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Programming note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Capital Tonight show tomorrow or Friday. There will also be no blog updates – barring really significant news breaking – or memos. Everything will be back to normal Monday. Enjoy the next few days!

Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, apologized after a graphic image of his genitals and a screenshot of a sext he sent circulated online.

The Washington Post published a detailed list of the sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump and names of those corroborating the claims a day after he offered support for Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.

A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

The ethics chief for former President George W. Bush said Trump administration official Kellyanne Conway should be fired for her comments about the Alabama Senate race.

Moore’s communications director, John Rogers, has resigned from the disgraced Senate candidate’s campaign.

Fifty percent of American voters think​ Sen. Al Franken should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct against him, while 46 percent said ​he should be expelled from the Senate, according to a new poll.

Hillary Clinton said in a new interview that she doesn’t know whether she can be friendly with Trump again.

New York may force health insurers to cover three-dimensional mammograms for routine breast cancer screening, even though experts say there’s not enough evidence showing the procedure is better for women than traditional mammograms.

The results of a grand jury investigation into Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove’s handling of the 2016 police shooting death will be revealed at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Uber is already facing legal action and probes from regulators after the company disclosed yesterday that it paid $100,000 to hackers to delete stolen customer data.

The state’s fiscal picture is worsening, and here are five fiscal issues New Yorkers face next year.

Suffolk lawmakers approved a last-minute resolution to borrow $7.8 million to pay off a court-ordered judgment against the county for blocking a private firm from installing solar panels in the parking lot of the Ronkonkoma LIRR station.

The Trump Organization has reached a deal that will allow the company to walk away from its hotel in SoHo, marking the second time this year the Trump name was erased from a hotel development, after a June announcement in Toronto.

Environmental groups are recommending a variety of safety initiatives to further protect the Hudson River, including limiting where barges and tankers can anchor on the Hudson.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

President Donald Trump is in Florida at his Mar-a-lago resort for the holiday.

At 9 a.m., clergy leaders “take a knee” at march “against injustice at LaGuardia Airport fighting for minority inclusion in the procurement of prime contracts,” 94th Street at Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, Queens.

At 10 a.m., Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will join the Zaro family and other community leaders to host the grand opening of the new Zaro’s Family Bakery retail location in Parkchester, 1309 Metropolitan Ave., the Bronx.

Also at 10 a.m., Ruth Hassel Thompson, Cuomo’s special advisor for Policy and Community Affairs at NYS Homes and Community Renewal, distributes Thanksgiving meals at the Hope Soup Kitchen, 50 Washington Ave., New Rochelle.

Also at 10 a.m., Mike Green, acting commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, distributes Thanksgiving meals at the Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo.

At 10:45 a.m., Ramarley Graham’s mother and her supporters hold a press conference following court arguments in a lawsuit against the NYPD for not complying with open records law and concealing information on his killing, 71 Thomas St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., members of progressive advocacy groups will deliver turkeys stuffed with cash to the Trump building on Wall Street, “highlighting how Trump’s tax plan will take massive sums of money from working people to benefit the richest Americans,” 40 Wall St., Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Vincent Bradley, state Liquor Authority chair, distributes Thanksgiving meals at Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 W. Main St., Middletown.

At 11:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and NYC Health Commissioner Mary Travis Bassett will make an announcement about HealingNYC, Montefiore Wellness Center at Port Morris, 804 East 138th St., the Bronx.

Also at 11:30 a.m., Matthew Driscoll, acting NYS Thruway Authority executive director, distributes Thanksgiving meals at Deacon South West Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse.

At noon, Asian Americans for Equality holds its annual Thanksgiving Community Lunch with Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Golden Unicorn, 18 E. Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at noon, Karim Camara, executive director of the state Office of Faith Based Community Development Services, distributes Thanksgiving meals at the Community Church of the Nazarene, 1414 Central Ave., Far Rockaway.

At 5:15 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will deliver remarks at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s balloon inflation, Columbus Avenue and West 77th Street – Southeast Corner, Manhattan.


President Trump, who has himself been accused of – and denied – sexual impropriety – broke with leading Republicans and voiced support for Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers and has seen his campaign’s prospects imperiled.

“He totally denies it,” Trump said of Moore, who has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting another teenager. “He says it didn’t happen.”

A pastor defended Moore, saying the controversial judge, who is accused of pursuing teenage girls as young as 14, was seeking the “purity of a young woman.”

Moore said he is considering legal action against one or more of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, and also the news outlets that have been reporting most aggressively on the story, particularly the Washington Post, which broke the news of his scandal.

SUNY Oswego says it is considering revoking the honorary degree Charlie Rose received in 2014 after the longtime news anchor was accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women.

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King said last night that the accusations of sexual harassment against her former colleague Rose are “still very painful,” but added the network nonetheless had to report on them.

“CBS This Morning” reportedly wants King’s best friend, Oprah Winfrey, to save the day and fill in for Rose.

Trump talked for just over an hour by phone with Russian leader Vladimir Putin about war-torn Syria and a host of other international issues yesterday morning, the White House said.

Three U.S. military service members have been removed from their White House duties after allegedly having improper contact with foreign women during Trump’s Asia tour.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, 88, has dealt with various ethics investigations and a public corruption case that landed his wife in prison during a U.S. House career spanning more than five decades — longer than any other current member. Allegations that he sexually harassed female staff members may be the toughest opponent he has faced yet.

Conyers confirmed the settlement of a wrongful termination complaint in 2015 from a staff member who had accused him of sexual harassment. But he denied that the staff member was fired for refusing to have sex with him.

FCC Chair Ajit Pai followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown with consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation.

Trump issued the traditional Thanksgiving presidential pardon to a turkey named “Drumstick,” saying: “I feel so good about myself,” while laying a hand on the bird after seeking permission to touch it from turkey professionals.

Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, made a relaxed appearance at New York University last night, answering questions about her life in economics and her time at the Fed one day after she announced plans to leave the central bank next year.

Hillary Clinton is touting her memoir’s No. 1 spot on Time magazine’ list of the best 10 nonfiction books of 2017.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio took his fight against the Republican tax plan to Trump Tower, calling the proposal a “scam” at a rally with seniors and local union workers.

As de Blasio railed against the president-to-be in the weeks after November’s election, he was also sending chummy messages to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

Rep. John Katko said he voted “yes” on the House tax reform bill for two basic reasons: “The vast majority of my constituents will receive a tax cut under this plan, and this effort will allow local businesses to invest in Central New York and our workforce.”

For Republicans, the tax bills working their way through Congress are about simplification and putting more money in middle-class pockets. But for New York teachers, bicycle commuters, divorcees, actors and others, it’s more like “death by a thousand cuts.”

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Speaking to reporters before departing today for Mar-a-lago, President Trump said of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s sexual harassment scandal: “we don’t need a liberal Democrat in that seat.”

CBS News and PBS both said that veteran TV anchor Charlie Rose’s contracts with them had been terminated.

On today’s “CBS This Morning” broadcast, Rose’s co-hosts, Diane King and Norah Donnell weighed in about their colleague, denouncing his actions and saying he does not get a pass because of his fame.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre has rescinded an award it planned to give Rose after learning of the allegations of sexual harassment against him.

A leading Democratic lawmaker on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, says the House Ethics Committee should investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Rep. John Conyers, of Michigan, and the committee apparently is heeding that call.

Conyers, the longest-serving current House member, insists that contrary to a BuzzFeed report, he has never settled a sexual-harassment complaint and vehemently denies the allegations lodged against him.

Disney Animation head John Lasseter is taking a leave of absence from Pixar after acknowledging “painful” conversations and unspecified “missteps,” he wrote in a memo to staff.

Sixty percent of American women voters say they’ve experienced sexual harassment, according to a new Q poll, and 69 percent of them say that harassment occurred at work.

What started off for former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg as an effort to provide quick emergency assistance in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where his Bloomberg L.P., co-founder Tom Secunda has a home, has turned into new kind of project for Bloomberg and his key aides, putting them at Ground Zero of efforts to rebuild the tiny U.S. territory.

Former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto was hit with a superseding indictment that includes more than 20 new federal criminal charges involving securities fraud in the issuance of the town’s public offering of hundreds of millions of dollars in securities between 2010 and 2016.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said tens of thousands of New Yorkers may have had their identities stolen in a “massive scheme” during the FCC’s public comment process on net neutrality.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara really isn’t planning to run for elected office, saying: “I don’t think I would enjoy politics in any shape or form.”

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who is mulling a primary challenge to the governor next fall, is taking a wait-and-see approach about the Cuomo administration’s handling of the Sam Hoyt sexual harassment case.

Two months to the day before Dan Loeb accused Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of doing more harm to people of color than the KKK, the billionaire hedge fund manager was scolding Richard Buery, one of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most senior black officials, about his apparent ignorance of the obstacles faced by black children in the city.

When New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore needed someone to lead a task force on the state’s constitution, she turned to a well-connected attorney with more than 40 years of experience. Her husband, Dennis Glazer.

Former Gov. David Paterson is one of at least two dozen current or former state lawmakers to purchase a house, condo or apartment in the Albany area and use their per-diem payments to help cover the costs.

Incoming Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen has filled her first town position — with a new rescue puppy named Luna. “No pay, no benefits, just a lot of love,” she said, adding that the new dog fulfills a campaign pledge she made to her four kids.

An employee of the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities won a workplace retaliation lawsuit against the agency this week that could set a precedent enabling employees to tell the public about problems at facilities such as Sunmount, based in Tupper Lake.

James Milliken, the chancellor of the City University of New York, the largest public urban university system in the country, announced that he would step down at the end of the academic year

A bill adding “Buy American” provisions for bridge and road projects in the state is expected to be signed by Cuomo, who wanted an even tougher provision.
Now Ontario and Quebec officials are not ruling out taking retaliatory trade measures against New York.

The current Niagara Scenic Parkway above Niagara Falls should be replaced with a new road that wouldn’t cut off the City of Niagara Falls from its waterfront, Rep. Brian Higgins said, and NYPA should foot the bill.

As the state has moved to cashless tolling, millions of dollars in MTA bridge and tunnel tolls and fines have gone unpaid, a new audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found, with $11.3 million written off or uncollected from November 2012 through January 2017.

Niagara County officials are optimistic about receiving state funding for construction of a breakwater in Lake Ontario that would protect the low-lying hamlet of Olcott from flooding.

Cuomo Admin Mulls Legal Injection Sites

From the Morning Memo:

As elected officials struggle to address the ongoing opioid crisis, one of the more controversial proposals has been legal injection sites, where addicts would have access to clean needles, medical staff, and a variety of information and services – including treatment options. 

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, a rising star in the Democratic firmament, was the first to float the idea back in 2016, citing evidence from other countries – including Canada – where such sites have existed for years, that these sites have helped reduce the numbers of people abusing heroin, and, more importantly, cut down on overdoses. 

Advocates who endorse this idea say it is merely one tool in what should be a wide variety of approaches to address this crisis. And they note that it’s important to keep people alive long enough for them to hit bottom and decide they want to finally get off drugs. 

Myrick’s idea drew him national attention, but it was widely panned by critics, particularly members of the Senate GOP conference, who basically shut down any possibility of discussing it as part of the state’s efforts to combat opioid abuse. 

Asked about Myrick’s proposal at the time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo basically ducked the question, saying he hadn’t heard about the details of the mayor’s plan and therefore didn’t have an opinion on it. (In case you’re wondering, Ithaca has not yet moved forward with the proposal). 

But Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, seized on the idea, saying she would introduce legislation that would legalize supervised injection facilities in New York.

She noted that the governor accepted the recommendations of his own task force back in 2014 that was formed to propose a plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020, which called for – among many other things – the establishment of legal injection sites.  

Though the governor embraced many of the task force’s recommendations, the legal injection site idea wasn’t among them. 

But that may be changing, according to veteran activist Charles King, the president and CEO of Housing Works, who co-chaired the governor’s task force. 

“I think we’re going to see that move forward, but we’re only going to see that move forward if the governor does as he’s had the courage to do in other instances and simply work around the Legislature and do it through executive order or regulation,” King said during a CapTon interview last night.

“And I know that many people criticize him for doing that,” King continued. “But frankly, when we can’t get the Legislature to focus seriously on public health measures – we couldn’t even get the Senate to allow…for expanded syringe access through the pharmacies.”

“And it’s not the amount of needles that we’re paying for that is the problem, it’s do we have enough distribution sites and are those distribution sites spread? We have counties across the state that don’t have a single place to go where you can get a clean needle.”

King said advocates have been having “good conversations” with both the state Health Department and the second floor about supervised injection sites, which he called “one important step” toward ending the opioid epidemic.

New York would have to move quickly to be the first in the nation to establish these sites, as a handful of cities across the country – including Denver, Colorado, Boston, Massachusetts, San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington – are already exploring the idea. 

Moving in this direction would be in keeping with the leftward lean the governor has steadily taken in recent years as he is widely believed to be mulling a White House bid in 2020. 

Asked about King’s comments on CapTon, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi would neither confirm nor deny that supervised injection sites are being considered by the administration, saying only: 

“We routinely engage with all stake holders and solicit their thoughts as we seek to end this epidemic in New York.”

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

This afternoon, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will participate in the official White House turkey pardon – a Thanksgiving tradition.

The couple will then depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to West Palm Beach, Florida where they will be spending the holiday at Mar-a-Lago.

In the morning, Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a phone call with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. John Faso will participate in a roundtable with members of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to discuss impact of the current tax reform debate on local employers, employees and future job growth, 1 N. Front St., Hudson.

At 11 a.m., tenants, members of the Alliance for Tenant Power and elected officials call on Cuomo to use his discretion to establish an emergency rent freeze for the 26,000 rent controlled units remaining in New York City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 11:30 a.m., animal rights advocates will be on hand as Village of Brookville Mayor Daniel H. Serota and Gary Rogers of the Nassau County SPCA pardon a turkey, Historic Milleridge Inn, 585 N. Broadway, Jericho, Long Island.

At noon, State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball will join the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York to kick off the Christmas season and promote farm-fresh trees grown in the state, Emmerich Farm, 101 Sleepy Valley Rd., Warwick.

At 1:30 p.m., Assemblyman Ron Kim’s 2017 Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway for local residents will occur at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens.

Also at 1:30 p.m., the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence panel discussion on the media coverage intimate partner homicides have received in New York, John Jay College, Manhattan.

At 2 p.m., joined by advocates and seniors who would be adversely impacted by the House GOP tax reform bill, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at a rally opposing the measure, Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., Rep. Adriano Espaillat joins state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, Assemblywoman Carmen De la Rosa and NYC Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez for a Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway in Uptown NY, United Palace, 4140 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., the New York University Stern School of Business hosts the latest installment of the “In Conversation with Mervyn King” series, featuring Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, 44 W. 4th St., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., the New York Immigration Coalition and New York State Immigrant Action Fund host a NYC Council speaker candidates forum, 131 W. 33rd St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., de Blasio and NYC Councilman Peter Koo will participate in a town hall meeting with residents of Downtown Flushing, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill in Flushing, J.H.S. 189 Daniel Carter Beard School/ Flushing International High School, 144-80 Barclay Ave., Queens.


Broadcast giant Charlie Rose was suspended from PBS, CBS and Bloomberg amid allegations that he used fear and intimidation for more than a decade to prey on women he sexually harassed while they worked for him.

Rose, now the subject in the latest chapter of a sexual harassment saga he has helped cover for months, disputed some of the accusations but apologized for his behavior amid a “deeper recognition of the pain” he caused.

Reah Bravo, an intern and then an associate producer for Rose’s PBS show, said she had been the recipient of unwanted sexual advances from the host, and it had taken a “fierce moment of cultural reckoning” for her to “understand these moments for what they were.”

Newly revealed pictures show Sen. Al Franken grabbing self-described feminist Arianna Huffington on her bottom and breasts. The never-before-published images, taken for a magazine in 2000, include a number of frames showing the former “SNL” star grabbing the media mogul’s buttocks as they pose back to back.

The longest-serving member of the House, Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, paid more than $27,000 in 2015 from his taxpayer-funded office budget to settle a complaint from a female staffer who said she was fired after refusing his sexual advances.

A woman making sexual harassment and assault allegations against former Cuomo administration economic official Sam Hoyt stopped speaking with state investigators when she felt the inquiries would not be fair, her lawyer said.

Chris Churchill: “Character is destiny, and Cuomo had a glaring reason to consider Hoyt’s character when the governor appointed the assemblyman from Buffalo to a choice economic-development job in 2011…why was Hoyt given the ESD job in the first place?”

A federal judge permanently blocked Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers.

The U.S. Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit to block AT&T’s $85 billion bid to take over Time Warner — arguing that a merger would result in higher bills for consumers and squelch innovations in technology.

The Trump administration is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.

Trump announced the U.S. is putting North Korea’s “murderous regime” on America’s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang’s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader’s half brother in February.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was merely making a “rhetorical response to a criticism” by LaVar Ball when he tweeted of Ball’s son LiAngelo and two UCLA teammates that he “should have left them in jail” in China.

Whitefish Energy Holdings has halted work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory’s government has not paid crews as part of a contract that led to accusations of overcharging and incompetence and contributed to the resignation of the power company director.

The trial of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions and bribing senior Turkish officials was put off for a week as mystery continues to shroud the proceedings.

Trump is finally making good on a promise to shutter his controversial charitable foundation, but the attorney general of New York says not so fast.

Fox News host and TV judge Jeanine Pirro is heading to court herself after being ticketed for excessive speeding this past weekend in Tioga County.

“I had been driving for hours to visit my ailing 89-year-old mom and didn’t realize how fast I was driving,” Pirro said. “I believe in the rule of law, and I will pay the consequences.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has joined a growing chorus calling on a group of eight breakaway state Senate Democrats to re-unify with the chamber’s mainline Dems.

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President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The U.S. Justice Department is poised to sue to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner, culminating more than a week of sparring over the deal and dealing a major blow to the carrier’s bid to create a media and telecommunications empire.

The next presidential election doesn’t take place till 2020, but many voters are finding a way to let Trump know exactly what they think of him – by slamming him in the wallet.

Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

A second woman has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching, saying he put his hand on her bottom as they posed for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010 – after he had begun his career in the Senate.

Veteran political reporter Glenn Thrush has been suspended from The New York Times pending an investigation into multiple sexual harassment complaints lodged against him by young female journalists during the time he worked for Politico.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the paper called the allegations against Thrush, one of the newspaper’s top reporters covering the Trump administration, “very concerning and not in keeping with the standards and values of The New York Times.”

Trush has blamed his actions in large part on his abuse of alcohol, which he used in reaction to a series of personal and health crises. He said in a statement that has been dry since June 15, has resumed counseling and is in an out-patient treatment program for alcoholism.

During a trip to Israel, former White House communications direction Anthony Scaramucci said that although he has not spoken to Trump in over a month, he talks to members of the president’s inner circle “regularly” and sees himself working for Trump in the future – though likely in a political, not formal policy, capacity.

A Nebraska commission approved an alternative route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state today, removing the last major regulatory obstacle to building the long-delayed $8 billion project.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote an OpEd in opposition to Michael Dourson, Trump’s nominee to serve as assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention.

Go inside the bizarre story of the neighborhood scuffle that left Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with six broken ribs.

State Police say Fox News host and TV judge Jeanine Pirro was clocked driving 119 mph in a 65 mph zone when she was stopped by a trooper at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Town of Nichols in Tioga County.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to Iowa again – not with presidential ambitions, he insists, but as the bearer of a progressive message for Democrats.

De Blasio, who was elected to a second term as mayor earlier this year, will be the featured guest for Progress Iowa’s “holiday party” fundraiser Dec. 19 at the Temple for the Performing Arts in Des Moines.

Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore on more than one occasion cited murderous cult leader Charles Manson’s “family” to argue why gay people shouldn’t be allowed to get married.

As Republicans in Congress try to strike what could be the biggest blow yet to Obamacare – sticking a repeal of the individual mandate into their tax bill – even some on the right are starting to worry the GOP will own the issue going forward. A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll confirms these fears.

In case you’re confused, the Rockefeller Institute has released a handy YouTube video explaining the SALT deduction, and what losing it through tax reform would mean for New Yorkers.

“Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski called on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to stop taking about sexual assault until her husband, former President Bill Clinton, apologizes for his alleged actions.

Trump has turned his sights on BeastMode, (Marshawn Lynch of the Oakland Raiders), blasting the NFL star for sitting during the U.S. national anthem – but standing for the Mexican national anthem – during his game this weekend.

For a second year in a row, the PSC has deeply slashed the amount of renewable energy that utility companies are forced to buy under Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard, casting further doubt on the governor’s goal of having renewables supply 50 percent of the state’s electricity by 2030, while reinforcing the program’s status as primarily a bailout for money-losing upstate nuclear plants.

New York men are at a greater risk than women of becoming victims of cybercrime next Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day of the year, according to a study.

More than two dozen people, including firefighters, were injured in a fire that followed an explosion at a manufacturing plant in the Hudson Valley.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence hold a cabinet meeting at 11:30 a.m., and then have lunch with HUD Secretary Ben Carson at 12:30 p.m.

Later in the afternoon, Trump will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

At 9 a.m., immigrant communities, elected officials, and community supporters and allies will gather to stand in support of Riaz Talukder, a Bangladeshi immigrant who was brought to this country as a minor and has lived and worked here for 36 years, and now faces deportation, 26 Federal Plaza, Federal Building steps, Lafayette Street side, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Inez Dickens and others join CCNY for its annual turkey distribution event, 34 W. 134th St., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will deliver remarks at the NYPD Academy Library’s renaming ceremony in honor of Commissioner Benjamin Ward, NYPD Academy – 7th Floor Library, 130-30 28th Ave., Flushing, Queens.

(A media availability about security at the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will follow, same location, at 12:30 p.m.)

Also at 11 a.m., the Assembly Standing Committee on Health and Assembly Standing Committee on Aging hold a joint hearing on nursing home quality of care and patient safety and enforcement, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., members of the Riders Alliance will introduce a new tool for riders to address continuing subway delays by becoming transit activists in the moment, right on the train or platform, through a “Subway Delay Action Kit,” outside Grand Central Station at the SE corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan.

Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Nita Lowey holds a press conference to announce steps she is taking, including three pieces of federal legislation she has introduced, to address economic and environmental concerns about the pending closure of the Indian Point Energy Center, Buchanan Village Hall, 236 Tate Ave., Buchanan.

At 11:30 a.m., U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney join a local company to announce the opening of a new facility that will create over a 150 jobs, and then hold a press conference to update residents on water contamination from Stewart Air National Guard Base, 108 NY-17K, Newburgh.

At noon, the Anti-Violence Project, Audre Lorde Project, Make the Road New York, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, GMHC, TransLatina Network and the LGBT Community Center unveil a policy brief outlining major recommendations for government officials in New York City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:30 p.m., members of the Senate, Assembly and NYC Council will call for the creation of an independent monitor to oversee the New York City Housing Authority, 250 Broadway, 20th Floor, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivers remarks at a SUNY Diversity Advisory Council meeting, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

At 2:30 p.m., Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. will be joined by several officials from local non-profit organizations to raise awareness of the upcoming Giving Tuesday national event on Nov. 28., Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St., Utica.

At 3 p.m., Broome County Executive Jason Garnar will be holding a news conference to announce a major state funding award from the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Broome County Office Building, 6th floor, 60 Hawley St., Binghamton.

At 4 p.m., de Blasio will hold a public hearing on 23 pieces of legislation and then sign them into law, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

At 4:30 p.m., activists unhappy with Rep. Chris Collins’ “yes” vote on the House tax reform bill demonstrate outside one of his district offices to express their displeasure, 128 Main St., Geneseo.

Also at 4:30 p.m., Western New Yorkers “will dramatically demonstrate their opposition to (Rep.) Chris Collins’ tax bill, while he rubs elbows with the rich inside the tony Saturn Club,” 977 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

At 5:30 p.m., women farmworkers, students, multi-faith clergy, and consumers from across New York and the Northeast participate in a “Harvest without Violence” march to the offices of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz to demand “an end to sexual violence in the supply chain of the world’s third-largest hamburger chain,” Wendy’s, 714 Third Ave., to Trian Partners, 280 Park Ave., Manhattan.

Also at 5:30 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Thanksgiving Dinner Dance, 331 E. 70th St., Manhattan.

At 6 p.m., state Sen. Jesse Hamilton hosts free screening of “In Our Backyard: A Documentary on Sex Trafficking in Brooklyn” and panel discussion with filmmaker Danielle Rose, survivor and advocate Iryna, and ECPAT USA’s Director of Private Engagement Michelle Guelbart, Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

At 6:30 p.m., Citizens Union and New York Law School host a NYC Council Speaker candidates forum, with candidates NYC Council members Robert Cornegy Jr., Corey Johnson Jr., Mark Levine, Ydanis Rodriguez, Jimmy Van Bramer, Donovan Richards, and Jumaane Williams, New York Law School, 185 W Broadway, Manhattan.


A lawsuit that claims the Cuomo administration ignored a DMV employee’s sexual harassment allegations against ex-ESDC official Sam Hoyt comes as gender politics and allegations of sexual misconduct are roiling the nation, and the governor, who is viewed as a possible presidential contender in 2020, has appointed more women to top positions.

In a move that administration officials said was planned well before any of the recent revelations about Hoyt, Cuomo is expected to announce today the appointment of Cathy Calhoun as his director of state operations – a top post in the executive chamber.

Hoyt’s lawyer has dismissed complaints made in a lawsuit by Lisa Marie Carter, saying they are inconsistent with her earlier descriptions of her relationship with Hoyt, and state officials said Cater didn’t fully cooperate when her complaints were being investigated.

Cutting the individual mandate established under Obamacare, as the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill proposes to do, won’t necessarily generate enough revenue to pay for tax reform.

The White House is open to removing a provision from the tax reform process that would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in order to make sure the bill gets to the president’s desk, according to Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

GOP Rep. Peter King, of Long Island, said the Republican-backed tax reform plan that passed the House will have a “damaging” effect on the state because it eliminates deductions for local and state taxes and is being done at the “expense of New York and New Jersey.”

Plans to eliminated the federal historic tax credit as part the $1.5 trillion tax reform package being considered by Congress would end a key tool used to revitalize old structures in city’s like Troy, officials warned.

President Donald Trump reiterated his calls to build a wall along the country’s southern border after a U.S. Border Patrol agent died from injuries he sustained on patrol in Texas.

Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” and strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice.

At a time Democrats are desperate to keep the focus on accusations against Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s recent stand against former President Bill Clinton shocked even some of her close allies.

Breitbart News chief Stephen Bannon said Gillibrand’s suggestion this week that the ex-president should have resigned amid the Monica Lewinsky scandal of the 1990s amounted to an “earthquake in the Democratic Party,” and marked the “opening shot” of the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is offering donors the opportunity to win an “all-expenses paid trip” to stay in Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Cuomo has a reputation as a guarded chief executive. But actor Michael Imperioli wants to show a deeper side of the New York Democrat when he portrays the governor in an upcoming TV miniseries. “I’m trying to capture more of his essential nature,” Imperioli said, “the internal truth.”

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s role in David Letterman’s Mark Twain Prize special has reportedly been cut in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken the unusual step of rejecting the nomination to a city advisory panel of a lawyer whose ethics committee once sued a nonprofit group the mayor created.

Two potential Democratic primary challengers to Cuomo – former state Sen. Terry Gipson and NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams – are teaming up with affordable housing advocates to attack the governor for not doing enough to protect tenants.

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The Weekend That Was

A day after LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of the basketball players LiAngelo and Lonzo Ball, played down President Trump’s involvement in getting LiAngelo safely out of China without any criminal charges, the president fired back on Twitter, saying he should have left them in jail.

Trump blasted outgoing GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, of Arizona, who was caught on a hot mic saying Republicans “are toast” if they become the party of Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Trump says he plans to announce his decision on importing big game hunting trophies in the coming days.

Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees has grown a little longer. Five new names added to the list are well-known conservatives. One, Judge Kevin C. Newsom, is Alabama’s ex-solicitor general.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeatedly ignored a woman’s complaints about a “barrage” of unwanted sexual advances by one of his appointees, former ESDC official Sam Hoyt, according to a federal lawsuit filed Saturday in New York City.

Lisa Marie Cater alleges that Hoyt, also a former Buffalo assemblyman, got her a job at the DMV and then leveraged it to “manipulate, sexually harass and sexually assault” her.

Cater finally complained to Cuomo’s office about her treatment at the hands of Hoyt — on at least six occasions — but was only met with hostility and indifference, the complaint says.

An inquiry by the Governor’s Office on Employee Relations referred the matter to JCOPE and the state’s IG — both of which have Cuomo-appointed leadership. Those inquiries are ongoing, but Carter’s attorney says people connected to the governor shouldn’t handle the probes.

Two women who worked for Clinton and her Democratic primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, during the 2016 elections have spoken out about the sexual harassment they endured on the job.

It is impossible to argue that Clinton-era baggage, fair or not, didn’t hurt Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness with the squishy middle of American politics where elections are won and lost. But to say that Bill Clinton should have resigned also ignores how things were treated back then.”

Moore has been raking in the campaign cash ever since controversy exploded last week over allegations of his predatory behavior toward teenage girls in the 1970s.

Appearing alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at a forum in Little Rock, Arkansas, commemorating the 25th anniversary of his election, Hillary Clinton described Trump as “obsessed” with her continued presence in the public eye.

Trump called Clinton the worst and biggest loser of all time in a Saturday morning tweet, adding: “She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!”

Donations to the Clinton Foundation took a precipitous dive for a second year in a row as Justice Department officials mulled whether they would appoint a special prosecutor to probe the non-profit’s “alleged unlawful dealings.”

The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said an order from Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.

A souvenir dessert from Donald and Melania Trump’s 2005 wedding was sold at auction in California for $2,240.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, is visiting districts his party hopes to carry in 2018 with an aim to craft a message that resonates with voters only marginally attached to the party’s base of support along the coasts.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor is leaving ​his critically acclaimed Amazon show “Transparent” amid allegations that he sexually harassed an actress between scenes.

A former model claims she was just 17 when hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons forced her into sex — and all while his pal, embattled moviemaker Brett Ratner, sat by and watched.

Abuse advocates say the recent spate of high-profie sexual harassment scandals should spur action on the Child Victims Act in New York.

An examination by The New York Times reveals in stark terms how the needs of the aging, overburdened NYC subway system have grown while city and state politicians have consistently steered money away from addressing them.

Nine days after finishing sixth out of seven candidates in the NYC mayoral race, Bo Dietl returned to his usual Thursday night table at Rao’s in East Harlem, the Italian restaurant famed for its exclusivity and straight-from-central-casting history as a mobster’s redoubt.

“Saturday Night Live’s” cold open focused on alleged contact between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the presidential campaign.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins recited a list of concerns she had with the Republican tax bill barreling through the Senate, raising pressure on the party’s leadership to slow its progress and make changes to secure passage.

As House Republicans scrounged for revenue to pay for tax cuts for corporations and individuals, they crafted a bill that would take away tax breaks that schools and municipalities have long enjoyed. And even so, the House still fell so short of funds that its plan could result in huge automatic federal budget cuts next year.

Former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is joining a midmarket New York private-equity firm, adding his name to the long list of high-ranking government officials entering the sector in recent years.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he takes as a compliment suggestions that he and his wife looked like James Bond baddies after a cringe-worthy photo surfaced showing the couple posing with a sheet of newly printed $1 bills.

About 50 members of Italian American groups protested de Blasio’s controversial monument commission across the street from Columbus Circle outside of Central Park on Saturday, the day after the public got its first chance to weigh in at a Queens hearing.

Residents in the village of Kiryas Joel, in Orange County, and those in the Town of Monroe voted this past Election Day to part ways, ending years of conflict over zoning.

The NYC Housing Authority’s widening lead-paint scandal could cost taxpayers more than $100 million, leading personal-injury lawyers told The NY Post.

Pressed by the Daily News, the mayor’s office admitted that NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye told de Blasio in 2016 that her agency was widely violating both a local law and federal regulations governing lead inspections.

Amid an escalating outcry over false reports related to lead paint inspections at NYCHA apartments, the de Blasio administration announced two senior authority officials had resigned and another had been demoted.

The mayor is reportedly itching to fire his investigations chief for exposing a slew of administration foul-ups — but hasn’t pulled the trigger because it could prompt a messy and unprecedented public hearing.

Mark Levine, the front-runner in the race to become the next NYC Council speaker, hasn’t lived in the Washington Heights apartment that he owns since 2013 — but he still benefits from a tax abatement there.

A watchdog group is suing the NYPD and the feds for decades-old records in the ambush and killing of a police officer at a Harlem mosque — including audio of a phony 911 call they hope may finally lead to an arrest.

Despite a $52 million budget last fiscal year, the NYC DOE’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education, OACE, says it awarded only 150 diplomas — less than half as many as the year before.

An Upper West Side kindergarten teacher has filed a lawsuit that says she grew seriously ill after drinking from the classroom faucet with elevated lead levels at P.S. 87 William T. Sherman School for eight years.

The New York Organ Donor Network is trying to block a judge’s order to release medical records to a whistleblower who claims the group pushed hospital staff to declare patients brain dead so their body parts could be harvested.

Onondaga County is considering raising the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.

New York state lawmakers are predicting the return of several thorny debates in 2018. They include physician-assisted death, New York City transit improvements and a measure to loosen the statute of limitations on molestation to give victims more time to sue their abusers.

One member of Nassau Democratic County Executive-elect Laura Curran’s transition team heads a company that holds a multimillion-dollar contract with the county while another member works for a firm that does business with Nassau.

Less than two weeks after Democrat Laura Gillen’s unexpected victory in the Hempstead Town supervisor’s race, experts are wondering if she’ll be able to reach a majority on the mostly Republican board once she takes office Jan. 2.

The state Department of Transportation is scheduled to award the contract this month for the reconfiguration of Route 17′s Exit 131, but community leaders are only now learning that the project’s design has been changed – and not from the DOT.

Bald and Golden eagles are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Act and with the sighting of a pair of nesting eagles in the path of the Millennium Pipeline lateral, opponents of the CPV electric generating plant say the gas pipeline cannot be extended to the facility in the Town of Wawayanda.

Long Island residents are asking Cuomo to stop a proposed pipeline in the Rockaways and to end fracking and pipelines statewide.

Frank L. Ciminelli II, son of construction executive Louis P. Ciminelli, is leaving LPCiminelli to devote himself to a construction management firm he started in August, he announced in an email to colleagues.

OneJet Airlines says it is weighing the possibility of restoring air service between Buffalo and Albany in the near future, confirming reports from three sources that the company has been performing due diligence investigations within the local business community.

Pay for three of 10 supervisors in Erie County’s largest towns will be going up next year.

The Syracuse Chiefs’ shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve an agreement between the Community Baseball Club of Central New York and the New York Mets that allows the Mets to purchase the franchise for $18 million.

A wild turkey known as “Tom” is a local celebrity of sorts, has no fear of people or traffic and likes to wander in the street in Amherst, blocking lanes and pecking at tires.


Standing on the steps of the Alabama state capitol building, Kayla Moore, the wife of Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, defended her husband at a “Women For Moore” event from multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, and said he will not quit the race.

TED, the non-profit famous for turning short speeches by leading figures into viral videos, has been grappling with complaints of sexual harassment at its trademark conference.

Philippe Reins, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, blasted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for saying that Bill Clinton should’ve resigned after his relationship with an intern was revealed during his presidency.

“It’s difficult to overstate the potential significance of Gillibrand’s response to the question about the former president…it could reverberate for years for Gillibrand and possibly for longer for the Clintons.”

TV and radio host Leeann Tweeden has now received three apologies from Sen. Al Franken, two public and one private. She says she has accepted his apologizes, and she’s not calling on him to resign.

As Democratic and Republican senators alike condemn Franken and call for an ethics committee investigation into his behavior, several women who have worked for the Minnesota Democrat are defending him.

Republican political operative Roger Stone knew that a news anchor would accuse Franken of sexual assault. “Let’s just say Sen. Franken’s time in the barrel is about to come,” Stone, a longtime Trump associate, told The Daily Caller over text early Thursday morning, hours before Tweeden came out with her claims.

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, 76, disclosed publicly that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.

Democratic women are running for office with increasing frequency and also contributing more campaign cash.

A mayoral panel debating the future of New York City’s controversial monuments like the statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan heard public testimony today about which should stay, which should go, and how to grapple with the divisive legacy of historical figures.

Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave POLITICO an epic exit interview.

A former campaign aide to Trump, Sam Nunberg, says he made up a story about Christie fetching the billionaire McDonald’s to embarrass him.

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci and County Executive Joanie Mahoney appear to be using a federal discrimination lawsuit – in which they are ostensibly on the same side – to divulge embarrassing information about each other. At least, that’s what their lawyers told the court.

An at-large voting system for electing members to the East Ramapo school board — long dominated by Orthodox Jews whose children attend private yeshivas — has prevented public school parents who are largely black and Latino from electing candidates of their choice, according to a lawsuit filed by NYCLU.

Senators said that Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, had failed to turn over some documents Congress sought as it investigates Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.

In a joint appearance, Reps. Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat, and Peter King, a Republican, two opponents to the GOP tax bill that passed the House Thursday, said the Senate is unlikely to restore state and local tax deductions, which could cost Long Islanders $2.5 billion annually.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan went on Fox News with host Tucker Carlson to defend the decision to declare Albany a sanctuary city, saying the addition of immigrants injects vibrancy and money into the city.

For the first time in New York State, a defendant has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing someone by selling him drugs.

The Thruway Authority launched a free app that features an interactive map that tracks your position on the 570-mile superhighway and provides traffic alerts, links to traffic cameras, and the location of exits, park-and-ride lots and service areas.

Swedish researchers found that people with dogs, especially the unmarried, have fewer heart problems than those who don’t.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

President Donald Trump will host NCAA National Championship teams from around the country, and then have lunch with VP Mike Pence. In the afternoon, the president will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Pence will participate this morning in a meeting with Gov. Kenneth Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pence will then meet with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan, followed by a meeting with Vice President Oscar Naranjo of Colombia.

In the afternoon, the VP will have lunch with Trump.

At 8 a.m., the Queens College Business Forum Breakfast features a panel of health care industry leaders to discuss the state of the industry, including President and CEO of Public Health Solutions Lisa David, President and CEO of EmblemHealth Karen Ignagni, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera and New York-Presbyterian Hospital Vice President Kate Spaziani, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

At 8:15 a.m., Reps. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, and Pete King, a Republican, will speak about the tax reform legislation that passed the House, and eliminated the state and local tax deduction, Long Island Association breakfast, 300 Broadhollow Rd., Melville.

At 8:45 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, United Nations, Delegate Room, 4th Floor, Manhattan.

At 9:45 a.m., Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and representatives from Allegiant will be at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) for the inaugural flight to Punta Gorda, Florida,

At 10 a.m., the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers will hold its first public hearing, Queens Borough Hall, Atrium, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Hochul, the Girl Scouts of Greater NY and local elected officials call for the passage of a federal Equal Rights Amendment, Fearless Girl statue, Bowling Green, Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., Assemblymember Phil Steck will be participating in a discussion hosted by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on single payer healthcare in New York, 106 New Scotland Ave., Albany.

At noon, the Doe Fund is joined by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the city Housing Authority, the city Human Resources Administration and development partners for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the completion of an affordable housing development, 1420 Crotona Park E., Bronx.

At 1 p.m., NYC Helmets to Hardhats hosts its Fifth Annual 2017 Awards Luncheon, Sheraton Times Square, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Hochul accepts the “Pioneer of the Year” Award from the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan NY during its anniversary gala, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., Manhattan.


Central New York’s two members of Congress – Reps. Claudia Tenney and John Katko – faced immediate backlash after their votes for the Republican tax bill that passed the House. They, along with Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed were two of just four New York members to vote “yes.”

“This bill is poison for New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “For any New York representative to vote for this bill that they know is targeted at New York violates their oath. It really does. It’s treasonous. It’s modern day Benedict Arnold.”

Three of the four New York Republicans who voted for the measure said they had not spoken to Cuomo, despite the fact he said he had spoken to “all” of the state’s GOP members. The one who had, Reed, said the governor was “outright lying” about their conversation.

Cuomo’s spokesman, Richard Azzopardi, acknowledged that the governor had not spoken to Collins or Tenney about the so-called SALT deduction, saying: “The governor’s point was the Republican Congress members he spoke to said they were under pressure from their political leadership to vote yes.”

The bill passed with 227 Republican votes. Thirteen GOP members and all the Democrats voted “no.”

Thanks to a compromise engineered in part by Reed, the House bill limits the so-called SALT deduction to the first $10,000 of property taxes instead of ending the deduction entirely, as the Senate measure would do. Reed vowed to try to preserve what’s left of the SALT deduction if the Senate passes its tax legislation and a conference committee tries to hammer out a final deal.

Tenney said she made her decision to vote “yes” after weeks of intense lobbying by House Republican leaders, culminating with a 14-minute phone call Wednesday afternoon from Vice President Mike Pence.

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved its $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal late last night after four days of markup. The vote was 14-12, along party lines. The full Senate is expected to take action on the measure after the Thanksgiving break.

President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct himself by numerous women, blasted Al Franken on Twitter over allegations the former SNL comic groped and forcibly kissed a woman during a USO tour in 2006, calling the senator “Al Frankenstein.”

Leeann Tweeden, a former Playboy Playmate-turned-radio host, nicknamed Franken “Fish Lips” after he forcibly mashed his “wet and slimy” lips on her face, then stuck his tongue down her throat during a 2006 USO tour, she revealed.

Franken apologized and faced a likely Senate ethics investigation – supported by both his fellow Democrats and Republicans – for his actions during the USO tour.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter, said President Bill Clinton should have resigned from the Oval Office after news broke of his infamous affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Gillibrand’s spokesman later clarified that the senator was trying to express that if the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal had happened now, Bill Clinton would’ve felt more pressure to resign.

Of the accusations about Franken, Gillibrand said she believes his accuser, adding: “It’s very disturbing. I was very disappointed. But it’s important that survivors are coming out and speaking truth to power and telling their stories.”

Gillibrand is one of several Democratic elected officials who have said they will donate campaign cash they received from Franken’s PAC to charity.

Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore’s campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring “let the battle begin,” while women’s advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his imperiled U.S. Senate bid alive.

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