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Wednesday News: Al Gore on the Climate Crisis; Trump’s Embarrassing WSJ Interview; Fox’s Fake Seth Rich “News”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 2.

  • Quizzical

    I wonder if Trump is going to sign the Russia sanctions bill. My guess is that he won’t.

  • Video: For anyone taking Jeff Flake seriously (let alone praising him), check out this pathetic interview on last night’s NewsHour.


    • muppetzinspace

      Not surprising if you read between the lines in his Politico editorial. But the fact he’s willing to at least openly admit the President is hurting the GOP is progress. Also, Flake is totally gonna run in 2020.

  • Video: Gillespie Opposes Planned Parenthood, a Woman’s Right to Choose


  • Virginia Professional Fire Fighters Endorses Djuna Osborne for House of Delegates

    ROANOKE, Va. – Djuna Osborne, candidate for the 17th District of the House of Delegates, is pleased to announce that she has earned the endorsement of the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters. With over 7000 members in 65 locals across the Commonwealth, VPFF’s firefighters and emergency medical service professionals are dedicated to working with and helping to elect members of the House of Delegates who support and stand up for fire fighters.

    “It’s an honor to be endorsed by the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters in this race,” said Djuna Osborne. “Our Commonwealth’s fire fighters and first responders put their lives on the line each and every day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for their service. I look forward to fighting on their behalf in Richmond.”

    “As a social worker, Djuna shares our commitment to ensuring the public safety of our communities, said Robert L. Bragg, President of Virginia Professional Fire Fighters. “She understands our issues, and will work tirelessly in the legislature to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of our Commonwealth.”


    Before deciding to run for office, Djuna Osborne co-organized the Women’s March on Roanoke, an event that inspired over 4,000 people to gather to take a stand for their values. That event inspired her to run for the House of Delegates in the 17th district, a seat that went uncontested in 2015. With over a decade of experience as a clinical social worker treating patients with mental health and substance abuse issues, Djuna has seen first-hand the importance of quality, affordable health care, and programs that fund mental health services. Djuna is also the parent to two young daughters, and is a strong supporter of investing in the public education system to adequately prepare Virginia’s children to succeed in an increasingly competitive and technological job market. As well as managing a career and honoring her commitments to her family, Djuna is a regular volunteer at the Bradley Free Clinic and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke.

  • The Orange Gropenfuhrer matches his worst disapproval rating ever (60%) in Gallup. #WINNING


  • Dan Rather:

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    …or not. Today a closed door is the message coming out of the White House from President Trump and some Congressional allies. They can dress it up as much as they want, but it harkens back to some of the uglier moments of our republic.

    There was a time when school children would learn the words of Emma Lazarus emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty without a cloud of irony. For all the debate and demonization around illegal immigration – and it should be noted that that issue is a complicated one – what was largely uncontroversial was legal immigration.

    That hasn’t always been the case. From the Know Nothing Party who railed against Catholics “ruining the real America” in the mid-19th century, to the anti-semitism, anti-Asian, and all the other anti feelings after the great waves of immigration over the 19th and early 20th century, several times we have seen bigotry undermine America’s destiny as a land of open opportunity.

    Now of course we cannot be home to everyone, but we can be as humane as possible. We also can recognize how much immigrants have shaped our culture, powered our economy, and sparked our scientific and technical innovations.

    As President Trump sees a country increasingly unified against his divisive agenda, he is reaching for one of the oldest tools in the American political playbook. Stir division. Pit people against each other. Blame others for your own problems. Like with his attacks on transgender soldiers, I think the blowback here will be strong. I suspect Mr. Trump will couch this action by saying he is fighting for the rights of blue-collar America (which in his incarnation is mostly white). He may get some traction. We do need an open and honest debate over immigration in America, but do.we really want to begin that debate with a cynical gambit such as this?

  • Quizzical
  • Quizzical

    Excellent interview of Al Gore on CNN, above.

    The lady from Wyoming who said she voted for Trump for the sake of coal mining jobs in Wyoming made me seeth. Somehow coal miners are now talked about as if they are on a par with returning combat veterans. It’s a little too much for me. To the extent that coal miners have had good paying jobs with good benefits, it’s because of unionization, or the threat of it. It’s because of past strikes, sometimes very bloody, and collective bargaining, and pro-labor legislation. They had good jobs because they or their predecessors fought for fair pay. Let’s not confuse coal miners with the military, or firemen.

    There have been a lot of sectors of the economy where jobs have been lost on a large scale, for one reason or another. Travel agencies and bookstores used to employ a lot of people, and at various times big banks and big insurance companies have laid off tens of thousands of workers at a time. The auto industry and manufacturing sector have been devastated by economic disruption.

    Coal miners are owed no more and no less than anyone else, in terms of retraining and re-employment opportunities.