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Virginia Primary Day Tuesday News: “‘Rocket Man’ 1, Trump 0”; Trump Gives Kim a Lot, U.S. Gets…???; SCOTUS Makes Voter Suppression Easier; Sessions Slams Door on Victims of Domestic Violence, Gang Violence


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, Virginia primary day, June 12, 2018. Make sure you get out and vote today for your candidate of choice at your regular polling location!

  • A_Siegel

    First, thank you for taking the time to do these every day … a lot of work …

    Second, example of horrid headline: “The Trump-Kim Summit Was a Great Photo Op, And Maybe Nothing More”. No, it was a “Great Photo Op” for the PDRK, Trump sees it as a great one because he is taller than the one next to him (maybe …??), Fox will say it was great, and, well, it is bad for the United States / South Korea / world diplomacy, human rights, etc … as photo op even before we get to the horrid ‘substance’.

    Third, re calling out Flake, this is exactly in line with “Beware Democracy Peacocks” published yesterday: http://bluevirginia.us/2018/06/beware-democracy-peacocks The media needs to hold Democracy Peacocks’ feet to the fire — (well beyond) time to act or just shut up.

  • From Rep. Donald McEachin, who is “shocked and disgusted” for VERY good reason!

    WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement on President Trump’s Justice Department refusing to allow asylum for domestic abuse victims:

    “Frankly, I am shocked and disgusted at this miscarriage of justice. America has always been about offering refuge and sanctuary for individuals in serious peril. Victims of domestic abuse epitomize that circumstance. Their lives are in jeopardy; they live with the constant threat of violence. We have been the beacon of hope for the world, for those seeking a better life, for those pursuing opportunity. Now, we will refuse those who live in danger of harm or even death.

    “I call on my Republican colleagues to reverse this travesty of justice and return America to the ideals for which it has stood. We owe it to those innocent victims.”

  • Brady Campaign Announces Endorsements of Five Gun Safety Champions
    Gun violence prevention organization endorses candidates in VA, FL, NV, and TX

    Washington, D.C., June 11, 2018 – On the heels of nine gun safety champions winning their elections this past week, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced the organization’s next round of endorsements. These five candidates join the previously announced Brady-backed nominees.

    The Brady Campaign officially endorsed three candidates for Senate:

    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
    Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
    Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
    Further, Brady endorsed two candidates for the House of Representatives:

    Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-07)
    Susie Lee (D-NV-03)
    “We’re so impressed with the remarkable range of candidates dedicated to joining and leading the fight against gun violence,” stated Brady Campaign co-president Avery Gardiner. “Brady-backed candidates are winning their primaries by focusing on gun safety, and we’re going to keep seeing success from now through November. It’s time for the NRA to realize that the American public is tired of its fear-mongering, and will elect leaders who support sensible gun laws.”

    This election cycle, the Brady Campaign is focused on working with and supporting candidates throughout the country who are committed to preventing gun violence. A heavy focus is on whether candidates support Brady’s three-point plan, including expanding background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and passing extreme risk laws.

    A resurgent Brady PAC is supporting candidates who commit to making gun violence prevention a top priority and is working to replace candidates who refuse to prioritize the safety of the American public. Brady is doing so through the candidate endorsement process and holding candidates accountable to their questionnaire answers. Brady PAC will target races across the country in support of such candidates, especially in those races targeting candidates who put gun industry profits before the safety of their constituents.

    Brady is also focusing heavily on voter registration, including of young voters through its youth initiative, Team ENOUGH. The student-led group will be holding voter registration events throughout the summer and will work to educate and mobilize high school and university students from now until November. The group is also inviting students across the country to form their own Team ENOUGH groups and host nonpartisan candidate forums.

    Last November’s elections in Virginia and New Jersey, where multiple Brady-backed candidates won on a clear platform of gun safety, demonstrated that voters are engaging on the issue and are rejecting those supported by the NRA. And with recent polling showing that half of Americans want gun safety to be Congress’s top priority, it’s clear that this issue will be a leading one throughout the 2018 campaign.

    Further endorsements will be announced in the weeks and months to come.

  • Video: Corey Stewart Warns Election Could Be “A Lot Closer Than We Think”



    ~ On President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the below statement today on President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea:

    “Diplomacy is the most viable option for pursuing the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear program. But it’s clear that Kim Jong-un walked away from Singapore with exactly what he wanted – the pomp, circumstance and prestige of a meeting with the President of the United States – while making no specific commitments in return. Whether this will result in a verifiable agreement to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, America and the world will wait to find out.”

  • Superb comment over at the WaPo on Trump’s NK debacle:

    North Korea still has its nuclear weapons.

    All of them.

    Including the nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the U.S.

    The empty document that Trump signed does absolutely nothing to change this,

    Remember that Trump and Pompeo claimed that Trump would not meet with Kim unless there was a complete, verifiable, irreversible removal of all nuclear arms.


    Trump has gotten nothing.

    No change in nuclear arms whatsoever.

    Trump has given North Korea what it has most wanted for fifty years;

    Equal legitimacy with the U.S.

    He has even stated that he would remove U.S. troops from South Korea, the sole protection of SK from attack by North Korea, save the nuclear arms that they entirely retain.

    Trump has taken an empty, hollow propaganda ploy that he will now lie about constantly in the attempt to affect the midterms and the prosecution of his crimes.

    For himself.

    He has elevated a dictatorial, murderous regime.

    For himself.

    Meanwhile, our media follows the trappings and tropes obediently, calling this laughably horrific empty farce historic.