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Virginia's Attorney General Says He Once Wore Blackface to a College Party

Va. atty general admits to blackface photo at 19Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are already facing controversies, and Herring would be next in line to be governor after those two men.

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Trump’s Inaugural Chairman Looked to Cash In on Infrastructure

Tom Barrack

The chairman’s black-tie dinner was Tom Barrack’s time to shine.

After more than two months planning Donald Trump’s inaugural celebration, Barrack, a decades-old confidant of the president-elect, threw one of the most extravagant fetes of the week. The entertainment included a performance by Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers, a vaunted Las Vegas dance production programmed by the casino billionaire, a close friend of Barrack’s. The dinner menu featured a red-wine blend from Barrack’s family vineyard in California.

The guest list was chock full of foreign dignitaries, multibillionaires, Republican leaders, conservative luminaries and top executives from Barrack’s real estate investment firm, Colony Capital. For anyone who wasn’t already a friend of Barrack’s, the dinner gave them a chance to meet the fabled Trump whisperer and chairman of his inaugural committee.

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Senate passes Middle East policy bill that rebukes Trump

Senate passes Middle East bill rebuking Trump

The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would impose sanctions on Syria, weaken a global campaign to boycott Israel and rebuke President Donald Trump’s push to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

The bill, which passed the Senate 77-23, divided Democrats, some of whom argued that a provision that allows states and local governments to withhold contracts from companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement against Israel stymies free speech.

On Tuesday, vote, 25 Democrats voted in favor of the bill; 22 voted against it.

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Trump attacks 'ridiculous partisan investigations' in his State of the Union address

Trump attacks 'ridiculous partisan investigation' in SOTU speechPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced "ridiculous partisan" investigations during his nationally televised State of the Union address, adding that there cannot be peace as long as there is "war and investigation."

"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations," the president said.

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Nobel peace prize winner Oscar Árias accused of sexual assault

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aria accused of sexual assault

Oscar Árias, the Costa Rican former president and Nobel peace prize laureate, has been enveloped in scandal after a sexual assault complaint was brought against him by a nuclear disarmament activist.

Árias denied the allegation, saying he has never acted against the will of any woman and has fought for gender equality during his career.

Árias was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1987 for his efforts to end civil wars in Central America.

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'Your man shot my man!' Videos show anguish following police shooting of black security guard

Security guard shot by police in ChicagoAuthorities on Monday released chilling video footage of the chaos and anguish after a suburban Chicago police officer shot an African-American security guard outside a nightclub in November.

The videos, which were released by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by USA TODAY and other outlets, show onlookers screaming at police as security guard Jemel Roberson lays lifeless in the parking lot of Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins, Ill.

“Your man shot my man,” a distraught fellow security guard shouts at one Cook County sheriff’s deputy. “The police shot security, that’s what happened. The guy has (expletive) vest on, and we get shot. It’s … stupid.”

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Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural records

Trump inauguration committee subpoenaedFederal  prosecutors have issued a subpoena for documents from President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, a representative of the committee said Monday night.

The U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of New York is investigating allegations that the committee misspent some of the tens of millions it raised from donations and that some donors gave money in exchange for access to influence Trump administration policy positions.

"We have just received a subpoena for documents," the committee representative told NBC News. "While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry."

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Senators call on EPA to restrict key drinking water contaminants

Senators ask for clean waterA  bipartisan group of 20 senators has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate allowable drinking water levels of two chemicals linked to various health problems.

The letter was sent Friday by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and others, days after Politico reported that the EPA is expected to decide against setting drinking water limits for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as part of an upcoming national strategy for dealing with the class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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Pentagon Deploying 3,750 Troops To Southern Border

NPR: Pentagon deploying thosands of troops to southern border

Another 3,750 troops will be sent to the southern border to help install wire barriers and to monitor crossings, officials said. The new deployment will bring the total number of active-duty troops there to around 6,000.

In a tweet on Sunday, President Trump said that "STRONG border security" is necessary in the face of "Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country."

The announcement of new troops on Sunday comes just days before Trump is expected to discuss border security measures during Tuesday's State of the Union Address.

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