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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants Cuomo Administration Investigated Over Nursing Home Deaths

Source: Newsweek

Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced on Friday that she was joining several other Democrats in the state in calling for a full investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, Ocasio-Cortez wrote, "I support our state's return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration's handling of nursing homes during COVID-19."

"Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic," the statement continued. "Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor's remarks warrant a full investigation."

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, several other New York lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have also called for an investigation into Cuomo's handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-wants-cuomo-administration-investigated-over-nursing-home-deaths-1570636

Cuomo said 'he can destroy me': NY assemblyman alleges governor threatened him over nursing homes

Source: CNN

(CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pleading with lawmakers for support and even threatening political retribution against Democrats who have criticized him in an aggressive effort to contain political fallout from revelations that his administration had concealed the full extent of nursing home-related deaths during the Covid pandemic.

Describing an alleged exchange with the governor that has not been previously reported, Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim told CNN that he received a call on his cell phone from the governor last week as he was bathing his children at home.

"Gov. Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa [DeRosa] and what she said. He tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience," Kim said. Cuomo proceeded to tell the assemblyman that "we're in this business together and we don't cross certain lines and he said I hadn't seen his wrath and that he can destroy me," according to Kim.

Cuomo's adviser denied that the governor threatened to destroy Kim.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/politics/cuomo-ron-kim-nursing-home/index.html

White House deputy press secretary resigns after threatening reporter over story about him

Source: CNN

(CNN)White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo, who threatened a reporter who asked about his relationship with another reporter, has resigned said his boss, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Saturday night.

"We accepted the resignation of TJ Ducklo after a discussion with him this evening. This conversation occurred with the support of the White House Chief of Staff," Psaki said in a statement.

Ducklo released a statement on Twitter saying, in part, "I know this was terrible. I know I can't take it back. But I also know I can learn from it and do better."

Ducklo was suspended Friday for one week without pay after Vanity Fair story published earlier that day a reporter from Politico was working on an article about his romantic relationship with a reporter from another news outlet.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/02/13/media/tj-ducklo-resigns/index.html

New report reveals massive cover-up in New York nursing home scandal

Source: WTEN-TV

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10/WETM) — According to a report released by the New York Post Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers during a phone call for allegedly withholding the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19.

The report claims Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa said they “froze” out of fear that the true numbers would be “used against them” by federal prosecutors.

“Basically, we froze,” DeRosa told lawmakers on the call. “Because then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying was going to be used against us, while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.”

The Cuomo Administration has been under fire for several months about its handling of nursing homes and the coronavirus pandemic. A January report by the New York Attorney General’s Office found the New York State Department of Health may have undercounted the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%.

Read more: https://www.news10.com/news/ny-news/new-report-reveals-massive-cover-up-in-new-york-nursing-home-scandal/

Matt Yglesias: Trump's gains with Hispanic voters should prompt some progressive rethinking

Election night started with a major underperformance for Democrats in Miami-Dade County that cost Rep. Donna Shalala her House seat and sank Joe Biden’s hope of an early win.

Miami has always been a bit of a city apart in terms of Latino politics in the United States, with a heavily Cuban American population that has a tradition of Republican voting and deep emotional and intellectual investments in the Latin American Cold War.

But while Cuba-specific issues are tactically central to electoral battles in Florida, the fact is that even before all the results are in, it’s clear Biden’s weakness with Latino voters was broader than that. In South Florida, Biden lost ground with a diverse Hispanic population that includes many families from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, or Colombia, as well as Cuba broadly.

More to the point, Democrats turned in extremely disappointing performances in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, even in the context of a large overall improvement in the state. Trump actually won Zapata County, for example, a small border jurisdiction that’s 84 percent Hispanic and which Hillary Clinton won by 30 points in 2016.

more: https://www.vox.com/2020/11/5/21548677/trump-hispanic-vote-latinx

CNN Projection: Biden wins Wisconsin

Source: CNN

oe Biden will win Wisconsin, CNN projects.

There are 10 electoral votes at stake in Wisconsin. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the 2020 presidential election.

Who won in 2016: President Trump carried the state and won the general election.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/election-results-and-news-11-04-20/index.html

Thanks a lot protesters


Postal Service Worker Charged With Dumping Over 100 Absentee Ballots

Source: Newsweek

A Postal Service worker accused of dumping more than 100 absentee ballots has been charged for willfully obstructing the passage of mail.

DeShawn Bojgere, 30, of Louisville, Kentucky, has been charged with the delay or destruction of mail after approximately 111 ballots from the Jefferson County Clerk's Office which had been being sent to voters to be filled out were found in a construction dumpster on Galene Drive.

According to the criminal complaint, Bojgere discarded the large quantity of mail some time between October 5 and October 15. The dumped mail also included 69 mixed class pieces of flat rate mail, 320 second class pieces of mail, and two national election campaign fliers from a political party in Florida.

All the mail was from a single route from one scheduled delivery day.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/kentucky-postal-service-ballot-dumping-deshawn-bojgere-1542467

Trump announces that Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize relations -- a foreign policy achievement for the incumbent president less than two weeks before the US presidential election.

"President @realDonaldTrump has announced that Sudan and Israel have agreed to the normalization of relations— another major step toward building peace in the Middle East with another nation joining the Abraham Accords," White House spokesperson Judd Deere said on Twitter.

It is unclear if the deal establishes full diplomatic relations between the two nations.

His announcement came shortly after the White House said he had informed Congress of his intent to remove Sudan from the state sponsor of terrorism list. The rescission of the 27-year old designation was widely seen as being tied to the deal with Israel, despite Khartoum's desire to keep the issues separate.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/23/politics/trump-sudan-israel/index.html

Florida reports 5,557 new COVID-19 cases, most in over two months


Florida health officials on Thursday reported 5,557 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest results, an indication that new cases appear to be trending higher.

It’s the most infections on a daily coronavirus report since the state tallied 6,352 cases on Aug. 15.

The seven-day average number of new cases in the state was below 3,000 from Sept. 8 to Oct. 13. Since then, there have been five days over that level. Public health experts recently have expressed concern that Florida could be at risk of a new wave of infections, as much of the nation is experiencing.

Including Thursday’s results, the state Department of Health says at least 768,091 people have tested positive for the highly contagious disease since the start of the pandemic.

Read more: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-florida-coronavirus-deaths-cases-thursday-october-22-20201022-ensbrnh4nbgqdesenfzjew6l64-story.html
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