Feb 9, 2019

Poll: Virginians split on whether Northam should step down

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Virginians are split on whether Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam should step down after the discovery of a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page with 47% wanting him to resign and 47% believing he should stay in office, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll.

By the numbers: The poll, which was conducted from Wednesday through Friday, shows 42% of Republicans and 58% of African-Americans believe Northam should remain in office. It also addressed the other scandals currently riling Democrats in Richmond: 60% believe Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted to wearing blackface in 1980, should stay in office and 65% are undecided on the fate of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces two allegations of sexual assault that he has denied, though the poll was conducted before the second allegation came to light.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response


President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

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Multiple people have died in a shooting at the Molson Coors brewery complex, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters on Wednesday. He said he "believed" the shooter is among those dead, although police have not confirmed this.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. "There are various sources citing various numbers of casualties. At this time that information has not been confirmed,"the police said.

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