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by Lowell

Here are a few international, national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, October 7.

  • World breaches key 1.5C warming mark for record number of days
  • Russia will revoke ratification of nuclear test ban treaty, envoy says (“US condemns announcement by Mikhail Ulyanov, saying it ‘needlessly endangers the global norm’ against nuclear testing”)
  • On Russian Nuclear Threat, Putin Lets Others Rattle the Saber
  • Russia struck ports in Ukraine for the second day in a row, Ukrainian officials said.
  • Ukrainian attacks force Russia to relocate Black Sea fleet (“Kyiv has managed to partly restart seaborne grain exports, but there are still fears that Russia will interfere with civilian vessels.”)
  • Ukraine’s Liberated Areas Struggle as Land Mines, Worker Shortages Hamper Recovery
  • ‘Half the village is gone’: Ukraine hamlet reels after missile strike (Horrible. Russia under Putin is a terrorist state with nukes.)
  • Overwhelming grief in Ukrainian village hit by strike: ‘There’s no point in living’
  • The hidden casualties of the GOP’s civil war (“How can funding for Ukraine survive the fight to replace Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House?”)
  • Netanyahu tells Israel ‘We are at war’ after Hamas launches an unprecedented attack on the country (“The militant Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip carried out an unprecedented, multi-front attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, firing thousands of rockets as dozens of Hamas fighters infiltrated the heavily fortified border in several locations and catching the country off-guard on a major holiday.”)
  • We are at war, says Israel’s PM, after major surprise Palestinian attack (“Israel’s health ministry says at least 545 people have been injured in the Palestinian attacks, according to the Reuters news agency. At least 22 Israelis have died in the unprecedented attacks, according to emergency services.”)
  • Saudi Arabia Willing to Raise Oil Output to Help Secure Israel Deal
  • ‘Voice of oppressed people:’ Rights activist Narges Mohammadi speaks out for Iranian women from prison
  • Poland, Hungary stand alone in opposing EU migration reform
  • ‘Detached from reality’: anger as Rishi Sunak plans to restrict solar panels (Sunak’s really gotta go.)
  • US Senators Headed by Majority Leader Schumer Arrive in China
  • Schumer starts China trip amid tension with US, hopes to meet Xi
  • Joe Biden, Who Promised Not to Resume Trump’s Border Wall, Is Doing Just That
  • U.S. employers added a surprisingly strong 336,000 jobs in September in a sign of economic resilience
  • Biden touts better-than-expected job growth in September
  • Jobs report shock: American economy added a stunning 336,000 jobs in September
  • How to make sense of the country’s stunningly strong job market
  • Dow soars nearly 300 points Friday as stocks reverse sharp losses after hot jobs report: Live updates
  • 3 milestones from a stunning jobs report (“This month, Biden gets to crow over a particularly excellent jobs report.”)
  • Eligible electric and plug-in vehicle buyers will get US tax credits immediately in 2024
  • Getting a $7,500 tax credit for an electric car will soon get a lot easier
  • US solar farms are aging. Is it time to begin repowering?
  • Religious Leaders May Be Key to Breaking Climate Action Gridlock, Poll Suggests (“The survey, published the same day Pope Francis said ”no one can ignore” climate change, found that stronger religious convictions often paired with increased doubt in climate science.”)
  • The Strike Is Working: The UAW Just Scored a Major Concession (“’In just three weeks, we have moved these companies further than anyone thought possible,’ said President Shawn Fain in an ‘Eat the Rich’ shirt.”)
  • Pharmacies begin dispensing abortion pills
  • How Biden forgives student debt despite the Supreme Court ruling
  • Biden Blames ‘Negative’ Media for Americans’ Poor View of the Economy (Accurate!)
  • Moms for Liberty Is Taking Over Banned Books Week (These people are big fans of Glenn Youngkin – and vice versa? – by the way.)
  • “Tip of the iceberg”: Experts sound the alarm after Trump blabbed nuclear secrets at Mar-a-Lago
  • Trump Reportedly Divulges Nuclear Secrets (“Few things are more sensitive than nuclear secrets, but that seems not to have stopped the former president from sharing them.”)
  • Trump Loves Sharing National Security Secrets With Random Strangers
  • Trump trial Day 5 highlights: Ex-Trump executive says Allen Weisselberg asked for help in committing tax fraud
  • Trump loses bid to stay NY fraud trial, but gets delay of business certificate cancellations
  • Donald Trump Can Snarl All He Likes, But He’s Making a Star Out of Letitia James
  • New York appeals court halts the process of breaking up Trump’s businesses but rejects stopping the trial
  • A bipartisan coalition is the way forward for the House (By Hakeem Jeffries)
  • Republicans aim to change internal Speaker nomination rules to avoid floor fight
  • Inside Trump’s earlier secret bid for House speaker as McCarthy nomination drama unfolded
  • How Trump was talked into — and out of — a run for speaker
  • Matt Gaetz, a monster of Republicans’ own making
  • Jim Jordan, Who’s Running For Speaker, Played A Key Role In Trump’s 2020 Election Plot
  • Jim Jordan, Who’s Running For Speaker, Played A Key Role In Trump’s 2020 Election Plot (“‘Jordan knew more about what Donald Trump had planned for Jan. 6 than any other member of the House,’ former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said.”)
  • Scalise makes House speaker pitch after Trump endorses Jordan: I know how to ‘unify’
  • Meet the far-right Republicans looking to replace Kevin McCarthy as House speaker (“Reps. Steve Scalise, Jim Jordan, and Kevin Hern are all vying for the job of leading the unruly House GOP.” Yuuuuck.)
  • Trump is inserting himself into the messy race to become the next House speaker. Will it matter?
  • Televised Fox News Speaker forum called off after candidates pull out
  • GOP speaker candidates pull out of Fox forum after fierce blowback
  • House Republicans face choice between chaos and convention
  • Kevin McCarthy’s election machine in limbo as GOP seeks new speaker
  • Inside the bipartisan deal that might have saved McCarthy (“The Problem Solvers Caucus tried to hatch a power-sharing agreement as the speaker came under threat. The talks didn’t pan out.”)
  • McCarthy denies reports he’s leaving Congress
  • Pelosi denies breaking a promise to McCarthy over Speakership vote
  • Team Trump readies attacks on RFK Jr. as spoiler anxiety grows
  • Robert F Kennedy Jr announced as speaker at hard-right CPAC event
  • Hillary Clinton says Trump supporters may need to be ‘deprogrammed’ (“In an interview on CNN the former senator and secretary of state also called the ex-president ‘an authoritarian populist’”)
  • ‘Jan. 6 choir’ member sentenced to 7 years in Capitol attack
  • Iowa surrenders, falls back to Super Tuesday for Democrats in 2024
  • Michael Benz, a rising voice for conservative criticism of online censorship, appears to have a secret history as an alt-right persona
  • A Fox host suggests that the answer to divisions is war, not voting (Has he been fired yet? If not, why not?)
  • Iowa police dispute Ramaswamy campaign’s claim that protesters rammed their car
  • We’ve Finally Solved The Mystery Of George Santos’ Mysterious Fortune
  • Former aide to Republican fabulist George Santos pleads guilty to fraud (“Nancy Marks tells court on Long Island she and congressman submitted campaign finance reports embellished with fake loan”)
  • Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rejects GOP Call To Recuse On Redistricting Cases
  • Al Gore Doesn’t Say I Told You So (“The former Vice-President revisits his early advocacy for the environment, assesses the impact of Elon Musk, and explains his optimism about two existential crises.”)
  • Kaine weighs in on budget, aid to Ukraine
  • Sen. Tim Kaine remains optimistic on federal budget
  • Spanberger, Miller-Meeks Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Women Who Experience Pregnancy Loss from Surprise Medical Bills
  • Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA03): “Today’s jobs report demonstrates that, despite House Republicans’ extremism and inability to govern, the Biden-Harris economic agenda is working.” (In stark contrast, as Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA08) says, “Republicans couldn’t lead the way out of a paper bag”)
  • Every Virginia Republican state legislator has taken an anti-abortion stance
  • Youngkin admin resumes teacher diversity grants
  • Youngkin’s elections team says it mistakenly took 270 voters off Va. rolls
  • Virginia lawsuit over voting rights restoration clears early hurdle
  • Flip and Defend-A-District Friday: Volume XVI (Del. Cliff Hayes, Jarris Taylor, Sam Soghor, Randall Wolf)
  • The Post’s endorsements for key Northern Virginia legislative races (Russet Perry, Danica Roem, Josh Cole, Josh Thomas)
  • Loudoun County Democratic Committee Condemns MAGA Republicans’ “pathetic, desperate and corrupt disinformation operation” (Efforts are “intended to mislead and frighten Republican voters to the polls this fall”)
  • PHOTOS: Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Republican Nominee Bob Anderson Raises Cash With Infamous Anti-Abortion, Pro-Assad, Rabidly Anti-LGBTQ, etc. Former VA State Sen. Dick “Baby Pesticides” Black (R) (If you’re in Loudoun County, make sure you vote to reelect incumbent Buta Biberaj!)
  • Meet the candidates for Fairfax County School Board
  • Starting with cross-country, Fairfax introduces middle-school sports
  • D.C.-area forecast: Cooler air spills in on northwest winds today
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