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Wednesday News: GOP Follows Trump’s “Disastrous Example” on Ethics, “Shoots Self” in Foot; Rep. Bobby Scott Blasts GOP Rules Changes

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, January 4. Also check out Rep. Bobby Scott speaking out against the Republicans’ proposed rules package that “would pave the way for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a viable replacement.”

  • Quizzical

    There are parts of the US which will participate in the clean energy revolution, e.g., California. We have to work to make sure that Virginia isn’t left behind.

  • Video: Rachel Maddow Interviews Bernie Sanders

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM5VAs6mg3A

  • I’m with Robert Reich on this one; Dems need to stop legitimizing Trump and the far right in general, including by appearing on their media outlets or attending their inauguration.

    I got a call this morning from a politician I respect who told me he was attending Trump’s inauguration not because he backs Trump but because he believes in promoting unity over partisanship and supporting a peaceful transition of power.

    I told him that’s why politicians of both parties normally attend an inauguration. But the issue here has nothing to do with partisanship or a normal transition of power. It’s not matter of Democrat versus Republican, or left versus right.

    The issue here is how former presidents and other politicians should respond to someone who has shown himself to be a dangerous demagogue.

    Donald Trump became president by lying, demeaning women, denigrating racial and ethnic minorities, denying intelligence reports of foreign intervention in our election, excusing violence against opponents, and undermining the freedom and independence of the press. And since being elected he’s held rallies and issued tweets in which he’s continued to tell big lies, retaliate against critics, call opponents “enemies,” avoid press conferences, and dismiss conflicts of financial interest.

    I told him that, in my view, attending Trump’s inauguration gives tacit support and approval to someone who poses a clear and present danger to our democracy.

  • Congratulations to my friend (since the Webb campaign of 2006) Abbi Easter, who made this article in Roll Call on new Chiefs of Staff. Excellent pick by Rep. Donald McEachin!

    Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin knew the day he declared his candidacy for Congress that his chief in the Virginia Senate, who also managed his campaign, would become his congressional chief if he won.

    “One of the things you have to be honest with yourself about is, ‘Who are you going to listen to?’” McEachin said.

    Abbi Easter has been with the congressman since 2001. “I feel very fortunate to have someone who’s been with me for that length of time,” McEachin said. “Not everyone has that luxury.”

  • Dave Webster

    Trump is right to criticize the intelligence information thus far. This article essentially destroys the FBI/DHS report. https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/12/russia-malware-ip-hack/

  • Impressive haul:

    Justin Fairfax, Candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia, Announces 2016 Fundraising Total; Campaign Raised Nearly $500,000 from Over 1,100 Donors

    Annandale, Virginia – Today, Justin Fairfax announced that his campaign has raised more than $480,000 from over 1,100 donors in the nearly eight months since he announced his candidacy on May 2nd, 2016, through the period ending December 31, 2016. The campaign will formally file its finance report by the January 17, 2017 due date.

    With this total, Fairfax already has raised more in the 2017 election cycle than he did in the entire 11-month period leading up to his 2013 primary election for Attorney General of Virginia; a campaign in which he won more than 48% of the statewide vote and the endorsement of The Washington Post.

    “We are thrilled about the widespread and growing enthusiasm for Justin’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. In just eight months, we raised nearly $500,000, surpassing the amount we raised ahead of the 2013 primary election,” said Zakiya Thomas, Fairfax’s Campaign Manager. “We built and invested in an excellent statewide campaign team and we look forward to continuing to reach voters and communities all across the Commonwealth.”

    “Our campaign has been endorsed by more than 100 elected officials, party leaders, and grassroots activists across Virginia. Justin has traveled more than 10,000 miles listening to the concerns, hopes, and dreams of all Virginians and discussing solutions to the most pressing problems faced by our families in these uncertain times. Justin’s hopeful and inspiring message of fighting for higher-paying jobs, economic security and opportunity, criminal justice reform, equality for all Virginians, and elevating our political discourse continues to resonate.”

    In 2013, Fairfax was a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He earned more than 48% of the statewide primary vote and the endorsement of The Washington Post, which cited his “agile and impressive command of the issues” and his “prosecutor’s passion for justice.” In that election – his first ever run for public office – Fairfax earned more than 68,000 votes and lost by less than 2 votes per precinct statewide. In 2014, Mr. Fairfax served as Co-Chair of Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s successful reelection campaign. He currently serves as a litigator in the Tysons Corner, VA office of the law firm Venable LLP.

    Fairfax previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Major Crimes and Narcotics Unit of the Alexandria Division. Justin is a graduate of Duke University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and he currently sits on the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was selected to be a member of the prestigious Columbia Law Review. Justin’s wife, Dr. Cerina W. Fairfax, DDS, is a graduate of the VCU School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia and Duke University. Justin and Cerina have one son, Cameron, and one daughter, Carys. They live in Northern Virginia where they own a thriving family dental practice.

  • Dan Rather:

    Stunned disbelief. Anxiety. A mounting sense of betrayal. These are the smoke signals rising from those in and around the United States intelligence community over President-elect Donald Trump’s dismissal of the evidence of Russian hacking in the presidential election.

    And now, in a series of tweets, Mr. Trump has taken the side of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over the collective conclusion of those tasked with our national security. Assange, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity (who at this point must be considered a full-fledged propagandist and abetter) said he didn’t get the information from Russia. Well if he says so… Let’s just use that same standard for all of our adversaries. Nothing to see here. Why waste all these billions of dollars on intelligence gathering?

    When it comes to our intelligence services, there must be many caveats. This work is more art than pure science, often picking out clues from a lot of noise. Our intelligence has been wrong in the past. The CIA and other organizations have overstepped their bounds at times, and their findings have been politicized (Iraq). Furthermore there is often a certain amount of dissent about many findings. I also must add that I have long felt we can benefit from taking a long, hard, and critical look at our intelligence apparatus, its structure, bureaucratic interferences, and fiefdoms. But in this case, those concerns are secondary as the agencies seem to be speaking largely in unison with the urgency of real evidence.

    I have found the men and women who do these intelligence jobs to be serious about their line of work. Deadly serious. After all, when they are wrong people can and often do die. What do the vast network of people risking their lives undercover and in dangerous locals, men and women whose names we will never know, think of Mr. Trump’s cavalier dismissal of their work? What about the thousands more at headquarters using their immense analytical skills in the service of country instead of, say, making millions on Wall Street? We need a robust intelligence force now more than ever. This is a matter of national security. It affects all Americans, and people around the world. Hopefully patriots within Mr. Trump’s own party and in his inner circle will step up and tell the incoming president how dangerous this rhetoric is.

    Heaven forbid we suffer another horrible attack. Heaven forbid our intelligence community was hollowed out, wasn’t listened to or respected. These are the stakes.

    • Dave Webster

      The information I posted below shows that Trump is right to question the intelligence provided thus far.

  • Video: Sen. Mark Warner – seems like Trump doesn’t want to hear “unprecedented unanimity” of intelligence agencies on Russia. “I find his…disrespect to the…thousands of intelligence professionals who keep this country safe frankly flabbergasting.” “What kind of message does” Trump’s disrespect for U.S. intelligence community “send to potential assets we have around the world?”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4Ic2Gw-7TI