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Sen. Tim Kaine statement on situation in Iraq

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement today on political developments in Iraq and U.S. military action.

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President Obama on economy, international situations, more at Dem event

Remarks at a Democratic Senate Campaign Committee event in Tisbury, Mass., from President Barack Obama on the economy, international situations and more.

Analysis: What does U.S. have to gain, lose in Gaza?

The first rule of wars on terror: you can’t win a war on terror. Though as we’re seeing yet again in Gaza, it’s not that the aim of a war on terror is to win the war on terror.

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Warner meets with Veterans Affairs nominee

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) met with the President’s nominee to lead the Veterans Affairs Department today and emphasized two Virginia-based initiatives that would help transform operations at the embattled agency.


AAA: Gas prices in mid-summer slide

As predicted by AAA, the retail price at the gas pump continued to tick lower following the Independence Day holiday due primarily to lower crude oil costs as the situation stabilizes in Iraq.

Meet with Marietta McCarty: Upcoming events

Join author Marietta McCarty for a leisurely lunch featuring specially prepared Middle Eastern food to toast the chapter set in Iraq in The Philosopher’s Table.


Fourth of July gas prices highest in six years

Although the national average price of gas has remained relatively steady as we approach the Fourth of July holiday, prices at the pump remain at a six-year high for this time of year.


Report: The impact of fuel taxes on Virginia, Maryland, D.C.

Last year, lawmakers in Virginia made history by altering the state fuel tax rate formula. In a rejection of traditional transportation funding, Virginia became the first state to eliminate the conventional cents-per-gallon (cpg) fuel tax,and the District of Columbia followed suit.


AAA: Gas prices highest in six years

As we approach the end of the first full month of the 2014 summer driving season, the national price for regular unleaded gas is $3.68 per gallon, which is the highest price for early summer in six years (prices topped $4 per gallon in July 2008).


Iraq civil war fuels higher gas prices

The Iraq civil war is fueling higher pump prices in the U.S. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline rose to $3.68 per gallon Friday, up three cents from one week ago.

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Tim Kaine statement on President Obama’s Iraq announcement

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement on Iraq today.

Here we go again: Iraq is a threat to the United States?

The civil war that is breaking out in Iraq cannot be confined to Iraq, the implication being that, as in 2002, in the runup to the disaster that was our first war in Iraq, yeah, we need to spend another trillion dollars, countless young lives and the rest.


Kaine intrpduces Senate resolution to honor post-9/11 vets

A bipartisan Senate resolution will encourage American communities to plan activities for Veterans Day 2014 to honor all post-9/11 veterans.


Gas prices expected to tick up with July 4 holiday approaching

Motorists across the country will likely need to reach further down into their wallets to fill their thirsty tanks as the threat of rising gas prices are on the horizon; just in time for the upcoming July 4 holiday travel weekend.


AAA: Iraq crisis could push gas prices up

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the modern self-serve fueling station with the national average price for regular unleaded gas dropping a penny from last week to $3.65 per gallon.

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Tim Kaine statement on Iraq

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s comments on Iraq earlier today.

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President Obama statement on Iraq

Yesterday, I convened a meeting with my National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq, and this morning I received an update from my team. Over the last several days, we’ve seen significant gains made by ISIL, a terrorist organization that operates in both Iraq and in Syria.

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Tim Kaine statement on situation in Iraq

After a classified Armed Services Committee briefing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, issued a statement on the situation in Iraq.

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Chris Graham: Declaring war on Bowe Bergdahl

The nonsense over Bowe Bergdahl, who Republicans for years wanted President Obama to do something to free from his Taliban captors, then cried foul over when Obama actually did, says a lot about where our national discourse is right now.

Allen Tasslimi: Why Tehran’s media broke the MEK taboo

Iran’s mass media are tightly controlled by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence. This includes 16 nation-wide and 34 provincial TV channels, in addition to 10 satellite channels with a global reach.

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President Obama: Statement on Afghanistan

As you know, this weekend, I traveled to Afghanistan to thank our men and women in uniform and our deployed civilians, on behalf of a grateful nation, for the extraordinary sacrifices they make on behalf of our security.

McAuliffe announces appointment of new adjutant general of Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that U.S. Army Colonel Timothy Paschal Williams will become the next Adjutant General of the Virginia.

Lt. Gov. Northam battles for Virginia’s National Guard

In preparation for today’s congressional hearing on proposed reductions to the National Guard, Lt. Gov. Ralph Norham sent a letter, in partnership with other lieutenant governors from throughout the country.

Bob Goodlatte: Holding the VA accountable

Recent reports of what can only be characterized as gross mismanagement within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are extremely alarming. We have heard claims of veterans waiting several months for treatment. Just a few days ago, information surfaced about the deaths of approximately 40 veterans who were waiting for treatment from a Phoenix VA facility.

Camp Liberty: Left at the mercy of a murderous regime

In Camp Liberty, Iraq, there are approximately 3,000 Iranian exiles living in a sparse temporary encampment. Members of the main Iranian opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), most left Iran as a last resort to Camp Ashraf and later to Camp Liberty. They are fighting against a brutal dictatorship that stole the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Bridgewater College to honor five alums during Alumni Weekend

Five Bridgewater College alumni will be honored as part of the college’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration April 11 – 13.

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Walid Phares: Obama’s greatest mistake

The Obama administration, in its first and second terms, has committed strategic mistakes in the Middle East which will undermine U.S. national and security interests for many years, even under subsequent administrations after 2016.

Analysis: Facing the facts on the Iran agreement

John Adams once remarked, “Facts are stubborn things.” Since the P5+1 Joint Plan of Action on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program was signed in Geneva in November, the White House has encountered two difficult truths about the Iranian regime.

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Randy Forbes: Proud to do it

“I love my country. I was proud to do it,” he said, the sun catching the Vietnam War Veteran pin clipped to his lapel as he walked away.


Warner, Kaine urge Secretary Hagel to maintain 11-carrier fleet

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging him to maintain the full 11-aircraft carrier strike group as he crafts the FY15 defense budget.

Majeed Mohades: It’s time for America to take action

With the advent of cutting edge technology, electronic commerce has undergone drastic changes in the past several years. A slew of popular and user-friendly payment systems are making consumers less dependent on cash.


Tim Kaine, Saxby Chambliss introduce SERVE Act of 2013

U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) introduced the Servicemember Education Reform and Vocational Enhancement (SERVE) Act of 2013, a bill to improve the quality of educational programs for servicemembers and veterans and help them transition into the civilian workforce.

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Warner, Kaine highlight impact of shutdown on Virginia

Speaking on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine highlighted the ongoing negative impact of the government shutdown in Virginia, and again urged House Republican leaders to re-open government, pay the nation’s bills on time and negotiate on a long term budget.

The United Nations needs to take immediate action at Camp Ashraf

The Iranian opposition exiles residing in Camp Ashraf in the Diyala Province North of Baghdad were forcibly relocated to Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport in the course of 2012.

Iraq attacks Iranian dissidents­: Protectors assault the protected

For the Iranian regime, Iranian dissidents in Camp Liberty, Iraq, are of monumental strategic import. Despite the regime’s charm for sanctions offensive, talks on the nuclear file might continue to deadlock and military options may become more likely again. Iranian Mojahedin contacts on the ground in Iran and Iraq are potential strategic assets for Washington against Tehran.

Wes Martin: United Nations failure in Iraq

The mandate for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) recently came up at the U.N. Security Council a few weeks ago. This is an opportune time to reflect on the past performances of its representative in Iraq, Martin Kobler.


Chris Graham: If I were president

If I were president, and I was heading into the final debate of the 2012 cycle, which ostensibly focuses on foreign policy … here’s what I’d do: sound Republican.

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New Allen TV ad features mother of fallen local hero

An Augusta County mother who lost a son in the war in Iraq shares her experience meeting with then-U.S. Sen. George Allen in the immediate aftermath in a new TV ad for the Allen Senate campaign.

Moran: ‘We owe’ Iraq veterans

Jim Moran was a critic of the Iraq war when being a critic of the Iraq war was not only not cool, but was considered by more than a few to be treasonous. The Virginia Democratic congressman spoke Thursday on the day that the U.S. officially declared the end to the military action that began […]

Remarks by Obama, Al-Maliki at joint press conference

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Please have a seat.  Good afternoon, everyone. When I took office, nearly 150,000 American troops were deployed in Iraq, and I pledged to end this war, responsibly.  Today, only several thousand troops remain there, and more are coming home every day. This is a season of homecomings, and military families across America are […]

Final Virginia National Guard convoy ships out of Iraq

With Operation New Dawn close to end of mission, the Virginia Army National Guard is exiting Iraq in its final convoy out of Contingency Operating Base Adder on Dec. 2. “We were a convoy escort team,” said Staff Sgt. Raymond Bunch, convoy commander, Able Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, Virginia Army National Guard, from […]

Kwiatkowski: Goodlatte’s days are ‘numbered’

Karen Kwiatkowski voted – twice – to re-elect Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte. She did so for the same reason that she thinks a lot of fellow Republicans in the heavily GOP Sixth support Goodlatte election cycle after election cycle. “They’ve known him for years, and because they’ve known him for years, they think he’s […]

David Reynolds: Tony got it right

Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net     Before I get hit by an 18-wheeler on 81, I would like to leave this world with a little truth. It has been 94 months since the United States, Great Britain and our allies decided that there was no recourse but to get rid of the […]

The Rant | The early ’90s, part two

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The more things change, the more they actually don’t. Chris Graham started thinking about this while messing with his XM-Sirius radio today and noticing that music and culture for him seemed to come to an end around 1992. What else is similar to 1992 – well, a recession […]

Focus | ‘Selfless service’ motivates lieutenant colonel

Story by Chris Graham With AFP Video William Coffin has seen Iraq twice now, spanning two decades. And he’d go back again, no question, not a moment’s hesitation. After speaking to cadets at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro at a Veterans Day ceremony, I asked Lt. Col. Coffin, a 26-year military veteran now serving as […]

Sanford D. Horn | Obama announces surrender date

Moments ago, while speaking at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Barack Obama announced that on “Aug. 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end.” He further said that by that date in 2011 all troops will be gone from this troubled nation.

David Reynolds: Sowing seeds

Column by David Reynolds Seventeen months ago a man named John came to town to sow some seeds. He was very down. At least in the polls. Few in that tough river town north of here gave him much of a chance. John was not only running out of money, he was letting staff go. […]

Coming home when it’s over, over there

Op-Ed by Clyde Winter ClydeWinter.wordpress.com Opinions Wanted! Click here to learn more There have been over 60,000 official U.S. casualties, and about 4,000 U.S. dead in Iraq. So far. (That doesn’t count, for some reason, the “private contractors.”) There is no rural community, no urban or suburban neighborhood, without families that have suffered devastating combat […]