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Wednesday News: “Trump’s falsehoods are eroding public trust, at home and abroad”; “Tweeting Toward Oblivion”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, March 22.

  • Striking first and last paragraphs from the super-conservative Wall St. Journal’s editorial on Trump’s lack of credibility:

    If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.


    Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Trump considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.

  • Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church/Fairfax):

    “It’s becoming clear to me that Virginia Republican party’s strategy for the 2017 election cycle is to embrace the politics of Steve Bannon and adopt the tactics of Breitbart news.

    Some Virginia House of Delegates Republican Caucus members will try to tell you that they aren’t like their colleagues in Washington DC. They’ll tell you Richmond isn’t like Washington, that we all work to get things done. This story exposes that spin as a lie.

    They clearly want to stir people’s fears and prejudices and use them to divide us and turn us against one another. They will take a grain of real news and from it draw a series of misleading inferences to reach a fake conclusion. That’s Bannon and Breitbart and Trump.

    I’ve been to Dar Al Hijrah. I’ve been their guest for meals, prayers and community programs. My synagogue has hosted members and clergy from Dar Al Hijrah for prayers, programs and meals. We have nothing to fear from their congregants.

    Let’s make sure they know they have nothing to fear from the rest of us.”

  • Interesting; another former Dem nominee – Carl Genthner – in the 13th HoD district has weighed in for Danica Roem:

    Endorsement by Indivisible AZ CD 02 leader marks second by a former 13th District Democratic nominee

    March 22, 2017

    MANASSAS – Air Force veteran, retired defense contractor and Indivisible AZ 02 founder Carl Genthner today endorsed Danica Roem for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.

    Genthner, a former Heritage Hunt resident, ran for the 13th District as the Democratic nominee in 2011, the first election after the most recent redistricting session that set the lines for the current district.

    His endorsement marks the second one issued by any of Del. Bob Marshall’s (R-13) previous Democratic challengers, following a March 20 endorsement by 2005 and 2007 nominee Bruce Roemmelt.

    Genthner released the following endorsement:

    “I am impressed with Danica’s knowledge of the issues most important to residents of the 13th District and Prince William County.

    Her commitment to finding solutions to the problems long plaguing the area, and too long ignored by Bob Marshall, convinced me she is the best candidate to represent the district’s hard-working men and women.”

    Danica Roem released the following statement about Carl Genthner’s endorsement:

    “I’m honored to have earned Carl Genthner’s endorsement. I interviewed him twice while I worked for the Gainesville Times in 2011.

    He’s a smart-growth advocate who supports linking land use with transportation and he’s organizing for change now in Arizona with Indivisible. I’m thankful for his support.”

    • Danica Roem for Delegate

      Thanks for sharing, Lowell!

  • Video: Rep. Adam Schiff on Nunes and Trump


    • True Blue

      I’ve been impressed by Schiff, in both his opening statements and questioning during the Intelligence Committee hearing, and then today by his response to Nunes’ inappropriate, public announcements about potentially classified information. I just googled the phrase ‘Nunes ran to Trump’ and WND reports say that it proves that Obama did it (lol), rather than the truth that the House investigation may be compromised and that an independent one need be established. Republicans were apoplectic about leaks, but by Nunes’ insider actions today it’s apparent who’s tattling to the boss.

      • Quizzical

        It looks like Nunes believes that his main job is damage control. So naturally he would run to Ryan and then the President.

  • True Blue

    Neil Gorsuch’s hearing today was upended when SCOTUS unanimously ruled that a major disability decision Gorsuch wrote in 2008, Luke P., was wrong. Wow.

    Excerpts from https://thinkprogress.org/while-gorusch-was-testifying-the-supreme-court-unanimously-said-he-was-wrong-33b9ff7eca77#.ieu27ah4r

    “Both the Supreme Court’s decision and Gorsuch’s 2008 opinion involved the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires that public school systems which take certain federal funds provide a “free appropriate public education” to certain students with disabilities.”

    “UPDATE: Shortly after the Supreme Court’s Endrew F. decision came down, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked Gorsuch about his now-discredited decision. Gorsuch defended his approach in Luke P., claiming that he was “bound by circuit precedent.” But Gorsuch is not correct.”

    “In a 1996 opinion, Gorsuch’s court held that “the ‘benefit’ conferred by the [IDEA] . . . must be more than de minimis.” It set a floor. Whatever benefits the law provides to disabled students, it cannot simply be de minimis.”

    “Gorsuch’s opinion in Luke P., by contrast, added the word “merely” to this framework. Under Luke P., the benefits offered to a disabled student “must merely be ‘more than de minimis.’” That one word effectively transformed the floor that the court placed below disabled students in 1996 into a ceiling. Gorsuch transformed a rule instructing school districts that they must do more than nothing into a rule instructing them that they don’t need to do any more than a little more than nothing.”

  • Video: Climate Action Society of UVA Pipeline Protest at C-Ville Dems Pasta Dinner (3/18/17)


  • Del. Alfonso Lopez reponds to VA GOP’s appalling attacks on Mark Herring and on Virginia’s Muslim community…

    Divisive and misleading statements like the one made by the Republican Party of Virginia against the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in the 49th District – and reported on in this Washington Post article – are ugly and not worthy of the Commonwealth.
    Opportunity in this country extends to the ability to worship freely – a fundamental right in America. Ignorantly painting all Muslims with the same brush is reprehensible. At its core, this is an attack on the faith and religious freedom of hard-working, patriotic Americans.

    The leaders of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center have repeatedly condemned the acts of violence committed by those involved in the September 11th attacks and those associated with al-Qaeda.

    Moreover, the Center has worked to foster a spirit of tolerance and cooperation by organizing interfaith community events and service projects with other religious organizations. Regardless of faith, the members of the Center provide rental and financial assistance for individuals in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. They open their doors every week to provide food to people who don’t have enough to eat and host programs to help folks get back on their feet.

    These programs enrich the 49th District and our community. The members of the mosque have done a great deal to expand opportunity and help their neighbors build a better future.

    The leaders of the Republican Party of Virginia who pushed out this ugly alt-right type of missive should be ashamed.

    I hope you will stand with me in supporting the values of tolerance, understanding, and diversity that Virginia was founded upon.

  • Tom Perriello on the VA GOP’s attack on Virginia Muslims:

    This is a disgusting attack on Virginia Muslims, as well as Attorney General Mark Herring, who is a great public servant committed to *all* his constituents. The Republican Party of Virginia should be ashamed of itself.

  • Planned Parenthood of Virginia:

    The audacity of Virginia Republicans suggesting that Attorney General Mark Herring needs to apologize for treating our own Muslim community with respect is atrocious. We stand with our brothers and sisters in Virginia and in this country. #ShoulderToShoulder

  • Quizzical