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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 11.

  • Southern Liberal

    Here’s the info about Suri Crowe, mentioned in the Media Matters article.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/stevenperlberg/sinclair-climate-change?utm_term=.mwaRGn7vE#.fxnojGaWX

    I had noticed she hadn’t been on the station in a while.

  • From Sen. Tim Kaine:

    KAINE STATEMENT OPPOSING GINA HASPEL’S NOMINATION FOR CIA DIRECTOR

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees released the following statement announcing his opposition to Acting Director Gina Haspel’s nomination for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency:

    “There have been many casualties of the war against terrorism; among them was the moral judgment by those in our government who were complicit in the use of torture. Gina Haspel has served this country with dedication and patriotism during a difficult chapter in our nation’s history. But based on my review of classified and unclassified information as well as her testimony this week, I believe her role in the Agency’s use of torture and efforts to destroy evidence of it was neither minor nor incidental. In particular, I was especially disturbed that she personally wrote a cable ordering the destruction of videotape evidence of the Agency’s use of torture despite her knowledge that Administration officials had not approved such destruction. The cable led to destruction of videotapes at a time when both court proceedings and congressional committees were inquiring about such evidence.

    “Torture is inhumane and counter to American values, and I echo my colleague John McCain’s disappointment in Gina Haspel’s failure to condemn it as immoral during her hearing.

    “I believe the CIA needs leadership that not only honors the rule of law but meets a higher calling to the moral principles of our nation. Zeal in the mission cannot allow us to compromise our values. For this reason, I will vote no on Gina Haspel’s nomination.”

  • Quizzical

    Tesla’s battery power station in Australia is working well
    https://electrek.co/2018/05/11/tesla-giant-battery-australia-reduced-grid-service-cost/amp/

  • Quizzical

    Re Tangier Island and Coastal Virginia, isn’t it all about money? Resiliency spending sadly has to be prioritized. List all the projects that have to be done, with the cost of each, and specify how much resiliency money is going to be provided. If there isn’t going to be enough money, and there never is enough for everything that needs to be done, then the projects have to be prioritized or triaged.

    • Quizzical

      Alternatively, perhaps it is time to coin a phrase for a new era of American history: Retreat from the Sea.

      • Quizzical

        Apart from not having a persuasive argument for priority, the effort to save Tangier Island has another weakness, which is the impropriety of spending hundreds of million dollars on a project that benefits a small group of private landowners. The cost estimate that I recall was around $390,000,000.

  • C Pruett

    The linked article says this but worth noting WRLH in Richmond does not run its own news operation so probably isn’t a concern re: Sinclair. However, if the Tribune merger is approved, they may end up controlling WTVR which is one of the oldest and ‘most trusted’stations in the area.