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Holding healthcare hostage? Cuomo demands federal bailout or he’ll ‘have to’ cut hospital funding — RT USA News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has demanded that the federal government bail out his state, or he’ll have to slash funding for hospitals, medical staff, and other local services – whose budgets he’s already cut to the bone.

The governor took aim at the Trump administration’s funding priorities during his Covid-19 press conference on Tuesday, waxing dramatic about political “values” as he accused Washington of shafting state governments with emergency coronavirus bailout packages that favored big banks and megacorporations.




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Why was Washington so quick to fund the corporations and big businesses, but now they have to think about whether they want to fund state governments and local governments?” Cuomo demanded, reminding his audience that local governments in turn fund hospitals, police, schools, and other “essential” services.

If you don’t fund New York state government, you know what that means? That means I have to cut aid to Northwell [Hospitals]. To hospitals. To nurses, to doctors. It means I have to cut aid to local governments that fund police and firefighters. I have to [cut] funding to schools and teachers. 

Cuomo already deferred a raise for tens of thousands of state employees last month, including healthcare workers in the state’s prisons and mental health facilities.

The governor slammed Washington’s failure to shovel more money into the states as “offensive,” insisting it flew in the face of the government messaging depicting frontline workers as “heroes of the day,” and implying Congress owed them – and him – a few billion favors. “We give the federal government about 30 billion dollars more every year!” Cuomo protested.

I understand the large corporations are the ones that fund the political accounts of these officials, but let them remember that they get elected by the people,” he added, demanding Congress and the White House “show the same consideration for the workers that you show for the corporations.

That line of attack was more than a little ironic for a politician whose detractors have nicknamed him “Governor One Percent” for his unswerving fealty to his deep-pocketed donors. Cuomo’s devotion is such that in last month’s state budget he chose to saddle New York City with an additional $200 million in Medicaid costs rather than adopt any of a possible 14 tax-the-rich measures that could have helped close a yawning budget gap. Many of those measures had upwards of 90 percent support from voters, but their target – the richest .01 percent of state residents – was effectively off-limits. 




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The governor’s pandemic-era reinvention as a working-class healthcare hero also ignores his administration’s nine-year track record of deep cuts to the state hospital system. Over his tenure, New York lost some 20,000 hospital beds, consolidating, shuttering, and selling off multiple facilities – leaving the system overstressed even before the pandemic arrived.

The CARES Act passed in March provided funding to states from a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund intended to cover all costs associated with the “public health emergency,” and billions more from other Covid-19 bailout programs have gone directly to hospitals. However, Cuomo is seeking more cash to assist with the economic reopening of his state, which has been largely locked down since it became the epicenter of the US Covid-19 epidemic in mid-March. Trump has largely left the decision to close down and reopen state economies to the governors, aside from social-distancing guidelines that expired at the end of last month.

Perhaps hedging his bets on whether the federal government steps up with the money, Cuomo has called in a trio of billionaires to participate in the state’s economic reopening, tasking former Google exec Eric Schmidt with “rebuilding” the state healthcare system, while former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates gets to remake the school system in his image, and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg runs the state contact-tracing program.

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‘This Is Nothing’: Schwarzenegger Addresses Graduates Holding Fake Trump University Degree

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Trump University was a company owned by the Trump Organisation that provided a real estate training programme until it was closed in 2010. In 2018, the US Federal Court approved a $25 million settlement between President Trump and former students who have not been able to graduate.

Terminator star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has used a mock Trump University doctorate while filming a virtual address to 2020 graduates.

“You are celebrating that journey today, not just a piece of paper that you hang on the wall”, Schwarzneger told the graduates in a video shared on Instagram. “This is nothing”, he said, showing a fake Trump university diploma.

Schwarzenegger also advised young people to perceive the current COVID-19 pandemic as just one of the many obstacles they are going to face in their lives, while also referring to the example of his heart surgery. 

“The reason why I’m telling you all this is because no matter how successful you are, life will throw obstacles in your path, like it was with my heart surgery or like with your graduation now”, he said. 

Due to the coronavirus-induced quarantine measures, college graduates this year have been locked up in their homes and have been unable to receive their diplomas at live, in-person ceremonies.

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US Federal Judge Considers Holding Ex-Trump Adviser Flynn in Contempt, Despite DoJ Dismissal Attempt

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The federal judge presiding over the criminal case against former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has called upon a retired jurist to determine whether Flynn could be held in contempt of court for perjury.

Following a Tuesday order announcing the court’s acceptance of “amicus curiae briefs,” US District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Wednesday appointed retired federal judge John Gleeson as an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court.”

Gleeson, a Clinton-era appointee to the federal bench in New York’s Eastern District, will present arguments “in opposition to the government’s Motion to Dismiss” and on “whether the Court should issue an Order to Show Cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury,” according to court documents obtained by CNN.

On Monday, Gleeson co-authored a Washington Post op-ed entitled “The Flynn case isn’t over until the judge says it’s over,” which declares, “There has been nothing regular about the department’s effort to dismiss the Flynn case.”

While under oath, the retired US Army general has both confessed to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as well as denied lying to the FBI.

On December 1, 2017, Flynn initially pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as it was conducting investigations related to alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election. The former Trump administration official’s plea came as a result of his accepting a plea deal which helped his son avoid prosecution.

“I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right,” Flynn said in his official statement at the time. “My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

However, after time went on and his sentencing approached, Flynn announced in January that he was actually innocent and moved to withdraw his guilty plea “because of the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement.”

Since then, the US Department of Justice moved to drop its case against the former Trump administration official “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information,” but Sullivan has remained a roadblock over the past six days.

“The FBI exists to investigate crimes, but in the case Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, it appears that they might have existed to manufacture one,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press briefing on Friday.



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President Donald Trump sends video message congratulating Dana White and UFC for holding UFC 249 event (VIDEO) — RT Sport News

United States President Donald Trump sent a message of congratulations to Dana White and the UFC for being the first major sports league to return to action following the COVID-19 shutdown.

Trump has earmarked sports leagues as the starting point for a gradual restart of the US economy, and he invited White, who spoke for him at the Republican National Convention, to be a part of a consultation group that also included the NBA’s Adam Silver and the NFL’s Roger Goodell, among other major US sports stakeholders.




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White’s attempts to hold UFC 249 saw the event switched from Brooklyn to Lemoore, then to Jacksonville, where the event eventually took place.

And Trump sent a video message to the UFC and White to convey his congratulations for getting the sports world back underway again.

“It’s an honor to be here, and it’s an honor to salute you,” he said from the White House lawn.

“I want to congratulate Dana White and the UFC. They’re going to have a big match. We love it. We think it’s important.

“Get the sports leagues back, let’s play. You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do. But we need sports.

“We want our sports back, and congratulations to Dana White (and the) UFC.”




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