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National and Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, August 7, the morning after: a) the Republican freak show cum “debate;” b) the end of an era with Jon Stewart’s signoff.

*Chuck Schumer Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal, Shaking Democratic Firewall (Who else do we have to replace Harry Reid as leader?)

*Jon Stewart is dead and Trump is alive. Why did the left help the bullsh*tters win?

*In first debate, Republicans continue to alienate voters (“Trump himself may have diagnosed the party’s problem best: ‘We don’t have time for tone.'”)

*Fox News’s aggressively idiotic questions (“This is an abrogation of responsibility. If you’re going to have such critical control over the process – determining who gets Primetime Placement and who is consigned to the children’s table – at least ask actual questions.”)

*Trump roils first debate among GOP contenders

*Here’s What the Presidential Candidates Had to Say About Reproductive Rights in the First GOP Debate

*The 5 Unmissable Moments From the Big GOP Showdown (“Trump vs. Kelly, Rand vs. Christie, and Ben Carson on waterboarding.”)

*One year later, Virginia’s Timothy M. Kaine still fighting for a real war

*One year in, Virginia lawmakers question lack of debate, authorization for war against ISIS

*Fox News tries to expel Donald Trump – but last night’s debate didn’t finish him (“Megyn Kelly did Trump’s rivals’ work for them. The front-running bully sometimes looked rattled but didn’t explod”)

*Bland talking points, missed opportunities, and Donald Trump: What we learned from the first GOP debate

*The GOP debate: 7 takeaways (“The first Republican debate of 2016 turned out to be an empty-calorie joy ride.”)

*Paul Krugman: From Trump on Down, the Republicans Can’t Be Serious (“For while it’s true that Mr. Trump is, fundamentally, an absurd figure, so are his rivals. If you pay attention to what any one of them is actually saying, as opposed to how he says it, you discover incoherence and extremism every bit as bad as anything Mr. Trump has to offer. And that’s not an accident: Talking nonsense is what you have to do to get anywhere in today’s Republican Party.”)

*Democratic Candidates (Sort of) React to GOP Debate (“Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had something to say. The others? Not so much.”)

*Gov. Terry McAuliffe Anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act.

*Scott Walker taps Obenshain to lead presidential campaign in Virginia (Extremist picks extremist, shocker.)

*Gov. McAuliffe restores voting rights to 3 in Newport News

*As Voting Rights Act turns 50, it’s enthusiasm versus apathy (No excuse for apathy.)

*Virginia officials say they will recall license plates with Confederate logo (Good riddance.)

*Mega-site, mega potential in Chesapeake

*Fairfax wants attorney documents in John Geer case kept under seal

*Bedrosian, citing Planned Parenthood link, seeks end of Roanoke County United Way drive

*Nationals power past the Diamondbacks in series finale; Joe Ross keeps rotation spot

*D.C. area forecast: Showers today give way to a sunnier weekend ahead

  • Dan Sullivan

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  • DPVA Chairwoman Statement on Tonight’s Republican Debate

    Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on the Republican Presidential Debate.

    “I lost track of the number of terrible, backward ideas we heard tonight. Virginia Democrats could not be more fired up to take back the State Senate in 2015 and send a Democrat to the White House in 2016.”

  • Donald Trump is a heinous representation of the Teapublican Party at its angry, nasty, know-nothing worst, but I’ve got to say I love these four post-GOP-debate tweets.  Both Megan Kelly and particularly Frank Luntz are the worst of the worst…


    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in retail trade, health care, professional and technical services, and financial activities.

    Household Survey Data

    In July, both the unemployment rate (5.3 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (8.3 million) were unchanged. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 0.9 percentage point and 1.4 million, respectively. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for teenagers declined to 16.2 percent in July. The rates for adult men (4.8 percent), adult women (4.9 percent),

    whites (4.6 percent), blacks (9.1 percent), Asians (4.0 percent), and Hispanics (6.8 percent) showed little or no change. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    Among the unemployed, the number of new entrants decreased by 107,000 in July. New entrants are unemployed persons who never previously worked. (See table A-11.)

    In July, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.2 million. These individuals accounted for 26.9 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed is down by 986,000. (See table A-12.)

    The civilian labor force participation rate was unchanged at 62.6 percent in July, after declining by 0.3 percentage point in June. The employment-population ratio, at 59.3 percent, was also unchanged in July and has shown little movement thus far this year. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in July at 6.3 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part

    time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

    In July, 1.9 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, down by 251,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and

    had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 668,000 discouraged workers in July, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.3 million persons

    marginally attached to the labor force in July had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data

    Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 215,000 in July, compared with an average monthly gain of 246,000 over the prior 12 months. In July, job gains occurred in

    retail trade, health care, professional and technical services, and financial activities.

    Employment in retail trade increased by 36,000 in July and has risen by 322,000 over the year. In July, motor vehicle and parts dealers added 13,000 jobs, and employment continued to trend up in general merchandise stores (+6,000).

    Health care added 28,000 jobs in July and has added 436,000 jobs over the year. In July, employment rose in hospitals (+16,000).

    Professional and technical services added 27,000 jobs in July, with gains in computer systems design and related services (+9,000) and architectural and engineering services (+6,000). Over the past 12 months, professional and technical

    services has added 301,000 jobs. Management of companies and enterprises added 14,000 jobs over the month.

    Employment in financial activities rose by 17,000 in July and has risen by 156,000 over the past 12 months. Insurance carriers and related activities accounted for more than half of the gain in July (+10,000) and over the year (+85,000).

    In July, manufacturing employment edged up (+15,000).  Employment in nondurable goods rose by 23,000 over the month, including gains in food manufacturing (+9,000) and in plastics and rubber products (+6,000).

    Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in July (+29,000) and has increased by 376,000 over the year.

    Employment in transportation and warehousing also continued to trend up in July (+14,000) and has risen by 146,000 over the year. Employment in couriers and messengers rose by 3,000 over the month.

    Mining employment continued to trend down in July (-5,000). Since a recent high in December 2014, employment in the industry has declined by 78,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

    Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours in July. The manufacturing workweek for all employees also edged up by 0.1 hour to 40.7 hours, and factory overtime was unchanged at 3.4 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.7 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In July, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 5 cents to $24.99. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.1 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 3 cents to $21.01 in July. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +254,000 to +260,000, and the change for June was revised from +223,000 to +231,000. With these revisions, employment gains in May and June combined were 14,000 higher

    than previously reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 235,000 per month.

  • A (disturbing) joke as usual…

  • CADeminVA

    Doctor Torture? Appalling!

  • PassionateJus

    Yesterday I emailed the County Fair regarding the use of Confederate flags and other Confederate memorabilia as prizes at their carnival.

    I’m happy to report that I received an email yesterday as a response which apologized for their usage and which stated that they had talked to their carnival vendor and that all Confederate memorabilia would be taken down.

    I haven’t been able to verify this but I’m going to go over there later today. If anyone sees any more Confederate memorabilia there please let me know.


  • Following the report that Speaker Bill Howell spent over $200,000 of taxpayer money to pay for the legal bills of a campaign aide, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker called on Speaker Howell to immediately pay back Virginia taxpayers.

    Speaker Howell spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to protect his aide’s documents from becoming public.

    “This is an outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker. “It’s completely inappropriate for Speaker Howell to spend taxpayer dollars to help out a campaign aide. Speaker Howell must immediately repay Virginia taxpayers for this campaign expense.”

  • From DPVA:

    Fresh off the heels of a prominent Loudoun Republican’s racist words about Asian immigrants, Northern Virginia immigration activists visited Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s office to deliver FedEx packages in protest of her anti-immigration votes. Comstock has voted against the New American community several times and has made disparaging remarks such as “FedEx can track packages coming in here all the time, we can track people who are coming into the country.”

    Hareth Andrade Ayala, an undocumented youth, said in presenting the packages that, “We are here with FedEx boxes that clearly send a message to Barbara Comstock saying, we are human.'”

    Fernando Mercado, a community advocate, demanded that Comstock explain why she voted to restart deportations of undocumented families and voted for a racial profiling bill that went farther than Arizona law. He also pushed to hold her accountable for opposing comprehensive immigration reform.

    Joana Garcia, a Northern Virginia veteran and candidate for the House of Delegates, shared her story of being raised by an undocumented father. Garcia urged Comstock to reject remarks by her fellow Virginia Republican Dave Brat, who dismissed the patriotism of immigrants who wish to serve in the military by saying that “ISIS would enlist too.”