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Thursday News: “The White House is under siege”; “Gorsuch’s big fat lie”; Trumpcare Must Die

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, March 23.

  • Dan Rather:

    The plot thickens. The drum beats increase. The pressure mounts. And a question I never thought I would ever hear asked again with such urgency and stakes looms large: “What did the President know, and when did he know it?”

    The latest reporting out of CNN suggests the FBI has evidence that “associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.” It is impossible to overstate the seriousness of this allegation – Americans associated with Donald Trump illegally colluding with a foreign power.

    Once again, all the caveats must hold. This isn’t proven. Allegations and suspicions are not an indictment. But with each turn of this story, the level of seriousness deepens. Add to this some unorthodox actions by the Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, briefing President Trump on details of investigations, and we are long past having any excuse not to launch an open bipartisan investigation and a special prosecutor.

    I have seen a lot in my lifetime. But I have never seen anything like this. No one has. The cauldron of chaos and confusion which engulfs President Trump in his early days in office is simply unprecedented.

    Who knows what tomorrow will bring? The vote on the health care bill is shaping up to be its own mess. Can President Trump arm twist his own party members to deliver victory in the House? What last minute concessions will have to be made to bring along conservatives? Should we really be rushing a bill on heath care with major changes hammered out for politics instead of policy? What will this mean for the Senate?

    The White House is under siege. The President’s poll numbers drop to record lows. The fires of scandal are encroaching. Around and around it goes, where it stops nobody knows. Dangerous times.

  • Video: Northam for Governor Releases “Kia” Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rahh5fi-N0o

  • Paul Ryan

    Has Barbara Comstock said which way she will vote on RyanCare?

    If it passes, the daily Beast says 29000 people in her district will lose coverage.

    How many of those people will vote next year?

    How many of those people will call her office today?

    • Comstock’s counting on them not calling…or voting.

      • Paul Ryan

        Just saw her hiding under her desk.. I’m worried that she will miss this vote..
        C’mon Babs, this is about screwing poor people. I thought you were good at that!

  • Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Legalizing Discrimination

    Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 1324 and House Bill 2025, identical bills that would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. The Governor’s full statement is below:

    March 23, 2017

    Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto Senate Bill 1324, which would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. I vetoed this exact same bill last year, and my rationale for that veto remains the same.

    Although couched as a “religious freedom” bill, this legislation is nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize. Any legitimate protections afforded by Senate Bill 1324 are duplicative of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia; and the Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Any additional protections are styled in a manner that prefers one religious viewpoint—that marriage can only validly exist between a man and a woman—over all other viewpoints. Such a dynamic is not only unconstitutional, it equates to discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

    This legislation is also bad for business and creates roadblocks as we try to build the new Virginia economy. Businesses and job creators do not want to locate or do business in states that appear more concerned with demonizing people than with creating a strong business climate. Legislation that immunizes the discriminatory actions of certain people and institutions at the expense of same-sex couples would damage Virginia’s reputation for commonsense, pro-business government. We need only look at the damage these types of laws are doing in other states to understand the harm this bill could bring to our Commonwealth and its economy.

    We should be pursuing policies to make Virginia a more vibrant and welcoming place to live, work, and raise a family. Senate Bill 1324 would accomplish the opposite by making Virginia unwelcome to same-sex couples, while artificially engendering a sense of fear and persecution among our religious communities.

    Accordingly, I veto this bill.

    Sincerely,

    Terence R. McAuliffe

  • Quizzical

    Matt Taibbi on the deconstructive Trump Presidency
    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/42627-trump-the-destroyer

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    STATEMENT: Northam for Governor on Ed Gillespie’s “Good Relationship” with Trump Administration

    Richmond, Va. – In an interview with WINA’s Les Sinclair, Ed Gillespie recently claimed his “good relationship” with the Trump administration would be a fix for Virginia issues.

    While Ed Gillespie has yet to take a firm stance on President Trump’s disastrous push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he last week issued a tax plan that outlines similar tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of everyday Virginians. Gillespie has also defended the president’s “Muslim ban”.

    Northam for Governor Press Secretary, Ofirah Yheskel, today issued the following statement:

    “With the Republican House scheduled to vote on taking away healthcare from 24 million, raising prices for seniors, and cutting the quality of care, Ed Gillespie is now talking about the quality of his relationship with the Trump administration. Enjoying a ‘good relationship’ with President Trump will give Virginians little comfort when they are grappling with the effects of today’s ill-advised effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    Today’s effort to jam repeal through the legislative process is a barely concealed gimme for the wealthy and insurance companies. Ralph doesn’t have to enjoy a ‘good relationship’ with President Trump to know his plans for Virginia and the country are a disaster. As a doctor, Ralph understands full well what repealing the Affordable Care Act will mean for Virginia. That’s why he’s urging we build on its progress in order to cover more Virginians, for less money.

    Cozying up to the president might be good business for Ed the recovering lobbyist, but it’s bad business for Virginians.”

  • STATEMENT OF SEN. WARNER
    ~ On vote against confirmation of David Friedman to serve as ambassador to Israel ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of David Friedman to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. The Friedman nomination was confirmed today by a vote of 52-46.

    “I have always been a strong supporter of Israel. The relationship shared by our two nations is one defined by friendship, mutual respect, and close strategic cooperation, which adds stability to an otherwise volatile region. I have long maintained that a lasting solution between Israel and the Palestinians will be one achieved by direct negotiations between the two sides.

    “The current Administration has expressed multiple viewpoints on the future, inviting concern that there may be a departure from decades of bipartisan U.S. support for a two-state solution. The nomination of Mr. Friedman to serve as Ambassador to Israel adds to this concern.

    “Mr. Friedman has been very vocal about his support for Israel. I worry that Mr. Friedman’s first instinct when faced with opposing viewpoints has often been divisive and inflammatory rhetoric, in some cases targeted at members of the Jewish community with whom he does not agree. While I appreciate Mr. Friedman’s expressions of regret for many of his past comments during his confirmation hearing, I do not believe a person with a history of antipathy for those with whom he disagrees can be a successful diplomat.

    “For this reason, I did not support Mr. Friedman’s nomination. Mr. Friedman has been confirmed despite my opposition, and it is my sincere hope that he will moderate his views to better align with historically bipartisan U.S. policies, demonstrate an openness to all members of the Jewish community, and serve as an ambassador worthy of our special relationship with Israel.”

  • Robert Reich:

    Donald Trump is failing because he’s a lousy leader.

    He’s not draining the swamp, as he said he would; he’s been adding to the swamp, with his billionaire appointees and sleazy deals to make himself and his family richer.

    He’s not making America great again, as he promised; he’s reducing America’s moral standing in the world.

    He’s not uniting all Americans, as he said he would. He’s dividing us more bitterly than ever before.

    He’s not replacing Obamacare with something “terrific,” as he also promised. His bill would cause 24 million people to lose health coverage.

    He’s not bringing back the manufacturing jobs or the America dream, as he said he would. Manufacturing jobs are being automated at a rapid clip.

    He’s not making America respected around the world, as he promised.

    He’s not making us safer, as he pledged.

    He’s failing not only because he doesn’t know how to do any of these things, but also because he doesn’t understand Ronald Reagan’s most important lesson about leadership: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

    Trump is desperate to take all credit, from everyone, for everything. And he won’t accept criticism from anyone about anything.

    He’s the worst leader America has ever had.