- Europe says it will stick with the Iran deal, defying a U.S. demand
- A Weak and Rambling President Declares a Fake National Emergency (“Trump’s description of the situation at the border is almost entirely fictitious, of course, but in one sense it is real. It’s a central element of the political narrative he has constructed for his white-nationalist base over the past three and a half years, and, as he helpfully sought to explain, it’s one he can’t easily back away from at this stage.”)
- Trump’s Emergency Declaration Shows He Is Unfit for Office (“At worst, President Trump’s claim of emergency powers that would allow him to expand barriers on the southern border is a gross violation of democratic norms. At best, it is a craven ploy to cover his own blundering. Either way, it is a devastating indictment of his capacity to handle his job.”) This Trump performance is why people talk about the 25th Amendment
- Don’t be fooled by Trump’s make-believe crisisPhony Wall, Phony Emergency (“The president plans to manage the border crisis from the golf course at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.”)
- Trump Declares a National Emergency, and Provokes a Constitutional ClashTrump’s ‘National Emergency’ Is a Purely Dictatorial Action (“It is an abuse of power. It is an assault on Congress’s Article I powers. Mitch McConnell is complicit.”)
- Trump just plunged the country into dangerous new territory. Here’s what’s really at stake. (“What’s at stake in this battle is a simple dilemma: Can the president declare a national emergency, and appropriate all the powers that this confers on him, when there isn’t any national emergency?”)
- Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is Contemptuous of the Rule of LawTrump Isn’t Just Defying the Constitution. He’s Undermining SCOTUS. (“The president defended his national emergency by boasting that he’ll win at the Supreme Court because it’s full of his judges.”)
- Trump’s National Emergency Just Got Its First Legal Challenge (“Legal advocacy group Public Citizen filed suit on behalf of landowners in Texas and an environmental group. More lawsuits are expected.”)
- ‘I Didn’t Need to Do This’ Sums Up the Entire Trump Presidency (“Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a southern border wall will be met with fierce Democratic opposition, both legally and in Congress”)
- ‘A recipe for disaster’? Trump’s border emergency drags the GOP into a risky fight ahead of 2020. (“If they back Trump’s emergency declaration, many lawmakers worry, they will be greenlighting a White House power grab that infringes on Congress’s constitutional power over spending. But if they oppose it, they risk attracting the wrath of Trump’s political base — and perhaps a primary challenge.”)
- 5 ways Trump’s national emergency declaration could be stoppedFact-checking Trump’s announcement of a national emergency (“It was chock-full of false and misleading claims, many of which we’ve previously highlighted, either in our database of Trump claims or our list of Bottomless Pinocchios. Here’s a summary of 14 of the most noteworthy claims, starting with immigration ones first.”)
- Why Trump’s Going to Win on the National Emergency (“There’s one arena where the president always succeeds: getting the Republican Party to abandon its principles.”)
- Trump’s Emergency Declaration Proves He Isn’t a Political Savant — He’s Just Addicted to Fox NewsTrump Promised to ‘Build That Wall,’ Then Ran Out of Time and Options (“The president’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a southern border barrier comes after divisions and competing priorities in the White House allowed the project to languish”)
- Ann Coulter Fires Back at Trump: ‘The Only National Emergency Is That Our President Is an Idiot’ (Wait, I actually agree with right-wing extremist Ann Coulter for once? Except for totally different reasons.)
- During national emergency declaration, Trump praises Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson for supporting him (That might be the most demented thing Trump did yesterday, among his torrent of lies and violation of democratic norms.)
- Fox’s Bill Hemmer calls Trump’s national emergency speech “a tour de force” (Speaking of demented – Bill Hemmer.)
- Rambling Trump calls an emergency in speech that goes on and on and on (“Trump’s White House screed was him at his Trumpiest – the old man at the bar sounding off about the world’s ills”)
- Trump’s emergency declaration is unconstitutional – ask his lawyers (“When Obama used executive powers on immigration, Jay Sekulow and Noel Francisco cried tyranny”)
- Munich or a Requiem for the West (“It’s no longer worth pretending Trump is not in the authoritarian camp. The shock has passed. European powers are thinking again.”) Moments after declaring national emergency, Trump admits there’s no emergency (“I didn’t need to do this.”)
- A quote Trump may come to regret: ‘I didn’t need to do this’Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splintersTrump’s Rose Garden Fiasco Was a Commercial for the 25th Amendment (“If your uncle behaved like this, you’d hide the car keys.”)
- Trump’s emergency declaration is a ‘looming disaster’ for McConnell and Republicans in 2020: GOP donorHow Schumer and McConnell kept Trump out of the shutdown talks (“While the president claims he’s the dealmaker-in-chief, it was veteran lawmakers who got it done.”)
- Paul Manafort should be sentenced to up to 24 years in prison, Mueller saysTrump’s bewildering national emergency press conference, annotated (“President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border on Friday — but not without making a scene full of false claims, offbeat comments and tense exchanges.”) Six dead, seven injured in mass shooting near Chicago (How about gun violence as a real national emergency?)
- Words are a president’s strongest weapon. Trump is terrible at words. (“The lawyers will fight over the legality and constitutionality of President Trump’s national emergency declaration. What his legal team can’t salvage is the American people’s assessment of his ability to do his job.” Imbeciles and racists elected an imbecile and racist.)
- Exclusive: WH press secretary Sarah Sanders interviewed by special counsel’s officeSpecial counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaksTexas elections chief sorry for fake news about 95,000 “illegal” voters, still wants purgeBill Weld Has What Any Republican Needs to Primary Trump: He Doesn’t Give a Damn (“The former Massachusetts governor is ready for one last leap in the dark.”)
- Supreme Court Will Hear Case Challenging Citizenship Question In 2020 Census (“A federal judge in New York blocked the Trump administration from adding the question earlier this year.”) Ex-cardinal McCarrick defrocked by Vatican for sexual abuse
- Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid settle collusion case with NFLKaepernick deal could close NFL’s kneeling chapter (“A sports agent says the NFL could have paid dearly to ‘not continue with this issue.’”)
- Tax Refund Fiasco Is Political Payback For Republicans (“They stepped on this rake last year and now it’s hitting them in the face.”)
- Biden Reportedly “95 Percent” Ready for 2020 Run (“After months (and years) of flirting with another presidential bid, sources close to Biden say he’s almost at yes.”)
- Eric Trump Blames Democrats for Ruining His Plans to Profit Off the Presidency
- Kaine asks Shanahan if military families would be hurt by moving $3.6B for border wall
- Warner Introduces Act to Protect Credit Scores of Shutdown Workers
- Virginia politics: The uneasy marriage of new liberalism and historic racism
- Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women of Color For Leadership
- Ralph Northam wants forgiveness. Virginia’s black activists want him to work for it. (“The embattled governor’s fight for redemption is just beginning.”)
- Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs, and Wants You to Know It
- Poll: Despite All the Virginia Republican Outrage, Virginians Overwhelmingly Support Third-Trimester Abortion Where a Woman’s Health Is At Risk
- Video: Del. Patrick Hope Defends Call for Impeachment of LG Justin Fairfax, Says It’s “fundamentally first and foremost about due process”
- Spanberger reacts to scandal in Richmond
- Clicking Clean Virginia (“The Dirty Energy Powering Data Center Alley”)
- For job creation, solar is a winner: Virginia’s solar jobs rose nine percent in 2018
- Tax department to ‘crank it up’ as Northam signs tax bills
- LGBT activists upset with loss of Va. anti-discrimination bills turn to November (As should pro-ERA activists, climate/environmental activists, gun violence prevention activists, etc, etc.)
- Northam’s hometown struggles to square the man they know with the photo in his yearbookVa. House Republicans let LGBT non-discrimination bills die without a hearing
- Mountain Valley Pipeline acknowledges criminal investigation into alleged environmental violations (“On January 7, 2019, the MVP Joint Venture received a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia stating that it and the EPA are investigating potential criminal and/or civil violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal statutes as they relate to the construction of the MVP. The January 7, 2019, letter requests the MVP Joint Venture and its members, contractors, suppliers and other entities involved in the construction of the MVP to preserve documents related to the MVP generated from September 1, 2018 to the present.”)
- Governor announces winner of $3.3 billion contract to expand HRBT by 2025
- Alicia Plerhoples Announces Candidacy for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- Virginia election on Tuesday could offer first glimpse of scandals’ impact
- After persuasion, bill changing ‘Good Samaritan’ law advances from House panel
- General Assembly Notebook: House panel backs mandatory minimum for killing police dogs
- Council 20 of AFSCME, the Largest Public Sector Union in the County, Endorses Democrat Tim Chapman for Fairfax County Board Chair
The next federal census is in 2020 followed by 2021 in which all states — including Virginia — will redraw voting district lines for all legislative districts — federal (Senate and House) and state (Senate and House of Delegates).
Redistricting is done by the General Assembly and approved by the Governor. This practice results in the party — Democratic or Republican — that controls the General Assembly drawing district lines to favor their candidates — a practice known as “gerrymandering.”
OneVirginia2021 is a non-partisan organization that proposes to amend the Virginia constitution to establish an independent commission to conduct redistricting, thereby ending the practice of gerrymandering.
Liz White, Deputy Director of OneVirginia2021, will speak:
- Northumberland Indivisible meeting
- 6:00 PM, December 6
- Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville.
She will present the proposal for a constitutional amendment to remove the redistricting of legislative districts from the General Assembly, and assign the job to an independent commission.
This is an important matter; we urge EVERYONE to attend — invite a friend. This is a non-partisan matter that should be supported by Republicans, Democrats, Independents and anyone else concerned about fair elections.
As we all know, gerrymandering — the practice of shaping electoral districts to favor or dis-favor one political party over another — is a real threat to our democracy. Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the Union.
OneVirginia2021 is a group of concerned citizens, former and present elected officials and other individuals who want to change the way Virginia electoral districts are drawn. Currently, the General Assembly draws district lines. OneVirginia2021 plans to introduce an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that will establish an independent commission to draw district lines.
This is critical because — the 2020 federal census will result in re-drawing of district lines in 2021 — both state General Assembly districts and federal Congressional districts.
On THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, Liz White from OneVirginia2021 will describe their plans for the 2019 General Assembly session and their strategy to move Virginia to using an independent commission for redistricting.
- Thursday, December 6, 2018
- 6:00 PM
- Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy
An anonymous individual is posting comments to a popular Republican blog accusing “Indivisable” (sic) groups of being behind the distribution of KKK recruiting flyers at a few locations in Northern Virginia and on the Northern Neck.
One of the more popular Virginia Republican blogs is “Bearing Drift.” Recently, on of the BD authors posted an article titled “The Virginia GOP’s Post-Stewart Future.”
Bearing Drift allows comments on their articles. In the comments on the “Post-Stewart” article, the issue was raised of KKK recruiting flyers being distributed in some neighborhoods.
An individual using the anonymous screen name “SJane” posted two comments accusing “Indivisable” (sic) groups of being behind the KKK flyers. “SJane’s” two comments are quoted below.
— quote, first comment
IF Republicans sit on their thoughts and hands and DO NOT Vote in Nov. 2018 Election for the Republican candidate vs Tim Kaine, then Virginia deserves what they get.
Oct. 1, 2018 KKK Pamphlets were left by LEFT leaning group, in driveways in Tappahannock, Essex County to create fear, anger, and outrage by neighbors. Review this on GOOGLE… KKK leaves invitation packets for one Tappahannock neighbor – FOX 61 came out an interviewed neighbors.
IF the Liberal/Democrats are allowed to dissolve a process for fairness, decency, and the right of US Citizens to Vote for a candidate of their choice…Everyone loses, especially the US Citizen..
— end quote, first comment
— quote, second comment
Those in the area Essex/Northumberland are suspecting a group called “Indivisables” …this is an apparent stunt they have pulled previously…can’t prove it at this date…
— end quote, second comment
Of course, it is impossible to stop lies like these, especially in this political atmosphere in which Republicans use The Big Lie to promote themselves and to demonize their opponents.
We are posting this here for your information.
Northumberland Indivisible is in Virginia’s First Congressional District which now is “represented” by do-nothing Republican Rob Wittman.
We must dump Wittman in November 2016. To dump Wittman, we need to vote for Vangie Williams for Congress on November 6, 2018. Here is information you need.
2018 Election Dates:
Northumberland Indivisible is now on Facebook !!!
The link above will take you to our Facebook page, however, you must be logged in to your Facebook account — if not, you will see a login page when you click on the link.
At Common Dreams, Jake Johnson writes—Rigged: New Report Details How Combined $5.1 Trillion in Tax Cuts by Bush, Obama, and Trump Went Mostly to Nation’s Richest: The report was released on Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy:
Titled “Federal Tax Changes in the Bush, Obama, and Trump Years,” the new analysis (pdf) finds that tax cuts enacted since 2000 have cost the U.S. government $5.1 trillion in revenue, “with nearly two-thirds of that flowing to the richest fifth of Americans.”
Thanks in large part to President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package that was signed into law last December—which will send 83 percent of its benefits to the top one percent—”the tally of tax cuts will grow to $10.6 trillion” by 2025 and “nearly $2 trillion of this amount will have gone to the richest one percent,” the report estimates.
At a time when tens of millions of Americans are suffering from “massive levels of deprivation” and “appalling rates” of poverty, the tax cuts rammed through by George W. Bush, extended in part by Barack Obama, and built upon by Trump “have mostly benefited those who are least in need of help,” Steve Wamhoff, director of federal policy at ITEP and the lead author of the new analysis, argued in a statement on Wednesday.
“For example, the richest 1 percent received more benefits than the bottom 60 percent,” Wamhoff added. “It’s worth asking whether this is the result most Americans wanted from their lawmakers.” […]
On November 6, 2018 we in Virginia will vote for all eleven of our members of the House of Representatives and for one of our Senators. Below you will see the order that names appear on the ballot.
This may be a bit confusing as this list shows the candidates in all eleven Congressional districts. On your ballot, you will see ONLY the race for your district. For example, in Congressional District 1, you will see the names of Wittman (R; incumbent) and Williams (D) in the House race, and, Stewart (R), Kaine (D; incumbent) and Waters (L) in the Senate race.
Here are some important deadlines.
- Registration. If you are not registered to vote, the last date you can register for the November election is OCTOBER 15, 2018.
- Absentee voting. Absentee voting for the Nov 6 election starts on September 28, 2018.
Vangie Williams, Democratic candidate for Virginia’s First Congressional District in November, at the Irvington July Fourth parade.
And — heeeere’s Vangie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vangie Williams of King George County is the Democratic Party nominee for Virginia’s First Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives. She will face incumbent Congressman Rob Wittman (Republican) in the November 6, 2018, general election.
Here is a link to Vangie’s website.
And a link to her Facebook page.
Rob Wittman has been in Congress since 2010, during which time his personal net worth has increased 15 times. How many of us have seen our personal wealth increase X 15?
Vangie will listen to and work for the people of the First District, not for special interests.