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Friday the 13th News: Biden Medal of Freedom Ceremony; “Rubio’s Revenge?”; Del. “Sideshow Bob” Wants “Men to Be Men”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, January 13.

  • Video: Paul Ryan confronted at town hall by cancer survivor grateful for ACA, Obama

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYvwS26O9F4&feature=youtu.be

  • Gallup: Obama transition approval at 83%-12% (+71) in 1/09; Trump’s at 44%-51% (-7) in 1/17.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/galluptrumpobamaclinton.jpg

  • Rep. Bobby Scott on GOP Trying to Kill Health Care Law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npbab5IYtyM

  • Connolly Joins Cummings’ Call for Investigations Into Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

    “Trump’s current plan to avoid serious conflicts leaves more questions than answers,” says Connolly.

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gerry Connolly released the following statement today joining Ranking Member Cummings’ repeated calls for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to launch investigations into Donald Trump’s many conflicts of interest:

    “Chairman Chaffetz has said, even recently, that the role of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should be to provide effective oversight, regardless of which Party is in power. I share a commitment to that goal. Donald Trump’s clear conflicts of interest present an opportunity for the Chairman to turn the page on the partisan witch hunts that defined the previous Congress. Mr. Trump’s current plan to avoid serious conflicts leaves more questions than answers about how insulated he will be from the Trump Organization. I encourage the Chairman to immediately investigate, in full public view, the total scope of these potential conflicts of interests with the same enthusiasm he has demonstrated over the last two years.”

  • Video: Senator Elizabeth Warren details how Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder is a complete scumbag

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v15FeE3qamU

  • KAINE STATEMENT ON NOMINATIONS OF GENERAL JAMES MATTIS AND REX TILLERSON

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:

    “I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepared to lead the Department of Defense and provide the incoming administration with wise and strategic counsel on matters of national security.

    “I recognize the normal rule that a Secretary of Defense should be a person who has not served in the military for at least seven years and believe that we should not make an exception to that rule except in unusual circumstances. But the security challenges facing this country, my deep concerns about some members of the incoming Administration’s national security team and General Mattis’s solid commitment to building strong civilian/military understanding, as evidenced by his recent book on the subject, warrants making an exception in this case.

    “I will oppose the nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. He has a notable record of business success and a laudable commitment to civic affairs. But he did not demonstrate the awareness, judgment or independence I expect from our nation’s chief diplomat.

    “I asked Mr. Tillerson to respond to a series of investigative articles suggesting that ExxonMobil had long understood the connection between CO2 emissions and climate change but chose to wage a public campaign to misinform the public about this scientific consensus. This issue is directly relevant to Mr. Tillerson’s potential work as Secretary because of the American commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement. It is also directly relevant to Virginia, a state seeing troubling climate effects such as sea level rise in Hampton Roads.

    “Mr. Tillerson would not answer my repeated questions about what he knew about this during his 40+ years as an executive and CEO of the company. And when I asked whether he lacked the knowledge to answer my questions or was refusing to, he responded ‘a little of both.’

    “His refusal caused me to question whether he could set aside the interests of ExxonMobil to execute the duties and responsibilities of the office to which he was nominated. This concern was heightened by his discussion of the U.S.-Russian relationship, his refusal to strongly condemn atrocities committed by Vladimir Putin and Roderick Duterte, and his repeated efforts to downplay ExxonMobil’s efforts to lobby against sanctions legislation.

    “The U.S. needs a Secretary of State who can put the interests of the nation above any other loyalty. Mr. Tillerson did not give me confidence in his ability to fully do that.”

  • Video: Rep. Donald McEachin Speaks in Opposition to the waiver for General Mattis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cNCyu6ZVFE

  • Video: Rep. Don Beyer Condemns Reckless Republican Plan To Repeal Affordable Care Act

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

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