ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday hailed “the best news of all” as the daily coronavirus death toll dropped to a new low of 32, the lowest since the virus hit the state in March.COVID-19 hospitalizations also reached a new low of 1,734, with positive test rates stable at 1.8% in New York City — a positive sign, the governor said.“We have tamed the beast,” Cuomo said. “We are now 180 degrees on the other side.”Even as Cuomo gave the green light for some upstate regions to move into Stage 3 of reopening, he warned New Yorkers against dropping their guard.Nearly half the states are exp...
Trump documents may not reveal as much as expected: 'This was not a White House that operated in a normal fashion'
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Donald Trump's efforts to block the National Archives from turning over his White House documents, but one reporter who covered that administration tried to lower expectations about what those could reveal.
New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt appeared Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he cautioned against getting too excited about the documents -- which would include everything from handwritten notes, email messages, drafts of speeches and meeting logs -- that will be turned over to the House select committee because he's not too sure there's all that many of them.
"The one thing that I've often sort of cautioned in talking to folks about those documents is that assumes this White House was operating in sort of a normal way, in a way that they were taking a lot of notes and they were sort of keeping track of things," Schmidt said. "This was not a typical White House in that sense. [Jan. 6] is certainly not a typical day, so I sometimes wonder how helpful those documents will be because this was not a White House that operated in a normal fashion."
"The president did not have a schedule on most days in the way a normal White House would," he added. "The president would saunter down to the Oval Office between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning and sort of begin talking and begin his day."
No matter what the documents show, the House select committee has two options once they receive them from the National Archives.
"What does the committee do with the documents?" Schmidt said. "Do they hold on to them and use them as investigative leads and then maybe publish parts of them as they put out a report, or does the committee release sections of the documents in the coming days? So that's what we're waiting on."
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Former White House Chief of Staff Mark attended "secret meetings" Donald Trump held in the private residence of the White House, a top former aide said Friday on CNN.
Stephanie Grisham is uniquely positioned to understand the dynamics between the two halves of the White House during the Trump administration. When she served as White House press secretary and communications director, she worked in the West Wing under the chief of staff. But she then became chief of staff to First Lady Melania Trump, who has traditionally directed the East Wing, which is the White House's private residence.
Grisham explained her experience during an interview with CNN's Kasie Hunt.
"I would say that in my role as chief of staff — just kind for background for you guys for your viewers — I was always told about any meetings that were going to happen in the residence, mostly so I could give Mrs. Trump a heads-up that there would be people in her home," she explained. ""There were meetings taking place up there. I don't have visibility into what was discussed and all of the people who were there, but I can say that you know, Mark Meadows would have been there, as well as the legal team that was working on all of the bonkers little plans that you were actually talking about right before this segment."
She also said Melania Trump may have attended the meetings.
"She may or may not have been sitting in," Grisham said. "She was known for popping into meetings, so she probably knew what was going on as well."
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'Stop f-ing around': Kevin McCarthy lashes out at GOP members trying to extort him over speakership vote
On Friday, CNN reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has lost his patience with Republican House members demanding he appease them in return for electing him speaker down the line — and issued a threat to these members in a December meeting.
"The House Republican leader cast off his typically sunny demeanor during a December 8 meeting of the GOP conference to deliver a stern warning to his most raucous members: Quit trying to hold your vote for speaker over my head," reported Michael Warren and Melanie Zanona. "'He said, 'If any of you come to me and tell me that you're not going to vote for me unless I do something, I'm going to do exactly the opposite, even if I agree with you,'' said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who was there at the time. A second Republican member told CNN McCarthy punctuated his threat with, 'I mean it.'"
Another unnamed GOP member put McCarthy's message bluntly: "He shifted from friendly mode to 'stop f***ing around and hurting the conference' mode."
Republicans are widely considered to be favorites to win control of the House in 2022, given Democrats' slim majority and the historical trend of the opposition party making gains in midterm years. However, analysts have observed McCarthy struggling to hold together his caucus, which could be an issue for his party accomplishing anything as a majority.
In particular, the far-right members of the caucus have been making demands of McCarthy in order to support him for speaker. Particularly prominent is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who told McCarthy to kick Trump-skeptic Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) out of the caucus and strip moderate Rep. John Katko (R-NY) of his Homeland Security committee leadership — although much of this is now a moot point given Kinzinger and Katko are both retiring.
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