National and Virginia News Headlines: Saturday Morning

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Here are a few national and Virginia news  headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, August 1. Also see President Obama's weekly address, in which he celebrates "the fiftieth birthdays of Medicare and Medicaid, which together have allowed millions to live longer and better lives."*Stop the vendetta against Planned Parenthood ("No federal money is used by Planned Parenthood to provide abortions except in some rare exceptions. So cutting off government funds, mostly through Medicaid and grants, would only hurt the thousands of people, most of them low-income women...")
*Senate Republicans accidentally promote abortion ("...antiabortion forces, in their zeal to slay their bĂȘte noire, are actually attempting something sure to increase the number of abortions: Denying women access to birth control. ")
*Million-dollar donors fuel 2016 presidential race (Is this democracy? I don't think so.)
*Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race (And rightfully so.)
*Huckabee Floats Plan To Deploy U.S. Troops To Stop Women From Getting Abortions (This guy is utterly demented.)
*Why Jimmy Carter Thinks The United States Isn't A Real Democracy Anymore (There's a lot of truth to what Carter's saying here.)
*No Charges For Two Officers Who Backed False Version Of University Of Cincinnati Shooting (That's bull****.)
*More Than 180 Evangelical Leaders Endorse Obama's Carbon Reduction Plan
*Hundreds of businesses promote climate rule to governors
*Not ready for state policy ("A plan to simplify Virginia's voter registration form by making responses optional to questions about felony convictions and citizenship status - while preserving their essence in an affirmation - has set off a partisan firestorm." Translation: Republicans are upset that more people might vote.)
*Sen. Kaine Asking FERC to Consider Changes to Pipeline Projects
*Judge says Virginia can block Confederate flag from future license plates
*Gov. McAuliffe asks residents to prepare for the worst this hurricane season
*Va.'s top lawyer: Robert McDonnell should lose his state pension ("Mark Herring points to a law relating to felony convictions, which the former governor himself signed")
*AG: Dominion owes Virginia customers a collective $11.2 million
*Navy sub named after Sen. John Warner commissioned Saturday
*Grand jury investigating John Geer police shooting hears officers' testimony
*Proposed baseball stadium deal in Spotsylvania off the table for now
*Extra dramatic: Nats fall in 12 innings
*D.C. area forecast: August arrives with a gift of more heat