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Tuesday News: President Obama on Russian Hacking, Hillary’s Emails; “Flawed Choices for the State Department” (and Every Other Agency)

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, December 13. Also check out President Obama on Russian hacking and Hillary’s “not very interesting emails that didn’t have any explosive information in them,” but that the media was obsessed with (Lowell’s note: FU Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, NY Times, etc.).

  • Video: AG Loretta Lynch visit to ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA yesterday

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK2HniSfy_c

  • Video: A Message From the President to America’s Federal Workforce

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-qkY5twwRM

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  • Governor McAuliffe Announces His Upcoming Budget will Include 1.5% Bonus for State Employees in 2017

    ~ Budget will also include new Tax Amnesty Program designed to generate additional revenue ~

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that his amendments to the FY 2017-18 budget will include a 1.5% bonus for Virginia state employees and the state’s share of a 1.5% bonus for teachers and state-supported local employees effective December 1, 2017. The Governor will also recommend funding to address salary compression at the Virginia State Police and support career development programs. In total, the Governor’s proposed amendments include $130.6 million for compensation.

    “Virginia is home to the finest state workforce anywhere in the nation, and we have an obligation to continue to ensure they are compensated for their great work,” said Governor McAuliffe. “While current conditions do not allow for a permanent salary increase in the upcoming budget, this one-time bonus should send a clear message to our employees that we value their hard work and recognize the need to continue to increase their compensation.”

    While Virginia’s revenue shortfall prevents a permanent salary increase in the current budget, the Governor and his team have identified several sources of one-time funding in order to pay for the bonuses he announced today.

    The Governor announced one of those sources today in the form a new state tax amnesty program, which will create a special grace period during which individuals and businesses can pay back taxes while avoiding fines and only paying half of the interest due. This program is expected to generate $59.4 million for the general fund. The program will be administered in fiscal year 2018. Since 1990, three amnesty programs have been administered, with the last being held in 2009.

  • Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington/McLean) hangs out with VP Joe Biden, Rachel Maddow…

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ripsullivanrachelmaddowjoebiden.jpg

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    Another WTF moment in 2016
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/politics/russia-hack-election-dnc.html?_r=0

    Podesta staffer wrote “a legitimate email” when he meant “an illegitimate email” — Sen. Kerry and staff have to use gmail because the State Dept. email system was so crippled — etc. etc.

    Why does this story come out five weeks AFTER the election?

  • Connolly Calls on Trump to Immediately Act on Rampant Conflicts of Interest
    Says Trump’s vague , and now delayed proposals, fall far short of what is required of Commander in Chief

    Washington, D. C. – In advance of tomorrow’s House Oversight and Government Reform Forum on the President-elect’s blatant conflicts of interest, Congressman Connolly called on Trump to immediately divest and place his holdings in a blind trust.

    “The President of the United States must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Unfortunately, the President-elect’s vague, and now delayed, twitter promises of a “future plan” fall far short of past practice and our reasonable expectations,” said Connolly.

    “The president cannot serve himself while serving the nation, and the president is not above the law,” added Connolly. “It is important that Americans understand what is going on here and how far the President-elect’s conflicts of interest run. That demands transparency.”

    “The tentacles of the Trump Organization run far and wide. How is the President-elect to act responsibly, ethically, and in our nation’s best interest, if he is still heavily invested in these holdings?”

    “In fact, the problems of turning his business operations over to his children are made pretty obvious by the recent reports of Ivanka sitting in on his meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and by comments by some foreign dignitaries that they may opt to stay at Trump International Hotel to curry favor.”

    “For example, he will be making decisions about regulation of the financial sector and the potential dismantling of the Dodd-Frank banking law, as the Trump Organization, like most real estate empires, is heavily indebted to banks and other lenders.”

    “Even worse, if any foreign government or a company controlled by a foreign government does business with a Trump entity with his involvement, the President could be accused of accepting a payment in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, creating a constitutional crisis that could even result in threats of impeachment.”

    “The only solution is divestiture and a blind trust managed by a neutral party,” Connolly said. “All past presidents in modern history have employed the use of a blind trust so that their presidency is not overshadowed by conflicts such as those found between Trump’s business interests and the public interest.”

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