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Friday News: McCain Actually Does the Right Thing, #SkinnyRepeal Killed; Scary Scaramucci; “The worst is yet to come”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, July 28.

  • Video: Sen. Chuck Schumer addresses the Senate after the ‘skinny’ ACA repeal bill fails

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff7VA_W-2gM

  • Sen. Mark Warner: “Thank you to all Americans who made their voices heard. You did this. It’s time to drop this partisan repeal process for good and work together on ways to improve health care for all Americans.”

    Sen. Tim Kaine: “Thanks to the help of countless Americans who shared their stories and made their voices heard, we were able to stop a bill that would have taken health care away from millions of people. There is a better way. Let the public into the process. We shouldn’t be kicking millions off of their health insurance or increasing families’ health care costs. Tonight we put people over politics, and going forward we all need to work together to improve health care for all Americans.”

  • I think there’s a strong argument that Sens. Murkowski and Collins were (far) more heroic than McCain on this.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/connollymccainhero.jpg

  • RobertColgan

    Part of the horrible irony of all this . . . . inflammatory distraction that has been the one ongoing constant since Trump came onto the political scene and installed into presidency is that actual debate on WHAT TRULY MATTERS……is purposefully MIA.

    The environmental destruction goes on, the withdrawal of funds from meaningful allocation (schools, scientific research, social safety nets, women’s health, food for children, etc etc) goes on, the safeguards against Wall St and Big Banking excesses have been removed, the selling off of public-owned goods accelerating, international relations strained to the breaking point, ——————–
    but the center ring clowns hold the spotlight.

    The repeal of the ACA might actually COMPEL America to finally do something ….
    the backlash among the electorate might lead to such an outcry for reform that MedicareForAll might have legitimate audience – – – and chance of implementation.

    All this endless distraction keeps the REAL issues out of the conversation.
    Trump suddenly deciding transgender people can’t be in the military?!?!?
    And the Newswires light up.

    Trump suddenly claiming in a Tweet that somebody is traitorous/malperforming/disgusting/embarrassing/fat—-whatever?!?!?
    …and the Newswires light up.

    Distraction is, and always has been the magician’s true magic——-keep them looking this way while something covertly is being done that way.
    The best magicians use subterfuge so clever the audience never realizes just what the distraction is.

    But the brass-balled shoddy magicians blessed with a not-too-sharp audience needn’t employ subtlety……they can flagrantly distract, “HERE!!! LOOK HERE !!!” and the audience dutifully responds.

    The problem in America isn’t the clowns center stage———it’s the ignorant and easily duped hayseeds, hicks, rubes, yokels and yahoos in the Audience.

    And the more we curtail critical thought by emphasizing distraction in all it’s various media forms, the more we emphasize emotional reaction rather than thoughtful reflection———–the greater the ensconcement of power in the hands of the few whose hired clowns continue to hold the limelight for themselves
    …..while the Audience applauds.

  • Virginia House Dem Leader Del. .David Toscano

    Just before 2 am, the Senate rejected (51-49) the so-called “skinny repeal” bill.

    You called, you wrote, and all over Virginia and the entire country people raised our voices together, over and over again, to say that this bill, and the bills that came before it, were the wrong thing to do. And in the end, 3 Republican Senators defied party pressure and threatening tweets. Thank you, Senator Collins, Senator Murkowski, and Senator McCain.

    And thank you to Senator Mark Warner and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine for steadfastly opposing this series of “repeal” or “repeal and replace” bills that would have decimated health care access for millions of Americans.

  • Video: Sen. Mark Warner Calls for Bipartisan Work on Health Care

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UxYeAla5lg

  • Human Rights Campaign Endorses Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia

    More than 185,000 eligible LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands more ally voters could make the difference in the commonwealth’s November 2017 election

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that the Public Policy Committee of HRC’s Board of Directors has voted to endorse Dr. Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia in the upcoming November 2017 election. With an estimated 185,366 eligible LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands more allied voters in Virginia, HRC’s get-out-the-vote effort for the pro-equality candidate could make all the difference in the race for governor.

    “Ralph Northam is a proven champion for equality and has the vision and experience needed to continue moving Virginia forward as a welcoming and inclusive place for all,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “As governor, Ralph Northam will fight to pass comprehensive non-discrimination protections that ensure LGBTQ people all across the Commonwealth are able to live their lives free from discrimination. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to endorse Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia.”

    “I’m honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that has fought so valiantly for the rights and equality of all people,” said Dr. Ralph Northam. “Every day, new attacks are leveled at the equal treatment of individuals and groups, and I’m proud to stand with an organization that has dedicated themselves so ardently to righting those wrongs. We saw the devastating economic impact of discriminatory laws like HB2 in North Carolina, and I am committed to ensuring Virginia is an inclusive place to work and live. Like our slogan says, Virginia is for lovers, and if I am elected governor, I will make sure we won’t discriminate against anyone — no matter who you are or where you’re from.”

    As Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Northam cast the tie-breaking vote defeating legislation to force the Attorney General to defend discriminatory laws like Virginia’s former ban on marriage equality. He also cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of protecting LGBTQ public employees from discrimination in the workplace. From his opposition to legislation targeting transgender people for discrimination, to fighting to protect LGBTQ people from workplace and adoption discrimination, Dr. Northam has a long history of standing up for LGBTQ Virginians.

    Dr. Northam’s support for LGBTQ equality stands in contrast to his main challenger in the race, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Gillespie supported a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and accused the LGBTQ community of bigotry and alien moral standards.

    HRC recently announced a bold, proactive grassroots expansion with the launch of HRC Rising — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast-to-coast, resist the politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fuel pro-equality candidates and initiatives. The expansion is the biggest strategic investment in the organization’s 37-year history.

    The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

  • True Blue

    After watching both McConnell and Schumer speak after the failure of the “skinny” bill, it was not a surprise that McConnell addressed/looked at his Republican conference the entire time, using the word “they” frequently whereas Schumer addressed/looked at McConnell and the right side of the room almost all the time, using the word “we.”

    McConnell is disappointed? So are many Americans who have watched his obstruction for the entire Obama years.

    It is time to get back to regular order, work through committees, and work together for benefit of American citizens. 17% public support for a bill is hardly representative of the populace even though McConnell claims he was proud of his vote and the president is on the latest twitter rant, wanting to change the rules for passage of “his” legislation.

  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following successful congressional passage of Russia, Iran and North Korea sanctions legislation:

    “Now is time for President Trump to sign this common-sense legislation into law. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate overwhelmingly voted to bolster our nation’s security by passing legislation that imposes new sanctions today and provides for additional measures in the future, to deter bad acts by Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

    “Russia interfered in our election. North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, in clear violation of U.N. resolutions, that could reach parts of the U.S. These provocations call for a firm and resolute response; we owe it to the American people to provide that response. If the president either vetoes or refuses to sign this bill, Americans will have good cause to question his motivations.”

  • Beyer, Conyers, House Democrats Introduce Security Clearance Review Act

    Would authorize the FBI Director to revoke the security clearance of Senior White House staff

    July 28, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, today introduced the Security Clearance Review Act. The bill would authorize the Director of the FBI to revoke the security clearance of an employee of the Executive Office of the President if the Director deems such actions necessary to national security. Their legislation was cosponsored by 19 additional Representatives.

    “Donald Trump’s refusal to hold his senior staff accountable for their deceptions on Russia have sadly made this legislation necessary,” said Rep. Beyer. “Despite all we have learned about his secret meetings with Russians, Jared Kushner apparently continues to hold his clearance. Jared Kushner’s case and that of disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn make it clear that we need further protections when it comes to security clearances for the President’s family and closest advisers. I thank my colleague, Ranking Member Conyers, for working with me to craft legislation to protect our national security.”

    “The Trump Administration has a very poor track record when it comes to their handling of classified information—and those are only incidents we know about,” said Rep. Conyers. “Given that several senior officials appear to have failed to disclose their contacts with foreign governments on their applications for a security clearance, given that President Trump is related by marriage to at least one of these officials, and given that the President himself appears to have played fast and loose with sensitive intelligence, it is imperative that the authority to revoke these clearances extend beyond the President, to include the Director of the FBI.”

    The cosponsors of the bill are Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Norma Torres (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Peter Welch (D-VT), David Cicilline (D-RI), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

    Text of the bill is available here.

    Rep. Beyer has led congressional attempts to hold Jared Kushner accountable for “omitted” meetings with Russian officials from his SF-86 form since Kushner’s failure to disclose those meetings was revealed. In April, Beyer and four other Representatives asked the Administration to suspend Jared Kushner’s security clearance.

    The FBI’s response to that letter alerted the Representatives to the surprising fact that the President alone holds final authority to suspend or revoke employees of the Executive Office of the President.

    Beyer subsequently led over 50 Members of Congress in calling for immediate revocation of Kushner’s security clearance following revelations that the Special Prosecutor was investigating Kushner’s meetings with Russian officials.

    Earlier this month, Beyer led nearly two dozen Representatives seeking FBI scrutiny of White House adviser Ivanka Trump over possible omissions on her SF-86.