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Friday News: Trump At War With Nation He’s Supposed to Lead; “It’s Time to Freak Out”; Who Will “Save the Republic?”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 15.

  • Video: SNL Host Melissa McCarthy Feels Pretty, Oh So Pretty

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

  • Endorsement for Tom Perriello by Kathleen Sebelius:

    Last week’s House vote significantly raised the stakes of this year’s election in Virginia. If Obamacare is repealed, a whopping 79% of Virginians could be uninsured. More than 600,000 Virginians could lose coverage. Premiums could go up by thousands of dollars for coverage of everything from a pregnancy to asthma.

    Republicans are trying to take us backward. They want to rip affordable health care from the people and give all the power back to the insurance companies. Under their repeal plan, insurance companies can jack up their rates, reduce coverage, and even deny coverage to millions with pre-existing conditions. Real people will lose their financial security and the care they need. This will happen in every state, city, community, and neighborhood in America.

    If Republicans are successful, we’ll have only one line of defense: Democratic governors and state legislatures. That’s why I’m asking you to stand with me in this important fight in Virginia.

    Tom Perriello was a champion for affordable health care in 2010 and stood with President Obama and our administration even if it cost him his seat in Congress. I am confident that as governor of Virginia, Tom will never back down from Republican attacks — and will always fight for what’s right for Virginia families.

    […]

    We have to fight like lives are on the line, because we know they really are.

    Thank you,

    Kathleen Sebelius
    Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for President Obama

    • Hilary Gibson

      Awesome -Kathleen Overruled FDA on Plan B Sebelius

      “With Ms. Sebelius’s decision on Wednesday, the Obama administration is taking a more socially conservative stance on Plan B, one closer to that of the Bush administration than to many of its own liberal supporters…”

      goo.gl/QewTuv

  • Andy Schmookler

    A thought.

    It has been reported that Trump’s anger at Comey was especially kindled by Comey’s saying, in his recent testimony, that “it makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election.”

    I believe that Trump likely misunderstood what Comey was saying. According to this interpretation, Comey was saying that the idea of his having an impact on an election — which he recognizes would be improper — disturbed him. But Trump, in his thin-skinned narcissism, hears that statement as meaning something like, “It makes me sick to have helped make Donald Trump president.”

    And so his anger was inflamed, and so maybe such a misunderstanding contributed to his firing Comey.

  • Hilary Gibson

    [Moved]

  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement in response to Attorney General Sessions’ guidance to Federal Prosecutors:

    “Today, Attorney General Sessions distributed guidelines to federal prosecutors that can only be described as harsh, outdated and discriminatory.

    “To suggest that low level, non-violent drug offenders should be locked away in prisons with hardened violent criminals, for extremely long mandatory minimum sentences, only destroys individuals and families and does not keep us safe. That is why I spent my career as a trial attorney and public servant working to end overly severe punishments, while promoting solutions that restore and reform the incarcerated.

    “We need to focus more effort on rehabilitation, addiction programs and creating programs and circumstances where non-violent drug offenders are able to build back their lives and become constructive citizens. That not only serves our communities, it helps the offenders and their families. Too often children are the innocent victims. Rather than let their lives and their futures be destroyed by locking away their parents, we need to enable those parents to kick the drugs, get the skills for a job and focus on their families.

    “Removing discretion and substituting it with harsh and rigid sentences is cruel and counterproductive.”