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Thursday News: Antarctica Hemorrhaging Ice; Trump Calls Kim “Tough Guy”; “How are reporters still struggling to call people like Corey Stewart what they are?”; Former VA GOP Exec. Director Says VA GOP “has descended into a parody of itself” with Corey Stewart Nomination

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, June 14.

  • Posing with the Stanley Cup: three former Virginia governors, two U.S. Senators and one…I dunno, future presidential candidate? (LOL)

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  • CliosFanBoy

    With Corey Stewart’s nomination I keep hearing from assorted Republicans “This is not the Republican Party I knew.”

    Yes, yes it is. You’ve been heading in this direction for decades, and those of us on the left have been trying to warn you. You could see the signs in 1964. Although a majority of both parties voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Republican candidate (Goldwater) voted against it and campaigned against it. * Then you have Nixon’s 1968 “Southern Strategy.” Reagan began his 1980 campaign talking about States’ Rights in Mississippi, a short distance from where three young civil rights workers had been murdered only fifteen years before in the name of “States’ Rights.”** It kept going. There was the race-baiting 1988 Willie Horton ad. The prominence of people like Jessie Helms and Pat Buchanan in your party grew and grew. You purged black voters from the voting roles in Florida in 2000 and created hours-long lines in urban (read “black”) districts in Ohio (and elsewhere) in 2004, both of which may well have tipped the election. By2010 a majority of Republicans thought President Obama was not even born in the US despite the absolute idiocy of the whole idea. There is a reason why a large majority of non-whites vote for the Democrat, and it’s not because we give them “free stuff.” (FYI, that claim is also racist as hell).

    To use an analogy those from DC/Northern VA will get.

    Back in the 1960s the Republicans were traveling on the outer loop on 495 and veered right onto I-66. The left tried to warn you that you were heading towards Front Royal. You passed Vienna, then Fair Oaks. We tried to warn you. “Oh nonsense” you’d say, “we’re just driving.”

    You passed Manassas.
    The left’s warnings became louder.
    Then you went by Haymarket. Still you ignored all the signs. You even hit the accelerator to get there faster. Now you’ve reached Front Royal and act all surprised. You’re either oblivious or lying. You’ve reached the destination you began heading towards a half century ago. Time to put on your big person pants and deal with it.

    Yeah, yeah, I know. The Democrats have their own troubled history of race. But we’ve dealt with it. You don’t get to bitch about how awful, ugly, nasty, hateful, and vile our ex was if you’re the one who ended up marrying them!

    * To his credit Goldwater voted in favor of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But he allowed his libertarian beliefs to blind him to the reality of being a person of color in a Jim Crow society.

    ** And don’t try to say “but that’s was a long time before!” 9/11 is now almost seventeen years in the past. It’s further in our past than the murder of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. I don’t see the rightwing dropping its fear-mongering of Muslims because 9/11 was “a long time ago.”

  • Andy Schmookler

    A friend just sent me this, too delicious not to share. It is said to be “from From Stonehenge, Washington Post this morning”::

    “Justify won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the 13th triple Crown winner, and turned down an invitation to the White House. Asked why, the winner neighed, ‘If I wanted to see a horse’s ass, I would’ve finished second.'”

  • Rep. Donald McEachin (VA-04):

    “I am horrified and disappointed that we would separate children from parents at border crossings, and then house them far from family and homes. These children are innocent. They do not choose to cross the border, legally or illegally. They are carried, the young ones literally, by their parents only to be wrenched from the arms of the adults they love, taken to a strange place with administrators who don’t know their language, their background or even necessarily their names.

    “It is un-American and unacceptable. Surely, we can find a better, more human resolution to illegal border crossings, than to rip children from their parents and lock them up for interminable lengths. Surely as a country, as a land of principle, as a people who value family and children, we can find a way to resolve this that allows families to stay together. Instead, we punish and penalize the innocent. This must stop and, if the president won’t, then Congress simply must.”

  • Connolly Statement on DOJ IG Report on FBI Actions Before the 2016 Election

    Washington, D.C. –Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on today’s release of the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on FBI activities prior to the 2016 election:

    “There is no way around it. Former FBI Director James Comey’s misconduct and profoundly bad judgement helped elect Donald Trump President of the United States. Inspector General Horowitz found that Mr. Comey’s actions violated FBI policy, practice, and protocol. Mr. Comey should not have characterized uncharged conduct by former Secretary Clinton. Mr. Comey usurped the authority of the Attorney General through his unilateral announcements on July 5 and October 28. Mr. Comey applied a double standard to the investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump by disclosing details of one and not the other. And Mr. Comey demonstrated a “serious error of judgement” when he made public announcements about an ongoing investigation in the waning days of the 2016 election. Furthermore, when Mr. Comey unveiled his October surprise, he neglected to disclose that the FBI had sat on the pertinent information for nearly a month before making an urgent and high profile disclosure in the waning days of the election. It is all the more maddening that the information in question amounted to nothing. Unfortunately, the damage was already done.

    “This is not a good report for President Trump and the “Lock Her Up” crowd. The IG “found no evidence that the conclusions by Department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations.” Rather “they were based on the prosecutors’ assessment of the facts, the law, and past Department practice.” This undermines the central tenets of their conspiracy and should silence their rabid attacks on the rule of law.

    “President Trump and Congressional Republicans will no doubt continue their assault on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation in the same way they attacked the FBI and Department of Justice throughout the Clinton email investigation. But among the most important lessons of this report “is the need for the Department and FBI leadership to follow its established procedures and policies even in its highest-profile and most challenging investigations.” That is what we must insist upon amid the storm that lies ahead – a stubborn adherence to process in the pursuit of justice.”

  • STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER

    ~ On report by the Justice Department Inspector General ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on “A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election,” released today by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General:

    “The release of this Inspector General report confirms what has been clear for some time: though FBI leadership made errors in judgment in the run-up to the election, those actions were not influenced by any political bias and, if anything, helped Donald Trump’s candidacy. President Trump will surely attempt to use this report to discredit the ongoing criminal investigation into his campaign, so let’s be clear: this report has absolutely nothing to do with the Mueller investigation, which must be allowed to conclude without interference from the President.

    “It’s important to remember today that President Trump has already said, on camera, why he fired James Comey – to stop the Russia investigation. No claims the Administration might make will change that fact.”