Wednesday News: “‘Insanity’: petrostates planning huge expansion of fossil fuels”; “Behind Hamas’s Bloody Gambit to Create a ‘Permanent’ State of War”; “Abortion access remains undefeated in the polls post-Roe”; “Democrats romp, Youngkin flops”


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by Lowell

Here are a few international, national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, November 8.

  • 2023 on track to be the hottest year on record, say scientists (We should be treating this as an emergency and getting off of fossil fuels as rapidly as possible.)
  • This year ‘virtually certain’ to be warmest in 125,000 years, EU scientists say
  • We’re Producing Too Much Coal, Oil and Gas, Report Says
  • ‘Insanity’: petrostates planning huge expansion of fossil fuels, says UN report (“Plans by nations including Saudi Arabia, the US and UAE would blow climate targets and ‘throw humanity’s future into question’” Yes, completely insane – psychotic.)
  • Nations That Vowed to Halt Global Warming Are Expanding Fossil Fuels (Completely bonkers.)
  • Climate fatigue isn’t a sign that Europeans are in denial – it’s a sign of their fear
  • Plastic waste ‘spiralling out of control’ across Africa, analysis shows (“Predicted 116m tonnes of waste annually by 2060 is six times higher than in 2019, driven by demand in sub-Saharan Africa” Appalling.)
  • EV Market’s Surge Toward $57 Trillion Sparks Global Flashpoints
  • White House says Israel should not reoccupy Gaza, after Netanyahu remarks
  • Scoop: Biden tells Bibi 3-day fighting pause could help secure release of some hostages
  • Israel Says Troops Have Entered ‘Heart’ of Gaza’s Main City
  • Israel-Hamas war live: Hamas leadership ‘dead men walking … inside and outside Gaza,’ says Israeli military
  • ‘We cannot forget’: families hold vigils for Israeli hostages held in Gaza
  • First Thing: Families flee past tanks as Israel begins to storm Gaza City (“Civilians given four-hour window to leave encircled capital but fears many are still trapped.”)
  • Behind Hamas’s Bloody Gambit to Create a ‘Permanent’ State of War
  • G7 Calls for ‘Humanitarian Pauses,’ Adding to Pressure on Israel
  • Israel says it killed a top Hamas weapons manufacturer
  • Blinken says Israel should not reoccupy Gaza after the war
  • European Jews face a “terrible wave” of antisemitism amid Israel-Hamas war
  • Viktor Orban’s Dream of an Illiberal Pan-European Alliance Is Fading
  • Could this man bring down Putin?
  • There’s a sliver of good US-China news — and it involves nukes (“Rare arms control talks come ahead of an anticipated summit this month between Biden and Xi.”)
  • Rebel militias rout Sudanese army in Darfur, mass killings reported
  • The world should pay attention to a humanitarian crisis in Africa, too (“Sudan’s civil war has claimed 9,000 lives, and in Niger, Islamic militants have stepped up attacks. The world’s attention is elsewhere, but Africa needs help.”)
  • Drought that has hammered Syria, Iraq and Iran exacerbated by climate change
  • Why Fed Shouldn’t Get Credit for Fall in Inflation
  • The most important economic number hasn’t gotten enough attention
  • The Supreme Court appears poised to rein in its worst decision on guns (“Reason and basic human decency seemed to prevail at the Supreme Court’s big argument about whether domestic abusers should be armed.”)
  • The Supreme Court Appears to Have Reached Its Limit on Who Can Be Armed
  • Senate confirms Biden’s 150th judge
  • What’s up with Speaker Johnson not reporting a bank account?
  • Mike Johnson’s 10-day shutdown test
  • Trump Stepped Down From Trust Within Days of Allen Weisselberg’s Post-Indictment Resignation
  • Trump’s Recipe for a Shockingly Raw Power Grab
  • What Trump stands to lose in his New York civil fraud trial
  • Election results point to major GOP liability on abortion heading into 2024
  • Voters aren’t fooled by Republican lies on abortion — and Democrats are benefiting at the ballot box
  • Abortion rights win big in 2023 elections, again
  • 3 winners and 1 loser from Election Day 2023 (“Democrats had a good night. So did abortion rights. Glenn Youngkin, not so much.”)
  • Democrats Win State Elections In Boost For Abortion Rights
  • Abortion Rights Fuel Big Democratic Wins, and Hopes for 2024
  • Abortion access remains undefeated in the polls post-Roe
  • Good news for Democrats in Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky (“Youngkin’s strategy failed, McConnell’s protégé lost and abortion rights further solidified their place as a driving force for voters heading into 2024. Here are key takeaways.”)
  • Top takeaways from 2023 election results — and what they mean for 2024
  • Five takeaways from a winning election night for Democrats (“Abortion shows no signs of waning as top issue…Democrats are energized …Beshear is a rising star for Democrats …Youngkin’s brand dealt a blow”)
  • Andy Beshear offers Democrats some lessons for how to win in Trump country
  • House Censures Rashida Tlaib, Citing ‘River to the Sea’ Slogan
  • Behind closed doors, senators pitch options to solve Tuberville’s blockade
  • GOP Gov. Tate Reeves will win reelection in Mississippi, CNN projects (Just 51.8% for Reeves.)
  • Why Deep-Red Kentucky Reelected Its Democratic Governor
  • Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear wins re-election in Kentucky
  • Ohio Votes to Establish Right to Abortion
  • New Jersey Democrats notch big legislative wins after bracing for losses
  • New Jersey elects first openly LGBTQ woman to state legislature
  • Ohio votes to legalize marijuana for recreational use
  • Democrat Cherelle Parker elected first female mayor of Philadelphia
  • Elon Musk reinstates two anti-Muslim extremists as X CEO Linda Yaccarino attempts to woo back UK advertisers to the platform
  • Opinion | Twitter Gave Us an Indispensable Real-Time News Platform. X Took It Away.
  • Why Democrats’ big Virginia win is also a victory for Biden
  • Democrats will win control of Virginia legislature, CNN projects, in blow to Gov. Youngkin
  • Virginia Voters Deny Glenn Youngkin His Dream of Unified Republican Control
  • Democrats romp, Youngkin flops: 4 takeaways from Tuesday’s election
  • Virginia Democrats sweep control of Senate and House in sharp loss for Gov. Youngkin
  • Democrats sweep Virginia elections to take control of General Assembly
  • Virginia Democrats triumph in statehouse elections, reducing Youngkin’s power
  • Live Blog: Virginia Election Results 2023
  • Virginia Election Day 2023: Open Thread
  • Virginia Election Day 2023: Live coverage
  • Voters head to the polls, many in new legislative districts
  • Democrats likely to sweep General Assembly
  • Democrats take back the House, keep majority in the state Senate (“The Democratic victories in both chambers deny Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin a legislative trifecta that would have allowed him to promptly enact his policy agenda. Tuesday’s results also throw into question Youngkin’s presidential aspirations.”)
  • Virginia Democrats gain control of General Assembly, dealing a blow to Youngkin
  • Virginia votes for divided government, rejecting Youngkin’s pleas
  • Virginia Democrats’ wins thwart Youngkin on abortion, taxes, climate
  • Virginia Democrats seize statehouse, dashing Youngkin’s hopes for GOP takeover
  • Virginia Dashes Youngkin’s Hopes of a G.O.P. Takeover, and Maybe More (“Democratic victories in the state’s legislative races delivered a major setback to the Republican governor, who is widely seen as eyeing the presidency.”)
  • Gov. Youngkin dodged endorsing Donald Trump in 2024
  • Editorial: Parents’ frustration rising as schools fall short of learning obligations (“Virginia parents are right to be frustrated by the handling of special education students, who deserve greater attention to their learning needs as required by law.”)
  • Deeds and other Democrats win big in Albemarle County
  • Chris Obenshain wins 41st District state House race (Boo!)
  • Obenshain appears to top Franklin in highly competitive House District 41 election
  • Suetterlein defeats White-Boyd in newly created Senate District 4
  • VanValkenburg ousts Dunnavant, in blow to Youngkin’s hopes
  • Virginia Senate District 24: Danny Diggs declares victory, but Monty Mason says it’s too close to call
  • Virginia Senate District 17 winner: Emily Brewer
  • Danica Roem becomes Virginia’s first openly transgender state senator
  • Arlington Election Results: Favola Easily Wins Re-Election To Senate
  • Deshundra Jefferson wins race for chair of Pr. William board of supervisors (Congratulations; great news that Democrat Deshundra Jefferson won AND that right wingnut Jeanine Lawson LOST!)
  • Progressive opponent schools Antonin Scalia’s daughter in local race
  • Richmond voters reject proposed casino project for second time
  • Second Richmond Grand ballot folds on election night
  • In the Loudoun County School Board election, voters pick 9 new members
  • Liberals Win A Majority In Battleground Virginia School Board Race
  • Randall wins third term as Loudoun board chair; prosecutor’s race tight
  • D.C.-area forecast: Cooler today, then near-record warmth tomorrow, as rain remains elusive (“We could see a few showers late Thursday and Friday, but any rain that falls is probably too light to help our expanding drought situation.”)
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