The New ‘Monuments Officers’ Prepare to Protect Art Amid War

A group of art experts have had intensive training to become part of the U.S. Army Reserve. It will be their job to help save cultural heritage in war zones.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #monuments-men, #reserves-military, #smithsonian-institution, #united-states-army, #virginia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Manchin Won a Pledge From Democrats to Finish a Contested Pipeline

To secure the senator’s support for a climate and tax package, party leaders promised to pass a law to complete the line and to prioritize some other fossil fuel projects.

#air-pollution, #bureau-of-land-management, #center-for-biological-diversity, #democratic-party, #federal-energy-regulatory-commission, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #forest-service, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #inflation-reduction-act-of-2022, #manchin-joe-iii, #marcellus-shale, #virginia, #west-virginia

4,000 Mistreated Beagles Need Homes. These Folks Are Stepping Up.

The dogs were headed for testing labs and didn’t even have names or know how to play. Volunteers are introducing them to grassy yards and cuddly movie nights for the first time.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #breeding-of-animals, #dogs, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #research, #united-states, #virginia

4,000 Beagles Are Being Rescued From a Virginia Facility. Now They Need New Homes.

The authorities have about two months to find homes for the dogs, after they were found at a facility that had violated dozens of federal regulations.

#adoptions, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #dogs, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #kaine-timothy-m, #law-and-legislation, #virginia, #warner-mark-r, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Biden Just Proposed a Gas Tax Holiday. Will It Work?

The president’s idea isn’t a new one. Republicans like Glenn Youngkin and Ron DeSantis got there first.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #desantis-ron, #federal-taxes-us, #gasoline-tax-us, #internal-sub-only-nl, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries

Mo Brooks faces Katie Britt in a fateful Senate runoff in Alabama, and Virginia and Georgia Republicans choose their House contenders against entrenched Democrats.

#alabama, #britt-katie-1982, #brooks-morris-jackson, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #georgia, #midterm-elections-2022, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #virginia

Stonewall Jackson’s Name Fell Fast, and a Fury Quickly Followed

Removing the names of Confederate generals from schools in Shenandoah County, Va., was a response to racial justice protests. The community has been fighting about it ever since.

#education-k-12, #jackson-stonewall, #names-organizational, #school-boards, #shenandoah-county-va, #virginia

The Jan. 6 Inquiry’s Only Endangered Democrat Prepares Herself for a Fight

Representative Elaine Luria of Virginia knows the coming hearings could be a political liability for her in a Republican-leaning district. “If I don’t get re-elected because of this, that’s OK.”

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #luria-elaine-goodman, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #voting-and-voters

The Amber Heard-Johnny Depp Trial and Our Warped Views of Celebrity

What drives a grown person to travel to a courthouse in Virginia to hurl insults at someone she has never met, about behavior she didn’t witness and money she is not owed?

#celebrities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #depp-johnny, #fans-persons, #heard-amber, #how-to-do-nothing-resisting-the-attention-economy-book, #lupone-patti, #markle-meghan, #my-body-book, #odell-jenny, #ratajkowski-emily, #social-media, #turkle-sherry, #virginia

I’m a Prosecutor. But I Won’t Enforce an Inhumane Law.

No matter what the law says, I’ll never prosecute a woman for getting an abortion. My fellow prosecutors need to step up and make the same promise.

#abortion, #fairfax-county-va, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #virginia, #womens-rights, #youngkin-glenn-a

Supreme Court Allows Elite High School’s New Admissions Rules

A group including parents of Asian American students challenged the new criteria at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia.

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #colleges-and-universities, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #tests-and-examinations, #thomas-jefferson-high-school-for-science-and-technology-fairfax-va, #virginia

At Madison’s Montpelier, a Fight Over Power for Slaves’ Descendants

A group has accused the majority-white board that operates the Virginia estate of the nation’s fourth president of thwarting an agreement to share control.

#boards-of-directors, #constitution-us, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #madison-james-1751-1836, #museums, #national-trust-for-historic-preservation, #slavery-historical, #virginia

Navy Plane Crashes Along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Killing One Crew Member

The five-seat plane crashed on Wednesday evening with three crew members on board, the Navy said. Two were rescued.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #chincoteague-island-va, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-navy, #virginia

Why Are We Letting Republicans Win the School Wars?

The culture wars over schools have produced an unlikely coalition: populists on the right and affluent, educated white parents on the left.

#admissions-standards, #critical-race-theory, #education, #equal-educational-opportunities, #income-inequality, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

New York Deer Infected With Omicron, Study Finds

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections. The coronavirus has now been found in deer in 15 states.

#animals, #antibodies, #arkansas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deer, #illinois, #iowa, #kansas, #maine, #massachusetts, #minnesota, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #north-carolina, #ohio, #oklahoma, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #pennsylvania, #research, #staten-island-nyc, #tennessee, #veterinary-medicine, #virginia, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Why the Vaccinated Are So Angry at the Unvaccinated

I’m angry at the people who are keeping Covid going. Aren’t you?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Virginia’s Tip Line Suggests Another Kind of Surveillance in America

Some so-called leaders are exhorting Americans to turn in and against one another.

#computers-and-the-internet, #internal-sub-only-nl, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #west-virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Two Officers Killed at Bridgewater College in Virginia

A suspect was caught after a widespread search at the college, about 40 miles from Charlottesville, the authorities said.

#attacks-on-police, #bridgewater-va, #bridgewater-college, #colleges-and-universities, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #virginia

What Does ‘a Desk for Working Parents’ Mean?

Baby steps.

#desks, #instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #libraries-and-librarians, #michigan, #parenting, #social-media, #twitter, #virginia

Seven Virginia School Boards Sue Over Governor’s Mask Order

The filing questions the constitutionality of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order allowing parents to decide whether their children should comply with mask rules at school.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #fairfax-county-va, #local-government, #masks, #politics-and-government, #school-boards, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Unusual Ice and Snow Storm Hits the Carolinas and Virginia

A Delta flight skidded on a runway and roads remained dangerous on Saturday as the storm brought eight inches of snow to some places.

#north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #south-carolina, #virginia, #weather

Winter Storm Expected to Bring Snow From the Dakotas to the East Coast

‘There’s more uncertainty than usual,’ one forecaster said.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #des-moines-iowa, #east-coast-us, #georgia, #interstate-95, #iowa, #kansas-city-mo, #kentucky, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #missouri, #national-weather-service, #new-york-city, #north-carolina, #north-dakota, #philadelphia-pa, #rain, #snow-and-snowstorms, #south-carolina, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Body of Virginia Man Who Abandoned Vehicle in Snowstorm Is Found

Jacob Whaley, 34, was discovered just over 200 yards from where his family had originally estimated he would be.

#deaths-fatalities, #snow-and-snowstorms, #virginia

Virginia Democrats Aim to Block Trump’s E.P.A. Chief From State Agency

In Virginia, cabinet nominees are rarely blocked. But the Republican governor-elect’s choice of Andrew Wheeler to be natural resources secretary has alarmed Democrats.

#elections-state-legislature, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #regional-greenhouse-gas-initiative, #virginia, #wheeler-andrew-r, #youngkin-glenn-a

I-95 Near Washington, D.C., Is Closed After Deadly Snowstorm

Drivers reported being stranded for hours as part of the interstate, one of the country’s busiest travel corridors, was shut down after accidents involving several tractor-trailers.

#interstate-95, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Winter Storm Knocks Out Power Across Southeast

Hundreds of thousands were without electricity on Monday, and federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area were closed because of the storm.

#appalachian-region, #delaware, #georgia, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Second Time Capsule Is Found Beneath Pedestal of Robert E. Lee Statue

The discovery in Richmond excited historians, officials and crew workers, who hope that the box contains rare memorabilia buried in 1887.

#lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #time-capsules, #virginia

Winsome Sears Wants Black Voters to Rethink the G.O.P.

The incoming lieutenant governor of Virginia was an unlikely candidate: a deeply conservative Black woman, and an immigrant, who supports Donald Trump.

#black-people, #elections-lieutenant-governors, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #richmond-va, #trump-donald-j, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Rodin Bronze From Family Plot Is Heading to Auction

Experts criticize the decision to remove this grave site memorial and sell it privately. The family says it’s a way to provide safekeeping.

#auctions, #cemeteries, #merrill-elizabeth-musgrave-croswell-1853-1928, #rodin-auguste, #samuel-t-freemanco-freemans, #sculpture, #virginia

‘Shopping Cart Killer’ Suspected in Four Deaths, Police Say

The authorities in Virginia say that Anthony Robinson met his victims via online dating sites and later transported their bodies in shopping carts to dispose of them.

#alexandria-va, #brown-cheyenne, #charlottesville-va, #fairfax-va, #fairfax-county-va, #harrisonburg-va, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #redmon-allene-elizabeth, #robinson-anthony, #serial-murders, #smith-tonita-lorice, #virginia, #washington-dc

Protect Abortion Rights? Virginia Democrats’ Vacation Plans Get in the Way.

Some Virginia Democrats want to codify abortion rights into state law in their final weeks in power. But several state senators do not want to upend their travel to Hawaii, Europe and Africa.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

The Suburbs Are Poorer and More Diverse Than We Realize

Understanding diversity in the suburbs is key to winning elections.

#critical-race-theory, #diversity, #education, #internal-sub-only-nl, #lewis-mccoy-r-lheureux, #loudoun-county-va, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #suburbs, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Democrats Don’t Understand Asian American Voters

Broad but shallow antiracism talk isn’t enough to hold on to Asian American support.

#adams-eric-l, #asian-americans, #critical-race-theory, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mcauliffe-terry, #new-york-city, #sliwa-curtis, #thomas-jefferson-high-school-for-science-and-technology-fairfax-va, #virginia, #voting-and-voters, #wiley-maya, #youngkin-glenn-a

Why Democrats May Have a Long Wait if They Lose Their Grip on Washington

Voters’ reflexive instinct to check the party in power makes it hard for any party to retain a hold on both the White House and Congress for long.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #midterm-elections-2022, #truman-harry-s, #virginia, #voting-and-voters

How Likely Is a Democratic Comeback Next Year?

The fundamentals for the 2022 midterms are usually not in the favor of the party in the White House.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #ciattarelli-jack-m, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #loudoun-county-va, #mcauliffe-terry, #midterm-elections-2022, #new-jersey, #ocean-county-nj, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Do Democrats Have a Messaging Problem?

Some critics say the Democratic Party is struggling to respond to issues seized upon by conservative news media.

#critical-race-theory, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #elections-governors, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

A Conversation With a Virginia Democrat

Representative Abigail Spanberger, a moderate, discusses her reservations about the Biden agenda and her party’s prospects.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #audio-neutral-informative, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #infrastructure-public-works, #spanberger-abigail, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

Covid-Related School Chaos Is a Problem for Democrats

Strict Covid measures are creating fertile ground for the privatization movement.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #fairfax-county-va, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #race-and-ethnicity, #rufo-christopher-f, #virginia

Election Results in Virginia Prove Things Can Get Worse for Democrats

Republicans ran up the margins in rural Virginia counties, the latest sign that Democrats, as one lawmaker put it, “continue to tank in small-town America.”

#democratic-party, #elections-governors, #mcauliffe-terry, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #voting-and-voters, #whites, #youngkin-glenn-a

A Woke-Up Call for Democrats

Out of chaos comes just more chaos.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #mcauliffe-terry, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Democrats Need to Confront Their Privilege

To win the culture war, bring the nation together, don’t split it into parts.

#democratic-party, #elections-governors, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

The Democratic Turnout Myth Unravels

It was long thought that surges in voting would help Democrats. So how does the party explain Glenn Youngkin’s victory?

#democratic-party, #elections-governors, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #voting-and-voters

Republicans Hit on Schools as a Wedge Issue to Unite the Party

Rallying around what it calls “parental rights,” the party is pushing to build on its victories this week by stoking white resentment and tapping into broader anger at the education system.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #elections-governors, #midterm-elections-2022, #parenting, #polls-and-public-opinion, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

A Rough Election Night for the Democrats

Why did the party fare so poorly in Tuesday’s closely watched contests?

#audio-neutral-informative, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #mcauliffe-terry, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Republicans Are Going to Use Dog Whistles. Democrats Can’t Just Ignore Them.

Liberals have to forge an effective counterattack on race.

#atwater-lee, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #critical-race-theory, #democratic-party, #hispanic-americans, #mcauliffe-terry, #new-jersey, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #virginia, #voting-and-voters, #whites

How Glenn Youngkin Activated White Racial Anxiety and Won Over Voters

The strategy of manufactured outrage has proved depressingly effective.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #critical-race-theory, #elections, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Election Day Silver Linings!

Really, it could have been worse.

#ciattarelli-jack-m, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-mayors, #mcauliffe-terry, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #sliwa-curtis, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #voting-and-voters, #youngkin-glenn-a

Youngkin’s Dance With Trump Was Pivotal. But Is It Repeatable?

Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia may inspire Republican imitators vying to win over Trump supporters without embracing the former president outright.

#elections-governors, #trump-donald-j, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Republicans Pounce on Schools as a Wedge Issue to Unite the Party

Rallying around what it calls “parental rights,” the party is pushing to build on its victories this week by stoking white resentment and tapping into broader anger at the education system.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #elections-governors, #midterm-elections-2022, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

Youngkin’s Victory in Virginia’s Election Is a Warning for Democrats

Democrats should take heed. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #house-of-representatives, #mcauliffe-terry, #midterm-elections-2022, #perriello-tom, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a