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Monday News: “Trump Jr. Met Russian for Dirt on Clinton”; “Putin Meets His Progeny”; “The Uninhabitable Earth”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, July 10.

  • Quizzical

    Is a car maker about to save the planet? | Zoe Williams – the guardian

    If we can push electric cars, solar energy, and plant enough trees, we’ll be ok regardless of Trump.

    • Problem is, lots of things – e.g., massive deforestation, biodiversity loss, pollution of all types) are NOT ok at all, exacerbated to a large extent by: a) human overpopulation; b) humans consuming too much meat, raw materials, etc. In short, humans are – and have been for years – completely trashing our home.

      • Jim B

        Constantly reading dems didn’t do enough to attract rural voters. How the heck do you reason with people that voted for the most evil and corrupt person to ever occupy the WH. Every day more evidence becomes available that asks not that he colluded with the Russians, but how much.

    • Quizzical

      Revenge of the Electric Car

  • The NY Daily News cover today is excellent


  • 2,000 likes/loves on this comment on Dan Rather’s FB post about the NY Times bombshell story on Don Jr. and the Russians…

    The Supreme Court of the United States must do the right thing and invalidate the results of the 2016 Presidential Election due to the severity of this fraud committed through collusion with agents and government officials of a foreign state. Traitors to America!

    No one should rest until they are in prison!

  • Gen. Wesley Clark’s “100-year vision” from the 2003/2004 presidential campaign makes more sense now than ever, given Trump’s assault on both the environment and on our “pluralistic democracy”

    “Looking ahead 100 years, the US will be defined by our environment, both our physical environment and our legal, Constitutional environment. America needs to remain the most desirable country in the world, attracting talent and investment with the best physical and institutional environment in the world. But achieving our goals in these areas means we need to begin now. Environmentally, it means that we must do more to protect our natural resources, enabling us to extend their economic value indefinitely. Institutionally, our Constitution remains the wellspring of American freedom & prosperity. We must retain a pluralistic democracy, with institutional checks and balances that reflect the will of the majority while safeguarding the rights of the minority.

  • Pope Francis lumps America with Russia, China, North Korea and Syria. Yes, that’s how far and fast we’ve fallen under Trump and the Republicans…

    “Pope Francis told me to be very concerned about the summit of the “G20″. ‘I’m afraid there are very dangerous alliances between powers who have a distorted view of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and Assad in the war in Syria.'”

  • I mentioned this possible candidacy back in May:

    Former CIA Operations Officer Abigail Spanberger Announces Congressional Run

    GLEN ALLEN, VA — Former CIA operations officer, Abigail Spanberger of Henrico County, announced today that she is seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 7th District. Abigail Spanberger brings to the race a background in law enforcement, counter-terrorism, foreign policy, and business.

    “I’m running for Congress because the partisan divide in this country has become unsustainable,” said Spanberger. “Central Virginia deserves a representative who can listen to the people and make meaningful progress on important issues, a responsibility that our current representative has proven unable or unwilling to uphold.”

    Spanberger then added, “As a CIA operations officer, I often had to work with people under highly stressful conditions to help solve problems of critical importance. We are in need of leaders in government who can think creatively and act in the best interests of those we are sworn to serve. I would be honored to put my skill set to work in this capacity for the people of the 7th district.”

    The daughter of a career federal law enforcement officer and a nurse, Abigail’s calling toward public service came early. “I was raised to believe that, as an American, the greatest profession I could pursue would be one in service to my country,” Spanberger recalls. Abigail grew up in Henrico County and attended J.R. Tucker High School. After graduating from the University of Virginia and earning an international MBA from a joint program through Purdue University and the GISMA business school in Germany, Abigail followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming a federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, working narcotics and money laundering. From there, she chose to bring her foreign language skills and passion for understanding complex issues to the CIA, where she served in the US and abroad.

    With her husband, Adam, and their three daughters, Abigail returned to her hometown of Richmond in 2014 and began a career with EAB – Royall & Company. She has since decided to leave the private sector and return to public service. Having built a team of veteran strategists, communicators, and fundraisers, Abigail is ready to commit herself to her campaign full time.

    “This wouldn’t be possible without the support of my friends and family,” Spanberger insists. “But the best way to thank them is to pursue this effort with the same commitment to honor, duty, and service that I’ve held my entire life.”

  • Northam campaign video: “Josephine was born early—at just 24 weeks. And with Trumpcare, her healthcare hangs in the balance.”


  • Andy Schmookler

    Something in a Dionne column this morning that reinforces something I said here in early Jone in a piece titled, “Trump and the America Spirit: Turning This Lemon Into Lemonade” (http://bluevirginia.us/2017/06/trump-american-spirit-turning-lemon-lemonade). It’s about how Trump’s very terribleness can be made into an occasion for reaffirming all those values that he tramples upon.

    Dionne writes that Trump’s “dire view, which he expressed in his speech in Poland,

    “should remind the democratic left and the democratic right that while they have disagreed on many aspects of American foreign policy over the past two decades, they share some deep allegiances. These include a largely positive assessment of what the modern world has achieved; a hopeful vision of what could lie before us; a commitment to democratic norms as the basis of our thinking about the kind of world we seek; and a belief that ethnic pluralism and religious pluralism are to be celebrated, not feared.”

  • Robert Reich:

    The latest White House spin on last June’s meeting between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Russian operative Natalia Veselnitskaya was … they didn’t know who she was.

    You heard me right. They’re now saying they met with “an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign” but were “not told her name prior to the meeting.” Trump Jr. added that it “quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information” and that she changed the subject to other topics.

    This morning when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pressed Kellyanne Conway on the fact that Trump Jr. held this meeting with the express purpose of getting damaging information about Clinton, Conway admitted that “he was told that there would be information that may be helpful to the campaign,” but added that “he didn’t even know her name.”

    Hello? Does anyone really believe that the son of a presidential candidate — along with the candidate’s campaign manager and his most senior advisor — would go to a meeting with someone whose identity was unknown to them, just because the person promised dirt on the opposing candidate?

    I’ve been involved with lots of campaigns, including several presidential campaigns. A candidate’s top people never, ever meet with people whose identities they don’t know beforehand, and never ever meet with them unless it’s deemed a hugely important priority.

    So here’s my second question: Does anyone still believe that Trump’s aides did not in some way work with Russian operatives during the 2016 campaign – a campaign in which U.S. intelligence has concluded Russian operatives sought to influence the election in favor of Trump?

  • Sen. Mark Warner: “I’ve been a candidate and a campaign manager. I can’t imagine taking a meeting with a foreign lawyer claiming to have dirt on an opponent. More importantly, this follows a constant and troubling pattern from the Trump campaign and administration. Trump officials keep conveniently forgetting about meetings with Russians, only to recant after being confronted with evidence to the contrary. That’s why we have to continue this investigation. There’s a lot more work to do.”

  • Connolly Statement on Reports the Federal Government Is Canceling Search for New FBI Headquarters

    Fairfax, VA – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on reports that the federal government is canceling its search for a new FBI headquarters:

    “Reports that the federal government is pulling the plug on a new FBI headquarters reveals insurmountable Trump conflicts with GSA, FBI, and Vornado. This is devastating news. Conflicts have consequences.”

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