NEW YORK — Lindsey Boylan’s accusation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her appears to have had an unintended consequence. Her communications consultant has left Boylan’s campaign for Manhattan borough president, and, according to a source, Boylan’s handling of the accusations against Cuomo was “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” Boylan took to Twitter last week to blast the governor, tweeting last Sunday that Cuomo “sexually harassed me for years.” “Many saw it, and watched,” she wrote at the time. “I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was...
Joe Biden's focus on bipartisanship over public policy outcomes could be leading him into a trap.
"Senate Republicans are mulling support for a massive amount of new spending on infrastructure — in part because they think it'll help kill President Joe Biden's liberal agenda," Politico reported Monday. "Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to tip his hand on whether he supports the bipartisan negotiations on Biden's plan for roads and bridges that are being led by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Rob Portman (R-OH). But a growing number of Senate Republicans are betting that if a deal is reached on that sort of physical infrastructure, Democrats won't have the votes needed to pass the rest of Biden's 'soft infrastructure' priorities, such as child care and clean energy."
"Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) surmised Monday that if a bipartisan package comes to fruition, the only remaining ways for Democrats to pay for a second bill on social spending programs are tax increases — too toxic to pursue. Democrats can pass a spending bill with only Democratic votes, but they need all 50 of their members to be on board," Politico has explained.
Democrats failing to deliver could damper enthusiasm for the party during the 2022 midterm elections.
"What's at stake is perhaps trillions of dollars in spending sought by Democrats to provide paid family leave, raise taxes on corporations and act on climate change. Those policies are more likely to fall by the wayside because, though there's bipartisan hope for physical infrastructure, Democrats' more progressive priorities have no chance of attracting GOP support," Politico reported. "Progressives for weeks have urged Democrats to move swiftly and ditch Republicans in the hopes of getting the most ambitious package possible. A spokesperson for Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) confirmed he'd oppose a bipartisan package, increasing the number of Republicans needed to sign on. But as of now, it's not clear that Biden's party has the votes to proceed along party lines while sidestepping a filibuster through the so-called budget reconciliation process, regardless of what it includes."
Read the full report.
On Monday, Charlie Kirk, the founder of the pro-Trump Turning Point USA student group, tore into Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) over Arizona State University requiring vaccines for students, calling the measure "unconstitutional."
"Why is the Republican Governor of Arizona allowing @ASU — the largest university in his state — to unconstitutionally mandate vaccines for college students?" tweeted Kirk. "This is a brazen attack on liberty and a dangerously anti-scientific position for a university to take Unacceptable."
Why is the Republican Governor of Arizona allowing @ASU—the largest university in his state—to unconstitutionally m… https://t.co/MkeDthA3qk— Charlie Kirk (@Charlie Kirk) 1623711192.0
Kirk did not bother to specify how the vaccine requirement is either "unconstitutional" or "anti-scientific." Indeed, a Supreme Court ruling as far back as 1905 gives states and state agencies authority to require vaccines, and Arizona State has had other vaccine requirements for years, including one for measles.
This comes days after Kirk garnered national controversy for claiming that home deliveries of cannabis are "actually slavery."
Republican gives ‘clinic’ on political posturing while defending controversial Arizona audit: report
On Monday, Arizona Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Mark Brnovich fired off an angry letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland for his criticism of the Arizona election "audit," calling the DOJ's position against the effort "hysterical," and saying he is "not amused by DOJ posturing."
The letter invited immediate scorn from local Arizona reporter Brahm Resnik, who noted that ironically, the entire letter "gives a posturing clinic."
Arizona AG & US Senate candidate Mark Brnovich gives a posturing clinic while telling US AG he's 'not amused by DOJ… https://t.co/hx6Mflb1sm— Brahm Resnik (@Brahm Resnik) 1623712223.0
Brnovich, who hopes to challenge Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in 2022, has tried to walk a difficult line in handling the election issue, as he has also invited attacks from former President Donald Trump for not sufficiently defending the GOP's conspiracy theories in Arizona. Trump has claimed "lackluster" Brnovich hasn't mentioned the "Rigged and Stolen" election and is "always on television promoting himself."
The Arizona audit, conducted by a pro-Trump cybersecurity firm from Florida, has triggered widespread mockery and criticism for pursuing a number of crackpot ideas, including hunting for bamboo fibers in ballots to prove they were faked in Asia. Even some longtime supporters of Trump have blasted the audit as a "clown show."
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month