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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Tides quickly turn on Cuomo | Cuomo addresses allegations with video of him hugging, kissing others | Refuses to resign | How the New York impeachment process works | Bipartisan infrastructure bill slowed with 250+ amendments | ‘Delta-plus’ variant | Florida’s crisis with COVID | National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day deals
In the wake of a damning report showing that New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoEMILY's List announces early endorsement of Hochul Hochul jumps out to early lead in NY governor's primary: poll De Blasio privately says he plans to run for New York governor: report MORE (D) sexually harassed 11 women, he released a video addressing the allegations.
Yes, but: The video shows him hugging and kissing lots of people.
Watch the video:
Via The New York Times’s Katie Glueck, “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, whose meticulously managed public appearances during the pandemic turned him into one of his party’s most celebrated national figures, is confronting an existential threat to his political career following a searing report released Tuesday that said he had sexually harassed 11 women and violated federal and state law.” https://nyti.ms/3jmYdUr
How quickly everything changed: “Over the span of just a few hours, an already-diminished governor lost the support of a cascade of allies and state and national party leaders who had been withholding judgment, throwing his ability to remain in office — much less win a fourth term — into doubt.”
Will Cuomo resign?: He has refused to resign.
President BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE CALLED ON CUOMO TO RESIGN:
“He should resign,” Biden told reporters yesterday. https://cnb.cx/3luZ6Nf
ASSUMING HE DOESN’T RESIGN, WHAT HAPPENS?:
Politico has a helpful explainer on the impeachment process in New York: https://politi.co/3jmH1hN
IF YOU’RE WONDERING HOW ANDREW CUOMO’S BROTHER CHRIS HANDLED HIS SHOW LAST NIGHT:
Here’s the video of CNN’s Chris CuomoChris CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE beginning his show: https://bit.ly/3fsrpbC
Then at the end of Cuomo’s show, he tossed to CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonBiden to take part in CNN town hall in Baltimore George Floyd statue vandalized in NYC's Union Square two days after unveiling Biden's candidness can get him in trouble MORE, who began his show with a segment on Andrew Cuomo — watch: https://bit.ly/3lvq3Az
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LATEST WITH THE EVICTION MORATORIUM
What we call ‘putting a Band-Aid on it’:
Via CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Phil Mattingly, Kevin Liptak, John Harwood and Maggie Fox, “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a fresh stop on certain evictions Tuesday, saying that evicting people could be detrimental to public health and would interfere with efforts to slow the pandemic.” https://cnn.it/3jojflG
Details of the announcement: “The new ban applies to areas of the country with high or substantial transmission of Covid-19 and will last until October 3, according to the announcement.”
Timing: “The new moratorium comes after President Joe Biden and his administration allowed a previous freeze to expire, setting off fury among members of his own party.”
What to know about the extended mortarium: https://cnn.it/3jojflG
‘LAST MINUTE EVICTION BAN EXTENSION FUELS CONFUSION AND IS TOO LATE FOR SOME’:
Via The Washington Post’s Hamza Shaban, Abha Bhattarai and Marissa J. Lang: https://wapo.st/3xuz8Mw
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate action on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill has slowed to a crawl as lawmakers haggle over more than 250 proposed amendments to the legislation.” https://bit.ly/3fveAgA
What to expect with the amendments: “In several instances, senators are holding their colleagues’ amendments hostage by objecting to voting on them unless their own priorities are also guaranteed a vote. But with nearly 300 amendments filed, not everyone is going to get their proposed changes to the legislation on the Senate floor, fueling frustrations among senators on both sides of the aisle.”
Timing this week: “Senators say they expect the bipartisan package to come up for a final series of votes as soon as this weekend. But the timing will depend on whether Republican senators, in particular, feel they’ve been given enough chance to make changes to the legislation.”
Lol, this is spot on: The New Republic’s Grace Segers tweeted, “Schumer swooping in like someone taking your parking spot after you've been signaling for a while.” https://bit.ly/2TRFeIO
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Oh, come on. Go home, Delta and your new ‘Delta-plus’ cousin:
Via The Washington Post’s Jennifer Hassan and Lateshia Beachum, “South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Tuesday that it had recorded at least two cases of the new coronavirus delta-plus variant, which some experts believe to be more transmissible than the original delta variant that was first detected in India.” https://wapo.st/3AaAzS0
What we know about the delta-plus variant: https://wapo.st/3AaAzS0
WHEN WILL DELTA PEAK?:
It’s hard to predict, but it could peak this month. https://bit.ly/3jjudZD
Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood and Julia Manchester, “Florida’s newfound status as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. has thrust the state into crisis mode as officials battle over the best way to curb the outbreak.” https://bit.ly/3yoIeM3
The extent of the crisis: “On Tuesday, Florida hit 11,515 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, marking the third straight day that the state has broken its record. About 2,400 patients are now in intensive care. At the same time, there’s concern among experts that the Sunshine State is still weeks away from hitting its peak. The state now accounts for roughly 1 in 5 new cases nationally.”
TIDBIT — YIKES:
“[More than] 1 out of every 1,900 people in Florida is in a hospital bed right now with COVID.” (Via Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis) https://bit.ly/37hEIaj
THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT PLEASED WITH THE MEDIA’S PANDEMIC COVERAGE:
^And has started lashing out at the media coverage: https://bit.ly/3lz8UWC
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 35,246,546
U.S. death toll: 614,337
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 347 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 681,373 doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
Via The Hill’s Tal Axelrod and Julia Manchester, “In a ruby-red district outside of Columbus, energy lobbyist Mike Carey, who was endorsed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE, defeated a crowded primary field of about a dozen candidates. And in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairwoman Shontel Brown bested progressive firebrand Nina Turner.” https://bit.ly/3fuWdZe
- “Trump scores a decisive victory after Texas setback”
- “GOP figures besides Trump see limited sway”
- “Another show of strength from the Dem establishment”
- “Progressive stars show limited influence”
- “Dem divisions on stark display”
Context and details for each: https://bit.ly/3fuWdZe
Chuck’s new besties:
The Senate is in. The House is out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
10 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.
11:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden meets with Dr. Eric Lander, the President’s Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, to discuss preparing for future pandemics.
12:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes. The Senate's full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3lJsS1d
WHAT TO WATCH:
12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Democrats at odds with Manchin over child tax credit provision MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3lACf3b
10:15 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Senate Homeland Security holds a hearing on domestic terrorism and extremism. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2TSaCXF
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Wow, yes.
To celebrate, here’s a list of chocolate chip cookie deals today: Via Delish: https://bit.ly/3lx3MSL
And because you read this far, here’s a pack of dogs, doing dog things: https://bit.ly/2WVwRNG