A spate of yearbook photos have upended Virginia politics. The state is still reeling from racist images in Governor Ralph Northam’s med-school yearbook page and in yearbook pages edited by Tommy Norment, the majority leader of Virginia’s state Senate. Yearbooks are meant to serve as time capsules, and are by nature insular—the text can sometimes only be deciphered by those who are in its pages. That’s the defense that Brett Kavanaugh successfully marshaled when passages from his yearbook came under attack last year. But what makes the latest yearbook allegations so damning is that they are images that provide a stark reminder of how American culture has—or, rather, hasn’t—changed over the past decades.
The U.S. has long stationed troops in South Korea to fend off North Korea. But the deal between the two countries expired at the end of 2018, with the U.S. requesting that South Korea contribute more money to fund the 28,500 troops deployed there. Now, a South Korean lawmaker has indicated that a one-year deal had been struck that only incrementally increased its share of the total cost. American allies are playing close attention to the negotiations, as they’re proving to be a petri dish for how the Trump administration will approach other contract negotiations being hammered out in Japan and elsewhere.
At the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the perfectly manicured canines get all the attention, but their handlers have to do all the dirty work to ensure that they’re in tip-top shape before getting in front of the judges. For one mother-daughter team, life revolves around their show dogs:
“With four days to go before the prestigious 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Mara Flood is spending a good chunk of her waking hours keeping Poe, a two-year-old smooth collie (full name: Travler SugarNSpice Witches Do Come Blue), from impulsively humping the young female in heat who’s been staying in the next room over. Flood has been taking the two outside in shifts, making sure one or the other is always in a crate. It’s a hassle, but then again, it’s right on schedule for a dog of Poe’s age: “He’s my teenage boy,’ Flood laughs. ‘He doesn’t even eat. He’s like, Oooh, a girl!’”
John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress, passed away Thursday night at the age of 92. The Majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Steny Hoyer writes:
“On Wednesday, I traveled to Michigan to say goodbye. For two and a half hours, I sat by his bedside; Debbie sat nearby. Before I left, I leaned over and kissed John on his forehead and whispered: ‘I love you—that’s not just from me, but from all of your friends in the House.’”
Listen: Ariana Grande’s new album, Thank U, Next, her second in six months, is filled with a brash attitude and honesty that evince how her music, and life, have changed since she first emerged on the scene.