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Sticking to his promise not to discuss or attack any other potential 2016 presidential candidate, former Democratic U.S. Senator Jim Webb  did discuss where he believes the U.S. needs improvement—and where his own party has contributed to the dysfunction in Congress. 
 

Webb says he's very concerned about the country—and the reason that he ran for Senate is the same reason he's considering running for president. He says U.S. national security and foreign policies have in many ways been on auto-pilot since 9-11.  His other priorities include getting his party back on track.

New Lawmakers Learn the Ropes in Washington

Nov 30, 2014
Creative Commons

Earlier this month Virginia voters sent three new politicians to represent them in Washington. For most, their terms won’t start until January, but they’ve been busy learning how to be a member of one of the most exclusive bodies on earth.
 

Elections are exhausting, but for the victors the grueling schedule doesn’t stop on Election Day. They have mere days to spend time with their families, catch up on sleep and thank big donors before being whisked to Washington to learn the ways of the town they just ran against.

Immigration Debate Heating Up in Congress

Nov 20, 2014
Rog Cogswell, Creative Commons

President Obama's executive order on immigration is sparking a heated debate in Congress that could lead to a government shutdown. 

 

Eric Cantor loses the number two spot in the House of Representatives, former Governor Bob McDonnell is convicted on corruption charges, and Mark Warner almost loses his U.S. Senate seat after one term.  

Political analyst Bob Holsworth told social studies teachers at a Civics Summit that if he had predicted several years ago what happened to Virginia's most popular politicians this year, he probably would not have been invited to speak.  But  he offered some enlightenment about the Commonwealth’s recent electoral politics.

A Gift for Montpelier

Nov 13, 2014
The Montpelier Foundation

November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.

With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history. 

While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia,  a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.
 

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