A Ferrari is surely a wonderful sports car, but let's be honest: Most of us couldn't afford the day-to-day maintenance, let alone the sticker price, and these beautiful creatures are hard to drive on America's pothole-plagued streets, and a massive pain in the butt to repair when they break down. So you can imagine the raised eyebrows earlier this year when a top U.S. Air Force general compared the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet — decades and hundreds of billions of dollars into a lifetime that will cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion — to that Italian dream machine. "I want to moderate how mu...
Lauded nationwide last year for his no-nonsense coronavirus briefings, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was clinging to his political life Wednesday as prosecutors opened criminal inquiries into sexual harassment allegations against the powerful Democrat.
As Donald Trump sowed chaos last spring, Cuomo's televised pandemic press conferences comforted Americans and even led to clamor for a presidential run, but the 63-year-old now finds himself a political pariah.
New York state assembly Democrats are poised to complete an impeachment inquiry soon while four district attorneys are pursuing criminal investigations after Tuesday's bombshell report found Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women.
"If you assault a woman, you do something against her will sexually, that's criminal. I think he should be charged," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, told CBS on Wednesday.
The investigation concluded that Cuomo engaged in "unwelcome and non-consensual touching and making numerous comments of a suggestive sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women."
It detailed allegations by 11 women that painted "a picture of a pattern of abusive behavior by Cuomo and his senior staff," said state Attorney General Letitia James said, announcing the findings.
The three-term governor came out fighting. He said he'd never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances and suggested he would not step down in a pre-recorded statement.
But pressure continued to build on Cuomo Wednesday as prosecutors in Manhattan, Westchester, and Long Island joined those in Albany in opening a criminal inquiry and requesting documents from James's investigation, which was only civil in nature.
The Westchester case relates to an allegation that Cuomo inappropriately touched a state trooper assigned to his protective detail on her stomach and hip.
"I can see a several counts of forcible touching and possibly sexual abuse -- all misdemeanors," Julie Rendelman, a former Brooklyn prosecutor, told AFP.
Cuomo has politics in his blood -- his father Mario Cuomo served three terms as the Democratic governor of New York state between 1983 and 1994 -- and is unlikely to go quietly.
He has long been part of the Democratic Party's moderate establishment: in 1990, Cuomo married Kerry Kennedy -- daughter of the late US Attorney General Robert Kennedy. They divorced 15 years later.
Cuomo received praise for pushing through the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York in 2011 and for raising the state's minimum wage to $15 in December 2019.
But he has increasingly clashed with left-wing progressives in the party in recent years who have long accused him of governing with hectoring, bulldog-like tactics.
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Allies, including President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York City's likely next mayor, Eric Adams, quickly deserted him following the explosive report.
And on Wednesday The New York Times editorial board called on him to quit.
"He wants to survive because the only thing that matters to Andrew Cuomo is being governor of New York," Lincoln Mitchell, a politics expert at Columbia University, told AFP.
"But he's going to have a tough time when the President of the United States, who is the leader of your party, says that he should no longer be in office."
After Cuomo made it clear he had no plans to step down voluntarily, the Democratic speaker of New York's state assembly, Carl Heastie, said an impeachment investigation would be concluded "as quickly as possible."
"He can no longer remain in office," Heastie said.
If the lower house assembly approves impeachment articles, which now seems all but certain, Cuomo would become the first New York governor to be impeached in more than a century.
Cuomo would likely have to temporarily step down as members of the senate and several judges preside over the trial. At least two thirds of jurors must vote to convict to permanently remove him from office.
Although he has not officially announced a run, Cuomo is believed to covet a fourth term as governor, to surpass his father.
The FBI identified Wednesday the attacker who killed a police officer on a bus platform at the Pentagon and forced the US Defense Department into lockdown, but gave no motive for the attack.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said 27-year-old Georgia native Austin William Lanz got off a bus on Tuesday morning and "immediately, without provocation" stabbed Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer George Gonzalez with a knife, just yards (meters) from entrance of the highly secure military headquarters.
"A struggle ensued, in which the subject mortally wounded Officer Gonzalez and then shot himself with the officer's service weapon," the FBI said in a statement.
Other officers then got involved, and Lanz died at the scene, the FBI said. It did not say if the officers also shot Lanz, but witnesses said there was a volley of gunfire in the incident.
Gonzalez was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.
A bystander was also injured but taken to hospital with minor injuries and later released, the FBI said.
No motive was suggested for the attack. Lanz, of Acworth, Georgia, had a long list of arrests according to local Georgia news reports citing court records.
He had been charged with attacking a police officer, making terroristic threats and burglary, among other offenses.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he was out on bail and had been ordered by a judge to be evaluated for mental health and substance abuse.
The attack forced a full lockdown of the Pentagon and its thousands of workers for 90 minutes.
Gonzalez was mourned by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who was not in the building at the time of the attack.
"This fallen officer died in the line of duty, helping protect the tens of thousands of people who work in -- and who visit -- the Pentagon on a daily basis," Austin said in a statement.
"He and his fellow officers are members of the Pentagon family, and known to us all as professional, skilled and brave."
'Did Nazi this coming': Trump brutally mocked over plan to issue membership cards to loyal supporters
Social media users erupted in horror and mockery on Thursday morning after former president Donald Trump's PAC revealed in an email that it plans to issue official "Trump cards" that MAGA supporters can carry to show their loyalty to their "dear leader."
"We're about to launch our Official Trump Cards, which will be reserved for President Trump's STRONGEST supporters," the PAC wrote in the email, asking supporters to vote for their favorite of four proposed designs.
Those who voted by clicking on one of the four proposed designs were, naturally, redirected to a fundraising page.
"We recently met with the President in his Florida office and showed him four designs," the email continued. "Originally we were planning on releasing just one design, but when President Trump saw the cards on his desk, he said, 'These are BEAUTIFUL. We should let the American People decide - they ALWAYS know best!'" the email said.
All four of the designs say "Official Trump card" and bear the logo of his Save America PAC. They include the former president's signature above text saying, "Authorized by president Donald Trump," as well as a place for the name of the "member," along with an ID number and the date when their membership began.
On Twitter, several users pointed out that the eagle on one of the designs bares an eery resemblance to the Reichsadler or "imperial eagle," which was combined with a swastika in the official German national emblem adopted by by Adolf Hitler.
The Trump Cards look a bit to similar to something else... https://t.co/JAqrrw54Oq— 💙🦅 Anis Jerbi 🦅💙 (@💙🦅 Anis Jerbi 🦅💙) 1628156494.0
I mean, Trump Cards look exactly how you’d expect them to look https://t.co/M8KUahhvxP— commentarian (@commentarian) 1628145564.0
Trump cards are the Nazi crest in distinctly Russian red and gold https://t.co/yoEXo7GWvE— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉) 1628157675.0
The Mark of the Fleeced https://t.co/S0oO86eYjf— Zachery "Cormac McCarthy" Tyson (@Zachery "Cormac McCarthy" Tyson) 1628155300.0
Benefits of the Trump Card: Premium Boarding at Trump Shuttle * VIP Box Seating at New Jersey Generals home games… https://t.co/V0fwOz6VKg— Tomi Ahonen Carries The Moron Level Trump Card (@Tomi Ahonen Carries The Moron Level Trump Card) 1628153853.0
So basically it's an antivax passport? Donald Trump wants his supporters to carry 'Trump Cards' https://t.co/8p6euBcS1w— "Doc" Chris Mueller (@"Doc" Chris Mueller) 1628154017.0
The SLIGHT irony here. Just slight.. RT @StirShaken Don’t want to carry ‘proof of vaccine’ cards, but now Donald T… https://t.co/G7xWVFGo8y— Tomi Ahonen Carries The Moron Level Trump Card (@Tomi Ahonen Carries The Moron Level Trump Card) 1628149200.0
All them Trump cards are gonna decline. 😂 https://t.co/SYFaRun4BK— Black Lives Matter 🇺🇸 (@Black Lives Matter 🇺🇸) 1628158823.0
Honestly, I think these Official #WeLost Trump Cards aren't a bad idea. It could help with acceptance. #TRUMPCARD… https://t.co/Vskvoo0YsU— Producer Dad (@Producer Dad) 1628142585.0
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