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Thursday News: Samantha Bee Asks, “Is This Racist Racist?”; Trump=Fake President; As GOP Kills Bill After Bill, Northam Says “there was a mandate on Nov. 7”

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, January 18.

  • Quizzical

    How can Republicans in Congress vote for a massive tax cut then two months later insist on increasing defense spending and say stuff like we’ve got to get back to running the country like every household runs their budget? Talk about shameless.

    It’s just common sense that after having had our military in overseas combat operations for the last 16 years, and continuing, you can’t do a massive tax cut, plus increase defense spending, plus do a massive domestic infrastructure rebuilding project, plus secure the southern border. It didn’t work during the Reagan Administration and remember, we weren’t involved in wars during the Reagan years. You can’t do it, you just can’t.

    Let’s also recall that the only reason that the economy hasn’t been put into turmoil is that there was a massive resistance starting with the Womens’ March, that saved the ACA, at least for a time.

    • Quizzical

      When was the last time you sat down at the kitchen table to talk about budgeting to pay for foreign wars?

  • Laura Lee

    After a local outlet reported
    that Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) office sent cease and desist letters to
    constituents, demanding that they stop any communications with the
    senator’s office, Cotton’s office explained that it does send such
    letters. His office said they are sent rarely and only “under extreme
    circumstances,” but it’s unclear how often they are used.

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cotton-office-cease-desist-letters

  • Anthony Shifflett

    The government will be shut down. Amazing, isn’t it?

  • From Rep. Don Beyer:

    Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs’ Statement on Newly Released NASA Data

    January 18, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, NASA released data declaring 2017 to be the second hottest year on record. Since the United States started measuring global temperatures 138 years ago, the five hottest years have all occurred since 2010. In response, Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA), co-chairs of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, issued the following statement:

    “Climate change is the greatest existential threat of our time, and NASA’s report is the latest in a long list of data points confirming human-driven climate change. The consistent warming of the Earth’s climate will continue to lead to extreme weather catastrophes like the ones that plagued the United States in 2017. The longer our leaders ignore these warnings, the greater the damage will be to our health, environment, infrastructure, and the American people’s pocketbooks.

    “It is essential that Congress acknowledge this alarming data, and take immediate action. The Trump Administration has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, slashed funding for scientific research, proposed gutting staffing at scientific agencies, and rolled back important environmental regulations. In an age where the White House is ceding our role as a leader on climate, the responsibility to act must be shouldered by those of us who are bold enough to do so.”

    The hottest year on record was 2016, but climate scientists have written that 2017 would likely have been hotter than 2016 if not for differences caused by El Niño.
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  • RobertColgan

    “Mein Drumpf isss not un raycyst…..he isss fahr better than such.. . .he isss a raytoomar.”

  • Video: Congressman McEachin Introduced the Advancing Seniors and Kids (ASK) Act

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FvfC8B7ZgM