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Wednesday News: Trump Shoots for “Opposite of Peace” in the Middle East; GOP Kisses/Makes Up with Sex Predator Moore; Ewwww. vs. Corey Should be Fun to Watch

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 6.

  • True Blue

    Time Magazine Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers! This was my guess.

  • Washington (Com)Post strikes again – of course Trump was never a “populist” in the sense of caring about working people, the middle class, etc. He WAS a “populist” in that he used demagoguery, bigotry and fear mongering to fuel his political rise.

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  • STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER
    ~ On Trump administration decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel ~

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and direct the State Department to begin the process to move the U.S. embassy:

    “The President’s decision today to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital comes at the wrong time and unnecessarily inflames the region. This announcement upends long-standing U.S. policy and international agreements that the status of Jerusalem should be determined as part of a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, not unilaterally.

    “I have been, and remain a strong and consistent ally of Israel. The relationship between our countries is unique – defined by close friendship, strategic cooperation and mutual respect. As Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I fear the administration’s decision at this time will alienate key partners in the Middle East, fuel growing anti-American sentiment, and put U.S. diplomatic and security personnel at risk in the region and beyond. I further remain concerned that it undermines the ability to broker a peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians, and undercuts Israel’s security by placing overwhelming pressures on Israeli-Palestinian security coordination.”

  • Connolly Statement on President Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement today:

    “When President Jimmy Carter sat down at the negotiating table with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Camp David in 1978, he reiterated that Jerusalem’s final status would not be decided unilaterally. Every successive U.S. administration since then has upheld that approach. With President Trump’s announcement today, he has abandoned that commitment and it is incumbent on his Administration to explain to the world how this decision brings us closer to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Fredericksburg area voters seek new election in House District 28

    Richmond, VA – Voters in the Fredericksburg area filed suit today to seek a new election in House District 28. The Virginia House Democratic Caucus fully supports the voters in this suit. This is the only remedy available to voters that were given an incorrect ballot on Election Day. This decision comes after the State Board of Elections admitted that 147 voters were miss-assigned into the wrong House District where the margin is only separated by 82 votes.

    Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring released the following statement:

    “It is imperative that every voter is allowed to vote in the district they were properly assigned. Having a new election where mistakes are corrected will allow voters to trust the system and be assured that their Delegate was duly elected. Democrats remain committed to ensuring the accuracy of our elections.”

    Joshua Cole has also filed for a recount in House District 28 as part of process to ensure this election is accurate. The Democratic nominees have also requested recounts in HD94 where Shelly Simonds only trails by 10 votes and HD40 where Donte Tanner trails by 106 votes.

  • WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following his vote against H.R. 38 – the Right to Carry Reciprocity Act:

    “Today’s vote on Right to Carry Reciprocity could make the weakest state concealed carry rule reign as the law of the land and jeopardize the safety of millions. I stand committed to fighting for comprehensive gun reform in Congress just as I did during my time in the General Assembly. Innocent men, women, and children deserve more than what House Republicans offered them today. We should be identifying and addressing our present gun violence problems instead of weakening states’ laws.”