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Thursday News: Trump Fixer Michael Cohen’s “Secret Slush Fund”; George Will Says “Pence has chosen to be ‘horrifying'”; Hey Tom Farrell, Are Dominion’s Profits “more important than people’s lives and the planet?”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, May 10.

  • Jim B

    When will this nightmare end? Trump and his gang of thieves are far worse than Nixon in my estimation. Everyday they are doing something to blow up our government. So far I guess most people haven’t felt any monetary loss so nothing to worry about.

    • RobertColgan

      The money is Monopoly money anyway.
      Only as valuable as it’s claimed to be. Printed as desired, on demand.

      But yes, I agree with you ——- as long as things continue to be “seemingly okay” (the appearance of “normalcy”) for the majority of Americans they don’t take note of the terrible alterations to the safety nets….until they finally run into one and it affects them or their families.
      And Americans are incredibly naive…..very willing to believe the lies about America being threatened by Mideast countries.. . . .
      accomplices to murder, actually.

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  • From Gov. Northam:

    Governor Northam Statement on Anticipated Double-Digit Health Insurance Rate Increases

    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statement regarding the double-digit health insurance rate increases Virginians can anticipate as a result of the Trump administration’s actions to undermine the insurance market.

    “I am disappointed that the Trump administration’s active sabotage of the health care system will result in many Virginians and Americans paying more for health coverage. Those policies include a recent announcement encouraging substandard short-term health insurance plans that ultimately result in financial penalties on people with pre-existing conditions.

    “It is essential that Virginia’s leaders clearly state our opposition to any policies that seek to undermine the sustainability of the insurance market our citizens depend on for their health and financial stability. But we can also take commonsense, proactive actions right now that will help to ameliorate these rate increases and stabilize the health insurance market for years to come, like expanding Medicaid. Virginians need affordable health coverage and meaningful access to medical care, and we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure that happens.”

    The Virginia Bureau of Insurance reports that most insurers offering coverage through the individual insurance market will raise rates between 15.0% and 64.3% in the coming year, due to the rising cost of health care but also federal actions or inaction that raise costs and create uncertainty in the insurance markets. One insurer, Optima, will reduce rates between 1.9%.

  • Dave Arlington

    Holy Christ, that child murderer. Hope he gets the chair. With that said, I feel like the state’s stance is unfortunately correct. Can’t make exceptions.

  • From Rep. Don Beyer:

    Beyer: Scott Pruitt’s Attempt To Undermine The Clean Air Act “Illegal and Immoral”

    May 10, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “Back to Basics” memo instructing the EPA to begin factoring “economic effects” into its decisions on setting clean air standards:

    “Scott Pruitt’s latest attempt to undermine air pollution standards set by the Clean Air Act is illegal and immoral. The only ‘basics’ that his actions would take us ‘back to’ are the era when cities were shrouded in lethal air pollution and American rivers burned.

    Weakening clean air standards to help polluters will not eliminate costs, it will shift them to people’s medical bills. The Clean Air Act directs Pruitt to ‘promote the public health,’ not to help the bottom lines of the lobbyists, special interest donors, and polluters who have given him his marching orders since he came to the EPA.”

    Scott Pruitt’s memo directed the EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required by Clean Air Act, Section 109, with consideration for the “impacts of a NAAQS revision on economic activity.” The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 2001 that “Section 109(b) does not permit the Administrator to consider implementation costs in setting NAAQS.” That decision, in Whitman v. American Trucking Ass’ns, Inc., was written by the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • Southern Liberal