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Thursday News: “Trump Could Be Israel’s Worst Nightmare”; “Paul Ryan’s idiotic power play”; Va. Needs to Start Streaming


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, December 29. Also check out John Kerry’s superb speech, rebutting the far-right and laying out his vision for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. And yes, most of this – particularly opposition to expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank – has been the view of U.S. administrations, Republican and Democratic, for decades now.

  • Quizzical

    I suppose Trump has his strengths as well as his weaknesses. I’m not too sure what the strengths are going to be, in the context of being President. He did win the election so there must be something. His weaknesses include that he is susceptible to being manipulated by flattery and other tricks. We are starting to see a line form of foreign leaders who want to manipulate him for their own purposes – Putin and Netanyahu are openly in that queue but there will be many others, and the foreign governments are not going to shy away from using their intelligence services to this end. So that’s our new reality, folks. The foreign spying and interference in our politics is going to continue, because Trump will not put a stop to it.

  • Quizzical

    We take manipulation of financial markets very seriously
    Chinese Hackers Allegedly Made $4 Million Trading on Stolen Inside Information – Vanity Fair
    Manipulation of our political system is a different story

  • True Blue

    Ready to Resist, starting with the “Day After” by We the People:

  • Quizzical

    Full Joe Manchin Interview with Chuck Todd
    I just saw this yesterday evening. I was struck by Manchin’s description of how people in southwestern West Virginia feel like war veterans who sacrificed for the country and did everything asked of them, and then were “kicked in the teeth” when they returned home. I’m still having trouble connecting the dots though, between that feeling and voting for Trump, which makes me feel pretty stupid.

    Of course, there was that so-called gaffe by Clinton that went like this:

    “So for example, I’m the only
    candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity
    using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re
    going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,

    “And we’re going to make it clear
    that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those
    mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to
    turn on our lights and power our factories.

    “Now we’ve got to move away from coal
    and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the
    people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied


    I guess they want to go back into the mines, rather than build and maintain windmills and solar power facilities.

    • So they voted for the same people – Republicans – who have continually kicked them in the teeth for decades? Sounds like a plan.


    ~ On Obama Administration response to Russian electoral interference ~

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the 115th Congress, issued a statement today on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to Russian hacking and interference in the electoral process:
    “The actions the President took today are an important step, but preventing Russia from interfering in our elections will require a sustained response from the next administration and from Congress.

    “We are obligated to conduct a thorough, timely and bipartisan investigation in the 115th Congress with the goal of releasing as much information as possible, while protecting sources and methods, so that the American people can understand exactly what happened and what could well happen again if we fail to respond appropriately.
    “Make no mistake: Russia’s actions were not those of a friend. I am grateful to the intelligence community for their hard work to warn us about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the democratic process. I will continue to urge the incoming administration to respect the expertise and conclusions reached by our intelligence professionals, and to take actions that treat Russia’s interference with the seriousness it deserves.”
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