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Tuesday News: Trump Administration Disgraces Itself in Asia, at Climate Talks; Moore and Moore Sleazy; HD-94 Recount Will Likely Decide Control of Virginia House of Delegates


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, November 14.

  • Video: “After Virginia Votes” has some interesting nuggets, also a lot of spin as usual.


  • Lots of truth here: I put enormous blame for the rise of Donald Trump and the toxic right wing on Facebook/Twitter, Fox “News,” cable “news” more broadly….


  • Audio: 2013 VA GOP Lt. Gov. nominee rails against federal workers, “DC suburbs,” calls Ralph Northam a “clown,” says Republican Party “dispirited”


  • From the DCCC:

    Will Garrett Ever Denounce Roy Moore?

    Many days after news broke that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with multiple teenage girls, including one person as young as 14, Rep. Tom Garrett has remained silent and refused to denounce his party’s candidate, who is clearly unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate.

    “The despicable allegations that Roy Moore molested girls as young as 14 years old have been public for days now, and the silence of Rep. Garrett is stunning,” said DCCC spokesperson Jacob Peters. “At the very least, people deserve to know if Garrett believes Roy Moore is fit to serve in the United States Senate as a fellow elected official of the Republican party.”

    Garrett’s silence is even more striking given Republicans from Speaker Paul Ryan and NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner, to Senator Susan Collins, to Senator John McCain have made their position clear that Roy Moore is unfit to serve in the United States Senate.

  • Governor McAuliffe Statement on Potential Repeal of Individual Mandate in GOP Tax Bill

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today in response to efforts in congress to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in the Republican tax cut bill:

    “Increasing health care costs for Virginia families to finance tax cuts for millionaires and major corporations would be a disaster for the middle class and our economy. The proposal in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate will create further chaos in an already volatile insurance market and price many Americans out of insurance – all to take money out of the pockets of middle class families and transfer it to corporations and the rich. I urge congress to work to improve this bad bill instead of finding new ways to harm the people they were elected to serve.”

  • Quizzical

    Repealing the individual mandate seen as a big pay-for to pass tax reform
    I just don’t get this. Repealing the individual mandate is estimated to result in 11 million fewer people with health insurance, and thus, lower subsidy payments for health insurance. I get that part of it. But the 11 million people additional people without health insurance are still going to get healthcare, just like they did before the ACA. They will still receive health care in hospital emergency departments. So, where is the accounting for those extra costs? The federal government pays a lot of the cost of care for the uninsured provided by ERs. And a lot of those costs are passed to people who do have health insurance. The federal government also is going to pay higher subsidies as increased health care costs cause premiums to go up. Yet it seems as if none of the costs on that side of the ledger are being taken into account.