Home Daily News Clips Friday News: WH Coverup Falling Apart; Nunes Needs to Go; Flynn Takes...

Friday News: WH Coverup Falling Apart; Nunes Needs to Go; Flynn Takes Immunity; GOP War on Science; “Propaganda on Steroids”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, March 31.

  • old_redneck

    Hmmmm. So — Flynn is seeking immunity. You ask for immunity when you are preparing to roll over on someone higher up the ladder from you. In Flynn’s case, there is only one person higher up the ladder.

    • Bingo.

    • On second thought, actually there are two people who were above Flynn: 1) Flynn’s official boss Trump; 2) Trump’s boss (and Flynn’s real boss) Putin.

  • McEachin on Department of Energy’s Choice to Encourage Alternative Facts

    WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement to condemn the Department of Energy’s instructions to refrain from using phrases related to climate change in official communications:

    “Refusal to use the words does not make the actual facts any less true. The choice to cease official usage of the phrases ‘climate change,’ ‘emissions reduction’ or ‘Paris Agreement’ in memos, briefings and other forms of communications from the Department of Energy perpetuates this Administration’s commitment to alternative facts. Absence of accurate terms does not eliminate the realities of climate change. Climate change drives sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and harms waterways like our Chesapeake Bay. I urge Secretary Perry to implore his team, the energy officials who represent our nation to the global conservation partners, to use the phrases and words that best educate and communicate the facts about our current climate crisis. By removing truthful terms of their lexicon, Americans are deprived of needed information. This is a matter of public health, not ideology.”

  • Robert Reich:

    Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has offered to cooperate with congressional investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution, according to this afternoon’s Wall Street Journal.

    I see no reason why the Senate Intelligence Community shouldn’t grant Flynn’s request. It wouldn’t let Flynn off the hook. Congress has the power to grant only limited “testimonial” immunity — which means prosecutors cannot use a witness’s testimony to Congress against them in any subsequent prosecution. If Flynn has some dirt on Trump, he ought to be given every opportunity to share it.

    Ultimately it will be up to the Justice Department whether to grant Flynn immunity from prosecution for any underlying conduct that might be discussed, and other matters that don’t come up in testimony. Since Jeff Sessions has recused himself from matters relating to the FBI probe – and, presumably, related to Flynn’s possible collusion with Russian agents – the final decision on Flynn’s immunity will be up to the Deputy Attorney General.

    The Acting Deputy Attorney General is Dana Boente, a longtime federal prosecutor and former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, who stepped in when Trump fired Sally Yates in January.

    Trump’s permanent pick for the position is Ron Rosenstein, currently the U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland. Rosenstein seems to be a straight-shooter. He was unanimously confirmed as U.S. attorney in 2005 after being appointed by George W. Bush, and then retained by Obama. It would also be up to Rosenstein whether to appoint an independent special prosecutor to handle the question of Trump and Trump advisors colluding with the Russians.

  • A_Siegel

    That article on investments/income is interesting — in part because of the sort of weird ‘gotcha’ journalism.

    There is an emphasis — factually correct but truthiness in substance — on Perriello supposedly having a financial interest in the Mexico wall. What is that link? One of his stock investments is in Fluor which is one of 700 firms going after contracts related to the wall. Fluor, of course, is a multi-billion/year engineering firm ($10Bs/year http://newsroom.fluor.com/press-release/corporate/fluor-reports-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2016-results) that of course would be bidding on a project like that — just as it would / does bid for work at nuclear laboratories, road & rail contracts, etc, etc, etc … The Post article doesn’t discuss whether 90% or 2% of Tom’s holdings are in Fluor, etc …

  • Former Delegate and Virginia Secretary of Administration Viola Baskerville Endorses Tom Perriello for Governor

    A Kaine Administration Official, Baskerville Points to Perriello’s Courage to Take on Corporate Influence Like Dominion’s As Governor

    In another sign of momentum for Tom Perriello’s progressive campaign for Virginia governor, today former Delegate and Secretary of Administration for Governor Tim Kaine Viola Baskerville is endorsing Tom in the Democratic primary for governor.

    “Having served in the administration of Governor Kaine, one of Virginia’s most principled political figures, I appreciate Tom’s courage in refusing to take contributions from Dominion Power and his clear opposition to the construction of two pipelines that provide questionable economic benefit and pose definite environment problems,” said former Delegate and Virginia Secretary of Administration Viola Baskerville. “Here’s the thing about Tom – he’s fearless. Tom had the conviction to stand up for the Affordable Care Act when he knew it could cost him his congressional seat. When Tom is governor, I know he will show the same strength in standing up to special interests like Dominion Power and fighting for the dignity and equality of every Virginian. I am proud to count myself as a member of Team Tom heading into the June primary and beyond.”

    Baskerville has had a distinguished career as a civil rights leader and in public service serving on the Richmond City Council, as Vice Mayor, delegate, and Secretary of Administration in the Kaine administration. In May 2015, she retired from her position as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a role she held since 2012.

    “I am proud to have Viola, a great public servant who has done so much for Richmond and for Virginia, join our campaign, ” said Tom Perriello. “This campaign is about standing boldly as Democrats for working families and making sure Virginia remains a firewall against hate. The momentum is on our side, and that’s because thousands of Virginians know we can join together to make Virginia greater than it’s ever been.”

  • Quizzical

    Africa: Overlooked Rainfall and Cooling Effects of Forests – AllAfrica

  • Video: Person who SHOULD be president, Hillary Clinton, speaks at Georgetown U


  • Dan Rather:

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the most powerful address in the world. It can also at times feel like one of Earth’s loneliest islands.

    The nature of the modern American presidency ensures that the Commander in Chief must in many ways operate in a bubble. But when forces outside of that bubble start to swirl, and when they seem beyond the control of an administration, paranoia mounts and a presidency can quickly spiral out of control.

    I have seen this happen up close, covering both Lyndon Johnson amidst the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon falling under the weight of Watergate. But there has never been anything quite like what we’re witnessing with Donald Trump.

    Both Johnson and Nixon were seasoned politicians and they were surrounded by Washington insiders who knew how the game was played. Both men had pulled off remarkable achievements to their agendas. And there were long stretches of stability in their administrations. We are just over two months into President Trump’s term and already there is civil war in his own party in the wake of the health care debacle. His Muslim travel ban is suspended indefinitely, and then there is always the Russian shadow, which continues to become more serious, now with new allegations of White House interference. We have record low approval ratings and a White House that is understaffed and those who are there do not seem up to the task of governing.

    As I wrote before, despite all the defeats, it would be foolish to underestimate the effect Mr. Trump is having on radically reshaping the direction of our nation, at home and abroad. But as he careens from one crisis to another, the chaos and havoc this President creates is engulfing himself as well. We have seen no evidence to suggest that this Administration can stabilize itself. There seems to be no ballast of seriousness or sober mindedness to right the ship. The list of enemies, perceived and real, will almost assuredly grow in Mr. Trump’s mind. His Twitter rantings will likely further fan the flames of division and dissent. An Administration that feels cornered often lashes out in ways that are almost always more destructive to itself than to its targets.

    The power of the Presidency is great, but for those who do not use it wisely it can create deep and dangerous self-inflicted wounds.