Home Virginia Politics Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning

Virginia News Headlines: Sunday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 31. Also, I watched most of this great discussion yesterday with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin at the 2014 National Book Festival. This woman is truly a national treasure; a fascinating conversation on Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, LBJ, JFK and…Barack Obama.

*Ukrainian port city fears it’s next in rebels’ sights

*Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

*When Whites Just Don’t Get It (“After Ferguson, Race Deserves More Attention, Not Less”)

*Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks in Bid to Retain Senate Control (“Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress”)

*America’s real ice bucket challenge (“85 percent of the federal government’s spending increases between now and 2024 will be consumed by just three items: Social Security (which will claim 28 percent of the increase), Medicare and other health-care programs (32 percent) and interest on the debt (25 percent). Spending on everything else – military and domestic programs alike – would fall to the lowest proportion of the economy since at least 1940” That’s not acceptable.)

*Schapiro: Conviction or not, McDonnell scandal alters Virginia politics (“The historic five-week trial will lay waste to the notion of the ‘Virginia way,’ a quaint concept that elections and governance are conducted with mannered dignity by men and women who – because they have an agonizing sense of public mission – know what’s best for the rest of us.” Good riddance to a ridiculous notion.)

*Whose ‘truth’ will McDonnell jurors believe?

*In Virginia, thousands of day cares operate without government oversight (But wait, I thought Republicans always say that the answer to everything is LESS regulation. Hmmmm.)

*Oil train wrecks prompt scrutiny (Yet again, Republicans want LESS regulation when we actually need much tighter regulation in this case.)

*A river of cash, and much of it legal (“The McDonnells received huge sums in legal gifts, thanks to loose campaign-giving laws in Virginia.” Again, more regulation – not less, as Republicans argue – is needed here.)

*Broken plastic DVD case may have killed whale (We’ve got to stop spewing pollution into our air and water ASAP.)

*Elect Norfolk’s School Board

*Nats’ ace delivers a superb outing (“Stephen Strasburg submits one of his best starts of the season as the Nationals turn back Seattle, 3-1.”)

*Warm and sticky heading into Labor Day. Stormy too?

There's no paywall on Blue Virginia, and we definitely want to keep it that way! If you want to help support our work, you can donate here - thanks! Also, you can sign up for our weekly email list here.