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Friday News: Bannon is a Rasputin-Like Madman; CPAC Freak Show; DNC to Vote for Chair, Vice Chairs

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 24. Also, check out Priebus and Bannon at the CPAP extremist freak show. This lunacy is what we are up against – RESIST!!!

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    Chesapeake, Virginia prepares to celebrate Arbor Day.
    http://pilotonline.com/entertainment/columnist/best-bets/best-bets-a-tree-mendous-event-in-chesapeake/article_bf814412-c752-5e0c-9221-a548466ffe09.html

    What else is going on in Virginia for Arbor Day?

  • Congressman McEachin Reacts to White House Attempted Interference With the FBI’s Russia Investigation

    RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) released this response to last night’s headline that the Trump Administration tried to get the FBI to tamp down reports about the Trump campaign’s supposed interactions with Russia:

    “Every day I think I can’t be shocked or dismayed anymore and every day the Trump administration proves me wrong. In the news last night, we learn that the Administration tried to use the FBI to mislead the press about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia. This is not only a violation of procedures, but is unethical and undemocratic.

    “Our democracy functions because we allow agencies autonomy to follow the law and do their job. When the White House interferes with that and try to use that agency to influence the press, the very institutions of our democracy are undermined and devalued.

    “Ironically, Mr. Trump throws around the phrase ‘fake news’ all the time to undermine confidence in the media. Now, he has taken it a step further and is trying to use the FBI to create his very own fake news, fake news that absolves him and his campaign of very serious charges.”

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  • Video: Delegate Alfonso Lopez defends immigrants in Virginia

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFOdG2yLk4I

  • Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Requiring Personally Identifiable Reports on Refugees

    Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2002, which would require the Department of Social Services to publish identifiable information for each refugee who is resettled in the Commonwealth. The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2002, which requires the Department of Social Services to publish a report consisting of individually identifiable information for each refugee who is resettled in the Commonwealth.

    Many individuals and families placed in Virginia through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program are fleeing governmental oppression, persecution, and violence. Many leave their countries because they are targeted by their home country’s government, often for helping to further American interests. Disclosing such information in this political climate not only sends a message of discrimination and fear, but it also poses a real danger to many of our newest Virginians.

    Refugees are in the United States legally. They undergo a more rigorous screening process than anyone else allowed into the United States. Creating a publicly available list of these individuals would send a message of exclusion to people looking for the chance to rebuild their lives free of tyranny and oppression.

    Resettlement programs in Virginia already engage in regular community dialogues to discuss refugee and community needs. House Bill 2002 would create an unnecessary burden for already overworked nonprofit organizations and would limit these organizations’ ability to accomplish their mission of safely settling refugees in the Commonwealth.

    As Virginians, we know the many benefits and contributions that refugees bring to our communities and Virginia’s economy. House Bill 2002 sets us on the wrong path. It does not reflect Virginia’s values.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • From Dan Rather:

    The time for normalizing, dissembling, and explaining away Donald Trump has long since passed. The barring of respected journalistic outlets from the White House briefing is so far beyond the norms and traditions that have governed this republic for generations, that they must be seen as a real and present threat to our democracy. These are the dangers presidents are supposed to protect against, not create.

    For all who excused Mr. Trump’s rhetoric in the campaign as just talk, the reckoning has come. I hope it isn’t true, but I fear Mr. Trump is nearing or perhaps already beyond any hope of redemption. And now the question is will enough pressure be turned to all those who enable his antics with their tacit encouragement. There has been a wall of unbending support from virtually every Republican in Congress, and even some Democrats. Among many people, this will be seen as anything approaching acceptable. And mind you, talk is cheap. No one needs to hear how you don’t agree with the President. What are you going to do about it? Do you maintain that an Administration that seeks to subvert the protections of our Constitution is fit to rule unchecked? Or fit to rule at all?

    This is an emergency that can no longer be placed solely at the feet of President Trump, or even the Trump Administration. This is a moment of judgement for everyone who willingly remains silent. It is gut check time, for those in a position of power, and for the nation.

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