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Murray bankruptcy and the continuing decline of the coal industry

Murray declares bankruptcy

From CNBC earlier this morning:

Murray Energy joins growing list of coal companies to declare bankruptcy

Today's Wall Street Journal sees this as a long-term trend:

In Pro-Trump West Virginia Coal Country, the Jobs Keep Leaving

Fixing the blame

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October 29, 2019

$21 million? Much more on Bransfield’s actions and excesses

The Washington Post delivers again

If you have been following the Bransfield story you need to read this article. Once again, the Washington Post delivers a thoroughly-documented article by reporters Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Shawn Boburg about the abuses of the former West Virginia bishop. (Note -- emphasis in this post is mine.)

The article begins by describing a . . .

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October 27, 2019

What’s up with West Virginia’s congressional delegation?

Breaking the law and accumulating wealth

Send in the clowns? (Crashing a congressional hearing)

You’re now probably familiar with Wednesday’s story of how a group of Republican representatives stormed a restricted-access impeachment committee meeting. Here’s the New York Times account:

House Republicans ground the impeachment inquiry to a halt for hours on . . .

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October 25, 2019

Hey News-Register, the holdup on miner pensions isn’t DEMOCRAT Pelosi, it’s REPUBLICAN’s McConnell and Trump

The title of today’s editorial wants to pin the responsibility for the pension on Democrats. It states: “Aid the Retirees, Speaker Pelosi”

Today’s lead editorial* in today's Wheeling News-Register is about the fate of the miner pension plan. The editorial notes that West Virginia’s and Ohio’s senators have:

fought hard to save the pension fund. But bills they have promoted have been bottle up in committees.

No, they haven’t been “bottled-up” in . . .

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October 24, 2019

Trump compares his impeachment to a “lynching”

Will the Wheeling Intelligencer finally criticize the president? Don’t bet on it.

A lynching?

Earlier today, the President tweeted:

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October 22, 2019

White House Chief of Staff Mulvaney admits to a quid pro quo (now with 3 updates)

Senator Capito waits for new-and-improved talking points

From Slate, earlier today:

The official Republican line had previously been that there was “no quid pro quo” involved in Trump’s request that Ukraine launch (unfounded) investigations into the server allegations and into the Biden family, while the Trump administration happened to be refusing to release military funds to . . .

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October 17, 2019

Today the House voted to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw from Syrian

How did West Virginia's representatives vote?

As news sources reported earlier today:

The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump's withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria.

Despite stark divisions over Democrats' Trump impeachment inquiry, Democrats and Republicans banded together and approved a nonbinding resolution . . .

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October 16, 2019

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