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Tuesday News: Virginia GOP #FAIL on Roush, Redistricting; Thank You Senate Dems, John Watkins

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, August 18. Also, excellent job by Del. Charniele Herring, Del. Vivian Watts and other Democratic women in the House of Delegates!

*Post-debate, Trump pulls clear of competition (The fact that Republican voters LIKE what they’re hearing from this Berlusconi-style far-right-wing, nativist, bigoted populist is disturbing but not surprising.)

*Four New Studies Show That Fox News’ Apocalyptic ACA Predictions Aren’t Coming True (Shocker, eh?)

*Greens decry Obama’s Shell game (“‘The president cannot have it both ways,’ Greenpeace says after the company wins an Arctic drilling permit.”)

*The dark side of Trump: How gridlock begets dangerous populism & authoritarian zeal (“We assume Trump is benefiting from voters’ xenophobia. But what if the real motivation was even more dangerous?” Time to reread “The Totalitarian Temptation?”)

*Donald Trump’s immigration plan would wreak havoc on U.S. society

*Trump driving migrant debate among GOP field

*Meat-Eaters Are The Number One Cause Of Worldwide Species Extinction, New Study Warns (A huge reason not to eat meat, or to eat a LOT less of it.)

*Paul Krugman: Republicans Against Retirement

*Hillary Clinton Is Rooting for Jeb Bush (“The Clintons want Bush to win the nomination-because he’s easy to beat.”)

*Here’s Audio And Video Of Carly Fiorina’s Forceful Praise Of Hillary Clinton In 2008

*Warner, Kaine talk bipartisanship, Iran nuclear proposal (They can talk bipartisanship all they want, but it’s meaningless unless the Republicans are willing to play – and they’re not.)

*Va. Democrats revive Roush judgeship (Great job by the “blue team” yesterday!)

*McAuliffe Plans to Reappoint High Court Pick (Excellent.)

*Va. redistricting will go to U.S. court (Cool.)

*In decorous Richmond, a bitter partisan battle over a judicial post (“Decorous?” Really? Try “corrupt” Richmond.)

*GOP fails on vote for state Supreme Court appointment (A well-deserved #FAIL…couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys! LOL)

*Israel O’Quinn says S.W. Virginia coal counties are nearing 20 percent unemployment (As well as the reasons for those woes. O’Quinn is utterly clueless, a “useful idiot” for the coal industry.)

*Sen. Kaine: Hampton VA progress ‘impressive’

*Virginia keeping options open on I-66 HOT lanes

*Medicaid Expansion: Kentucky governor explains his state’s success

*Former Fairfax police officer charged with murder of unarmed Springfield man (It’s about time!)

*What has happened to the Nationals? From title favorite to possible also-ran

*D.C. area forecast: Gradual cooling and showers, storms through the week