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Friday News: Loser Trump Loses 3-0; “When the Fire Comes”; Tim Kaine Tells Virginia Health Care Stories

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines,  political and otherwise, for Friday, February 10. Also check out Sen. Tim Kaine’s speech explaining his vote against Tom Price for HHS Secretary.

  • Quizzical
  • Pragmatic Progressive

    This is hopeful to see: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/republican-town-halls-obamacare/index.html

    From what I’ve heard on MSNBC, people that haven’t been politically active before are now joining protests, participating at town halls, etc.

  • ” U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the below statement following reports of pre-inauguration communications between General Michael Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, and Russia’s ambassador to the United States regarding sanctions:”

    “These reports underscore both the gravity and the urgency of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which will include a thorough examination of counterintelligence concerns – including any links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”

  • Japanese PM Abe’s eye roll at the end of his handshake with Trump is an instant classic

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiitQ-5_E_Y

    • True Blue

      Watch as Trump yanks Abe’s arm toward him; I noticed the same moves when Trump greeted Gorsuch, trying to “strong arm.” A gentleman’s handshake is not squeezing someone’s hand so hard they wince, but Trump is no gentleman.

  • Dan Rather:

    As we close out a third week with President Trump, there are reminders everywhere of all that divides us. We are at odds. The Judiciary challenges a president’s ban on immigration. An administration is seemingly hell bent on building a wall — regardless of the cost. And a legislative branch has lost all semblance of comity, where dissenting voices have literally been silenced. Nevertheless, we persist. We must persist. And by persist, I mean, we as Americans must continue to go about our daily lives. We need to be responsible for ourselves, our families, and our broader communities as well as our country.

    It is becoming increasingly clear that President Trump measures victories by creating opposition. This constant state of fear mongering and finger pointing leaves our electorate on edge, to say the least. And when we feel shaken, it is hard to think of others. It deprives us of the worthy empathy for our fellow Americans, regardless of how they voted. This a fight for the soul of our nation.

    The definition of empathy is the ability to understand others – to share their feelings. This is different from compassion, which is when one has pity or sorrow. Empathy is a case of commonality. Sympathy is one of separation. Empathy is the key to finding common ground, on working together in communities, caring for our neighbors and helping the marginalized, the powerless and the suffering amongst us. It is practicing what many consider “the Golden Rule”, but for President Trump, our collective empathy may be more like kryptonite. It may turn out to be a form of resistance – for not succumbing to suspicion or even hate. Strong indications suggest our President is not very interested in uniting our United States. His actions demonstrate that he seeks success by tearing people down and keeping us all apart.

    We have a steep and icy road ahead of us. There is palpable fear in the air. We need to find a way to raise our voices and listen with our hearts. Healing, unity, hope…our bywords as we persist with empathy.

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  • TheVirginia

    The Russia story, thank God, is again in the headlines.This is the story beyond all others that every Democratic senator and representative should be addressing non stop on the floors of Congress and every time a microphone is put in front of them, no matter the question, they should pivot to the Russian story.