Feb 9, 2019

Northam: "I overreacted" with initial response to racist yearbook photo

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Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told the Washington Post on Saturday that he "overreacted" when issuing his initial statement responding to a racist photograph on his 1984 medical school yearbook page, which said that he was "deeply sorry for the decision [he] made to appear as [he] did in this photo."

Details: A "chastened and subdued" Northam repeated his later, revised claim that he is not in the picture, but he did not offer an explanation for how it was placed there. He gave no indication that he planned to resign, instead telling the Post that he will pursue "equity" during the remainder of his term and had "asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality."

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Exclusive: Global trust in the tech industry is slipping

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The backlash against Big Tech has long flourished among pundits and policymakers, but a new survey suggests it's beginning to show up in popular opinion as well.

Driving the news: New data from Edelman out Tuesday finds that trust in tech companies is declining and that people trust cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence less than they do the industry overall.

"It was 30 years ago, get over it": Mike Bloomberg's partner brushes off NDA concerns

Diana Taylor at a Mike Bloomberg event last month. Photo: Ron Adar/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Diana Taylor, Mike Bloomberg's longtime partner, dismissed the concerns surrounding non-disclosure agreements used at his company, Bloomberg LP, telling CBS News that she would say to those bothered by the allegations, "It was 30 years ago, get over it."

Why it matters: Democratic candidates have used the NDAs as a talking point against Bloomberg, calling on him to allow women to speak about the reported sexual harassment and gender discrimination they faced while working for him.

Trump's opportunity to use Bernie as an economic scapegoat

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Bernie Sanders is poised to become an economic scapegoat for both the White House and Corporate America, assuming that Sanders comes through Super Tuesday unscathed.

The big picture: If the U.S. economy remains strong, President Trump and CEOs will claim credit (as they've been doing for three years). If it turns sour, they'll blame Bernie (even though it's a largely baseless charge).