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Tuesday News: Trump to Make Terrible Mistake on Iran Deal Today?; “Him, Too”; Dominion Spokespeople Claim Insane “Russian Trolls” Conspiracy Behind Opposition to Their Idiotic Fracked-Gas Pipeline

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, May 8. As for Dominion, check out their spokesman (Director of Media Relations and Communications), David Botkins, and their sponsored blog, both of whom are pushing the ol’ “Russian trolls” conspiracy theory regarding opposition to their corrupt, environmentally destructive, unneeded, fracked-gas pipeline. So for anyone who allies themselves with Dominion, remember – THIS insanity is what you’re dealing with. What next, are they going to claim that pipeline opponents are members of “Green Antifa?” Oh wait, they’ve done THAT too! LOL

  • Video: NHL Highlights | Capitals vs. Penguins, Game 6 – May 07, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep15aKt-vWQ

  • Andy Schmookler

    A question for anybody here: just how immune are members of Congress from criminal prosecution?

    The question arises from this from a recent New York times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/us/politics/trump-justice-department-house-republicans.html) : “A former federal law enforcement official familiar with the department’s views said that Mr. Rosenstein and top F.B.I. officials have come to suspect that some lawmakers were using their oversight authority to gain intelligence about that investigation so that it could be shared with the White House.”

    So, if it were true that handing sensitive information from a Justice Department/FBI/Special Prosecutor investigation to the subject of the investigation were judged to amount to the crime of “obstruction of justice,” would those in Congress who engaged in that activity be in any legal jeopardy?

    Or do the immunities that members of Congress enjoy protect them from any legal consequences to such activity?

    (Reading about congressional immunity here — https://definitions.uslegal.com/c/congressional-immunity/ — I don’t see a clear answer. On the one hand, they are not immune if they commit a felony, and I believe “obstruction of justice” is a felony. On the other hand, it says that the immunity “is applied broadly to evidence or testimony about all acts that occur in the regular course of the legislative process. It therefore applies to activity taken in the course of legislative fact-finding.”)

    So can they demand materials in order to help the president know things that he, as the subject of the investigation, should not know– and face no legal consequences?

  • In stark contrast to Tim Kaine, who is in sync with around 80%-90% of Virginians on commonsense gun safety measures like universal background checks, the three Republicans running to challenge him are all NRA/VCDL hard liners. This one’s a no brainer if you care about curbing gun violence – go Tim Kaine!

    Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Endorses Kaine for Re-Election

    Washington, DC (May 8, 2018) — The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is proud to endorse our friend and ally Senator Kaine for reelection to the United States Senate.

    Throughout his career as a public servant, Senator Kaine has been a tireless advocate for gun violence prevention. As Governor during the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, Senator Kaine demonstrated incredible leadership and compassion in his engagement with survivors, families of victims, and community members in Blacksburg. Throughout his time in the Senate, he has fought for common-sense gun reform, including limiting the sale of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, closing the gun show loophole, and expanding background checks. His work has been instrumental in pushing evidence-based legislation to prevent gun violence, and, once re-elected, he will continue to be an invaluable ally to the movement at the federal level.

    Senator Kaine has repeatedly beaten the NRA in their own backyard. His strong stance against the gun lobby’s toxic agenda has and will continue to make him the gun violence prevention champion that Virginia deserves.

  • From the Abigail Spanberger for Congress campaign in VA-07:

    Population Connection Action Fund Endorses Abigail Spanberger for VA-07

    GLEN ALLEN, VA — Yesterday, Abigail Spanberger, former CIA operations officer and Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, received the endorsement of Population Connection Action Fund, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots population organization. This offer of support is a reflection of Spanberger’s commitment to protecting women’s health and fighting any Republican effort to repeal a woman’s right to choose.

    “There is no doubt that increasing access to family planning and reproductive health programs is a crucial economic issue for many families. The ability to prevent or delay pregnancy opens up new opportunities for vulnerable people across the developing world — just like it does for women and families in Central Virginia,” said Spanberher. “Congressman Brat’s support for attacks on family planning access is harmful to women and families worldwide. I’m committed to fighting to repeal the Global Gag Rule, restore aid to U.N. Population Fund, and oppose any efforts to undermine women’s health care.”

    Brian Dixon, the Senior Vice President said, “Ms. Spanberger has made clear that she recognizes that access to comprehensive reproductive health isn’t a luxury, it’s critical to expanding opportunity and economic security for people in Virginia, across the United States and around the world. She offers a startling contrast to the incumbent, Dave Brat.”

    Dixon added, “It is long past time for Congress to stand up to this shortsighted, misguided cruelty. It is time for Congress to stand up for the victims of human rights violations, not the violators. It is time for Congress to stand up for the rights of all people to choose their own futures.”

    The endorsement from Population Connection Action joins a growing list of national organizations backing Spanberger’s bid for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Notably, Spanberger has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, NARAL, the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy group, and End Citizens United, a grassroots organization dedicated to reforming campaign finance. Moms Demand Action also recognized Spanberger as a “Gun Sense Candidate” and NewDemPAC added her to their ‘Candidate Watch List.

  • Sharon Ponton

    Next, Pipeline opposition members will be crisis actors.

  • From the Jennifer Wexton for Congress campaign:

    Susan Platt, Former Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Endorses Jennifer Wexton

    LEESBURG, VA – Today, Susan Platt, founder of the Virginia Farm Team and 2017 Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, endorsed Senator Jennifer Wexton for Congress in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Platt joins an extensive list of more than 60 Virginia elected officials endorsing Senator Wexton, including Governor Ralph Northam and Congressman Gerry Connolly.

    Said Platt of the endorsement, “It is with great enthusiasm that I join Governor Ralph Northam in endorsing my very own Virginia State Senator, Jennifer Wexton, for Congress for the 10th Congressional District in Virginia.”

    “In the State Senate, Jennifer has been a fierce advocate for women’s rights, including being the lead sponsor for the Equal Rights Amendment ratification effort. She is also an ardent, outspoken supporter of equal pay, access to affordable health care, access to safe and legal abortion, and paid family and medical leave. Not to mention common-sense gun laws!”

    “She has what it takes to beat Republican Barbara Comstock in the fall, and will be an excellent representative for Northern Virginia communities and families in the U.S. Congress.”

  • HRCforNYAG

    #HRCforNYAG
    Should be trending… trump would lose his mind!
    – H/t esquire

  • As usual, hard to know what to make of straw polls, but for the record, Wexton easily wins another one…

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