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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 30.

  • From this morning’s Axios newsletter:

    The “most powerful man in the world” is suddenly looking mighty powerless:

    Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are going their own way on tax reform. Hill sources believe his original targets, including a 15% corporate rate, are dead.
    SecDef Mattis didn’t immediately embrace his full ban on transgender troops.
    His Justice Department won’t drop the Russia probe.
    Courts won’t allow his full Muslim ban.
    Mexico won’t pay for his wall.
    Congress won’t pay for his wall.
    The Senate won’t pass his promised health-care reform.
    Gary Cohn and Sec State Tillerson won’t tolerate his Charlottesville response.
    North Korea won’t heed his warnings.
    China doesn’t fear his trade threats.
    CEOs won’t sit on his councils.
    Mexico and Canada won’t bend to his will on NAFTA.

  • Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA05) joins “Antifa?” LOL

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/garrettantifa99percent.jpg

  • From DPVA:

    Day 19: Ed Gillespie Hires Trump Operative Who Believes Country Is On The Verge of Civil War

    Gillespie Is More Comfortable Courting the Neo-Confederate Wing of the GOP than Standing Up for Virginia
    After the violence in Charlottesville, Ed Gillespie could have shown the moral courage to stand up to Donald Trump. But he hasn’t. Instead, Gillespie has spent the last nineteen days shamelessly embracing Donald Trump’s toxic presidency — and relentlessly courting the GOP’s Neo-Confederate wing.

    The latest proof? Last night, The Washington Post reported that Gillespie has hired Jack Morgan — an extremist who believes that the United States is on the brink of a civil war and that “it is time for President Trump to take control of this insurgency in America.”

    According to the Post, the Gillespie campaign is “thrilled” to have an extremist like Morgan onboard.

    Morgan’s hiring is just the latest sign that Ed Gillespie has officially adopted Donald Trump’s extreme, paranoid politics. Gillespie has now refused to speak out against Donald Trump’s hateful reaction to Charlottesville for nineteen days. Instead of denouncing Trump, he’s spent his time courting the neo-Confederate wing of his own party — at the expense of the people of Virginia.

  • How stupid is Dinesh D’Souza? THIS stupid.

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4364/36522817270_918888dbea_b.jpg

    • City Council Response to Mayor – August 30, 2017

      The Charlottesville City Council:

      • Accepts the Mayor’s apology and does not request his resignation, but affirms support; and
      • Reiterates shared responsibility for good governance and conveys Council’s commitments to working effectively together for the best interests of the City and its people.
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      Statement of Charlottesville City Council – August 30, 2017

      We all faced a horrible tragedy in Charlottesville, a city we all love.
      We faced this challenge as a city, as leaders within it, and as individuals. We still face challenges. We acknowledge that people in our community continue to hurt and that we have a long road ahead to address the issue of equity.

      But we have to move forward. We have recommitted to one another to work as a leadership team – learning from the events of the day, discovering ways to have a more constructive community dialogue moving forward and, eventually, reemerging as a stronger city. To be successful, we as leaders must be united if we expect our community to be united.

      As a first step toward that end, the City is today launching a website, http://www.charlottesville.org/infohub, which will be updated on a regular basis, which will seek to share information as we know it on a series of topics affecting our community.

      Collectively as leaders, and on behalf of everyone in our great community, we stand up for our City and stand against hate and racism. We pledge to work together as the City continues to heal.
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  • Quizzical

    Chemical plant in Crosby, Texas may explode due to being flooded.
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/risk-chemical-plant-explosion-houston-prompts-evacuation-harvey/story?id=49521170

    The article refers to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Now, guess which small agency would be killed off by Trump’s budget.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2017/03/17/what-is-the-chemical-safety-board/
    Heckuva job, Donald!