I will put the
disclaimer in front: this is Marie-Anne, and a couple of hours ago I finished
watching the much anticipated hearing in the House Oversight Committee, now
chaired by Maryland’s Elijah Cummings (D). I have not yet had the benefit of
reading much by way of expert opinions, so if there are any factual mistakes in
what I write, they were made in good faith, and I am solely responsible for
them. Please don’t shoot the messenger.

Talking of shooting
the messenger, this was the path chosen by the Republican members …

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Quick random thoughts on Ralph Northam.

As of my writing on Super Bowl Sunday, Ralph Northam is
still governor of Virginia.

To recap: on Friday, an opposition research site made public
a photograph of purportedly Ralph Northam, which appeared on his page in his
1984 medical school yearbook. The photo showed one man in blackface, one man in
a KKK hooded robe.

In 1984 Ralph Northam was 25 years old, old enough to know,
not only that this was unwise for political reasons, but more importantly that
this revealed racism, callousness and a lack of empathy in his psychological
makeup. …

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