Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, said they placed a phone call to Gov. Ralph Northam and demanded his resignation after his bizarre press conference on Saturday. Northam is under fire for a racist photo published on his 1984 yearbook page. On Friday, the Democrat first said he was in the photo showing a man in blackface and another one in KKK robes. Then on Saturday he said he was sure he wasn’t in the photo (because he doesn’t remember it)—but said he had darkened his face for a Michael Jackson dance contest the same year. “After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign,” Kaine, Warner, and Rep. Bobby Scottt of Virginia said in a statement. “Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders. He should step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing.”
President Trump has chosen his former White House physician, Adm. Ronny Jackson, to resume his role as chief medical adviser. Jackson is the subject of an ongoing Pentagon investigation into allegations he haphazardly gave out medication, drank on the job, and created a hostile work environment. The allegations caused Jackson to withdraw his nomination to be Veteran Affairs secretary in June. On Friday, the White House also nominated the Navy admiral for a second star.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax broke his silence on the racism scandal enveloping Ralph Northam, less than an hour after the Democratic governor said he would not resign from office. Fairfax, the second African-American ever elected to statewie office, said of Northam: “I cannot condone the actions from his past that, at the very least, suggest a comfort with Virginia’s darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping, and intimidation.”
Federal prosecutors claim that accused drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had sex with girls as young as 13, according to court documents unsealed late Friday. “The defendant called the youngest of the girls his ‘vitamins’ because he believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him ‘life,’” feds wrote. The accusations come from the testimony of Alex Cifuentes, Guzman’s former secretary, who also claimed that he and Guzman drugged the girls before assaulting them. The filings also accused Guzman of raping his former mistress. “Joaquin denies the allegations, which lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial,” his lawyers told the New York Post. On Monday, a Brooklyn jury will begin deliberating a 17-count indictment against him. If convicted, El Chapo could face up to life in prison.
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A cash-strapped Donald Trump asked Deutsche Bank for a loan during his presidential campaign, but was turned down, according to the New York Times. The request came in early 2016, when Trump was loaning tens of millions to his presidential campaign and spending extensively to expand his company’s property holdings. While the bank was one of the few financial institutions still willing to lend Trump money (after several bankruptcies in the 1980s and ‘90s), it ultimately refused. Trump’s request triggered a fight among top bank officials, who thought lending him money posed too much risk. They worried that if Trump won the presidency and then defaulted, the bank would be faced with two unfavorable choices: not collecting on this debt, or seizing the president’s assets.
A bettor has placed a $1.5 million wager on the underdog Los Angeles Rams to beat the favored New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday. While most bets have been placed on the Patriots to beat the 2.5-point spread, Sportsbook operator William Hill reportedly received a $1.5 million bet on Friday in favor of the Rams. This same bettor placed $1 million on the Philadelphia Eagles over the Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, and walked away with $1.65 million with the Eagles surprise win. The South Point sports book also took a $300,000 wager in favor of the Rams. At bookmaker William Hill, more and more bets are leaning toward the Rams. In the past 11 years, the underdog has won the Super Bowl eight times.
More than 1,000 inmates in a Brooklyn federal jail have gone without heat and hot water for days, lawyers say. Inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center and are enduring limited electricity since a fire broke out at the jail last weekend, according to the Federal Defenders. The legal aid organization also claims that jail officials have cancelled all visits from their families and attorneys, as well as recreational activities. The jail’s warden said through a spokeswoman that the facility had experienced a power outage on Saturday, but denied that heat and hot water weren’t working. The inmates have reportedly used flashlights to bang on their cell windows in protest of the conditions. Some 1,600 inmates are housed at the jail and they include defendants in high-profile terrorism and drug cases, as well as inmates facing more routine charges.
I am outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center where prisoners are without heat. The banging noise is them protesting for all of us to hear. They are without heat for days. This is in BROOKLYN. pic.twitter.com/h3UiVcR6VF
— Shahana Hanif (@HShahana) February 1, 2019
Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale were spotted holding hands Friday night after his stand-up set in West Hollywood. Davidson and Beckinsale, who are rumored to be romantically involved, then reportedly went to his hotel in Santa Monica. During his show, the Saturday Night Live star reportedly recycled a joke he had made about ex-fiancée Ariana Grande during a January show.