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Thursday News: Trump’s “Full Political Meltdown,” “Theater of the Absurd”; Cory Booker Testifies Against Jeff Sessions


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, January 12.

  • Quizzical
  • Sen. Warner on Senate Vote to Repeal Affordable Care Act

    “Anybody who thinks it is a good idea to repeal the ACA without even the hint of a viable replacement plan does not understand how markets work. The uncertainty created by this flawed, political strategy will fundamentally destabilize the healthcare system. More than 20 million Americans will be left in the lurch, including nearly 700,000 Virginians. There is a smarter way to do this, and I have long advocated for targeted, commonsense improvements to the ACA that will reduce costs and ease requirements on employers. But this “show vote” to repeal it without a plan to replace it is bad for businesses, bad for Virginians, and will bring chaos to the healthcare market.”

  • Quizzical

    A little good news – there is a technology race in EV battery technology that is moving quickly. Samsung new batteries will deliver 375 miles in range, and recharge in 20 min., with an additional 310 miles. That would get you around even in Virginia.

    Let’s get those Charging stations ready.

    • Yes, good news. The problem is that while cleantech races ahead from price and technology/scaling perspectives, the political system lurches backwards. Not sure which is stronger, but I’m rooting for technology/economics/scaling over the Orange Monster et al.

  • Top-rated comment on today’s EJ Dionne op-ed nails it (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-moving-farewell-trumps-terrifying-hello/2017/01/11/d4d2e748-d835-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html?postshare=5071484223311228&tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.3da134c08b9f)

    “Obama’s intellect and his personal embodiment of principles in the US Constitution stir my deepest respect. Turning the page to Trump is like leaving a library filled with the great works of literature by Dickens, Hardy, Elliot, Dumas, Steinbeck, and Hugo, and facing the rack at a grocery store check-out with the National Inquirer, TV Guide, and People Magazine.”

    • True Blue


  • True Blue

    The president-elect in his ‘theatre of the absurd’ exhibits clearly that he is one of those “very, very dishonest people, but I think it’s just something we’re going to have to live with,” he said. “I guess the advantage [WE THE PEOPLE] have is that [WE] can speak back. When it happens to somebody that doesn’t have that kind of a megaphone, they can’t speak back, it’s a very sad thing. I’ve seen people destroyed.” Yet he fashions his interactions of the press on Russia and Turkey’s tyrannical treatment.

    “We stopped having them (press conferences) because we were getting [sic – my term is GIVING] a lot of inaccurate news,” he said. Does this indicate his preponderance of 70 percent of lies, fact-checked?

    What a shtick!

  • Sen. Tim Kaine on Senate vote to repeal the ACA:

    “Last night, Senate Republicans moved our country one step closer to health care chaos. I voted against the budget resolution because I believe it’s health care malpractice – as well as economic malpractice – to jumpstart a legislative process that would result in hundreds of thousands of Virginia families being kicked off their insurance coverage with no plan for a replacement in sight. We should be working to fix our health care system, not break it.”

  • From DPVA:

    ‘Bathroom Bill’ Front and Center in GOP Gubernatorial Race

    Today during a press conference, Delegate Bob Marshall and supporters doubled down on the proposed “bathroom bill” (HB 1612) – a bill nearly identical to North Carolina’s measure that cost the state an estimated $600 million in business and led to the ousting of Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

    It’s clear that grassroots Republicans – including endorsers of Ed Gillespie – will not waiver in their expectation that Republicans support the measure. This puts the “bathroom bill” front and center in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Here are some key takeaways from the press conference:

    Del. Marshall & supporters will not let this bill die quietly. Del. Marshall called for a recorded vote on the issue and demanded his fellow lawmakers to support the measure, warning that he will not let this bill die quietly.

    Virginia Republican heavy hitters are all in. At the press conference, VA RNC member Cynthia Dunbar issued a warning to Republicans saying,”the people are watching.” She further cited the RNC platform as reason to support the bill. As RNC member, Dunbar has significant power and influence among Virginia Republicans.

    Gillespie’s endorsers support the bill. Gillespie endorser Del. LaRock proudly took the stage and affirmed his commitment to the bathroom bill. Gillespie endorser Sen. Dick Black, also supports the measure.

    “Virginia Republicans’ grassroots base will accept nothing less than full support of the discriminatory and job-killing bathroom bill,” said Emily Bolton, Communications Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. “It’s clearer than ever that gubernatorial candidates Ed Gillespie, Frank Wagner, Corey Stewart, and Denver Riggleman would sign this bill into law if elected Governor, and once again, risk Virginia jobs in favor of legalized discrimination.”

  • Video: Wow, this is brutal…Ben Carson can’t even answer a simple, important question from Sen. Elizabeth Warren on ethics


  • True Blue

    I was very glad to read of a progressive counter-sting of Project Veritas’ proposed inauguration provocation. Maas was seemingly trying to set up reasons for the new administration to warrant a police state and direct negative media narrative. I hope that progressives have alternatives, celebrating equality and freedom and respect for everyday Americans, doing everything but watching the “show.” Maybe wear black for mourning, but march for democracy afterward.


    “WASHINGTON ― A left-wing political group released a new video Monday of a counter-sting that has uncovered evidence of right-wing activists trying to sow chaos at Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony, an effort to portray critics of Trump who march against him as violent fringe figures.”

    “The counter-sting, carried out by The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action, a project of a previous target of provocateur James O’Keefe, managed to surreptitiously record elements of O’Keefe’s network offering huge sums of money to progressive activists if they would disrupt the ceremony and “put a stop to the inauguration” and the related proceedings to such a degree that donors to the clandestine effort would “turn on a TV and maybe not even see Trump.” To have riots blot out coverage of Trump, the donor offered “unlimited resources,” including to shut down bridges into D.C.”

    “UPDATE: A longer video of the interaction between Project Veritas operative Allison Maass and Ryan Clayton of Americans Take Action was posted online Tuesday. In it, Clayton confirms with Maass that her goal is indeed to incite a riot at the inauguration. “What you’re asking for, let’s bullet point it,” Clayton says, referring to the donor Maass claims to be representing. “He says, I’ll give you $100,000 to shut down a bridge, incite a riot and make sure we hack the media narrative on the inauguration.” Maass says he has it right. “You said you could do stuff like that. He says he likes it. Would you actually do it?””

  • Video: VP Joe Biden chokes up as President Obama awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction


  • Quizzical

    Pandora’s Box remains open – intelligence services of NATO allies are leaking damaging stuff about Trump campaign.

  • Kind of amusing that Gillespie says Hurt and Forbes are “effective reps for their districts,” when neither reps a district anymore.