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Thursday News: “Trump Against the Developed World as G-7 Frays Over Tariffs”; CANADA Burned the White House in 1812?!?; Paul Ryan Says No “Spy”; Freaky Freitas Unloads on Neo-Confederate Corey

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, June 7.

  • Video: Trump administration’s State Department spokesperson cites D-Day as example of U.S. strong relations with Germany. Yes, she really did. Kinda like the classic “Germany bombed Pearl Harbor” line in Animal House.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcpyB2KomoU

  • For what it’s worth, the latest from PredictIt has Corey Stewart as huge favorite to win on Tuesday

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/predictit060718-1024×512.jpg

  • STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER

    ~ On ZTE agreement lifting Commerce Department ban ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, released the following statement regarding the Commerce Department’s agreement with ZTE:

    “It is the unanimous conclusion of our nation’s intelligence community that ZTE poses a significant threat to our national security. These concerns aren’t new; back in 2012, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on the serious counterintelligence concerns associated with ZTE equipment.

    “It’s not only that ZTE was busted for evading sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and then lied about it; It’s that ZTE is a state-controlled telecommunications company that poses significant espionage risks, which this agreement appears to do little to address.”

  • DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker Statement on Governor Northam signing Medicaid Expansion into law

    RICHMOND, VA – DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement upon Governor Northam signing Virginia’s bi-annual budget that expands Medicaid in the Commonwealth.

    “Medicaid Expansion is the law of the land in the Commonwealth of Virginia!

    Governor Northam’s persistence and leadership, culminating with his signing of the Medicaid Expansion budget this afternoon, has made life better for up to 400,000 Virginians who will now have access to healthcare that was previously unavailable to them.

    Governor Northam not only​ ​led ​​Democrats to sweeping victories in 2017 that ma​d​e ​this important bipartisan compromise possible, he also worked diligently to make sure those electoral victories resulted in policy results that improved Virginians​’​ lives​.​ Moreover, by expanding Medicaid, Governor Northam has saved Virginia millions of dollars that can now be ​dedicated ​to improv​ing​ our schools, fight​ing​ the opioid epidemic, enhanc​​​ing​ public safety and maintain​ing​ Virginia’s AAA bond rating.

    Today is not just a great day for Democrats, but for all Virginians. We could not be prouder of Governor Northam, former Governor McAuliffe, our Democratic Senators and Delegates, and all the Democratic activists whose hard work helped make Medicaid Expansion possible.”