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May 22, 2019

Remember Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam?

The Democrat got into some major hot water back in February when a photo of two people, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe, was found on his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page. Yet Northam somehow slunk from the spotlight as EVMS conducted a probe into the picture. And more than three months later, investigators have decided not to decide whether Northam was in it.

A conservative publication posted Northam's 1984 yearbook page back in early February, and several sources confirmed it was real. Northam first said he was — and then said he wasn't — in the photo, so EVMS commissioned a report to determine the answer. Yet even after interviewing Northam and his former classmates, investigators "could not conclusively determine the identity of either individual depicted in the photograph," the report released Wednesday details.

Northam denied he was in the photo following its release, but said he had worn blackface on a separate occasion. He then resisted scathing calls for his resignation. That move would've left Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) in charge, but he was quickly accused of sexual assault by two women. Fairfax denied the allegations.

Find the whole EVMS report here. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 14, 2019

So, did President Trump's Oval Office speech actually convince Americans to support the border wall? Nope.

Last week, amid a still-ongoing government shutdown, Trump gave his 10-minute case for why America needs a wall on the southern border. That speech only convinced two percent of Americans to change their mind, a Quinnipiac University poll has found. That's well within the poll's 3.3 percent margin of error — and the poll doesn't specify whether that two percent changed their mind to agree or disagree with Trump.

The federal government has been shut down for 24 days now, all over Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding, which Democrats refuse to bend to. The poll showed how support for the border wall has slowly grown through Trump's presidency, expanding steadily from 33 percent in May 2017 to 43 percent today. Still, just 32 percent of Americans said they approve of "shutting down the government to make sure that the wall ... receives funding," the Quinnipiac poll said.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,209 voters nationwide via cell phone and landline from Jan. 9-13, with a 3.3 percent margin of error. Kathryn Krawczyk

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