Wednesday News: “Biden makes history by joining striking autoworkers on the picket line”; “Trump committed fraud, judge rules”; Media Barely Covers “Trump’s fascist death threats against Gen. Milley”; “As government shutdown looms, where is Youngkin and the state GOP?”

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by Lowell

Here are a few international, national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, September 27.

  • Climate change: Six young people take 32 countries to court
  • ‘Slim, elegant and a little scary’: This is what the future of offshore wind looks like (“Unlike 99 percent of the world’s offshore wind turbines, which are fixed directly to the sea floor in relatively shallow depths, these machines can be deployed in very deep water, where they can harvest more powerful, consistent wind.”)
  • Crucial for a Clean Energy Economy, the Aluminum Industry’s Carbon Footprint Is Enormous (“A new report finds aluminum manufacturing worldwide emits more than a billion tons of carbon dioxide annually, as well as chemicals called perfluorocarbons that warm the planet for 50,000 years.”)
  • Fossil Fuel Companies Made Bold Promises to Capture Carbon. Here’s What Actually Happened. (“A DeSmog review of 12 large-scale projects reveals a litany of cost-overruns and missed targets, with a net increase in emissions.”)
  • ‘Killed’ Russian navy commander appears alive in second video; Belarus says it wants peace in Ukraine
  • Exclusive: Inside Ukraine’s offensive in the East
  • Why Are Republicans Playing Politics With Ukraine?
  • Revealed: Europe’s role in the making of Russia killer drones (Totally unacceptable.)
  • German police carry out sweeping raids as neo-Nazi group banned (“‘Cult-like, racist’ Artgemeinschaft network accused of trying to spread Nazi ideology to children”)
  • Under India’s pressure, Facebook let propaganda and hate speech thrive (So much for social media being a force for good.)
  • Erdogan overplays his hand on Sweden’s NATO bid
  • Azerbaijan says 192 of its troops were killed in last week’s offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: more than a third of the region’s population flees into Armenia
  • A fire at a wedding hall in northern Iraq has killed more than 100 people and injured 150
  • N Korea to expel US soldier Travis King
  • E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation (“The law, aimed at forcing social media giants to adopt new policies to curb harmful content, is expected to face blowback from Elon Musk, who owns X.”)
  • How Elon Musk Came to Influence Fates of Nations (Bonkers.)
  • ‘Even Lucifer was using a fan’: Brazil bakes as mercilessly hot spring begins
  • Evergrande chairman under police watch; liquidation risk mounts
  • Britain gives go-ahead for biggest new North Sea oilfield in years (Huge mistake.)
  • Canada’s House speaker has stepped down after inviting a Nazi veteran to Parliament
  • A Rare Success Emerges in the War on Terror (“After years of setbacks, Somalia has become a surprising bright spot in the global battle pitting the U.S. and its allies against insurgents.”)
  • American Jews take a new tone with Israel
  • The FBI is probing whether Egyptian intelligence played a role in Bob Menendez’s alleged bribery scheme
  • Biden makes history by joining striking autoworkers on the picket line
  • Biden Joins U.A.W. Strike
  • Biden makes history by joining striking autoworkers on the picket line
  • UAW Leader Has No Desire at All to Talk to Trump in Michigan
  • The Historic Weight of Biden’s Visit to the UAW Picket Line
  • Some Fox figures pretend the GOP is suddenly pro-union amid UAW strike
  • Joe Biden’s Visit to a U.A.W. Picket Line Was a Powerful Political Gesture
  • Hollywood writers strike to end on Wednesday as WGA, AMPTP finalize labor contract
  • Alabama Deserved This Kick In the Arse
  • The Supreme Court just told Alabama to shut up and listen (“The Alabama GOP will have to comply with a Supreme Court order striking down its racially gerrymandered map.”)
  • Senate grabs wheel from House in bid to avoid shutdown
  • Senate finds breakthrough on funding as government shutdown looms (“Stopgap deal reached Tuesday is a big step forward, but hard-right House Republicans still show little sign of relenting on budget”)
  • New Senate Proposal Aims to Head Off Weekend Government Shutdown
  • Senate moves shutdown-prevention plan that’s ‘not gonna happen’ in House
  • McCarthy needs to get a funding deal done — with Democratic votes
  • McCarthy goes all-in on border with second GOP stopgap funding attempt
  • Bending to far right, McCarthy pushes steep safety net cuts in shutdown battle (Totally unacceptable.)
  • McCarthy pushes for Biden meeting with shutdown 5 days away (McCarthy already had a deal with Biden, which McCarthy has broken.)
  • House Republicans vow to continue impeachment inquiry even if government shuts down (Bonkers.)
  • Judge rules Donald Trump defrauded banks, insurers while building real estate empire
  • Trump committed fraud, judge rules (“The judge also found that Trump repeatedly lied about his wealth on his annual financial statements”)
  • Ruling Against Trump Cuts to the Heart of His Identity (“The finding by a judge that Donald Trump committed fraud in valuing his properties undercut his narrative of the career that launched him in politics.”)
  • New York judge finds Donald Trump liable for fraud
  • Trump fraudulently inflated his net worth by up to $2.2 billion, New York judge rules
  • Judge rules Trump engaged in repeated fraud, effectively deciding central question in $250M civil trial
  • Donald Trump Calls Reporting the News a Capital Offense
  • President Drink Bleach says what? Trump now claims he beat George W. Bush and Barack Obama (“Trump was already dumb, but he’s getting worse — yet MAGA doesn’t care. The press should cover his decline anyway”)
  • Donald Trump suggested Gen. Mark Milley deserves to be executed. TV news barely covered it.
  • The real reason why Donald Trump wants Gen. Milley to be killed (“Donald Trump’s fascist death threats against Gen. Milley: The rot goes much deeper”)
  • Cassidy Hutchinson warns second Trump term wouldn’t have ‘guardrails’
  • Trump Was Privately Chanting for Mike Pence’s Hanging on January 6, Says Former White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson (“Just something to think about as the guy argues he should be president of the United States again!”)
  • Cassidy Hutchinson says Trump said ‘hang’ as he watched rioters chant ‘hang Mike Pence’ on Jan. 6
  • Cassidy Hutchinson tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that Trump is the ‘most grave threat’ to American democracy
  • Trump’s threats to Milley fuel fears he’ll seek vengeance in second term
  • ‘This Is Going to Be the Most Important Election Since 1860’
  • Let’s Not Sleepwalk Into Another Donald Trump Presidency
  • The Sick, Racist Message Behind Why Trump Chose That Particular Gun Store (“Palmetto State Armory has openly embraced far-right ideology. In 2020, it began marketing its products using imagery and language associated with the ‘boogaloo,’ slang for racist violence and even a call for full-on race war. It has also come to mean war to topple the government.”)
  • United Farm Workers endorses Biden, says he’s an ‘authentic champion’ for workers and their families
  • Fulton DA prosecuting Trump, Young Thug says her family has been threatened
  • CBS News poll: Trump leads in Iowa and New Hampshire, where retail campaigning hasn’t closed the gap
  • There Are Actually a Few Interesting Things to Watch for in the Second Republican Debate
  • Republicans face growing urgency to stop Trump as they enter the second presidential debate
  • As Robert Menendez’s Star Rose, Corruption Fears Cast a Persistent Shadow
  • Schumer Must Do the Right Thing on Menendez. Now. (Agreed.)
  • California is first state to levy a tax on guns and ammo to fund safety programs (“California will ban people from carrying firearms in most public places while doubling the taxes on guns and ammunition sold in the state under two new laws Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Tuesday” Excellent!)
  • Jewish leaders rip X, accuse Musk of antisemitism (No question about it. Also racism, homophobia/transphobia, fascism, etc, etc.)
  • RFK Jr. Adds 9/11 to Growing List of Conspiracies: ‘Strange Things’ Happened (RFK Jr. is completely unhinged.)
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Jan. 6 defendant who wanted to arrest ‘the traitors’ to ‘protect the Capitol’ sentenced to four years
  • VIRGINIANS WEIGH IN: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07) Hears Shutdown Concerns from Workers, Families (“Historically, federal employees are made whole after a shutdown. This has not been the case for contractors. It will be difficult to meet our monthly bills.”)
  • Commentary: As government shutdown looms, where is Youngkin and the state GOP?
  • Youngkin Administration’s Disenfranchisement of Thousands of Virginians Is Both Unprecedented and Unconstitutional (“No administration should get to pick and choose who gets to vote, and that includes this one.”)
  • In Interview, Glenn Youngkin Won’t Rule Out Being Donald Trump’s Running Mate, Somehow Manages to Absurdly/Falsely Blame Joe Biden (!) for Russia’s Brutal Invasion of Ukraine, etc. (Youngkin also spews out many, many lies, about “CRT,” what he’s supposedly accomplished in Virginia, etc, etc.)
  • Even his former boss can’t pin Youngkin down on running for president (Note that the WaPo headline isn’t about Youngkin’s many lies. The media sucks SO badly.)
  • Even with old boss, Youngkin ducks questions about presidency (Pathetic framing/focus, as if it’s all a big game.)
  • Youngkin ‘doesn’t expect’ to make endorsement in presidential primary (This article also focuses on the “game” of politics, as opposed to the SUBSTANCE and STAKES. Pathetic.)
  • Youngkin’s nightmare: A GOP-led government shutdown
  • iTeach special ed courses did not meet Virginia standards
  • MAGA Extremists Undermining Military Families in Virginia (“The [GOP] crowd that’s driving the House is driving us straight towards the cliff.”)
  • Study: Civically engaged Virginians focus on education, health, housing
  • Virginia Realtors forecast home sales to rise in 2024 after steep decline this year
  • 2023 elections bring new scrutiny of Virginia’s ‘sore loser’ rule
  • Virginia Dept. of Ed eyes Zearn, Ignite Reading for statewide high-impact tutoring contract
  • Va. appeals court upholds finding that Amazon Flex drivers were misclassified as contractors
  • Video: Joel Griffin Releases First Television Advertisement Entitled “What She Says” (“Tara Durant is not your regular Republican. She is extreme, terrifying and we cannot elect her.”)
  • Judge orders payment of attorney fees in Donovon Lynch wrongful death case
  • Richmond casino reaches contract with unions, promises construction jobs
  • Hanover parent sues Virginia School Boards Association over FOIA
  • Christopher Newport University expansion erased a Black neighborhood
  • In rural Virginia, a war over schools dredges up the area’s dark past
  • Former Loudoun County Public Schools superintendent stands trial
  • Police thwarted a planned mass shooting in a Northern Virginia church
  • New mental health and addiction recovery center in New River Valley expected to open soon
  • D.C.-area forecast: Lots of clouds for the next few days, but sun slowly enters mix

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