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Monday News: #Moonlight Wins Best Picture After Epic Screwup; Trump Lies Build on Long Right-Wing Tradition; TMac for President?

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, February 27.

  • DPVA Chair Susan Swecker’s report from DNC meetings in Atlanta:

    Georgia and Democrats on my mind: Just got home from the DNC mtg in Atlanta It was long, inspiring, and energizing. I feel really great about our leadership team with Tom Perez at the helm. Keith Ellison and the other candidates, including our own (meaning the South’s) Jamie Harrison made it clear we were all now rowing in the same direction. In a sign of real partnership and trust, Tom made Keith a Deputy Chair. And most of all, it was unifying.

    Now some of you know I was seeking to become the President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs(ASDC). I came up a little short but know that the Association will have a solid leader in Ken Martin, Minn. Chairman. I was also elected to lead the Southern Caucus for ASDC so I look forward to being a part of the leadership team.

    Many thanks to the wonderful DPVA staff and our Democratic political family who helped in so many ways; those who showed up out of the blue to lend a hand really boosted my spirits.

    One negative note: The bar at the Westin ran out of adult beverages on Saturday, leaving many of us perplexed.

  • Quizzical
  • Video: Corey Stewart claims protesters in Abingdon were “bused in, they probably just came back from the Oscars”; supporter says it’s “all about Trump”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QngnENCqZI

  • Video: On the “Today” Show, George W. Bush says the media is “indispensable to democracy…we need an independent media to hold people like me to account…power can be very addictive…it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power…it’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press if we’re not willing to have one ourselves.” Bush says we “all need answers” on Russia/Trump ties. Says one of our great strengths, bedrock of our freedom is the “right to worship freely.” “People who murder the innocent are not religious people.” “Well I think it’s very hard to fight the war on terrorism if we’re in retreat…I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZHnChLcRr0

  • Quizzical

    Trump proposes increase of 54 billion a year in defense spending.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-touts-spending-plan-but-promise-to-leave-entitlements-alone-puts-gop-in-a-quandary/2017/02/27/35f17d70-fd14-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html
    I know he campaigned saying whatever he felt like without being held accountable for making sense, including that our military needed to be rebuilt.

    Because he didn’t ever justify his defense buildup in the campaign, now he’s got to do so. Nobody can fairly say this was ever “litigated” in the campaign. It wasn’t.

    We are already spending far more on defense per year than any other country. Why exactly do we need to spend another 54 billion a year?