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Monday News: Nunes Memo a “Political Hit Job on FBI”; “Constitutional Crisis in Slow Motion”; Eagles Shouldn’t Land Near Trump

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, February 5.

  • Quizzical

    Trump’s infrastructure plan – who pays?
    https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0131/US-infrastructure-needs-repairs.-But-who-should-pay
    Is the Trump Administration coming up with a crazy quilt funding system simply to avoid raising the gas tax?

    • Quizzical

      Here’s my modest proposal to our leaders: raise the gas tax to where it needs to be, and start on the infrastructure repairs. Stop using the highway trust fund as a slush fund to pay for stupid projects or to service debt. If you want to wage a couple wars on the other side of the earth, pass a war tax to pay for it. If the people don’t want to pay for the war, that tells you something important and you should listen.

      • RobertColgan

        How about taxing the rich ( a truly progressive tax based on actual income revenue) and corporations;
        completely stopping the corporate welfare grift;
        reducing the “defense” budget to a realistic figure ($175 Bil?)
        pulling back from military occupancy in all foreign nations;
        begin massive implementation of solar, wind, geothermal, etc ;
        incentivize that implementation for homeowners, municipalities, small businesses;
        prosecution of all involved in causing and profiting from the ’08 crash;
        begin massive triage reconstruction of infrastructure…
        ………….for starters.

  • Innnnnnnnteresting.

    Congressman Donald McEachin Endorses Elaine Luria for Congress

    VIRGINIA BEACH – Today Elaine Luria received the enthusiastic endorsement of neighboring Democratic Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) for her campaign for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

    “I am proud to endorse Elaine Luria for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District,” said Congressman McEachin, “As a 20-year Commander in the Navy, a successful small business owner, and a pillar of her community, I am confident she has the necessary skills and experience to face down the chaos in Congress and make a difference for coastal Virginia.”

    The son of an Army veteran, Congressman McEachin represents the neighboring Hampton Roads district and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources.

    “I am honored to have the support of Representative McEachin, who has a distinguished track record of fighting for Virginia’s families.” said Elaine Luria. “I look forward to serving alongside him in Congress to find solutions for the families of Hampton Roads.”

  • From Rep. Donald McEachin:

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement in advance of the House Intelligence Committee’s vote to release the Democratic response to Chairman Nunes’ Misleading Memo:

    “In a democracy, we believe in access to information and in trusting the intelligence community to make good determinations when they have information. By withholding the Minority memo, the House Republicans act in an authoritarian manner where citizens are only able to access the information that the leader wants them to have instead of free and equal access to potentially differing perspectives so that they can independently determine their conclusions. I call on the House Republicans to release the Democratic memo to allow Americans to have all the information. I have to ask – what are my Republican colleagues so afraid of?”

  • Andy Schmookler

    I don’t know if this is a good idea or not, but it seems to me at least worth considering:

    Trump has attacked Congressman Adam Schiff, tweeting:

    “Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!”

    Schiff is a cool customer, very smart, and possessed of the kind of skills of argumentation that could completely skewer an ignorant, blustering blowhard like Donald Trump.

    So I’m wondering: Might Schiff challenge Trump in some such way as this:

    “President Trump has called me “one of the biggest liars” in Washington. How ironic, coming from someone like President Trump. I have made a strenuous effort throughout this difficult time to speak only the truth to the American people. And so I challenge President Trump to a public debate to enable the American people to judge for themselves which one of us has been lying to the nation about the current investigation and about the need to protect the integrity of our election process.”