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Peace report. I'm Amy Goodman, Virginia's political crisis deepened Wednesday with the state's top three elected officials all Democrats facing scandals that threatened to upend their careers and Virginia's democratic leadership on Wednesday. The woman who accused Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault came forward and identified herself as Dr Vanessa Tyson and associate professor at scripts college in California in a statement released through her law firm Tyson detail, the two thousand four encounter at the democratic national convention in Boston where she said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex. Fairfax has denied the allegation of sexual assault saying the encounter was consensual. Meanwhile, Virginia's attorney general Mark herring resigned from his role as co chair of the democratic attorneys General Association after admitting he wore black. Face at a college party in the nineteen eighties. As an undergraduate at the university of Virginia his admission came just days after a racist photo emerged showing governor wrath north OEMs nineteen Eighty-four medical school yearbook page depicting a man wearing black face posing next to a man wearing Ku Klux Klan outfit, north initially apologized for the picture, but later said he was not either of the two men in the photo while admitting wherein black face on another occasion that same year if Gartner northbound Fairfax inhering were to all step down the next in succession for Virginia. Governor is house of delegates speaker Kirk Cox, a conservative anti choice, Republican we'll have more on Virginia's political crisis after headlines in climate news. Newly released data show two thousand eighteen was the fourth warmest year on record continuing trend that seen the past five years become the five warmest since reliable measurements began more than. Century and a half ago. Gavin Schmidt of director of NASA's Goddard institute for space. Studies says it's part of a trend that's poised to see the planet. Become much hotter. What kind of planet? It's four or five degrees. Warmer is now while we haven't seen that on earth since about three million years ago in the point the forest way up to the circle there wasn't any ice. There was no green land and sea level was about twenty five meters higher, right? That was a very different comment. And that's kind of where we're headed unless we do something about emissions Wednesdays. Climate report came as two house committees held simultaneous hearings to discuss the climate crisis. They were the first such meetings on Capitol Hill in six years. Meanwhile, House Democrats convened a hearing on gun violence Wednesday the first and more than eight years since before the sandy hook school massacre of two thousand twelve the hearing examined house resolution eight a Bill to expand background checks to include all firearms purchases. The proceedings grew. Contentious after Florida Republican congressman Matt gates an ally of President Trump. Argued undocumented immigrants. Pose more of a threat to the US, then gun violence HRA would not have stopped many of the circumstances. I raised but a wall a.