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Wednesday News: Armaged-DON; Climate Report Shows Need to Switch to Clean Energy ASAP; False Equivalency Runs Amok in RTD


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 9.

  • Quizzical

    Certainly North Korea’s statements have been provocative – as they have consistently been for as long as I can remember. I can’t help but think, however, that Trump’s fire and fury comment at a photo op — on his vacation — was a deliberate distraction from news that he would like to go down the memory hole quietly. Namely, that 653 page climate report. Throwing a verbal distraction grenade to regain control over the headlines is what Trump does. It has happened too many times not to be deliberate.

    The best revenge is to read the damn report.

  • Quizzical

    Take a gander at the Trump Train twitter playbook
    Trump Nation’s Secret Twitter Weapon – POLITICO

  • Sen. Mark Warner:

    “North Korea’s pursuit and development of nuclear weapons represent a serious threat to the security of the United States and our allies. However, President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric undermines our global credibility and is unlikely to de-escalate the situation. We need fewer fiery words and bombastic tweets from the President and his cable TV surrogates, and more effort to work with our international partners to expand missile defense and deterrence and put forward a strategy to roll back North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

    “On Saturday, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea, for the eighth time since its first nuclear test in 2006. While it’s a productive step, we need to focus on enforcement, and ensure that China in particular adheres to the terms of the sanctions.

    “It’s also imperative that the Trump Administration embrace a robust policymaking process to think through all of our options, and be prepared to be realistic about what response the North Korean threat might require. Improvising our way into a shooting war on the Korean peninsula without a plan puts us all at risk. Moreover, this crisis underscores the importance of sending nominations to the Senate for key national security positions, including an Ambassador to South Korea, an Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian Pacific Security Affairs.”