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Saturday News: U.K. – and the U.S. – “in Disarray”; “Did Trump just say he’d testify under oath about Comey?”; “Trump Talks; America Trembles”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, June 10. Don’t forget, voting starts in under 72 hours! Also, check out Mark Shields on last night’s NewsHour discussing the Virginia Democratic primary, and specifically the “narcissistic maniac” line.

  • Dan Rather:

    As with many of my fellow Americans, I don’t consider myself partisan politically – never have. I am a registered independent voter and have been for most of my life. With that in mind, I submit the following:

    Can we please get this out of the way? None of what is happening at the top of government now is normal. None of it. And no one should normalize it. No one.

    We have a President who lies without a second thought. Big bold lies that are easily disproven. That is not normal.

    We have serious allegations around obstruction of justice by that President. That is not normal.

    We have an FBI director fired for insisting to continue pursuing a serious investigation into the sanctify of our republic. It has never happened before in our history. That is not normal.

    We have a hostile foreign power attacking and undermining our electoral process. That is not normal.

    We have an Attorney General under a serious shadow of association with said foreign power, with indications that there is much more to this story than we yet know. That is not normal.

    We have Federal judges, our closest foreign allies, and the free press under scurrilous attack from the President and his enablers. At the same time we have despots praised. That is not normal.

    We have an Administration fanning the flames of division over race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. That is not normal.

    We have an overhaul of our entire health care system being written in secret on a rapid time frame. That is not normal.

    We have a sordid confluence of the President’s business interests and his political power. That is not normal.

    The list could go on and on. And feel free to add your own to the comments section.
    What concerns me even more than any of these items is the fact that they are largely being met by a shrug or excuses from most Republican elected officials. Even many Democrats seem overwhelmed and are inclined to let some of this just ride. That may be how politics works. But this is bigger. It’s about our nation.

    We are shifting the goalposts for our democracy. We are failing to be outraged by the outrageous because there is something even more outrageous that always seems to hit the news cycle. And that is dangerous.

    What gives me hope is we have had waves of abnormality in our country’s history. And we’ve had times when what we would consider now to be not normal, like segregation, was considered normal. What has centered and saved our country time and again is civic engagement. I believe that most people in this nation don’t think any of this is normal. And they could very well vote out those elected officials in both parties who are normalizing these outrages.

  • Andy Schmookler

    I’d like to say a word in commendation of Senator Mark Warner.

    A month and a half ago, I posted here a piece (http://bluevirginia.us/2017/04/senator-mark-warner-mia-awol) with the title “Senator Mark Warner: MIA, AWOL, or What?” It was occasioned by an article by Michael Isakoff reporting that after the promising press conference held by Senators Burr and Warner in late March, in which the Senate Intelligence Committee was setting forth on its Trump/Russia inquiries, virtually nothing had been done. I asked Senator Warner to either explain why we should be satisfied with what he was doing about that, or to change his course.

    Since then, of course, the Committee has indeed moved forward and it does indeed seem to be doing its job. And Senator Warner in particular has been excellent.

    I don’t know what was going on with all that delay during April, nor what Senator Warner was or was not doing to get things moving.

    But having criticized Senator Warner then when his silence troubled me, I want to publicly praise him now when his public statements show him discharging extremely well his responsibilities in what he had described by saying, “This may very well be the most important thing I do in my public life.”

  • From the Fairfax County Republican Committee…here’s who Democrats need to – and WILL – beat this November.

    Fairfax Republicans Nominate Lolita Mancheno-Smoak in 42d House of Delegates District Race

    June 10, 2017 — Fairfax, Virginia: Lolita Mancheno-Smoak of Fairfax Station has won the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Delegate Dave Albo in the Virginia House of Delegates. In a “firehouse primary” held at South County Middle School, Ms. Mancheno-Smoak won 45% of the vote against two opponents, Steve Adragna and Michael Drobnis.

    Fairfax County GOP Chairman Matt Ames issued the following statement: “Lolita built the foundation for victory in November with a terrific grassroots campaign. Voters are only beginning to see Lolita’s personal charm, her drive for solving problems, and her genuine desire to make a difference wherever she is. Her appeal to members of the many ethnic communities in the district, combined with the support of more traditional GOP voters, will ensure that a Republican will continue to represent the voters of the 42d District.”