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Thomas Friedman: Virginia is for haters

Democratic voters are much less likely than Republican voters to cast ballots in state and local elections; as a result, a politically moderate state has a hard-right legislature. And there’s a real possibility that it may soon have a Republican governor, too. Here’s how that might happen: Ed Gillespie, the G.O.P. candidate, is trying to pull off an upset by going full-on Trumpist, doing all he can to mobilize the white nationalist vote. These cynical ploys might mobilize enough angry white voters to swing the election if Democrats don’t come out in equal force. If Gillespie pulls this off, all the worst impulses of the Trumpist G.O.P. will be empowered; you might think that things can’t get even worse, but yes, they can."

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Rep. Beyer, Co-Chair Of Jobs With Dignity Task Force, Asks Companies To Share Best Practices Regarding Workers’ Compensation

“The Jobs With Dignity Task Force is focused on delivering results for the middle class, and an obvious way to do that is encouraging businesses to replicate pro-worker practices which are already successful,” said Rep. Beyer. “Companies which deliver competitive benefits, wages, and strong retirement plans have much to offer by way of example, and Congress should do more to promote good corporate policies.”

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Why Democrats Are Calling for Ivanka Trump to Lose Her Security Clearance—And What That Means for Her Political Future

In light of a recent report detailing how Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. may have narrowly avoided indictment on felony fraud charges in 2012 (just before President Trump’s personal lawyer made a sizable campaign donation to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.), two House Democrats are calling for Ivanka, an adviser to President Trump, to lose her White House security clearance. Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia and Ted Lieu of California are also calling for her husband Jared Kushner’s clearance to be revoked. (Kushner, who also serves as an adviser to the president, had his security clearance first called into question earlier this year, after reports that he had tried to set up a “back-channel” for communications between Moscow and Trump’s transition team following the election; the scrutiny intensified this summer, in light of Kushner’s attendance at a meeting with a Russia-linked lawyer who allegedly had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.) It’s the first time that Ivanka’s role in the White House has been criticized so stridently by members of the House.

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Where I Stand On Gun Legislation

I support requiring a background check for every gun purchase. I also support targeted measures to restrict gun access from people with convicted of hate crimes (HR 2841) or domestic violence (HR 2670).

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