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President sharply criticizes Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi, saying it’s ‘a big mistake’ to rescind measuresPresident sharply criticizes Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi, saying it’s ‘a big mistake’ to rescind measures
The Transportation Department’s internal watchdog had asked the Justice Department to consider a criminal investigation into Elaine Chao’s conduct as transportation secretary. As attacks linked to the misogynist “incel” movement mounted in recent years, authorities around the world have begun to treat the ideology as a more serious terrorism threat.
There was evidence that Chao used her position to promote her family’s shipping business, the inspector general said in a report released today. In the final weeks of the Trump administration, the Justice Department’ declined to take up the issue. Since 2014, men who call themselves “involuntary celibates” and blame women for their own lack of sexual and social status have carried out mass killings in California, Florida, and Toronto.
There were several “potential ethics concerns arising from the actions of the Secretary and Office of the Secretary (OST) staff under her direction,” investigators said. On Wednesday, a judge in Canada delivered a guilty verdict for the perpetrator of the 2018 Toronto van attack, which left 10 people dead and 16 injured the deadliest incident linked to the incel movement. .
Among the violations was tasking political appointees to “contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the status of a work permit application submitted by a foreign student studying at a U.S. university who was a recipient of Chao family philanthropy”. In her verdict, the judge found that the attacker’s resentment towards women was one among several motivating factors, but experts warn that such incidents are becoming more frequent, and that the ideology behind them is spreading internationally.
Chao also planned a trip that she didn’t end up taking in 2017 that included her father and sister, who runs the family shipping business. Chao, who is married to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, quit the job on 7 January, after the Capitol attack. 2020 saw a string of incel-related incidents, including a machete attack at a Toronto massage parlor, a shooting at an Arizona mall which injured three people, a man who blew up his own hand with explosives in Virginia, and a New York man charged by federal prosecutors for targeting a couple with violent threats.
While only one of those attacks was fatal, “the fact those incidents weren’t worse is more luck than good counterterrorism,” said Jacob Ware, a terrorism researcher who studies the incel movement. “2020 was a bad year for incel violence.
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The transportation department’s internal watchdog asked the justice department in December to consider a criminal investigation into Elaine Chao’s conduct as transportation secretary.
There was evidence that Chao used her position to promote her family’s shipping business, the inspector general said in a report released today. In the final weeks of the Trump administration, the justice department declined to take up the issue.
There were several “potential ethics concerns arising from the actions of the Secretary and Office of the Secretary (OST) staff under her direction”, investigators said.
Among the violations was tasking political appointees to “contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the status of a work permit application submitted by a foreign student studying at a US university who was a recipient of Chao family philanthropy”.
Chao also planned a trip that she didn’t end up taking in 2017 that included her father and sister, who runs the family shipping business. Chao, who is married to the Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, quit the job on 7 January, after the Capitol attack.
The House is now debating the George Floyd Justice in Policing ActThe House is now debating the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
The Democrats’ police reform bill passed through Congress last year, but was never taken up by the Republican-led Senate. This time around, the act has the support of the White House, but it is still unlikely to make it through the Senate. Although Democrats have control of the Senate, they don’t have the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster and pass the legislation.The Democrats’ police reform bill passed through Congress last year, but was never taken up by the Republican-led Senate. This time around, the act has the support of the White House, but it is still unlikely to make it through the Senate. Although Democrats have control of the Senate, they don’t have the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster and pass the legislation.
“We are still trying to transform policing in the United States,” said Representative Karen Bass of California. She said she’s “confident that we will be able to have a bipartisan bill in the Senate that will reach President Biden’s desk.”“We are still trying to transform policing in the United States,” said Representative Karen Bass of California. She said she’s “confident that we will be able to have a bipartisan bill in the Senate that will reach President Biden’s desk.”
San Francisco will begin reopening more of its economy amid declining Covid-19 case rates, hospitalizations and deaths.San Francisco will begin reopening more of its economy amid declining Covid-19 case rates, hospitalizations and deaths.
Starting on Wednesday, restaurants can start serving limited indoor dining and movie theaters, gyms and museums can reopen at restricted capacity.Starting on Wednesday, restaurants can start serving limited indoor dining and movie theaters, gyms and museums can reopen at restricted capacity.
“This is the beginning of a great time in San Francisco, you save money not buying those plane tickets to go other places. You can enjoy your city, right here right now,” an upbeat Mayor London Breed said on Tuesday under blue skies from Pier 39, an area popular with tourists in picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf.“This is the beginning of a great time in San Francisco, you save money not buying those plane tickets to go other places. You can enjoy your city, right here right now,” an upbeat Mayor London Breed said on Tuesday under blue skies from Pier 39, an area popular with tourists in picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf.
“I am so proud of San Francisco. Nearly a year after our shelter-in-place order, thanks to our collective actions and commitment to following the health guidelines, we have come through our worst surge since the beginning of the pandemic,” Dr Grant Colfax, the director of the San Francisco department of public health, said in a statement.“I am so proud of San Francisco. Nearly a year after our shelter-in-place order, thanks to our collective actions and commitment to following the health guidelines, we have come through our worst surge since the beginning of the pandemic,” Dr Grant Colfax, the director of the San Francisco department of public health, said in a statement.
San Francisco, with a population of 900,000 before the pandemic, has seen among the lowest number of coronavirus cases and death rates in the country, reporting more than 34,000 cases since the start of the pandemic and 422 deaths.San Francisco, with a population of 900,000 before the pandemic, has seen among the lowest number of coronavirus cases and death rates in the country, reporting more than 34,000 cases since the start of the pandemic and 422 deaths.
The city and its surrounding area were the first to impose a lockdown when the coronavirus struck the US in the spring of last year. Some sectors were allowed to reopen after case rates dropped in the summer, but the city shut down business activity again in early December as the positivity rate surged statewide.The city and its surrounding area were the first to impose a lockdown when the coronavirus struck the US in the spring of last year. Some sectors were allowed to reopen after case rates dropped in the summer, but the city shut down business activity again in early December as the positivity rate surged statewide.
City fiscal analysts say San Franciscans have stayed at home more than people in other California cities and even other equally strict Bay Area counties, with many of the region’s workers, including those in the tech industry, able to shift their work from offices to their homes. The policies contributed to good public health, but stressed the local economy.City fiscal analysts say San Franciscans have stayed at home more than people in other California cities and even other equally strict Bay Area counties, with many of the region’s workers, including those in the tech industry, able to shift their work from offices to their homes. The policies contributed to good public health, but stressed the local economy.
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After an introduction from Nancy Pelosi, Biden thanked her and other congressional Democrats. “Nancy, I love you,” he said.After an introduction from Nancy Pelosi, Biden thanked her and other congressional Democrats. “Nancy, I love you,” he said.
“Congressman Clyburn, I also want to note that was almost exactly a year ago today that you delivered the endorsement to me in South Carolina that meant so much to me in my campaign, you’re a great friend,” he said. Jim Clyburn’s endorsement was pivotal in turning the Democratic primaries in Biden’s favor last year.“Congressman Clyburn, I also want to note that was almost exactly a year ago today that you delivered the endorsement to me in South Carolina that meant so much to me in my campaign, you’re a great friend,” he said. Jim Clyburn’s endorsement was pivotal in turning the Democratic primaries in Biden’s favor last year.
But Biden noted that so much has changed since he was a candidate.But Biden noted that so much has changed since he was a candidate.
“America confirmed fewer than 100 Covid cases,” he said. “Just a year ago, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were still alive. California had yet to suffer what would become the worst fire season in recorded history. And there’d been no violent insurrection on Capitol Hill.”“America confirmed fewer than 100 Covid cases,” he said. “Just a year ago, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were still alive. California had yet to suffer what would become the worst fire season in recorded history. And there’d been no violent insurrection on Capitol Hill.”
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has endorsed Shalanda Young to become the new nominee for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director after Neera Tanden withdrew from consideration.The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has endorsed Shalanda Young to become the new nominee for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director after Neera Tanden withdrew from consideration.
Young is currently set to become deputy director of the OMB, and at her confirmation hearing for the deputy, job received support from some Republicans for the top spot as well.Young is currently set to become deputy director of the OMB, and at her confirmation hearing for the deputy, job received support from some Republicans for the top spot as well.
“You’ll get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Young yesterday.“You’ll get my support, maybe for both jobs,” Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Young yesterday.
“It is our understanding that Shalanda Young has been thoroughly vetted for the position of Deputy Director and has received excellent reviews from both Democratic and Republican members of the Senate,” CBC Chair Joyce Beatty of Ohio, along with eight other members, wrote in the letter to Biden.“It is our understanding that Shalanda Young has been thoroughly vetted for the position of Deputy Director and has received excellent reviews from both Democratic and Republican members of the Senate,” CBC Chair Joyce Beatty of Ohio, along with eight other members, wrote in the letter to Biden.
“Shalanda Young is uniquely qualified to lead OMB and assume the responsibility for developing the President’s budget and supervising the administration of executive branch agencies.”“Shalanda Young is uniquely qualified to lead OMB and assume the responsibility for developing the President’s budget and supervising the administration of executive branch agencies.”
Tanden withdrew yesterday, facing slim chances of winning enough Senate support to be confirmed as director.Tanden withdrew yesterday, facing slim chances of winning enough Senate support to be confirmed as director.
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That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague Maanvi Singh will take over the blog for the next few hours.That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague Maanvi Singh will take over the blog for the next few hours.
Here’s where the day stands so far:Here’s where the day stands so far:
Joe Biden sharply criticized the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi for rescinding their mask mandates, despite public health experts’ concerns about another potential surge in coronavirus cases. “I think it’s a big mistake,” the president said of the governors’ decisions. Noting that the US will have enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of May, Biden said: “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine.”Joe Biden sharply criticized the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi for rescinding their mask mandates, despite public health experts’ concerns about another potential surge in coronavirus cases. “I think it’s a big mistake,” the president said of the governors’ decisions. Noting that the US will have enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of May, Biden said: “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine.”
Andrew Cuomo said he would not resign after three women accused him of sexual harassment. Speaking at a press conference today, the New York governor offered qualified apologies for his behavior and said he would “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s investigation of the allegations.Andrew Cuomo said he would not resign after three women accused him of sexual harassment. Speaking at a press conference today, the New York governor offered qualified apologies for his behavior and said he would “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s investigation of the allegations.
House leaders changed their voting schedule for the week, amid threats of violence against the Capitol tomorrow. The House will now vote on Democrats’ police reform bill tonight, rather than tomorrow. The schedule change came hours after the US Capitol police released a statement saying it had “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4”.House leaders changed their voting schedule for the week, amid threats of violence against the Capitol tomorrow. The House will now vote on Democrats’ police reform bill tonight, rather than tomorrow. The schedule change came hours after the US Capitol police released a statement saying it had “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4”.
The commanding general of the DC national guard said the Pentagon curtailed his ability to rapidly deploy guard troops the day before the 6 January insurrection. The national guard leader, William J Walker, said at a Senate hearing today that it took three hours to receive Pentagon approval to deploy guard troops to the Capitol after the building was breached by insurrectionists.The commanding general of the DC national guard said the Pentagon curtailed his ability to rapidly deploy guard troops the day before the 6 January insurrection. The national guard leader, William J Walker, said at a Senate hearing today that it took three hours to receive Pentagon approval to deploy guard troops to the Capitol after the building was breached by insurrectionists.
Biden has agreed to phase out the direct payments in the coronavirus relief bill at a more rapid rate, according to multiple reports. Moderate Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin have proposed completely phasing out the checks for individuals who make $80,000 a year, rather than $100,000 a year, which was the threshold for the first two rounds of stimulus payments.Biden has agreed to phase out the direct payments in the coronavirus relief bill at a more rapid rate, according to multiple reports. Moderate Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin have proposed completely phasing out the checks for individuals who make $80,000 a year, rather than $100,000 a year, which was the threshold for the first two rounds of stimulus payments.
Maanvi will have more coming up, so stay tuned.Maanvi will have more coming up, so stay tuned.
The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, confirmed the chamber will vote on Democrats’ police reform bill tonight, instead of tomorrow, after the US Capitol police (USCP) warned of a militia’s potential plot to storm the Capitol tomorrow.The House majority leader, Steny Hoyer, confirmed the chamber will vote on Democrats’ police reform bill tonight, instead of tomorrow, after the US Capitol police (USCP) warned of a militia’s potential plot to storm the Capitol tomorrow.
According to Hoyer’s office, the House will reconvene at 6.15pm ET for one hour of debate on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.According to Hoyer’s office, the House will reconvene at 6.15pm ET for one hour of debate on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
The chamber will then vote on that proposal, as well as Democrats’ election reform bill, the For the People Act.The chamber will then vote on that proposal, as well as Democrats’ election reform bill, the For the People Act.
The schedule change comes hours after the USCP released a statement saying it had “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4”.The schedule change comes hours after the USCP released a statement saying it had “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4”.
“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,” the USCP said.“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,” the USCP said.
“Our department is working with our local, state, and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol. We are taking the intelligence seriously.”“Our department is working with our local, state, and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol. We are taking the intelligence seriously.”
House leaders are reportedly discussing the possibility of wrapping up their voting for the week tonight, so members do not have to return to Capitol Hill tomorrow.House leaders are reportedly discussing the possibility of wrapping up their voting for the week tonight, so members do not have to return to Capitol Hill tomorrow.
If House leadership chose to move forward with that schedule, members would have to vote on Democrats’ police reform bill tonight.If House leadership chose to move forward with that schedule, members would have to vote on Democrats’ police reform bill tonight.
The discussions come hours after the US Capitol police released a statement saying it is aware of a militia’s potential attempts to storm the Capitol tomorrow.The discussions come hours after the US Capitol police released a statement saying it is aware of a militia’s potential attempts to storm the Capitol tomorrow.
“We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4,” the USCP said in a statement this morning.“We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4,” the USCP said in a statement this morning.
“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers.”“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers.”
Far-right conspiracy theorists have said 4 March is the true inauguration date, when Donald Trump will be sworn in as the rightful president.Far-right conspiracy theorists have said 4 March is the true inauguration date, when Donald Trump will be sworn in as the rightful president.
That is of course not at all true. Joe Biden fairly won the presidential election and was sworn in on 20 January.That is of course not at all true. Joe Biden fairly won the presidential election and was sworn in on 20 January.
The BBC has issued a correction and apology on its website for airing an interview with a man who claimed to be the US senator Cory Booker but was actually someone impersonating the Democratic politician from New Jersey.The BBC has issued a correction and apology on its website for airing an interview with a man who claimed to be the US senator Cory Booker but was actually someone impersonating the Democratic politician from New Jersey.
The UK’s public broadcasting service said that the interview appeared “to be a deliberate hoax” and that it had reached out with an apology to Booker and “are looking into what went wrong to make sure it doesn’t happen again”.The UK’s public broadcasting service said that the interview appeared “to be a deliberate hoax” and that it had reached out with an apology to Booker and “are looking into what went wrong to make sure it doesn’t happen again”.
The interview was aired on 26 February on the BBC’s Newshour radio program. The BBC said that the interview “has not appeared elsewhere”, and no audio clips or videos are circulating online, though one Twitter user heard the interview on New York’s WNYC public radio station and could tell something was amiss.The interview was aired on 26 February on the BBC’s Newshour radio program. The BBC said that the interview “has not appeared elsewhere”, and no audio clips or videos are circulating online, though one Twitter user heard the interview on New York’s WNYC public radio station and could tell something was amiss.
“Listening to the @bbcworldservice Newshour on @wnyc and trying to figure out how they did an entire interview with someone they introduced as Senator Cory Booker, who I’m pretty sure was definitely not Senator Booker, and didn’t realize it,” wrote Twitter user Amy Eason.“Listening to the @bbcworldservice Newshour on @wnyc and trying to figure out how they did an entire interview with someone they introduced as Senator Cory Booker, who I’m pretty sure was definitely not Senator Booker, and didn’t realize it,” wrote Twitter user Amy Eason.
Republican senators intend to force Senate clerks to read the full text of the coronavirus relief bill aloud, according to CNN.Republican senators intend to force Senate clerks to read the full text of the coronavirus relief bill aloud, according to CNN.
That move alone could delay the beginning of the Senate’s vote-a-rama on the relief bill by up to 10 hours.That move alone could delay the beginning of the Senate’s vote-a-rama on the relief bill by up to 10 hours.
Once the Senate moves on to the vote-a-rama, Republicans intend to introduce many amendments in order to delay the final vote on the legislation.Once the Senate moves on to the vote-a-rama, Republicans intend to introduce many amendments in order to delay the final vote on the legislation.
Republicans have said they will use the amendments to highlight what they view as the most controversial aspects of the relief bill, which they have attacked as a progressive wish list.Republicans have said they will use the amendments to highlight what they view as the most controversial aspects of the relief bill, which they have attacked as a progressive wish list.
Despite Republicans’ delay tactics, the bill is expected to eventually pass the Senate in a mostly (if not entirely) party-line vote.Despite Republicans’ delay tactics, the bill is expected to eventually pass the Senate in a mostly (if not entirely) party-line vote.
The Guardian’s Daniel Strauss reports:The Guardian’s Daniel Strauss reports:
Neera Tanden’s decision to withdraw from consideration to serve as Joe Biden’s budget director marks the first major loss for the still young Biden administration, and sets off a scramble between various political factions to push through a new nominee.Neera Tanden’s decision to withdraw from consideration to serve as Joe Biden’s budget director marks the first major loss for the still young Biden administration, and sets off a scramble between various political factions to push through a new nominee.
Tanden was the first of Biden’s cabinet nominees to fail to make it through the confirmation process. New presidents don’t usually see all of their cabinet picks confirmed.Tanden was the first of Biden’s cabinet nominees to fail to make it through the confirmation process. New presidents don’t usually see all of their cabinet picks confirmed.
But Tanden’s path was always more precarious than the rest. She is well known throughout the Democratic party as a combative figure who often engaged in Twitter fights and criticized both Republicans and Democrats.But Tanden’s path was always more precarious than the rest. She is well known throughout the Democratic party as a combative figure who often engaged in Twitter fights and criticized both Republicans and Democrats.
Republicans at moments seemed to revel in highlighting Tanden’s past tweets. But those senators also expressed eagerness to support one of the potential replacements – Shalanda Young, a veteran Hill staffer who is Black.Republicans at moments seemed to revel in highlighting Tanden’s past tweets. But those senators also expressed eagerness to support one of the potential replacements – Shalanda Young, a veteran Hill staffer who is Black.
“You know I’m going to vote for you,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the ranking Republican on the Senate budget committee, said on Tuesday during Young’s hearing to serve as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. “You’re highly qualified and I’m going to support you,” Graham added before pressing her on immigration policy.“You know I’m going to vote for you,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the ranking Republican on the Senate budget committee, said on Tuesday during Young’s hearing to serve as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. “You’re highly qualified and I’m going to support you,” Graham added before pressing her on immigration policy.
Other names have been floated as possible OMB nominees and the Senate budget committee is now waiting for the White House to pick someone else. The names floated include Sarah Bianchi, a former director of policy for Biden; Gene Sperling, a former director of the council of economic advisers; Ann O’Leary, the former chief of staff to Governor Gavin Newsom of California.Other names have been floated as possible OMB nominees and the Senate budget committee is now waiting for the White House to pick someone else. The names floated include Sarah Bianchi, a former director of policy for Biden; Gene Sperling, a former director of the council of economic advisers; Ann O’Leary, the former chief of staff to Governor Gavin Newsom of California.
Whoever the White House nominates is poised to have an easier confirmation process than Tanden.Whoever the White House nominates is poised to have an easier confirmation process than Tanden.
Joe Biden sharply criticized the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi, who announced yesterday that they are rescinding their mask mandates, despite public health experts’ concerns about another surge in coronavirus cases.Joe Biden sharply criticized the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi, who announced yesterday that they are rescinding their mask mandates, despite public health experts’ concerns about another surge in coronavirus cases.
“I think it’s a big mistake,” the president said of the governors’ announcements.“I think it’s a big mistake,” the president said of the governors’ announcements.
Biden emphasized that scientific evidence shows masks make a crucial difference in limiting the spread of coronavirus.Biden emphasized that scientific evidence shows masks make a crucial difference in limiting the spread of coronavirus.
“We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we are able to get vaccines in people’s arms,” Biden said.“We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we are able to get vaccines in people’s arms,” Biden said.
The president reiterated his announcement yesterday that the US will have enough coronavirus vaccines for all American adults by the end of May.The president reiterated his announcement yesterday that the US will have enough coronavirus vaccines for all American adults by the end of May.
“The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine,” Biden said. “It still matters.”“The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine,” Biden said. “It still matters.”
Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, similarly voiced concern about the governors’ decision during the White House coronavirus response team’s briefing today.Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, similarly voiced concern about the governors’ decision during the White House coronavirus response team’s briefing today.
“We at the CDC have been very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions,” Walensky said. “The next month or two is really pivotal in terms of how this pandemic goes.”“We at the CDC have been very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions,” Walensky said. “The next month or two is really pivotal in terms of how this pandemic goes.”
It’s been a very lively day so far in US political news and there will be a lot more action in the coming hours, so stay tuned. Here are the main events so far today:It’s been a very lively day so far in US political news and there will be a lot more action in the coming hours, so stay tuned. Here are the main events so far today:
New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who became very well known beyond the state for his daily, plain-spoken briefings during the first coronavirus surge, a short while ago faced the press again and gave qualified apologies for behavior that some women have complained amounted to sexual harassment, but said he would not resign.New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who became very well known beyond the state for his daily, plain-spoken briefings during the first coronavirus surge, a short while ago faced the press again and gave qualified apologies for behavior that some women have complained amounted to sexual harassment, but said he would not resign.
Cuomo said he will fully cooperate with the investigation that has been started into his conduct by the New York state attorney general, Letitia James.Cuomo said he will fully cooperate with the investigation that has been started into his conduct by the New York state attorney general, Letitia James.
The leader of the Washington, DC, National Guard, William Walker, told a Senate panel that the Pentagon restricted his ability to call out troops to back up the police at the US Capitol during the insurrection on January 6.The leader of the Washington, DC, National Guard, William Walker, told a Senate panel that the Pentagon restricted his ability to call out troops to back up the police at the US Capitol during the insurrection on January 6.
Joe Biden has reportedly agreed to phase out the $1,400 direct payments in the coronavirus relief package at a more rapid rate then expected.Joe Biden has reportedly agreed to phase out the $1,400 direct payments in the coronavirus relief package at a more rapid rate then expected.
The US Capitol Police says it has obtained intelligence about a militia group potentially attempting to attack the US Capitol tomorrow. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a similar warning around midnight last night, though the House acting sergeant at arms said online extremist chatter around this has quietened down of late.The US Capitol Police says it has obtained intelligence about a militia group potentially attempting to attack the US Capitol tomorrow. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a similar warning around midnight last night, though the House acting sergeant at arms said online extremist chatter around this has quietened down of late.
Cuomo said there were no buts about his qualified apology, but there were plenty of “ifs”.Cuomo said there were no buts about his qualified apology, but there were plenty of “ifs”.
The governor got off on a terrible foot by saying he was sorry “if anyone was offended” – it’s very clear from the public accounts so far from three women who accuse Cuomo of sliming around them that they were offended.The governor got off on a terrible foot by saying he was sorry “if anyone was offended” – it’s very clear from the public accounts so far from three women who accuse Cuomo of sliming around them that they were offended.
He also said he had never touched anyone inappropriately. Which is his take on that word, when it’s very clear from the most recent photographs, at least, that he has touched someone a fraction of his age, with little of his power, inappropriately.He also said he had never touched anyone inappropriately. Which is his take on that word, when it’s very clear from the most recent photographs, at least, that he has touched someone a fraction of his age, with little of his power, inappropriately.
When asked if he had been given the standard anti-sexual harassment training that his public employee colleagues receive, he said, in a word, “yes”.When asked if he had been given the standard anti-sexual harassment training that his public employee colleagues receive, he said, in a word, “yes”.
And Cuomo said: “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone uncomfortable.” Which, in a no-win situation, sounds better than I knew/had a pretty good idea, but I just behaved like a power oaf and bullied onwards.And Cuomo said: “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone uncomfortable.” Which, in a no-win situation, sounds better than I knew/had a pretty good idea, but I just behaved like a power oaf and bullied onwards.
And it’s interesting that the second woman publicly to accuse Cuomo, Charlotte Bennett, submitted detailed complaints to senior staff at the New York seat of government in Albany, upstate, about the governor’s conduct.And it’s interesting that the second woman publicly to accuse Cuomo, Charlotte Bennett, submitted detailed complaints to senior staff at the New York seat of government in Albany, upstate, about the governor’s conduct.
The New York attorney general, Letitia James, is investigating the allegations against Cuomo.The New York attorney general, Letitia James, is investigating the allegations against Cuomo.
Asked what his message is to New Yorkers, Andrew Cuomo said he was “embarrassed” that his behavior had such a negative impact on one of his aides. He did not appear to address the allegations from two other women.Asked what his message is to New Yorkers, Andrew Cuomo said he was “embarrassed” that his behavior had such a negative impact on one of his aides. He did not appear to address the allegations from two other women.
The governor said he was not caveating his apology in any way. “There’s no ‘buts.’ I’m sorry,” Cuomo said.The governor said he was not caveating his apology in any way. “There’s no ‘buts.’ I’m sorry,” Cuomo said.
But the governor did attempt to qualify his apology multiple times by emphasizing he did not intend to hurt or offend anyone through his actions.But the governor did attempt to qualify his apology multiple times by emphasizing he did not intend to hurt or offend anyone through his actions.
Andrew Cuomo made clear that he would not resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.Andrew Cuomo made clear that he would not resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“I’m not going to resign,” the New York governor said at his press conference. “I’m going to do the job the people of the state elected me to do.”“I’m not going to resign,” the New York governor said at his press conference. “I’m going to do the job the people of the state elected me to do.”
A number of lawmakers of both parties have called on the Democratic governor to resign as the state attorney general investigates the allegations against him.A number of lawmakers of both parties have called on the Democratic governor to resign as the state attorney general investigates the allegations against him.
“I do not believe I have ever done anything in my public career that I am ashamed of,” Cuomo said.“I do not believe I have ever done anything in my public career that I am ashamed of,” Cuomo said.