Ellsberg sees Vietnam era parallels with Assange

Daniel Ellsberg who famously leaked the “Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times during the Vietnam era sees parallels between his case and the one against Julian Assange today. (April 12)

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The Long, Painful Legacy Of Blackface In America (HBO)

Ralph Northam is still the governor of Virginia—for now. But he’s facing increasing pressure to resign after a conservative media site unearthed a photo of a man in blackface on Northam’s page in a 1984 medical school yearbook.

Northam insists it isn’t him in the photo. And the New York Times today reported that a group of his medical school classmates is standing behind him. “We fully believe Governor Ralph Northam is neither of the individuals in those repugnant costumes,” they wrote in a letter. “We attended classes with the Governor. We socialized with him. We knew him very well.”

But even if Northam can prove he isn’t in the photo, there’s another problem: In a press conference on Saturday, Northam admitted he had “darkened” his face for fun around the same time. “That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume,” he said. “I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that.”

Northam may not have understood that “harmful legacy” back in the 80’s—plenty of people didn’t. In fact, many still don’t understand it now.

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Padma Lakshmi reflects on speaking out about her sexual assault

(13 Dec 2018) Padma Lakshmi says she stands by her decision to write a New York Times op-ed about being raped as a teenager. The ‘Top Chef’ host spoke while promoting a contest to choose this year’s must-bake holiday treat. (Dec. 13)

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AP Top Stories September 9 P

(9 Sep 2018) Here are the top stories for Sunday, September 9th: New sexual misconduct allegations against Les Moonves; Pence speaks out on New York Times op-ed; Deadly explosions in Syria; North Korea celebrates 70 years.

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Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma announces plans to retire at 54

Alibaba co-founder and chairman Jack Ma plans to retire from the Chinese e-commerce giant to devote his time to philanthropy focused on education, he told the New York Times in an interview.