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  • Republicans Apparent Victors in Va. State Senate Race

    08/19/2014 6:12:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | August 19, 2014
    Republicans appear likely to retain control of the state Senate with the apparent victory of GOP candidate Ben Chafin in a special election for the 38th district.
  • There's A Strange Disease That Makes You Allergic To Meat — And It's Spreading

    08/18/2014 7:41:22 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    BI - Popular Science ^ | 8-18-2014 | Loren Grush
    Loren Grush, Popular Science August 18, 2014The Lone Star tick. Mike Abley will always remember the last hamburger he ever ate. It was more than 20 years ago, and he recalls the meat being particularly juicy and delicious. But a few hours after dinner, Abley started itching like mad. He burst into hives, his tongue swelled, and he eventually passed out, prompting his wife to call 911. At the hospital, doctors determined he had gone into anaphylactic shock—a potentially deadly allergic reaction. Fortunately, Abley pulled through, and he later met with an allergist to determine what had caused the terrifying...
  • The NO Mark Levin Show Thread, M-W, 6PM-9PM,WABC AM, August 18-20, 2014

    08/18/2014 2:49:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 63 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | August 18-20, 2014 | Mark Levin
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  • [Virginia] Gov. McAuliffe’s Healthcare Plan May Push Budget to $2.4B Shortfall

    08/17/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 03:00 AM | Kathryn Watson
    Virginia’s bleak financial outlook just got gloomier. Gov. Terry McAuliffe told members of the joint state House and Senate money committees on Friday that Virginia is projected to rake in $2.4 billion less than it’s budgeted to spend during a three-year period. […] Even as he emphasized that cuts need to be made, however, he also made another thing clear—he’s going to find a way to expand healthcare options for Virginia’s poor, and he’s ready to use the power of his executive office to do so. …
  • Some Lawmakers Press for War-Powers Vote Over Iraq (Hussein's flexibility)

    08/14/2014 2:27:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/13/14 | Siobhan Hughes
    WASHINGTON—A handful of lawmakers are saying President Barack Obama must get congressional authorization for military action in Iraq, a vote that could exacerbate tensions between the branches and present members with a difficult vote just before the midterm elections. Mr. Obama's announcement of limited airstrikes last week aimed at slowing the advance of militants from the Islamic State toward the Kurdish city of Erbil initially triggered few complaints that he had usurped the power to declare war that Congress claims as its own. But with the president warning over the weekend that "I don't think we're going to solve this...
  • Police: Virginia deputy shot daughter, crashed car

    08/15/2014 9:21:32 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 57 replies
    WTOP ^ | 8/15/2014 | WTOP
    <p>WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia deputy sheriff shot his 16-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, then crashed his car as he rushed her to the hospital, authorities said.</p> <p>The teenager was in stable condition at a Winchester hospital, according to media reports.</p>
  • Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to Avoid School Enrollment Documentation Requirements

    08/14/2014 6:46:24 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    SNIP “In light of the heightened media coverage of the issue of undocumented immigrant children, VDOE provides the following updated information for your use in responding to community questions or issues,” says the memo distributed to the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions and obtained by Breitbart News. SNIP “While a case-by-case review of each child’s circumstances upon enrolling in a Virginia public school is necessary, many of these unaccompanied children will be deemed homeless under applicable state and federal law,” the memo reads. It goes on: Pursuant to Va. Code § 22.1-3, a homeless child is one who lacks a fixed,...
  • Social Workers Snatch Sick Kids

    08/14/2014 5:15:25 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 15 replies
    Home School Legal Defense Association ^ | 8/14/14 | Michael Farris
    Lane Funkhouser, his wife Susan, and their two children (whom we will call James and Kat) were all very sick. They went to their family doctor, who was unable to diagnose the problem. Because the children were not getting better, their attendance at public school became an issue. So Lane and Susan decided that they would homeschool James and Kat while they searched for a diagnosis and treatment. School officials filed truancy charges against the family, which were quickly dismissed. But, as a result of these charges, the family became embroiled with a social worker named Michael Austin, an investigator...
  • Delay denied in ruling on Va. gay marriage ban

    08/13/2014 9:30:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/13/2014 | Associated Press
    A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Wednesday denied the request by a county court clerk in northern Virginia to stay the decision while it is appealed to the Supreme Court. That means that without intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples could begin marrying and have their out-of-state marriages recognized by next Wednesday.
  • Libertarians and fringe candidates could tip Senate races

    08/12/2014 12:38:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 11, 2014 | Byron York
    "................................The conventional wisdom is that Haugh would hurt Thom Tillis, the Republican Senate candidate in North Carolina. But the situation might not be that clear cut. Recently some conservative strategists made a careful study of the Virginia governor's race, in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe won narrowly after a Libertarian candidate received six and a half percent of the vote. The strategists went into the study thinking the Libertarian took votes mostly from Republican Ken Cuccinnelli — taking maybe 90 votes from Cuccinnelli for every 10 votes from McAuliffe. The study showed that yes, the Libertarian did hurt Cuccinnelli, but that...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,August 11-15, 2014

    08/11/2014 2:38:15 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 367 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | August 11-15, 2014 | Mark Levin
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  • Navy shipbuilding crisis has far-reaching consequences

    08/10/2014 10:30:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | August 7, 2014 | Steve Wilson
    The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding crisis is demonstrating far-reaching effects on the nation’s economy and foreign policy goals. Take, for example, Ingalls’ recently closed composite-construction yard in Gulfport. First, the Coast Guard passed on composite deckhouses for its new class of fast-response cutters, going to a different design. When the Navy decided to transition from a composite deckhouse like on the first two Zumwalt-class destroyers to a steel one constructed at Bath Iron Works, that proved the knockout blow. The yard closed in July, putting 400 shipbuilders out of work, according to local TV station WLOX. The decision was announced last...
  • Americas 9/11 Ride. Come ride, Sponsor or Greet the ride as it enters NYC

    08/09/2014 5:01:19 AM PDT · by bmwcyle · 5 replies
    America's 9/11 Ride ^ | 8/9/2014 | bmwcyle
    The ride is here again. Come by if you can.
  • Jenkins: 352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid's desk, awaiting action

    08/07/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Lynn Jenkins
    At the weekly press conference with Republican leaders Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) discussed the 352 bills – 98% which passed with bipartisan support in the House – that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to bring up for a vote ... “The President is fond of referring to the House as the “Do-Nothing Congress.” But we have 352 reasons why it’s a “Do-Nothing Senate.” 352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action. 98% of them passed with bipartisan support. Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation. 50% of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition. 70% of...
  • [R-VA Rep Frank] Wolf to Obama: Your Words on Preventing Genocide Were 'Hollow'

    08/07/2014 5:28:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/7/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Iraq’s biggest Christian town fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) slammed President Obama Thursday for “doing nothing” in response to the atrocities being committed against religious minorities in Iraq, saying it was evident his past assertions on preventing genocide were hollow.Pope Francis added his voice Thursday to appeals for urgent international intervention to help hundreds of thousands of religious minority civilians fleeing ahead of the jihadist advance.The fall of the Christian town of Qaraqosh (also known as Bakhdida) 20 miles from Mosul, reportedly prompted as many as 100,000 people to...
  • Washington DC from murder capital to boomtown

    08/06/2014 9:24:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 August 2014 | Aidan Lewis and Bill McKenna
    A quarter of a century ago, Washington DC had a fearsome reputation for crack abuse and rampant gun violence - it was the "murder capital" of the US. But now, once-blighted neighbourhoods close to the centre of the capital are thriving. When Ruben Castaneda moved to the US capital in 1989 to take up a job with the Washington Post, he was struck by how easy it was to score crack. Days after arriving in the city, he was taken to S Street Northwest by a "strawberry" - a streetwalker who offered sex in return for drugs. "The moment she...
  • The McDonnells and Our Increasingly Insane Political Class

    08/06/2014 3:53:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 8-6-14 | Jim Geraghty
    Link only. Click for an interesting story.
  • The True Story of Ebola in Reston, Virginia

    08/06/2014 5:35:41 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 21 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    In October 1989 people in the community of Reston, Virginia went about their daily lives not realizing that a serious crisis was developing right in their back yards that would not be entirely resolved until March 1990. It was a serious calamity that could have wiped out the entire population. This dire emergency was described twenty years ago by Richard Preston in his non-fiction book, “The Hot Zone.” The “hot zone” refers to an “area that contains lethal, infectious organisms” also dubbed “hot agent,” an “extremely lethal virus, potentially airborne.” (Richard Preston, The Hot Zone, Random House, New York, 1994,...
  • Bishops: Marriage ruling an ‘injustice’

    08/06/2014 2:35:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Catholic-SF ^ | 8/5/14 | Catholic News Service
    Virginia’s Catholic bishops said in a July 28 statement that “those with same-sex attractions must be treated with respect and sensitivity,” but reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Bishops Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond and Paul S. Loverde of Arlington issued the statement after a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, ruled 2-1 that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT WABC AM, August 4-8, 2014

    08/04/2014 3:24:55 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 300 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | August 4-8, 2014 | Mark Levin
    p>The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Tampa Man Sentenced for Role in Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

    08/04/2014 12:33:46 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 3 replies
    FBI ^ | June 25, 2014 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia
    ROANOKE, VA—A Tampa, Fla. man previously convicted of a scheme to profit from fraudulent United States Treasury checks was sentenced in absentia yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke. Osama “Sam” Mustafa, 51, of Tampa, Fla., was previously convicted of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States for the purpose of impairing the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service, to receive fraudulent Treasury Checks, to commit wire fraud and to structure currency transaction, one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money...
  • Former University of VA Dean Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

    08/04/2014 11:51:53 AM PDT · by Larry381 · 6 replies
    U.S. Department of Justice-Office of Public Affairs ^ | July 14, 2014 | U.S. Department of Justice
    WASHINGTON—A Crozet, Virginia man who previously pleaded guilty to child pornography charges was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville for distribution and possession of child pornography. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy for the Western District of Virginia and Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Lee of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office made the announcement. Michael G. Morris, who used the screen name “funshooter2006,” age 50, of Crozet, Virginia was indicted in 2013 and pleaded guilty on April 21, 2014...
  • Rep. Ellison Explains Anti-Iron Dome Funding Vote: ‘Because We Need A Cease-fire’ (VIDEO)

    08/03/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates and News ^ | August 3 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Over the weekend, both the Senate and the House approved $225M in funding for the Iron Dome. The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and by a 395 to 8 vote. Opposition to the funding of the Iron Dome demonstarted an unfortunate bi-partisan measure – four Democrats and four Republicans voted against it. The four Democrats were Keith Ellison (MN-05), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Jim Moran (VA-08), and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16); The four Republicans were Justin Amash (MI-03), Walter Jones (NC-03), Tom Massie (KY-04), and Mark Sanford (SC-01). Rep. Ellison explains vote on “Meet the Press”: “Because a ceasefire...
  • Video: Keith Ellison explains his vote against Iron Dome

    08/03/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/3/14 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that on Friday, in what would have been a Christmas Miracle were it not several months early, Congress actually got something done. It was the passage of a bill approving $225M in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system. It was quite the bipartisan effort in retrospect, garnering an overwhelming 395 votes in the House with only eight in opposition. One of those eight was Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, and as The Corner reports, he went out on the weekend gab circuit to explain why he didn’t support the measure. “Because a cease-fire is what we...
  • Hunters may be hired to kill 2,800 deer on Civil War battlefields

    08/03/2014 11:20:47 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 72 replies
    theverge ^ | August 2, 2014 04:47 pm | By Dante D'Orazio
    Hunters may be hired to kill 2,800 deer on Civil War battlefields By Dante D'Orazio on August 2, 2014 04:47 pm   (Scott Bauer, US Department of Agriculture / Flickr)  7inShare Civil War battlefields may soon light up with gunfire once again if a new plan to "reduce" deer populations gets approved. The US National Parks Service has proposed a $1.8 million plan to hire sharpshooters to hunt and kill white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields over the next five years.Deer populations at the Antietam and Monocacy battlefields, located in Maryland, as well as the Manassas battlefield in Virginia, are far...
  • Former D.C. Mayor and now Councilman Marion Barry treated at hospital after car crash

    08/03/2014 8:03:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | August 3, 2014
    Former D.C. Mayor and now Councilman Marion Barry was being treated at Howard University Hospital after being involved in a head-on car crash on Saturday night. ... he was driving the wrong direction along a one-way stretch when he hit another car.
  • Eric Cantor Skips Final Immigration Votes

    08/02/2014 6:12:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 8/1/14 | Emma Dumain
    When Eric Cantor bid the House farewell in a floor speech Thursday, he apparently meant it. At the time, Cantor had not yet disclosed his intent to resign his seat from Congress as of Aug. 18. He was merely ending his tenure as majority leader a little under two months after his sudden primary defeat in June, handing the gavel off to his successor, Kevin McCarthy of California. But when it came time for a major test for Cantor’s House Republicans, the ousted Virginian was already long gone. Cantor was among the 20 lawmakers who did not vote Friday night,...
  • Cantor to resign from Congress

    08/01/2014 7:28:09 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | Taylor | Jessica
    Now-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will resign from Congress on Aug. 18, nearly two months after his surprise GOP primary defeat. Cantor announced his plans in an interview with his hometown newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the same day he officially stepped down from GOP leadership. According to Cantor, his decision is timed so that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) can call a special election to coincide with the regular Nov. 4 general election. “I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session,”...
  • Petition Drive: Bring Minor Immigrants to VA! - But House Them?

    08/02/2014 4:28:29 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 3 replies
    MRCTV via Youtube ^ | 07/31/14 | Dan Joseph
    MRCTV's Dan Joseph asks people to sign a petition to bring the unaccompanied minors at the border to Alexandria, VA. Once they sign he asks them to sign an agreement to house one. No one signs up for housing.
  • Eric Cantor quitting Congress Aug. 18 (Buh Bye!)

    08/01/2014 5:06:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    politico.com ^ | 8/1/14 | Jonathan Topaz
    No text, just headline.
  • Cantor says he'll resign sooner than expected

    08/01/2014 1:36:42 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. – U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
  • Blaming the flirtatious wife? Ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s trial turns tabloid

    07/31/2014 9:47:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-30-14 | Howard Kurtz
    In this Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014 file photo, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va., accompanied by his wife, Maureen.AP As governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell was a savvy southerner often talked about as a hot Republican presidential prospect for 2016. Now he’s fighting to stay out of jail. The fall-from-grace narrative is a classic one, a rising-star politician who accepted lavish gifts from a rich businessman seeking help from state government. But this tale had a twist: McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, was a key go-between with the executive, Jonnie Williams. In a Richmond courthouse,...
  • Two arrested after Monday night robbery attempt in Chesapeake (Clerk Wounds Perp)

    07/29/2014 3:43:22 PM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    WTKR ^ | July 29, 2014 | Doris Taylor
    Chesapeake, Va. – Two people have been arrested following a robbery attempt Monday night in Chesapeake. Calls came in at around 7:15 p.m. in reference to the incident at the Exxon in the 1100 block of S. Military Highway. Police say a man walked into the gas station and pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. Further information revealed that the clerk then fired a gun at the man. Then man then ran away from the scene and disappeared behind the building. Police searched but were unable to find the suspect. Shortly afterwards, a man walked into Maryview...
  • AG Mark Herring is giddy over court ruling for homosexual marriage in VA (BARF ALERT)

    07/29/2014 12:25:12 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 23 replies
    email from Herring
    Friend– HUGE NEWS: Today, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed what so many of us know to be true: "Virginia's same-sex marriage bans impermissibly infringe on its citizens' fundamental right to marry." By upholding the constitutional rights of all Virginia families, the Court has joined many Virginians—and Americans—in supporting true equality. Click here to join me now in hailing the Court’s decision to agree that it's time to put us on the right side of the law and history. When I took office, we faced a court date in just a few weeks and had to decide whether...
  • Police Chief Recognizes Carry Reciprocity in D.C.

    07/29/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 07/27/2014 | Ammoland
    DC Police Chief Lanier just told force not to arrest a person who can legally carry a gun in DC or any state. As of 6:24 p.m. on July 27, 2014, this is a welcome development. Many have said that the D.C. political establishment will ignore the judges order. This shows that Police Chief Lanier is, at minimum, unwilling to be found in contempt. Notice the broad extent of the order: no arrests for a person who can legally carry a gun in D.C. or any State.
  • Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

    07/28/2014 9:30:35 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/14 | Robert Barnes
    A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that withholding the fundamental right to marry from gay couples is a new form of “segregation” that the Constitution cannot abide.The 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, upheld a lower court’s decision and extended an extraordinary winning streak in the federal courts for proponents of same-sex marriage. Legal challenges to state bans filed systematically nationwide have prevailed in every test since the Supreme Court in June 2013 struck down part of the federal...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM, July 28-August 1,2014

    07/28/2014 2:55:00 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 250 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | July 28-August 1,2014 | Mark Levin
    p>The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    07/28/2014 11:21:44 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 109 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 7/28/2014 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional. On a 2-1 vote, the appeals court joined the wave of court decisions declaring such bans unconstitutional. The decision, by Judge Henry Floyd acknowledged both the debate over such laws and, in the court’s view, the clear constitutional impediment to laws banning same-sex couples from marrying. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” he wrote. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.” The court’s opinion...
  • US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    07/28/2014 10:46:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/28/2014 | Associated Press
    A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court. In February, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection and due process guarantees. Lawyers for two circuit court clerks whose duties include issuing marriage licenses appealed.
  • Warner presses Gillespie on climate change

    07/27/2014 7:18:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said he thinks there is enough evidence to support climate change after being pressed on the issue during a debate with incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). "I believe there is ample scientific evidence that contributes to climate change but I'm not entirely dismissive of those who have a different point of view," Gillespie said. Gillespie added, "Norfolk is dealing with rising sea levels but people can debate what contributes to that or not." Still, Gillespie said he thinks the administration's new carbon pollution rules "go to far."
  • Muslims Are “Systematically Targeting Christians”

    07/23/2014 6:13:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/23/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Rep. Wolf from Virginia made a speech yesterday at the House of Representatives in which forewarned the country on the current genocide of Christians in Iraq. He stated:Mr. Speaker, the international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in article II of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.It says:Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the...
  • Reston, VA Woman Among 3 Arrested for Funding Terrorist Group

    07/23/2014 12:17:51 PM PDT · by cocomac · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/23/14
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - A Reston, Virginia resident is among three that have been arrested for funding an overseas terrorist group that partners with al-Qa'ida, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The suspects are accused of providing material support including money to al-Shabaab, a "designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia," DOJ officials said in a statement. In addition to the three arrested, officials said there are two more suspects being sought in Kenya and Somalia. Officials on Wednesday arrested Muna Osman Jama, 34, in her home in Reston. Also arrested were Hinda...
  • Second court disagrees, upholds subsidies

    07/22/2014 10:32:52 AM PDT · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that ObamaCare subsidies issued through the federal exchanges are legal, contradicting a separate ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court on the same day. Fourth Circuit Judge Roger Gregory argued that because the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous, courts should defer to the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Service and allow the subsides to stand. "Applying deference to the IRS's determination … we uphold the rule as a permissible exercise of the agency's discretion," Gregory wrote. The decision came just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals...
  • On the other hand: Fourth Circuit upholds ObamaCare subsidies for federal exchange consumers

    07/22/2014 11:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    Well, this is awkward.Unlike the D.C. Circuit, which split 2-1, the majority here was 3-0. Even so, the most noteworthy thing about the opinion is how tormented the court seems in trying to determine what Congress intended when it said that subsidies should be available only on “an exchange established by the State.” From page 20:Page 24:Page 28:If they can’t decide what the key phrase was designed to do, why don’t they follow the D.C. Circuit’s lead and stick with the plain text? In the first excerpt above, the court frankly admits that the language of the law seems...
  • Split Rulings Over Obamacare Point to Another Supreme Court Showdown

    07/22/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Less than an hour after an appeals court in Washington ordered the Obama administration to turn off the spigot of federal subsidies to consumers through U.S.-run health-care exchanges, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies should be allowed to keep on flowing. With the future of Obamacare hanging in the balance, the back-to-back opinions raise the likelihood of another Supreme Court showdown over the the president’s marquee law. The two circuits split over an issue fundamental to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That is, whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority under the statute passed...
  • Coal workers laid off in Wise County [Virginia]

    07/22/2014 11:13:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | WCYB News Staff
    Another round of layoffs for the coal industry – this one striking Wise County, Virginia. On Monday workers at both Cumberland River Coal’s Pine Branch Number One in Wise County, and a second mine in Letcher County, Kentucky, learned that the mines would be shutting down indefinitely. Derrick Saylor is one of the workers who learned that he would be losing his job. "Here in the mountains we are tight knit, like a family," said Saylor. "People we work with are like family cause we are with them as much as family at home" "It’s tough [and] it’s sad to...
  • Founder of Anti-Gun Group Names Virginia Democrat as 'Next Target'

    07/22/2014 6:00:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 21 Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America founder Shannon Watts tweeted that Virginia's congressional candidate Mike Dickinson is her group's "next target." This was in response to a July 20 tweet in which Dickinson, a self-described "left wing liberal," wrote: "People generally don't want to die. I own a gun and if I'm touched I'm shooting."
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,July 21-25,2014

    07/21/2014 2:38:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 487 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | July 21-25, 2014 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Limbaugh is right about Obama's war on suburbs (Placing illegals in selected re-drawn neighborhoods)

    07/20/2014 5:41:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Woodlands Villager ^ | July 20, 2014 | Robert Romano
    “What better way to give a boost to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act and the remaking of American neighborhoods than to start injecting illegal immigrant populations into targeted cities and towns in the suburbs all across the country?“ That was national radio talk show superhost Rush Limbaugh commenting on a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” “The concept, as it is properly understood, is to change the enforcement paradigm in order to allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development to essentially decide what every neighborhood in America should look like,” Limbaugh explained....
  • Russia bans congressman (RAT Jim Moran), 12 other Americans

    07/19/2014 12:21:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/19/14
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country. In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, was banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. He said Moran had been repeatedly accused of financial misdeeds but didn't elaborate. The other 12, including Guantanamo commander Rear Adm. Richard Butler and Lynndie England, a former soldier convicted...