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Sunday News: “A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump”; “On the menu: More revenue for Fairfax”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, September 25. Also, check out the ad by NextGen Climate Action about Gary Johnson’s, uh, head-scratching comments about climate change.

  • Video: Stevie Wonder Speaks At African American Museum Opening


  • Take it away, Dan Rather!

    Folks, if you want a simple test about false equivalency in the coverage of this election, let’s try this little experiment. Imagine if it was Hillary Clinton who was praising Vladimir Putin. Imagine if her campaign advisors had close ties to Russia. Imagine if her business interests and investors were unknown, but there was strong suspicion that her potentially shaky corporate empire was bolstered by Russian money. And imagine if she refused to release her tax returns. In what kind of media landscape do you think we would be living? How much would we be hearing about this on cable news? What would the likes of Sean Hannity be saying? Or even the headlines in the New York Times? I think these questions answer themselves.

    As a reporter, you often try to survey the landscape like an explorer, looking for streams flowing into larger rivers, and a river flowing into a much bigger sea. That’s when you can sense there is the potential bombshell of a story. And there is no question in my mind that Donald Trump and his ties to Russia are such a story. This report (shared here) by a seasoned investigative journalist that there may be back channel dealings between a Trump campaign official and the Russian government are but the latest serious allegations in a very long and troubling string of news.
    Russia must be considered a top national security concern by our next president. Just this past week you had U.S. intelligence suggesting that Russian warplanes bombed an aid convoy in Syre. And you have the two top-ranking Democrats on the Congressional intelligence panels saying that, based on briefings they have received, they believe Russian intelligence officers are trying to tamper with this presidential election. And they believe those orders are coming from the top of the Russian government. Of course this is on top of such things as Russian action in Ukraine and Trump publicly questioning our responsibilities to our NATO allies.

    There was a time when the GOP leaders couldn’t criticize President Obama enough for not standing strong in the face of Russian aggression. Just a couple years ago House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) went on Fox News and said this: “Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close,…They’ve been running circles around us, and I think it’s the naïve position on the National Security Council and the president’s advisers that if we just keep giving things to Russia, they’ll wake up and say, ‘boy the United States isn’t all that bad.’ That is completely missing the motivations of why Russia does what Russia does.”

    Where are those voices now? Why aren’t there more headlines about this? And finally, what do we really know about Donald Trump and his motivations in regards to Russia? I know this issue can get lost in all the inferno swirling around this election, but to paraphrase the congressman from earlier, this ain’t a game of marbles.

  • Video: Michelle Obama hugs George W. Bush at opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture


  • Robert Reich nails it:

    Ted Cruz is the second-worst political person in America. Yesterday he endorsed the first worst. Only months ago, Cruz called Donald Trump a “pathological liar” and a “serial philanderer,” and told Trump to “leave my wife alone” after Trump suggested she was ugly (oh, and Trump also claimed Cruz’s father was part of a plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy).

    Here’s how Cruz explained his decision:

    “Even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable. … Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans. And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way.”

    What’s the real reason Cruz endorsed Trump? Cruz wants to be the Republican’s next presidential nominee, so figures he has to support the GOP’s present nominee.

    When it comes to cynical ambition, no one tops Ted Cruz – except Trump.

  • Video: Robby Mook on “This Week” says “Donald Trump can’t lie on that debate stage and…get a passing grade.”


  • Former George H.W. Bush National Security Advisor Endorses Clinton

    Statement by Donald P Gregg, National Security Advisor to Vice President George H.W. Bush. The endorsement comes after 115 former Ambassadors – including 80 appointed by Republican Presidents – backed Clinton earlier this week and more than 50 national security officials urged Trump to disclose his financial conflicts of interests.

    “I was in the Reagan administration for 8 years. I was Vice President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Advisor for over six years. I traveled with him to over 65 countries.

    “In my view the two great diplomatic overtures since World War II were carried out by Republicans — Nixon to China and President George H. W. Bush’s outreach to Gorbachev and the Soviet Union after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

    “But we now have a person at the top of Republican ticket who I believe is dangerous, doesn’t understand the complex world we live in, doesn’t care to, and is without any moral or international philosophy.

    “I’ve met Hillary Clinton a number of times and followed her career in public service. I’m impressed with her knowledge and experience. She would make an extremely good President.”

  • Video: Tim Kaine on Face the Nation talks about the debates


  • Video: Bernie Sanders on Face the Nation – the stakes are too high for a “protest vote” this election.


  • True Blue

    After reading the stats about Trump’s “one falsehood every three minutes and 15 seconds over nearly five hours of remarks” – I thought about those who might play drinking games during the debate. Then I realized that in 90 minutes, the ratio would average a sip or whatever every 58.5 seconds, so more than 90 times overall. Maybe not. . .

    Another possiblity might be making bingo cards with “believe me,” “what have you got to lose?,” “I don’t know,” “people are saying” or other favorite phrases; of course his descriptions of women, Mexicans, the wall, birther insults, and all those tweets could be used as an alternative.

  • Video: Former Rep. Jim Moran blasts Donald Trump and his hateful rhetoric