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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(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.

The Internet Thinks It Knows Who Wrote That Anonymous Op-Ed (HBO)

After the New York Times published an anonymous op-ed authored by a “senior official” in the Trump administration, the internet got started on one of the things it does best: straight-up speculation.

A primary contender for the mysterious author was Vice President Mike Pence, whose previous utterances of the term “lodestar,” which also appeared in the column, was seen by some as a giveaway. But then others pointed out that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had previously written the phrase “first principles,” another term which appears in the op-ed.

Both were solid arguments, given that we have almost nothing to go on.

But there are many, many, senior officials in the Trump administration, and people had many, many more theories as to who wrote the op-ed. So Michael Kalenderian took a look at some other favorite — and not so favorite — contenders.

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Trump calls on Times to reveal ‘coward’ behind critical op-ed

Donald Trump calls on the New York Times to reveal the name of the “coward” who wrote an explosive, anonymous article that has plunged his presidency into its worst crisis yet.