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Wednesday News: White House Prepares to Punish Russia for Hacking Our Election; RIP Carrie Fisher

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 28.

  • Robert Reich:

    The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 protects federal civil servants against coercion for partisan political purposes.

    Yet last week the Trump transition team requested full reports from the State Department on “gender-related staffing.”

    Earlier this month, Trump’s transition team asked the Energy Department for a list of employees who have been involved in climate change issues in President Obama’s administration.

    It appears that Trump’s transition is breaking the law, and seeking to intimidate civil servants. The Inspectors General for the State Department and the Energy Department have 24 days to investigate and say so. After January 20, it’s too late. We’re on the road to tyranny.</blockquote

  • Mark Hamill:

    It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you, mh

  • Good. These Russia apologists gall me to no end. To be fair, I’m not keen on the folks who chortled along with President Obama when Mitt Romney noted the danger Russia played in the international community, but that’s three orders of magnitude not as bad as the folks who are absolutely friggin’ a-okay with what Russia did since, apparently, they’re unabashedly party before country.

  • Quizzical

    Re White House prepares to punish Russia with covert action . . . I’m not impressed. My translation: President Obama feels he has to do something, but doesn’t want to do anything that might start a tit for tat series of retaliations with the Russians, especially since he is about to leave office and wants to leave the President-elect a “clean barn.” So the publicly announced “covert action” is mostly for domestic consumption.

  • Quizzical

    Changing NAFTA looks like a major undertaking
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-nafta-232992

    I’m curious as to how Trump thinks he can pull off trade reform, tax reform, immigration reform, health insurance reform, a massive defense buildup, a massive infrastructure rebuilding program, and crush ISIS with his secret plan, all at once. Sounds like a disaster to try. He’s not picking his battles. Sad!

  • Quizzical

    Obamacare success stories – It’s been great (while it lasted)
    http://wvpublic.org/post/many-fewer-obamacare-choices-doesnt-mean-higher-prices
    At the end of the article, there’s a quote from an older guy, age 55, who voted for Trump because he didn’t like Clinton:

    “His subsidized monthly premium for his Blue Cross policy will be $65
    next year, up slightly from the $63.30 he paid this year. Ellis says he
    went without health insurance for many years before Obamacare. With high
    blood pressure, arthritis in his knees and a potential need for another
    hip replacement, he says, “It’s been great for me.””

  • Quizzical

    What is bothering Trump about Obama?
    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-obama-transition-233023
    There is only one President at a time, and Trump isn’t the President yet.