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by Lowell

Here are a few international, national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, December 11.

  • Fossil fuel phase-out will ‘not avert climate breakdown without protections for nature’ (“Top climate scientist says carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands vital to keeping temperature rise below 1.5C”)
  • Step Right Up: This Climate Summit Isn’t Just Diplomats and Policy Talk
  • Some developing countries are working on ways to swap their debt for climate action
  • US Climate Activists at COP28 Slam Their Home Country for Hypocrisy
  • Zelenskyy to make last ditch trip to D.C. to meet Biden and push Congress for aid
  • ‘Forged documents’: how Ukrainian grain may be enriching Putin’s circle (“Bumper harvest celebrated in Russia can be explained by ‘looting’ of occupied territory, say prosecutors”)
  • Zelensky plans D.C. trip as Ukraine aid hangs in the balance
  • Biden invites Zelensky to Washington amid Ukraine funding fight
  • Biden to host Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at White House Tuesday
  • Republicans to meet allies of Hungary’s Viktor Orbán on ending Ukraine aid (Appalling.)
  • Republican senator says Ukraine may have to cede land to Russia to end war (“JD Vance, one of GOP lawmakers who voted to block Ukraine aid package, asks ‘what $61bn would accomplish that $100bn hasn’t’” This guy is a disgrace to America.)
  • Ukraine says no green light for EU membership talks would be ‘devastating’
  • Alarm Grows Over Weakened Militaries and Empty Arsenals in Europe (“Budget cuts and an eroded weapons industry have hollowed out armed services. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revealed the risk.”)
  • Antony Blinken Defends Lone U.S. Veto On UN Cease-Fire Resolution For Gaza
  • Israel battles militants in Gaza’s main cities, with civilians still trapped in the crossfire
  • Hamas threatens hostages as Netanyahu says group’s end is near
  • Israel’s military said Sunday it struck more than 250 Hamas targets in the past 24 hours
  • Hunger, thirst and chaos grip southern Gaza as war forces aid to brink of collapse
  • Fighting intensifies across Gaza, raising alarm over potential exodus into Egypt
  • Majority of Americans Back Israel, WSJ Poll Finds
  • Donald Tusk set to become Poland’s prime minister after vote of confidence – Europe live
  • Poland’s popcorn moment as pro-EU leader Tusk returns to power
  • Can Poland’s New Government Win Back EU Trust and Rebuild Democracy?
  • Javier Milei: New president tells Argentina ‘shock treatment’ looms
  • Argentina will stay in Paris climate agreement under Milei: Negotiator (“Milei is a liberal, he’s a libertarian, and he believes in market forces. And the market demands to include measures to address climate change.” Alrighty.)
  • What Ails Offshore Wind: Supply Chains, Ships and Interest Rates (“Government officials and energy developers have misjudged the difficulty of constructing huge clean energy projects in the United States.”)
  • Supreme Courts in 3 states will hear cases about abortion access this week
  • Federal prosecutors urge judge to keep March 4 trial in Trump election case
  • Trump defends dictator comments amid NYC soiree filled with MAGA diehards
  • Opinion: The Trump dictatorship predictions
  • With A Smile and a Smirk, Donald Trump Repeats “Dictator” Comment
  • Trump Has Found a Dangerous Workaround to Gag Orders (He should have been in prison a long time ago.)
  • Trump’s power in Washington grows as allies pressure colleagues to admit the primary over
  • The Two Republican Theories for Beating Trump (“Both strategies so far look insufficient to the challenge.”)
  • Cheney: Americans “can’t count” on GOP in Congress to defend the constitution
  • Liz Cheney’s plea: ‘Our focus has got to be on defeating Donald Trump’ in 2024
  • ‘America doesn’t want’ retribution from Trump, McCarthy says
  • Trump the ‘human gumball machine’ will ‘impose his will’ on the nation if elected, Romney says
  • In a reversal, Donald Trump says he will not testify in his own defense in New York fraud trial
  • Jason Stanley on “undermining propaganda” with fascism: “Trump is robbing democracy of any meaning”
  • Iowa poll: Trump surpasses 50% support ahead of first GOP contest (“The former president leads Ron DeSantis among likely Iowa caucusgoers, 51% to 19%, with Nikki Haley at 16%.”)
  • MAGA women want a Hallmark “home for the holidays” fantasy — but their votes run their kids off (“Trumpism promises to a return to a time when kids lived close — instead, young people are fleeing to blue states”)
  • Fallout rises from McCarthy handshake deal with White House
  • Congress stares down hefty to-do list in its final week of 2023
  • Less appetite — and opportunity — to serve as fake Trump electors in 2024
  • Giuliani spread lies about Georgia election workers. A jury will decide what he owes them.
  • Rudy Giuliani to appear in court over defamation of 2020 election workers (“Georgians are seeking $15m-$43m in damages from former New York City mayor for his false statements about ballot counts”)
  • Meet the Biden impeachment managers: Larry, Moe and Curly
  • Canceling University Presidents Won’t End Antisemitism
  • As Fury Erupts Over Campus Antisemitism, Conservatives Seize the Moment
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik on University of Pennsylvania president’s resignation: ‘One down, two to go’ (Let’s see Stefanik go after hate speech on the far RIGHT.)
  • Republicans say they believe in free speech. Except when it comes to Israel.
  • Tucker Carlson Is Launching His Own Streaming Service (Yuuuuuck.)
  • Harvard President Claudine Gay’s fate hangs in the balance after university’s board meeting
  • We’ve lost the talent for mutual respect on campus. Here’s how we get it back.
  • J.D. Vance Is the Latest Prominent Conservative Calling on Journalists to Be Investigated (Really, really bad.)
  • ‘Person of interest’ taken into custody amid investigation into Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll’s killing, police say
  • Elon Musk asks Alex Jones about ‘the whole Sandy Hook thing’ and Jones apologizes again (What a f’ing joke.)
  • Feds pitch Virginia on loan opportunities for renewable energy transition
  • Dems reintroduce bill to let Virginia localities fund school capital projects through sales tax
  • State lawmakers will likely revisit license plate readers next month
  • Virginia Cold Case Database growing and providing leads
  • Deer populations in Virginia’s cities and suburbs are increasing while the number of hunters declines
  • [Youngkin] Administration’s inertia on decertifying [rogue police] officers sets troubling precedent
  • Southwest Virginia Residents Question Nuclear Shift (“Gov. Glenn Youngkin wants to build next-generation nuclear plants and data centers. But he won’t tell Virginia residents what he’s doing.”)
  • Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger joins On The Hill to discuss her run for governor
  • Commentary: From polluted to prizewinner, Virginia’s largest river is stagnating again
  • Pro-Palestinian march held in Richmond on Sunday
  • Portrait of segregationist Danville judge removed from courtroom, at least for now
  • D.C.-area forecast: Blustery today in storm’s wake; temperatures rise late this week (“It’s a mostly dry week with high temperatures in the 40s and 50s; next chance of rain may come Sunday.”)
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