‘Let the people vote’: Biden signs executive order promoting voter access, marking anniversary of Selma march

Joey Garrison   | USA TODAY Show Caption Hide Caption Biden signs exec order on voter access, commemorates ‘Bloody Sunday’ The order marked the 56th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches for civil rights. USA TODAY WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sunday directing the federal government to promote voting access in a move meant to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches for civil rights. “Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have that vote counted,” the president said in a virtual address to the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast on Sunday just before signing the order. “If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.”  The order directs federal agencies to expand access to voter registration and

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‘There is no way I resign’: Cuomo refuses to quit amid scandals as top NY Dem says he should step down

Jon Campbell   | New York State Team Show Caption Hide Caption New York Gov. Cuomo apologizes after sexual harassment accusations New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized but says he will not resign after two former aides and a third woman came forward with sexual harassment claims. USA TODAY ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defiantly refused calls for his resignation Sunday as the two most powerful state lawmakers suggested he should at least consider stepping down amid dual scandals that have engulfed his administration. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, called for the Democratic governor’s resignation Sunday afternoon, marking a significant escalation in the effort by some to convince Cuomo to quit after five women publicly accused him of inappropriate behavior and

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‘I’m Jake, not Chuck’: Sen. Joe Manchin flubs CNN host Jake Tapper’s name 3 times amid Sunday show blitz

Matthew Brown   | USA TODAY Show Caption Hide Caption Biden signs exec order on voter access, commemorates ‘Bloody Sunday’ The order marked the 56th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches for civil rights. USA TODAY Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., stumbled over his words in the middle of explaining his stance on capping stimulus checks and other reforms to the recently passed $1.9 trillion stimulus package. “And that’s what we tried to do when we put the cap on, Chuck,” Manchin explained to CNN’s Jake Tapper on the cable news network’s “State of the Union.” Shortly before, Manchin had conducted another Sunday show interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” which is hosted by the network’s political director, Chuck Todd. “I know

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USS Nimitz completes a 99,000-mile journey likely not done since WWII

Josh Farley   | Kitsap Sun BREMERTON, Wash. — At long last, the USS Nimitz returned home Sunday, close to a year after the aircraft carrier left Sinclair Inlet in Washington state. The 100,000-ton warship, in completing a deployment that included flying sorties against the Islamic State in the Middle East to navigating the disputed waters of the South China Sea, returns to Bremerton, Washington, having logged 99,000 miles. Navy leaders have called it a record-long journey for a carrier in the years after World War II.  Most of its 3,000-plus sailors, roughly half of which were serving in their first-ever deployment, boarded the warship April 1, 2020 to quarantine for COVID-19. With its crew manning the rails, Nimitz squeezed through Rich Passage to Sinclair

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Gov. Whitmer on N.Y. Gov. Cuomo allegations: If true, ‘I think we have to take action’

Paul Egan   | Detroit Free Press Show Caption Hide Caption New York Gov. Cuomo apologizes after sexual harassment accusations New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized but says he will not resign after two former aides and a third woman came forward with sexual harassment claims. USA TODAY LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday she had a “gut-wrenching” reaction to sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the “very serious” allegations from former employees must be thoroughly and independently investigated. “If accurate and true, I think we have to take action,” Whitmer said on “State of the Union” on CNN. She did not specify what action should ensue, but said: “Whatever is appropriate in terms of accountability

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Missouri pastor on leave after derogatory sermon about women, ‘trophy wife’ Melania Trump

Matthew Brown   | USA TODAY Show Caption Hide Caption Melania Trump breaks first lady tea-and-tour tradition with Jill Biden Outgoing first lady Melania Trump breaks tradition by not inviting Dr. Jill Biden to a traditional tea and tour of the White House quarters. Staff Video, USA TODAY A Baptist pastor is on leave after receiving broad criticism for sexist and racist comments he made about women, and former first lady Melania Trump, during a sermon to his congregation. “I’m not saying every woman can be the epic trophy wife of all time like Melania Trump,” Stewart-Allen Clark told his church in February as an image of her appeared on a large screen behind him. “Most women can’t be trophy wives, but you

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Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett is ‘brave’ and what happened to her ‘unforgivable,’ friends say

Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy ,  H. Rose Schneider   | Rockland/Westchester Journal News Show Caption Hide Caption New York Gov. Cuomo apologizes after sexual harassment accusations New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized but says he will not resign after two former aides and a third woman came forward with sexual harassment claims. USA TODAY WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – When Charlotte Bennett was 12 years old, Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved into a home less than 5 miles from hers in Westchester County. Cuomo, then the attorney general of New York, was raising his three daughters with his then-girlfriend Sandra Lee, the celebrity chef. Their worlds even collided briefly: Bennett once played middle-school soccer with one of Cuomo’s daughters. Now Bennett, 25 – whom friends

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