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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, November 20. That great photo (courtesy of the VA Sierra Club) is in connection with yesterday’s story, Hundreds Rally at Virginia State Capitol to Support EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

*Energy groups face ‘existential’ climate threat, says ex-BP chief

*Amazon Vows to Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy (In addition to being non-polluting, it increasingly makes business/economic sense at this point.)

*President Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday (Meanwhile, the House could STILL allow the bipartisan Senate immigration bill to come to a vote. But nooooooo.)

*At Long Last, Immigration Action (Congress should have passed comprehensive immigration reform many years ago.)

*Republicans Were Fine With Bush Acting On Immigration Reform Without Congress (Of course they didn’t care when Republican presidents did it, just as they didn’t get all “outraged” by the huge deficits under Reagan and Bush, or the many, deadly attacks on U.S. embassies during Republican administrations. Clearly, for Republicans, it’s only wrong if it happens during a Democratic administration.)

*Whitbeck Enters Race For Virginia’s Top GOP Seat (Anti-Semitic “joke” dude.)

*Eric Cantor’s Former Crew Hangs a Shingle in Washington (“Washington’s revolving door spins again, with members of the former House Majority Leader’s staff opening a new lobbying firm.”)

*Jim Webb Launches 2016 Presidential Exploratory Committee (“The presidential race gets its first contender.”)

*The Virginia Way, Part 5: From making law to influencing it

*Controversial tobacco commission project doubles down on new approach

*New Roanoke County administrator tapped from Alexandria

*Our view: The “F” word (“Fracking” that is.)

*Giles County residents can ask questions, hear more about gas pipeline tonight

*Fracking amid a natural wonder (“The George Washington National Forest is federal land. It belongs to all Americans. The risk to a national treasure is simply too high.”)

*Virginia Beach mayor retains defense attorneys amid inquiry

*Streetcar’s demise will deepen divide between 2 Arlingtons(“Streetcar’s defeat sends message to less-affluent: Just keep riding the bus”

*Dashed streetcar plans spread uncertainty along Columbia Pike, Crystal City corridors (“Those who’ve wanted to update the aging Columbia Pike and Crystal City areas say the risks have increased.”)

*Public school enrollment jumps in Northern Virginia (“By 2018, a study finds, the area’s four counties will account for 40 percent of all enrollment in the state.”)

*Not as chilly today, but it won’t last. Cold returns tomorrow.