Government & Politics

The Berlin Concert that Changed the World
10:15 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Rocking the Wall

Crowds climbed onto the barrier and surged from East to West.
Credit BBC/Corbis

On Sunday the world will remember a startling event.  Twenty-five years ago, East Germany announced it would no longer stop its people from passing through a wall that had divided Germany for a generation. 

Historians point to the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, supposing the new leader of that country, Mikael Gorbachov, would no longer  support East German leaders, but there’s another theory going around – a claim that rock and roll music helped topple the wall.

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Government & Politics
9:02 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Senator Mark Warner's Image May Be In Jeopardy

Though it's not yet official Democrat Mark Warner appears to have narrowly won re­election to the U­S Senate in a contest that was much closer than anticipated. Even in apparent victory, Warner's national brand may have been tarnished by his election night struggle against Republican Ed Gillespie. 

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Government & Politics
8:48 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Closing of State Facilities Remains a Challenge for Lawmakers

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

It does not appear that Virginia lawmakers have a clear idea of how to house and treat thousands of people who are developmentally and intellectually disabled after the federal government ordered four of the five state facilities to close as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice. The debate isn't about whether it's right to house them within their communities, but whether the state can pay for adequate facilities to fit ALL their needs.  

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Election 2014
7:25 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republicans Griffith and Goodlatte Reclaim 9th and 6th Districts

Morgan Griffith

In the 6th Congressional District, Bob Goodlatte beat Libertarian Will Hammer and Independent Green candidate Elaine Hildebrandt to win a 12th term. The Democrats did not field a candidate in this race.

In the 9th Congressional District, in southwest Virginia, Republican Morgan Griffith bested Independent William Carr to win a third term and the Democrats did not field a candidate in this race either.

Morgan Griffith had good reason to look relaxed as he met voters in Radford a few hours before the polls closed.

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Election 2014
6:51 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Gillespie Holding Out for a Red Virginia

Credit CNN

Election night was a nail-biter for incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner, who had been expected to coast to victory. His badly outspent Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, defied ALL of the polls leading up to election day—and took the lead throughout the evening until Fairfax County’s vote totals were finally reported. The wave that swept Republicans into the majority in the U.S. Senate nearly engulfed Virginia.

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