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WASHINGTON -- Virginia lawmakers are pushing legislation to protect military families from threats in their own homes, like toxic mold, pests and disrepair. Democrats who represent the state in the U.S. Congress want to put new requirements on the companies that manage privatized military housing. The scramble for new safeguards...
Virginia joined 21 other states, the District of Columbia and six major metro areas on Tuesday in suing the Trump administration over its “unlawful” repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that the Obama-era plan’s replacement, the...
WASHINGTON -- In the wake of two devastating mass shootings over the weekend, Virginia Democrats are imploring the U.S. Senate to vote on sweeping gun control legislation the U.S. House passed in February. After the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which killed at least 29 people and injured many...
Without mentioning his name, the speakers who delivered remarks before President Donald Trump at the 400th anniversary events in Jamestown Tuesday appeared to be making strenuous rhetorical effort at preemption. Though he wouldn't take the stage with Trump, Gov. Ralph Northam that morning said modern Virginia "represents the best of...
Police removed a Democratic state delegate from a commemoration of the General Assembly's 400th anniversary after he interrupted a speech by President Donald Trump to protest the administration's immigration policies. “Mr. President, you can’t send us back; Virginia is our home,” said Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, shouting as he waved a...
At the time, it seemed like a real nadir. Our first African-American president was being dogged by a nasty conspiracy theory with explicit racist and xenophobic overtones suggesting he wasn't born where he said he was despite releasing his official long-form birth certificate. Half of the nearly 2,500 readers who responded...
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration has been sidelining researchers and suppressing climate change science at the U.S. Interior Department, experts warned Congress this week.  A climate change scientist and a former senior executive staffer at the Interior Department told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee at a hearing Thursday...
WASHINGTON -- Climate change could cost Virginia coastal cities billions of dollars and put communities and military facilities at risk, a special assistant to the governor warned federal lawmakers this week. Ann Phillips, who is in charge of helping the state respond to climate change on Virginia’s coastline for Gov....
WASHINGTON -- Former special counsel Robert Mueller explicitly told lawmakers Wednesday that his investigation did not “completely and totally exonerate” President Donald Trump of obstructing justice, contrary to what the president has claimed.  In the first of two back-to-back appearances before U.S. House committees, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of...
A UVA law professor and constitutional law expert says the focus on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by seeking to derail the investigation into potential collusion with Russia during the election was "misbegotten from the beginning." "Firing James Comey was not an act that should have spawned an investigation...