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Third woman accuses Governor Cuomo of harassment as state AG officially launches investigation
"New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment and there are growing calls for him to resign. New York's attorney general has been empowered to launch an independent investigation if more women come forth in the days ahead. It may be game over. CBS News political analyst Leonard Stein Horns says Cuomo has faced criticism before sexual harassment goes far beyond this and takes his reputation to a completely new level. Homo has acknowledged some of his behavior may have been insensitive and misinterpreted. Steve
Second former Cuomo aide makes sexual harassment accusation
"Another bombshell involving new york governor andrew cuomo a second former aide has accused him of sexual harassment the democrat and is both allegations and is calling for an independent investigation as he faces increased scrutiny from both republicans and democrats congresswoman stefanik. Released a statement. Also saying cuomo is a criminal sexual predator and must resign immediately and her yang called cuomo out as well saying there needs to be an aggressive independent investigation
Surgeon General nominee plans to tackle mistrust in science along with taming the pandemic
"Is calling on his pick for surgeon general to do more than just focus on the mental health impacts of this pandemic. Mr Biden wants Dr Vivek Murthy to restore the public's trust in science and medicine. CBS has medical correspondent. Dr Terror New Roula says he's ready to push back if need be. Are you prepared to disagree with President Biden? If necessary? He always says, Challenge me. Tell me the truth, Even if I don't like it. Why should Americans trust you to do this job for us? So I think my job is to number one to be open, honest with people to bring them the right information to show up. First of all, and to listen.
House Democrats charge ahead with bills likely to stall Senate
"Poised to advance a sweeping election reform bill through the house, the Democratic led house passed before the people at last Congress, it's told in the Senate Democrat They're bringing it up again this week, a measure that would require early voting windows, expand voter registration access and require future presidents to disclose their tax returns. A response the former president Trump's refusal to follow that tradition. Republicans opposed the measure. They describe it as a Democrat Political Protection Act that would shift control of elections from states to the federal government. Prospects in the Senate do remain uncertain without Republican support to overcome a 60 vote filibuster threshold.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment By 2nd Former Aide
"Another. Denial from new york's governor as a second former aid accuses him of sexual harassment. She spoke to the new york times. Charlotte bennet claims andrew. Cuomo asked her questions about our sex life and if she ever had sex with older men and quote a twenty five year old former aides at the sixty three year old made the comments back in june and his office but said the governor never physically touched her thoughts ashley straw meyer new york congresswoman. Least a phonic call. The governor are predator new york city. Mayoral candidate andrew yang called for an aggressive
Americans need recurring stimulus payments, senators tell Biden
"There was talk about several high level Democrat senators. Are pressuring Joe Biden for recurring payments. After the $1400 it comes out recurrent. That means ongoing payments just for being alive. My dad must have misled me because he said, What do you think people just gonna pay you for just being alive. I like. Apparently they are pop. I guess I don't really know the particulars on that or how long they're talking about recurring payments, but That's the universal basic income concept. It's not the same thing, but the same concept is to just hand people money. Because that's fun. It's just fun to get money, and then you get to spend it. And is it a dis? Does it Disincentivize people from going to work? I I don't know. I don't know how much You know people are going to need to survive. It's it just depends on it. There's a wide variance, obviously among different households, but we'll see whether or not this is just talk or it's Ah, It's a real plan. But it is
FBI Director, Christopher Wray, Testifies Before The Senate
"As Congress continues to examine the events that led up to the deadly attack on the U. S Capitol building. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Ray about police involvement in riots and in the white supremacist movement, the vast, vast, vast, vast, vast vast majority of the men and women in uniform both in law enforcement and the military. Our brave, selfless, professional, high integrity individuals. But when there are bad apples in the midst, we work with our partners to try to get ahead of it. Federal authorities have arrested numerous off duty police officers and members of the military for taking part in the attack. Several Republicans used today's hearing to question Ray about threats posed by
Biden administration faces challenges at U.S.-Mexico border
"A new development in the ongoing effort to reunite some 500 migrant Children who are separated from their families under the Trump Administration, zero tolerance policy at the US Mexico border. Biden administration will now allow families who were separated the option of being reunited here in the United States. Here's Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas yesterday, stressing the need to undo Previous administration's work. We will dig out of the cruelty of the past administration and we will rebuild our nation's asylum system. And all of our humanitarian programs of which we have been historically so proud. Jacob. Sober off is an NBC and MSNBC correspondent and author of separated inside an American Tragedy, and He's been following this story and joins us now. Welcome to the show, Jacob Good to be back with your time you thanks. Yes. So the most significant part of this effort is that it allows families to be reunited here on U. S soil. Why is this especially important? Well for the very reason that the families left their home country and came to seek asylum in the United States in the first place. Many of them were fleeing danger, persecution of starvation, malnutrition, acute food and security. The list goes on and on and when they made it to the United States of America, the place that represented safety and security and asylum. They were tortured. In the words of physicians for human rights. They were put through government sanctioned child abuse, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was one of the greatest human rights catastrophes of my lifetime, In the words of official who had worked on the reunifications, as he told me directly, And so this is the recourse that all of the advocates and the lawyers that I've been working with these families now for over three years. Have been seeking and it's welcome news. It's not reunification yet, but it's a step in that direction. Let's get to the particulars. How will these reunification efforts actually work? How will families know about these policy changes? Literally door to door knocking and Central America. There's a steering committee in the federal lawsuit that won the reunification of the family's missile versus ice on their going door to door justice in motion the women's Refugee Commission kids in need of defense. This is a group that has been involved in this process for quite some time. But up until this point. The reason there were 611 parents of Children who had been separated, had yet not been contacted That numbers now 400. 99 after 112 of them have been found over the course of the last month. The reason it's been taking so long is because of a lack of willingness from the federal government under the Trump administration to participate in this process, and the Biden administration has now changed that. Okay. I have just under a minute with you. But the C l U and groups like physicians for human rights have applauded these changes. But they're also calling on actors involved in these separations to be held accountable. How How would that happen? I think it's the most critical, remaining unanswered question about the family separation tragedy. I really think that that's you know what it must be called, Um, you know, the president said during the final presidential debate, he believed this was criminal. He said he was gonna launch a thorough investigation of the Justice Department. There's plenty of evidence of who was responsible for this policy. Whether it was Jeff Sessions Stephen Miller, Jean Hamilton, Kristine Nielsen. Kirsten Yes, Excuse me. That list goes on and on as well. It's a matter of whether they whether or not they want to pursue an investigation, like the president said that they would Jacob will have to have you on again. Jacobs Oberoth is NBC's correspondent and author of separated Inside an American Tragedy. Thanks for joining us, Thanks.
Elizabeth Warren unveils proposal to tax "ultra-millionaires"
"Elizabeth Warren wants to see a wealth tax on the richest Americans. We have watched the wealth of the billionaire class in America increase by more than a trillion dollars over the last year, a two cent wealth tax were just help level the playing field Ultra Millionaire Tax Act, as it's being called, would impose a tax on those worth more than $50 million. Warren says it would generate more revenue and opportunity for the country.
Supreme Court to hear Arizona case with major voting rights implications
"Morning is due to hear a major challenge to voting rights. The case before the Supreme Court tests voting rights in Arizona, where Democrats say the court should strike down two laws that target Minority voters. One bars people from voting outside their precincts. The other prevents groups like community activists from collecting, completed mail in ballots and turning them in correspondent Steve
Biden administration facing a ‘challenge’ at Mexico border but not a crisis, DHS chief says
"Holland and Knight Today, the homeland Security secretary sought to push back against the notion that the crisis at the border was spinning out of control. Alley. My New Yorkers said today, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are working around the clock seven days a week to ensure that we do not have a crisis at the border that we manage. The challenge as acute is the challenge is and
California lawmakers reach agreement to return schools to in-person learning
"On a funding package to help reopen schools for in person Learning. Governor Gavin Newsom says $2 billion will go toward grants to incentivize schools to reopen our teachers and our Cafeteria workers are food workers are bus drivers are custodial they want They want the sights and sounds. They want kids back safely in school. Another 4.6 billion will be allocated to help make up for lost learning time that happened during the pandemic and provide flexibility for schools. Governor Newsome says the goal is to bring back transitional kindergarten through second grade students by the end of March. The president and chief
Montana's Governor Says Conceal-Carry Law Bolsters Self-Defense Rights
"Will soon be able to carry concealed firearms on campus without a permit. Yellowstone Public Radio's Kevin traveling reports. Montana State University. Senior Chance kind is on his way out the door of his Bozeman apartment, keys, wallet phone, double checking My knife pens. My pencils Got a Glock has is the case Most times kind is in public. He's carrying a concealed Glock 19 pistol in his jeans. Practically muscle memory for the 22 year old to grab heading out the door. We've interest to get some groceries. Thank you. Yeah, but one place he can't carry a concealed gun, His college campus. At least until June. 1st when the new law goes into effect at state universities, a third generation Montana and from a farm and ranch area kind of grew up around guns. After shopping for groceries, he breaks down in brushes his pistol. Well, looks like we're actually pretty. Clinton's students who carry on campus will need to finish the hunters, education or basic gun safety course. Kind, says he's practice, drawing his pistol in front of his bathroom mirror, something he hasn't had to do for real after carrying for 2.5 years, and I thank God every day for that kind, says his father, a former sheriff's deputy taught him to take care of himself and others to be the first line of defense. In case there's an active shooter situation. For example, you are the hidden protector. You're not looking for a fight. But you're willing to finish it. Montana's new governor, Greg Jean Forte, is a friend to gun rights advocates as the state's first Republican executive and 16 years he's starting to enact long held conservative priorities. The right of the people. Keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. During a bill signing ceremony last week, GM 40 railed against gun control measures recently proposed by President Joe Biden said the new concealed carry law bolster self defense rights. Montana University system, and most Democratic state lawmakers oppose the bill, fearing it could lead to accidents and more students harming themselves on campus. Montana has the nation's third highest suicide rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies have consistently found that suicide risk increases with access to guns. So this is like the main lobby area where a lot of people like Tonto Hang out. Do homework knew our worries MSU freshman and dorm resident Daisy Cory, who's loving her college experience, but just the thought of someone having a gun in the dining hall when I'm just trying to eat a sandwich. Good morning. That's scary. If there's a dispute, she says she won't feel safe next fall. Knowing students may have guns in the library or one of her philosophy class is their signs on the front door that say no nicotine. No tobacco, But you're allowing 18 year olds have guns who are drinking on the weekends and are living with a bunch of people. It's totally crazy to me, Corey says. Hearing about the concealed carry bill unearthed trauma from her childhood in Colorado and age 13. She says she was playing Jenga alone with a friend when he took his own life with a handgun in front of her. Now. Cory says she's considering transferring from MSU. She's hopeful the Montana University system will challenge the new law in court, but Deputy Commissioner Kevin McRae thinks that's unlikely. Instead, he says, the Board of Regents will probably implemented law with an eye toward the 10 states that currently allow students to carry guns on campus. But even the areas that we look to for best practices there are different nuances that Keep this sort of uncharted water and knew. For example, McCrae says, Montana will be the only state to allow 18 year olds to carry guns in dorms for NPR News and Kevin traveling in Helena.
Biden administration will let migrant families separated under Trump reunite in U.S.
"The White House says the detention of migrant Children at the southern U. S border is a result of immigration policies left over from the previous administration. Which had at the time blamed the administration before that. ABC s like jockey says Border agents are apprehending up to 300 unaccompanied migrant Children crossing each day. The homeland Security secretary denies it's a crisis. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing. Critics say the Biden administration is housing migrant Children in the same tent cities Democrats criticized during the Trump administration, with White House fighting back, saying it's trying to reunite the kids with their families. It takes time. Build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before US established, more migrants are flocking to the U. S because of the Trump administration policies being rolled back, but also because of recent hurricanes that devastated parts of Central America.
Biden administration will let migrant families, separated under Trump, reunite in U.S.
"Is also tonight from the. Us mexico border the biden administration. Now saying the more than five hundred families still separated by the trump administration's zero tolerance policy could be allowed to reunite into us if they choose and potentially stay here in the us meantime the number of unaccompanied minors growing tonight. Questions about new tense going up. Here's our chief. National correspondent backup from the border tonight for tens of thousands of asylum seekers like or mania cradling. The hope that two years in these transit camps might soon end tonight a promise from the biden administration we are operating under a broken immigration system. And we need to fix it. A massive hall of the trump era immigration policy the administration tonight taking aim at perhaps the most controversial part the separation appearance from their children at the border homeland. Security chief hundred york is saying the five hundred six families that remain separated by policy critics labeled a human rights violation would be allowed to reunite in the united states or their country of origin.
The Senate Considers Covid-19 Relief This Week
"Senate considers covert relief this week. That's right accounts is the first big legislation of joe biden's presidency. It passed the house this weekend although with no republican support. We have no time to waste if we act now decisively quickly emboli we can finally get ahead of this virus. Democrats want it signed before the latest round unemployment benefits expires in two weeks so now moves to the senate under procedure that would allow it to pass their if necessary with zero republican votes but that procedure does not allow passage of the entire bill which is a higher minimum. Wage is out of it. Npr white house correspondent. Isha roscoe joins us this morning. Hey good morning good morning. What happened to the minimum wage increase. So the bill has been labeled as a budget bill And the reason why democrats went with that is so that they don't need sixty votes to get it passed And so they don't have to worry about a filibuster But the senate parliamentarian says. The minimum wage doesn't count as part of a budget bill. A biden did say. He was disappointed at the parliamentarians ruling. But the white house signalled that it didn't want to go against that ruling of vermont. Vermont senator bernie. Sanders had proposed imposing tax penalties on big companies. That don't raise their minimum wage but our colleague. Susan davis is reporting that senate democrats are abandoning that effort after facing some resistance a stripping out that fifteen dollars minimum wage may actually make the rescue package easier to pass. Given how slim the majority is because some more conservative. Democrats have voiced opposition to that level of hike in the minimum wage of course up progressive democrats have said that raising the minimum wage should be a top priority and that arcane senate rules should not stand in the way okay in any case they are going to stand in the way but the rest of the measure is there one point nine trillion dollars in aid to americans help with covert. How important is this to the president. It's totally an important. Be has really centered. His whole first one hundred days around it. The white house has been pushing hard to get something done What they're stressing that even though it doesn't have republican support in congress polling has found it to be very popular including among republicans. You know biden celebrated the house passage on sunday and urged the senate to act quickly saying if we act quickly and boldly we can finally get ahead of this virus. There is a deadline extended. Federal unemployment benefits expire mid march and senate democrats have pledged to get this done before that so they have two weeks
Senate committee advances Merrick Garland's nomination for attorney general
"Biden's pick for attorney general, the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. The vote was 15 to 7. Garland had been former president Obama's Supreme Court nominee back in 2016. But the vent Republican controlled Senate declined to let his nomination come up for a vote. This time around Garland. He's to be confirmed as attorney general by the full Senate, and a vote could come Later this week,
Cuomo Is Accused of Sexual Harassment by a 2nd Former Aide
"A second former aide as accused governor andrew cuomo of sexual harassment. Now the first woman on wednesday lindsay boylan describes several years of uncomfortable interactions with governor cuomo including an invitation to play strip poker on a government. Airplane cuomo has denied those allegations in an initial response. Also talked about miss bennet now Miss bennet charlotte bennett. She's twenty five year old former aide to cuomo told the new york times that he asked inappropriate. Personal questions told her that he was open to relationships with women in their twenties and she said that he left her feeling like he wanted to sleep with her. He never made any physical advances. She said but she did describe a meeting in his office where he talked about being lonely during the pandemic. He said he can't even hug anyone and then when she said she couldn't how parents he was like. No i mean really hug somebody. And then she also said she was talking to him about her experience as sexual assault survivor. And he seemed fixated the revelation. She also told a friend via text pitches the way he was repeating. You were raped and abused and attacked assaulted and betrayed over and over again. While looking me directly in is with something out of a horror movie she said. I felt like was testing me now. He has denied that he believed he was acting as a mentor and never made advances toward mrs he said nor did i ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate. He also went on to say that things may have been interpreted as unwanted flotation and he apologized for that and he also promised an investigation. I had said he would appoint a former federal judge to lead an inquiry but backtracked after he said after critics pointed out that he had close ties to one of his advisors and then he said he would ask petition. James who was the state attorney. General janet difiore the chief judge of the court of appeals to select an independent and qualified lawyer to review the
Biden offers support to union organizing efforts
"President Biden is offering his support to union organizing efforts as 6000 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama vote on whether to unionize. In a video posted Sunday on Twitter, Biden pointed out his campaign pledge to support union organizing. I have, Long said America wasn't built by Wall Street was built by the middle class and unions built the middle class. Use put power in the hands of workers. They level the playing field. They give you a stronger voice. And he said the decision on whether to unionize is upto workers, not him, not employers.
Biden administration prepares to release report on murder of Jamal Khashoggi
"His administration will make an announcement about future U. S relations with Saudi Arabia. On Monday. A declassified intelligence report officially blamed Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Solomon for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Kiss Show G. CBS is Holly Williams reports. The report says that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal has Shaggy. Shoji was an outspoken critic of the Saudi Arabian regime. President Biden says he told the Crown prince his father, King Salman, that quote the rules are changing way. We're gonna hold them accountable for human rights abuses. It is outrageous. What happened? I showed you went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October, 2018 to pick up documents he needed to get married, but he never made it out alive. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that Kashiwagi Act banning foreigners who threaten or harass reporters and their families. New York Governor
Trump returns to the spotlight with unhinged CPAC speech.
"President. Donald trump on sunday declared himself the dominant figure in the fractured republican party and attacked president joe biden in his first major appearance since leaving the white house nearly six weeks ago. I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we began together for years. Ago is far. From over trump told the conservative political action conference in orlando florida. A civil war has erupted within the republican party with establishment figures like senate minority leader mitch. Mcconnell eager to put trump in the rear view mirror and others like trump ally. Senator lindsey graham believing. The party's future depends on the energy of the pro-trump conservative base. The republican party is united. The only division is between a handful of washington dc establishment political hacks and everybody else all over the country trump said. He also confirmed that he would not be starting a new political party after being chosen by cpac straw poll as the preferred republican candidate for twenty twenty four trump fervor at the four day. Cpac event has been so strong that trump's son donald trump junior declared it t- pack and participants rolled out a golden statue of the former president made in mexico in the short term. He he's making plans to set up a super pac political organization to support candidates who mirror his policies. An advisor said trump speech included attacks against joe biden including on immigration and security along the us border with mexico and the slow reopening of schools closed due to the pandemic. He also claimed his journey was the most successful of any form president despite losing the white house congress and the senate and the popular vote to the democrats
Former President Trump reasserts leadership over the Republican Party at CPAC
"In a return to the political stage, former President Trump criticizing the bite administration and calling for Republican Party unity. White House correspondent Greg Clugston. Speaking at CPAC. Trump described the opening weeks of the Biden administration as disastrous, singling out immigration, energy and LGBT policies. The former president said his conservative movement is far from being over. But he has no plans on starting a third political
Virginia Lawmakers Sign Off On Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
"Another state okays recreational marijuana in a few years after some legislative wrangling, a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, But not until 2024 has gotten final approval. In a Saturday session of Virginia lawmakers, Virginia becomes the first southern state to vote to legalize marijuana, joining 15 other states and Washington D. C. The bill goes to Democratic governor Ralph Northam, who supports legalization three year delay is a compromise after negotiations grew tense between Democrat That's in the House of delegates
CPAC: Trump takes jabs at Biden administration
"Taking a few jabs at the current administration All knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us even imagined just how bad they would be. And how far left they would go. At CPAC in Orlando. He also crushed rumors of starting a new party, saying Republicans have a solid foundation. More vaccines are ready for
New York Gov. Cuomo asks state AG, top judge, to launch harassment probe
"Andrew Cuomo was asking for an independent investigation into two allegations of sexual harassment. NPR's Joel Rose reports the Democratic governors accused of sexually harassing two women who worked for him. The governor's office is asking New York state's attorney general and chief judge to jointly appoint an independent lawyer to investigate allegations of sexual harassment. Initially, Cuomo's office said the probe would be led by a former federal judge, but lawmakers in both parties questioned whether that was a good choice. New York Attorney general Leticia James released her own statement, saying she's ready to oversee the investigation and that it should include subpoena power. The second accuser came forward. In an interview published by The New York Times this weekend. Former Cuomo AID Charlotte Bennett says the governor asked inappropriate questions about her sex life. Cuomo says he did ask personal questions but denies doing anything quote inappropriate. Joel