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Trump Venezuela envoy interrogated by Ilhan Omar over his role in Iran-Contra scandal

Trump Venezuela envoy interrogated by Ilhan Omar over his role in Iran-Contra scandalDonald Trump’s envoy to Venezuela was left flustered and visibly angry following an interrogation by Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar over his controversial political past. Elliot Abrams was appointed special envoy to Venezuela last month to help lead the US response to the political crisis in the South American country, which is seeing widespread hunger and violence following the collapse of its economy. On Wednesday, Mr Abrams, who served in the Reagan administration, testified in front of the House foreign affairs select committee, where he was subjected to a fierce line of questioning by Ms Omar.



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Blackface and black eye: Louisiana police department latest embroiled in racist scandal

Blackface and black eye: Louisiana police department latest embroiled in racist scandalThe police department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, apologized after a photo surfaced showing two officers in blackface during a 1993 sting operation.



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Ralph Northam: Virginians split on calls for governor to resign after blackface scandal, poll finds

Ralph Northam: Virginians split on calls for governor to resign after blackface scandal, poll findsVirginians are deadlocked over whether Governor Ralph Northam should step down after the emergence of a racist photo from the Democrat’s 1984 medical school yearbook, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll. Following the release of the image last week, which shows a man in blackface next to another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, there have been demands for Mr Northam to resign. Mr Northam counts higher support among black residents – who say he should remain in office by a margin of 58 per cent to 37 per cent – than among whites, who are more evenly divided.



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Push to honor black tennis star comes amid blackface scandal

Push to honor black tennis star comes amid blackface scandalRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A movement to rename a Richmond, Virginia, thoroughfare for groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr. is cresting just as the state finds itself in turmoil over a blackface scandal involving the governor and attorney general.



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'A horrific week for Virginia': Gov. Ralph Northam takes on blackface scandal in first interview

'A horrific week for Virginia': Gov. Ralph Northam takes on blackface scandal in first interviewVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam sidestepped calls for his resignation, instead saying in his first interview since he admitted to wearing blackface that he would spend his term in office focused on mending racial tensions.



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Virginia scandal: Why politicians shouldn't always be purged over past blackface incidents

Virginia scandal: Why politicians shouldn't always be purged over past blackface incidentsEvery decades-old instance of blackface does not deserve the gong and the hook. Especially when civil rights are at stake, as they could be in Virginia.



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Virginia Democrats hunker down amid blackface, sex assault scandal

Virginia Democrats hunker down amid blackface, sex assault scandal“I have never appeared in blackface,” Cox, 61, said. “As you know, I was a schoolteacher, and that’s abhorrent.” Both Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, who is second in line to be governor, have admitted to wearing blackface while in college in the 1980s. With its historic ties to 19th-century U.S. minstrel shows in which white performers would caricature black slaves, blackface is widely seen as racist in modern America, though it remained a trope of popular television shows and movies through the 1980s.



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Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia's leaders

Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia's leadersRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications.



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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: Northam Scandal Is an Opportunity for 'Repentance'

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: Northam Scandal Is an Opportunity for 'Repentance'"You know everybody's got…some things that they have in their life, some prejudices, some biases that need to be examined," he said.



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Mark Herring: Top Virginia Democrat admits wearing blackface as state scandal deepens

Mark Herring: Top Virginia Democrat admits wearing blackface as state scandal deepensVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring has confirmed he wore blackface to a college party in 1980, just days after calling on the state’s governor to resign over a similar racial scandal.



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