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McConnell Victory Kicks Off Midterm Results Reports

If there were going to be any big upsets as the results of the 2014 midterm elections started coming in Tuesday, the race for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat wasn’t one of them.

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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

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Bob McDonnell

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Criminal Governor

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Spousal Secrets No More

How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

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Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.

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How the Pentagon Is Flushing Our Money Down the Toilet

The Pentagon is wasting taxpayer dollars on unnecessarily overpriced items like one $600 toilet seat; meanwhile, Virginia cops want to photograph a teenage boy’s erect genitalia as part of their investigation; meanwhile, some thinkers hold that Facebook may be good for science. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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California Rep. Kevin McCarthy On Track to Become House Majority Leader

Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have an incoming successor already. 

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Shockingly Loses Primary to Tea Party Contender

Rep. Eric Cantor was defeated Tuesday in the Republican primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District by Dave Brat in an upset.

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Six States Chosen to Test Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have been selected to host sites for testing the commercial use of drones.

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W.W. Norton

The Internal Enemy

Know these lyrics? “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.” That’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Clinton Money Man Wins Virginia’s Gubernatorial Election

Terry McAuliffe, who ran the Democratic Party and raised an absolute fortune for both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns, is the next governor of Virginia.

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Sex, Lies and Crisis Pregnancy Centers

An undercover advocate from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia recorded a conversation with a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center during which she was told, among other outrageous things, that condoms don’t protect against STDs, birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer, and—brace yourself—she would encounter her aborted child’s soul in the future.

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Obama’s New ‘Grand Bargain,’ Scahill’s Reaction to Manning Verdict, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the intensifying feud between Chris Christie and Rand Paul and why GOP officials are upset over Liz Cheney’s decision to run for Senate in Wyoming.

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Congressman Attempts Patriot Act Repeal, GOP’s Cuccinelli Supports Oral Sex Ban, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what will happen in one state when Obamacare is fully implemented next year and a video debunks McDonald’s fuzzy budget math for its employees.

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Controversial Voting Law Struck Down, Snowden ‘Honored’ by Cheney, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s poll numbers take a dive amid controversies plaguing his administration and a new report says Virginia’s Republican governor is using taxpayer dollars for personal expenses.

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Scahill on Obama’s Admitted Killings of Americans

The Obama administration’s unprecedented acknowledgement that four Americans were killed in U.S. drone strikes overseas—including one whose death was not previously reported—“raises more questions than it answers,” Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation and author of the new book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday.

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DOJ Allegedly Spied on Fox News Correspondent, the FBI Investigates Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP candidate once trying to criminalize not reporting a miscarriage to police and Bob Woodward delivers some bad news for Republicans.

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Sodomy Law

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Are Mark Sanford and Ken Cuccinelli the Best the GOP Can Come Up With?

Or are Republicans staging some kind of fiendishly clever plot to lure Democrats into a false sense of security?

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Virginia’s Attorney General Thinks Oral and Anal Sex Should Be Illegal

Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, wants to legislate what goes on between your sheets.

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3 Killed in Quantico Shooting (Video)

Three Marines are dead at a U.S. base in Virginia after a gunman opened fire on two others before shooting and killing himself.

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Rubio Not Convinced on Climate Change, Fox News Goes After Hillary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of the Virginia GOP’s gerrymandering scheme and a Republican lawmaker in Idaho who wants to make Ayn Rand required reading in high school.

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Rove Takes on the Tea Party, Maher Rips ‘Con Men’ Limbaugh and Beck, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Paul Krugman calls out “insane” NRA and Rick Perry weighs in on the news that the Boy Scouts may be ending its policy of banning gay members.

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McConnell Blasts Obama ‘Liberalism,’ the Franken-Bachmann Contest, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why House Republicans now want to ignore the debt ceiling and Michelle Obama’s epic reaction to John Boehner.

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GOP Senator Who Says He Doesn’t Drink Is Charged With DUI

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, a Mormon who in the past has been outspoken about his abstinence from alcohol, was arrested early Sunday morning in Alexandria, Va., and charged with driving under the influence.

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Bradley Manning to Address the Court

The alleged source behind the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history is expected to speak publicly for the first time since his arrest in May 2010 at a pretrial hearing Tuesday afternoon. 

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Swing State Twister

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Democrats, Especially, Struggle to Register New Voters

A Guardian survey of six swing states finds new voter registration markedly down from 2008 levels, particularly among Democrats. A lack of enthusiasm could be to blame, as could the nationwide effort by Republican-controlled state legislatures to make it more difficult to vote.

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Students Talk Poverty on National Tour

At a stop of liberal pundit Tavis Smiley and activist Dr. Cornel West’s “Poverty Tour 2.0” at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., The Nation’s Greg Kaufmann spoke with students about their crippling experiences with poverty.

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Voter ID Laws Could Swing Election for Romney

President Mitt Romney? Although it might be unthinkable right now that the gaffe-prone GOP presidential candidate could win the election, Republicans have figured out a way to help make that a reality. Hint: It involves suppressing the rights of millions of Americans.

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Data Mining for a New American World

I was out of the country only nine days, hardly a blink in time, but time enough, as it happened, for another small, airless room to be added to the American national security labyrinth.

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Virginia Legislators Put ‘Personhood’ Bill on Hold

It’s been a big week for all things prenatal in the Virginia Legislature. Earlier we saw the resolution of the controversy over a bill that would have required women in the Old Dominion to undergo invasive ultrasound procedures before having abortions, and Thursday, the state Senate made another big decision about reproductive law, at least for the time being.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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‘SNL’ Helps Take Down Invasive Ultrasound Requirement

After a multimedia outcry that included a bit on “Saturday Night Live,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew support from a bill that would require women getting an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound beforehand. And yes, that’s every bit as unpleasant and invasive as it sounds.

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She’ll See Your Ultrasound and Raise You One Rectal Exam

Although we’re not entirely sure her, uh, eye-for-an-eye approach encourages a true spirit of gender equity, as far as political machinations go, this one from Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell certainly got our attention.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Health Care Act Wins a Battle on Its Way to the Supreme Court

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled in favor of the health care reform law Thursday, dismissing two suits. (more)

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AP / Steve Helber

5.9 Earthquake Rattles the East Coast

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon. The epicenter was in Virginia but shaking was felt as far away as New York, Ohio and the Carolinas. Updated

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In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

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Sexed-Up Videos Stir Up Trouble for U.S. Navy

We will report this story without the egregious use of maritime metaphors: The U.S. Navy is looking into a case involving one Capt. Owen Honors, commanding officer of the USS Enterprise, and the making of some videos showing sexualized encounters between sailors.

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Lies Our Teachers Are Telling Us

What rights do you have on an airplane, the political honesty of one’s own eyes, and Virginia’s school textbooks are chock full of lies. These gems and more after the jump.

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White House / Pete Souza

Virginia Judge Opens Fire on Health Care Reform

It’s not like nobody saw this coming, but Monday, one Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., kicked off the next round of attacks on what the right still likes to call “Obamacare” by contesting the constitutionality ...

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From ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans’ to Children’s Ears

A Virginia fourth-grade textbook falsely claims that “Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks” during the Civil War. The author of the book relied heavily on a pro-Confederacy group she found on the Internet.

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America Prefers to Execute Men, Apparently

Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed this month, the first woman to be officially killed by the state of Virginia in nearly a century. In the five years since a woman was last executed in the United States, the government put 220 men to death, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


9500 Liberty
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‘9500 Liberty’: Documenting the Immigration Debate

The new documentary “9500 Liberty” is about the struggle over a law requiring police to question anyone they have probable cause to believe is undocumented. This premise may sound awfully familiar.

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"Scars of a Whipped Slave" / National Archives

The Confederacy Isn’t Something to Be Proud Of

Slavery wasn’t just “a bad thing,” as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently said in dismissing it. Littering is a bad thing. Slavery was this nation’s Original Sin, and the revisionists behind Confederate History Month should be ashamed.

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Health Care’s New Nullifiers

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seems determined to use an attack on health care reform to bring us back to the 1830s.

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14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


5 Americans Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Pakistan

Five young Muslim American men who went missing from Virginia in November and were arrested the following month in Pakistan were indicted on terrorism charges Wednesday. The accused claim they were tortured in custody and deny that they were trying to align themselves with al-Qaida-affiliated groups, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



ProPublica

Half of States Have Run Out of Unemployment Funds

ProPublica reports that after paying out unemployment benefits to a record 20 million people, 25 states ran out of funds and now must borrow, tax and slash to keep the checks in the mail. Find out how your state is doing with this handy tool.

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