating is around 56% right now), thank you Barack Obama! 🙂

  • Quizzical

    So Norfolk and Virginia Beach want a new cabinet position – State Resiliency Officer. Isn’t Brian Moran doing a good job on flooding?

    This reminds me, Trump won Virginia Beach County, notwithstanding Trump’s statements that climate change is a hoax. It’s hard to square that with calling for the creation of a State Resiliency Officer, seven weeks after the election. However consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, etc.

    Besides, the problem isn’t the lack of a State Resiliency Officer, the problem is lack of funding for resiliency efforts. But wait, they expect the State Resiliency Officer to help them compete for federal grant money.

    Anybody think Trump and the next Congress are going to open the spigot for resiliency construction? I guess it could happen. All that infrastructure money has to be spent on something. Speaking for myself, I think of infrastructure as rebuilding bridges and replacing water and sewer systems, not building sea walls to protect beach property.

  • Robert Reich:

    Trump issued the following tweet this morning: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”

    The man who is about to become President of the United States continues to exhibit a mean-spirited, thin-skinned, narcissistic and vindictive character. He sees the world in terms of personal wins or losses, enemies or friends, supporters or critics.

    Trump hasn’t yet figured out that a president holds a position of public trust that transcends personal animus. A president is supposed to represent all Americans, including those who voted against him and continue to oppose him. In a democracy, those who fight against a president’s policies are not his personal “enemies;” they are political opponents and critics. A democracy depends on the freedom to oppose those in power, without fear of reprisal, without being labeled “enemies.”

    Happy New Year, Donald. You now have 20 days to learn how to become a president.