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Tuesday News: Michael Cohen and “Hannity Insanity”; “Earth, Wind and Liars”; “White Spaces”; “Mutant [Plastic-Eating] Enzyme”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, April 17.

  • Sen .Tim Kaine on why he opposes Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State:

    I honor his public service and voted for him to be CIA Director. But in scrutinizing his nomination to be America’s principal diplomat, I cannot overlook grave doubts about his anti-diplomacy disposition.

    Many opposed the Iran nuclear deal when President Obama was negotiating it. Mike Pompeo stands out for both criticizing the deal and painting an unrealistic scenario about the relative ease of destroying Iran’s nuclear capacity through a bombing campaign. Many view the current governments of Iran and North Korea as dangerous. Mike Pompeo stands out in advocating U.S. action to change out the governments of those countries.

    Congressman Mike Pompeo supported Congress exercising its constitutional authority when it came to President Obama’s actions in Libya and Syria. But nominee Mike Pompeo was plain in supporting President Trump’s ability to take near identical military action in Syria without Congressional approval.

    President Trump has demonstrated a general contempt for diplomacy by leaving key ambassadorial positions vacant, by proposing to slash our diplomacy and aid budget, by withdrawing from international agreements and organizations, and through his juvenile name-calling of foreign leaders. He has also shown a hostility to the role of Congress in carrying out its constitutional role to initiate war. This has been shown once again in the recent Syrian airstrikes which were taken without Congressional approval.

    Now more than ever, we need a Secretary of State who will stand strong for vigorous U.S. diplomacy. I believe that Mike Pompeo would exacerbate President Trump’s weaknesses rather than uphold our diplomatic legacy. For this reason, I will vote against his nomination. Americans deserve better.

  • From the Virginia House Democratic Caucus:

    House Meets for Special Session; Passes Budget With Medicaid Expansion

    Richmond, VA – The House of Delegates convened today to vote on the budget that passed the House Appropriations committee last Friday. The budget, that includes medicaid expansion, passed with overwhelming support and is pending actions from the Senate. The Senate has not set a date where they will vote on the budget.

    House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring released the following statement after today’s session.

    “During this special session, House Democrats have continued to take the lead in the fight to provide Virginians with the budget they voted for and deserve. Our budget expands health care to 400,000 uninsured Virginians and it increases funding for our schools, creates jobs, and gives raises to teachers and law enforcement. We are hopeful that our Republican colleagues in the Senate have seen the light and have heard the chorus of voices in support of expansion, and will join us in delivering a budget that will improve the lives of Virginia families. We are close, but the work continues until we get this done. ”

  • Video: Rally For Medicaid Expansion in Richmond, Virginia

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ppDr3m9Niw

  • Video: Congressman Donald McEachin Condemns Move to Weaken Clean Air Protections

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj4cbOO_R-Y