Sep 12, 2019

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sues CBS for $400 million

Justin Fairfax. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) filed a $400 million defamation suit against CBS News on Thursday, claiming on-air interviews with 2 women who accused him of sexual assault caused him "emotional distress," WTKR, a CBS affiliate, reports.

What he's saying: Fairfax asserts that CBS had details before the stories aired "indicating that both allegations had not been corroborated by any independent investigation." The lawsuit says, Fairfax's "once promising career and political prospects have been severely harmed by the reckless airing of these false allegations."

Background: Fairfax refused to resign when Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson came forward with their allegations in February. He says the interactions were consensual, and took a polygraph test to support his denial.

  • Both women have requested a hearing to address the allegations, but Fairfax has to date refused.

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After Amazon HQ2, Northern Virginia tries to build regional brand

A view of Crystal City, the Arlington, Virgina, neighborhood where Amazon has chosen to base its second North American headquarters. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Capitalizing on the area's success in luring Amazon's second headquarters, 10 counties and cities from Northern Virginia are joining forces to strengthen their collective regional brand.

Why it matters: Getting separate jurisdictions to work together on economic development efforts is a familiar challenge for large metro areas that encompass multiple cities, counties or even states that often end up competing against each other.

Go deeperArrowSep 16, 2019

Zero members of Trump administration appear on Sunday talk shows

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The Trump administration was noticeably absent on Sunday's cable news lineup, with not a single member making an appearance on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS or NBC.

Why it matters: President Trump is in the midst of an impeachment storm over allegations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The Sunday shows are widely viewed as a space for political actors to speak directly to the public and relay their perspectives on pressing political issues.

Go deeperArrowOct 6, 2019

Report: Trump ordered Ukraine aid freeze days before call to its leader

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President Trump directed his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid for Ukraine days before he phoned the country's president and allegedly urged him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, the Washington Post and New York Times report.

Details: The White House told Axios that the reports, published late Monday, are "completely false." WashPost reported that officials in the administration's Office of Management and Budget notified the Pentagon and State Department about the request at an interagency meeting in July.

Go deeperArrowSep 24, 2019