Situational awareness: Nine of the 10 warmest years on record since reliable data began in 1880 have occurred since 2005. Go deeper.
High-profile business leaders are being warned to run an opposition-research scan on themselves, as if they were political candidates, to search for problematic yearbook and other images from the past.
This afternoon, Virginia's attorney general admitted to wearing blackface in the past, while an accuser detailed her sexual assault allegations against the state's lieutenant governor.
The big picture: In decades past, these allegations might not have ever become public. Now, they're impossible to dismiss. And that's not just true for public officials.
Be smart: In corporations, this new scrutiny is expected to extend to new hires of senior talent, a PR executive told the WSJ.
Why it matters: "Nowadays, 'I was in my youth' is no longer an explanation," D.C.-based crisis consultant Eric Dezenhall told the Journal. "And racism is the cyanide pill of scandals. There’s no way to get out of it."
The bottom line: This isn't just a problem from the past, and it's not just confined to the old south.
P.S. Fallout over blackface isn't just limited to those who wear the offensive garb. NBC host Megyn Kelly's show was canceled last year after she said she didn't know why wearing blackface was seen as racist.
House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) kisses the hand of Andrea Chamblee, wife of Capitol Gazette Newspapers shooting victim John McNamara, before a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building.
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"A new museum in Milwaukee may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6,500 figures of athletes, mascots, celebrities, animals, cartoon characters, politicians and more," the AP notes.
Bobbleheads at the museum include: