Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Hot Seat

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Wow. Students protest at Northam victory party.

"No time to celebrate. No pipelines."

So, were these Perriello supporters? Democrat civil war continues ...

Virginia Governor results.

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won the Democratic primary, defeating former Congressman Tom Perriello. Perriello was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and many other national Democrats.

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie won the Republican primary, defeating former Trump Virginia campaign chairman Corey Stewart.

While Northam beat Perriello by 11 points (55.5 percent to 44.5 percent), Gillespie narrowly edges out Stewart (43.6 percent to 42.7 percent).

On the lieutenant governor side, state Senator Jill Vogel won the Republican primary, and attorney Justin E. Fairfax won the Democratic primary.

Just got back from voting Gillespie in the Virginia governor primary. Here are five things to know about the election.

Prior to today's hearing, there was a dust-up between reporters and the Senate Rules Committee about access for members. Jamie Dupree fired off a tweetstorm about it this afternoon.

For the sake of space I'll quote him here rather than embed the rest of the tweets:

The changes apply mainly to TV, but conceivably could also limit reporters using cell phones to take video...TV cameras often congregate outside big committee hearing rooms, looking for comment from Senators...Senate Rules Committee now wants TV to get permission from Senator and the committee for any hallway interviews...These Senate restrictions in theory apply only to TV reporters, but always worry that radio & print get included...This change only applies in the Senate office buildings; TV already faces access limits inside the Capitol itself...When I arrived in 1980's on Capitol Hill, hallway TV interviews were frowned upon. Rules loosened over the years...There are rules that address what we call "walking and talking" - but this is a wider ban on TV in public hallways...Access to Senators always been better for radio & print reporters in the Capitol; TV does more in office buildings...Back in the 1990's, Senate leaders tried to stop all reporters from gathering in hallways on the second floor...Helen Dewar of the Washington Post protested by never stopping, shuffling through the hallways ISO Senators...Today's decision on TV hallway access comes from the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Sen Richard Shelby R-AL...I'm not sure the Senate TV coverage rules were changed at any point, but instead were gradually not enforced ...One example of TV restrictions - tripods only off Senate floor on Tuesdays. No handheld TV in Capitol halls ...Senate officials have also been worried by large number of reporters seeking out Senators by the basement subway...If you go back to the 1970's, you can see that Senate hallway TV interviews were very restricted...And this has always been an odd reality - also sometimes plays out on the sidewalks outside federal buildings...Statement from Sen Richard Shelby R-AL indicates no change in TV coverage rules...

There was some pushback from news organizations:

Eventually, the SRC backed down and said, "Fine. Just do yesterday."

Obviously, the SRC has some interest in controlling who comes and goes, both because of space limitations and for security reasons. But stories like this always raise questions about who should have access to members of Congress and to what extent they should be shielded from the press. Moreover, it raises questions about the definition of a journalist/news organization and who has the power to make those decisions. Recall that Breitbart was denied Congressional press credentials, ostensibly because of the site's political advocacy (as if the Democrat-media complex doesn't do the same, sans the all caps headlines). In the process of their application, the site's owners were dragged before a tribunal and forced to disclose their financial ties. Why? Who cares? Everyone knows which side Breitbart is working for, just like everyone knows (or should know) which side the New York Times is on. The MSM has forfeited their right to call themselves fair arbiters of the news. We shouldn't settle for business as usual now that Americans are no longer dependent on a handful of media outlets to feed them the news (and the truth as they see it).


Ugh. It appears the fashion industry is trying to make gender-bending swimsuits a thing...

My God....why...WHY?????

In other news, the VA reform bill just passed the House of Representatives.

This is a huge victory, considering all the VA scandals. Let's hope President Trump signs it as soon as possible.

More on Kamala Harris.

But, she persisted? ...

With the Sessions hearing over, we now return you to our regular coverage of the Decline of America, already in progress:

The “sexy chest” women’s one-piece swimsuit is available just in time for summer – to the delight and horror of many.

Love or hate them, this experiment in beach apparel from Beloved Shirts is not only attention-grabbing, it’s downright hard to look away from.  The suits come in various skin tones with realistic details from a man’s torso, including nipples and plenty of body hair.

Video, if you can handle it, at the links.

Russian hacking ... an act of war?

Steve Deace says so.

Caleb Howe agrees.

Kudos to Senator Tom Cotton for cutting through the Democrats' "RussiaGate" B.S. with his excellent line of questioning:

We need more Republicans like Tom Cotton on the Senate Intel Committee.