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Monday News: Macron’s Party Wins Landslide; Trump Gives Priebus Until July 4; Tom Perriello’s Last Facebook Live Town Hall of Primary


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, June 12. Virginia polls open in under 24 hours. Do you know when and where you’re voting?

  • THIS is the person Republicans nominated in Virginia’s 42nd House of Delegates district, which Hillary won by 20 (!!) points in November. Brilliant, eh?


  • True Blue
  • Quizzical

    Please tell me that this isn’t going to be the policy of the Trump administration.


  • Trump closes in on a new, all-time low in Gallup…


  • From the Tom Perriello campaign:

    President of the National Black Farmers Association Dr. John W. Boyd, Jr. Endorses Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia

    Dr. Boyd: “Tom has been there for minority farmers, and has a proven record in supporting Virginia Agriculture”

    Today, the President of the National Black Farmers Association Dr. John W. Boyd, Jr. of Baskerville, Virginia, is endorsing Tom Perriello for Governor ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Virginia. In backing Tom, Boyd, a farmer, business owner, and civil rights leader, is focusing on Tom’s unique ability to unite every corner of Virginia through his message of inclusive economic growth that leaves no race or region behind.

    “I’m proud today to lend my support to Tom Perriello in his campaign to be the next Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Dr. John W. Boyd, Jr. “As a fourth-generation Virginia farmer, businessman and civil rights activist, I believe that Tom has the right approach, the energy, and the ability to build a stronger economic future for all Virginians. He understands that we need to make critical investments in education, transportation, health care, and emerging technologies to support job growth and extend economic opportunity to every resident of the Commonwealth. He’s committed to putting jobs first and bringing Virginians together to tackle our biggest challenges. Tom has been there for minority farmers and has a proven record in supporting Virginia agriculture. I’m proud to stand with him and believe he’ll make an exceptional Governor. I am asking fellow Virginians to vote for Tom this Tuesday, June 13th, in the Democratic primary.”

    In 2008, Boyd led the lobbying effort on the Black farmers legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. His work ensured passage of the Cobell Native American trust fund case that passed at the same time. The combined civil rights settlements exceeded $4.5 billion together. He is a past nominee for the NAACP’s highest honor, The Springarn Award, and consistently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine’s most influential African-Americans. He has made numerous appearances before Congress in his fight for farmer and agricultural issues.

  • Audio: Susan Platt Vows to Fight Dominion “Bullies” and Its “Stupid Pipelines”


  • Robert Reich:

    I’ve attended lots of cabinet meetings, but I’ve never been asked by a president to sing his praises before the cameras. Trump’s cabinet meeting today was a show of loyalty reminiscent of what dictators demand.

    It started with a big lie from Trump: “I will say that never has there been a president, with few exceptions — in the case of F.D.R. he had a major Depression to handle — who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than what we’ve done. We’ve been about as active as you can possibly be and at a just about record-setting pace.”

    In fact, Trump hasn’t signed any major legislation since taking office. Trumpcare failed its first attempt, and is stuck in Congress. He’s months away from unveiling either a major tax cut package or the sweeping infrastructure plan he promised.
    Then Trump asked each cabinet member for a statement. One by one, they said their names and paid tribute to Trump, as he nodded approvingly.

    Ben Carson, the housing secretary, called it “a great honor” to work for Trump. Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary, offered Trump congratulations for “the men and women you have gathered around this table.” Reince Priebus told Trump “we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing to serve your agenda.” Linda McMahon, the head of the Small Business Administration, thanked Trump “for the opportunity to serve at S.B.A.,” touting“a new optimism” for small businesses.

    The cabinet’s comments were in keeping with an intense effort by the White House to boost Trump’s mood and change the subject from Comey’s damaging testimony last week — accusing Trump of having fired him for his handling of the Russia inquiry. Tomorrow, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Committee on Intelligence about his involvement with Moscow and his role in firing Comey.

    Do these cabinet members have no shame? Are they so ambitious they’ll say anything to keep their jobs? Don’t they know their duty is to the American people, and not to Donald Trump?