Federal Government

Reactions to 2015 State of the Union
7:50 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Virginia Republicans Critical of President Barack Obama's Agenda

President Obama giving the 2015 State of the Union Address.
Credit whitehouse.gov

The agenda President Obama is laying out at the start of this new Congress is being rejected by Virginia Republicans who now have more power at the Capitol than Democrats. 

While Republicans were just swept into power running against President Obama’s economic policies, the president told lawmakers in last week’s State of the Union address that the economy is soaring again because of his policies. He’s now hoping to expand on that progress through things like offering two years of free community college and tax credits for child care.

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7:28 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia's Senators Expect to Work Across the Aisle

Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

Virginia’s two Democratic Senators are expected to hold a lot of sway as more moderate voices in the new Republican controlled Senate. 

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114th Congress
7:22 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Virginia's House Representatives Outline Priorities on Capitol Hill

Flickr User Ron Cogswell
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  Virginia's House delegation in Washington has a long wish list in the new Congress.  

Virginia lost a lot of seniority when the new Congress was seated earlier this month. So now twelve term Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is the commonwealth's most senior member. As chair of the Judiciary Committee he's spearheading the GOP's efforts on immigration. At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters he laid out his to do list which includes an attempt to unwind the president's move to keep some five million undocumented workers in the country. 

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Part 3 of 3
7:48 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Guantanamo Bay: Conclusions from the Gulag of Our Time

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Of nearly 780 detainees brought to a military prison at Guantanamo Bay, most have been sent back to their countries without charges being filed.  Nine died in detention.  After 5 Yemeni prisoners were released to Estonia and Oman yesterday, 122 now remain, and more than half could be released if the Obama administration finds a country that will take them.  Sandy Hausman spoke with Michael Lehnert, a retired Marine General who served for many years in Virginia before building the prison at GTMO.

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Part 2 of 3
4:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Guantanamo Bay: Candid Conversation on Conflict & Command

Major General Michael Lehnert
Credit University of Richmond

Major General Michael Lehnert spent  years commanding U.S. Marines in Virginia – but he also spent a hundred days at Guantanamo Bay – building and running a prison for alleged terrorists captured in Afghanistan.  

Legal experts told the Bush administration that GTMO  was not American soil, so our legal protections would not apply there.

Lehnert told an audience at the University of Richmond that he often disagreed with the White House.

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