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Biden is no stranger to inappropriate touching accusations

President Biden did not fall behind fellow Democrats calling for the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign, as Cuomo faces multiple allegations of inappropriately touching.

Cuomo will not admit that he has done anything wrong, and claims any unwanted contact was not meant to be taken offensively. He claims it is just his “customary” way of greeting. President Biden has also defended himself from similar accusations of touching women inappropriately.

“Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying,” Biden said in a message posted to Twitter in April 2019. “Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”

Biden released this statement following accusations from several women he had made uncomfortable. Writer D.J. Hill told the New York Times that in 2012, Biden put his hand on her shoulder and moved it down her back while they posed for pictures with her husband. She says she was feeling “very uncomfortable.”

Caitlyn Caruso, a former college student, told the Times that when she was nineteen she had met Biden at an event that was about sexual assault. Caruso claims that after she had spoken up about her own experience with sexual assault, that Biden placed his hand on her thigh, and hugged her for “just a little bit too long.”

A White House intern on 2013, Vail Kohnert-Yount, claimed to the Washington Post that she also had an awkward encounter with the then-vice president, Biden.

“He then put his hand on the back of my head and pressed his forehead to my forehead while he talked to me,” Kohnert-Yount said. “I was so shocked that it was hard to focus on what he was saying. I remember he told me I was a ‘pretty girl.'”

Kohnert-Yount said she did not feel that it was sexual harassment, but “it was the kind of inappropriate behavior that makes many women feel uncomfortable and unequal in the workplace.”

Amy Lappos, who was an aide for Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., also came forward and told the Hartford Courant that in 2009 Biden put his hand around her neck, pulled her in, and rubbed his nose against hers.

“When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth,” Lappos claimed.

Former Nevada politician Lucy Flores wrote in The Cut that in 2014 Biden put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed the back of her head at a campaign event.

“In my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection,” Biden said in his statement addressing the claims. “That’s my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say ‘you can do this.’ And whether they’re women, men, young, old, it’s the way I’ve always been. It’s the way I’ve tried to show I care about them and I’m listening.”

Cuomo defended himself against a claim from Anna Ruch that he had placed his hands on her face and asked to kiss her when they met at a wedding in 2019. Ruch also claimed that Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back. A picture that was taken at the event showed Cuomo with his hands on Ruch’s cheeks.

“You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people, women, men, children, etc.,” Cuomo told reporters. “You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. Men, women, it is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Ruch’s accusations come after former Cuomo staff, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett claimed that Cuomo had acted inappropriately toward them. Boylan said the governor kissed her on the lips without permission and had asked to play strip poker while aboard a flight. Bennett told the New York Times Cuomo had asked her about her sex life and it gave her the impression that he “wanted to sleep with me.”

Cuomo denies Boylan’s accusations but he apologized after Bennett and Ruch had come forward.

“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it,” Cuomo said. “I feel awful about it and frankly I am embarrassed by it.”

Other women have come forward since with accusations against Cuomo, the most serious of which coming from an unidentified current member of his administration who reportedly claimed he invited her to the governor’s mansion to help with a cellphone problem then reached under her blouse and inappropriately touched her. Cuomo’s office has since denied this accusation.

Biden also has been accused of more serious misconduct, as Tara Reade claims he sexually assaulted her in 1993 when he was a senator and she was a member of his staff. Biden has denied that this has ever happened.

Cuomo is now being pressured to step down from office, as state lawmakers, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have requested him to resign.

Biden would not stand behind them, instead telling reporters Sunday that people should wait for the New York attorney general’s investigation.

“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” the president said.

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Survey shows majority of Americans reject Build Back Better: More think Biden’s infrastructure spending bill will hurt them more than help them

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In a total inversion of what Democrats had expected, Americans have dismissed the expensive framework bill with gigantic social projects incorporated into it. Another survey shows that more Americans repel the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion spending proposition than welcome it.

As indicated by another ABC News/Ipsos survey delivered on Sunday, public help for President Joe Biden’s bills to expand spending on framework and social projects has blurred.

The overview tracked down that 32% of Americans feel that the spending bills would hurt individuals like them if they became law, while 25% said they accept the bills would help them. Close to 66% (64%) of Republicans figure the bills would hurt individuals like them, and 29% of free thinkers feel something very similar. In spite of being the significant system of Biden’s administration, less than half of Democrats (47%) accept the two bills would help them.

A CBS News survey from recently tracked down that 36% of respondents said it would help them and their family versus 33% who said it would hurt their friends and family. The overview additionally said that 79% of review members said that expansion was brought about by supply and assembling issues after the pandemic and 66% said it was brought about by U.S. government strategy. “And when asked about potential causes of inflation right now, two-thirds cited U.S. government policy,” the outlet stated.

The poll showed that just 37% of Americans thought that Biden and the Democrats were centered around issues they care very much about.

This sad survey for Biden and the Democrats shows up on that very days as a NBC News review that shows the president at unsurpassed lows. The NBC News surveys found that Biden was submerged interestingly of his administration – 42% endorsement rating versus 54% who object.

The survey likewise showed that 71% said the nation is “off on the wrong track” – including 48% of Democrats.

“When you see a wrong track of 71%, it is a flashing red light,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies said. “These folks are telling us that this is not going well.”

That is a huge increment from one more survey in September that said 61% of Americans felt like the country has “pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.”

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President Biden says the Pope advised him to continue to take communion and considered him a ‘good Catholic’

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President Joe Biden said that Pope Francis let him know he was a “good Catholic” and said he could keep on taking communion regardless of the complaints of numerous U.S. bishops.

Biden made the case after a private gathering with the pontiff at the Vatican on Friday.

“We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving Communion,” Biden said about the gathering.

He added that the topic of abortion didn’t come up in the gathering.

An assertion from the White House showed that Biden said thanks to the Pope for pushing for an “equitable global economic recovery” and for battling global warming.

“Biden thanked His Holiness for his advocacy for the world’s poor and those suffering from hunger, conflict, and persecution,” the assertion added.

The Vatican didn’t affirm Biden’s case in their official statement about their gathering.

Biden’s claim will probably disappoint and outrage many conservative Catholics in the U.S. who have called for communion to be declined to politicians who stand behind abortion, which is in opposition to Catholic church teaching.

The issue will be taken up by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops following upon a vote during their June plenary meeting to address it generally. After Biden met with the Pope, they delivered an assertion saying that they would not single out a particular legislator if they vote to say something about the issue.

The Pope had recently reacted to the contention by approaching the diocesans to try not to politicize the congregation’s most elevated holy observance, which would transform it into a “source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”

Here’s additional info on the gathering between the Pope and Biden:

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Gold Star father tears into Biden over supposed arrangement to give large installments to illegal migrant families

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Gold Star father David Horton slammed President Joe Biden in a meeting Sunday, scrutinizing the Biden organization’s accounted for plan to convey huge financial installments to some migrant families.

The Wall Street Journal announced last week about the arrangement to pay migrant families affected by previous President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance illegal immigration policies.

The Biden administration is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation, according to people familiar with the matter, as several agencies work to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to lasting psychological trauma.

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift, the people familiar with the matter said. Most of the families that crossed the border illegally from Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. included one parent and one child, the people said. Many families would likely get smaller payouts, depending on their circumstances, the people said.

Among the issues pundits have raised with the arrangement, the greatest is that non-citizens remain to get additional cash from the U.S. government than gold star families if the arrangement becomes reality.

As of now, the U.S. government pays the group of fallen assistance individuals $100,000 in “death gratuity”; the installments are tax excluded. The families of service members additionally have the choice to gather a limit of $400,000 in extra security, however administration individuals need to pay into the protection intend to accept its advantages.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Horton — whose son, Army Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 — proclaimed the Biden administration’s arrangement “an insult” and clarified it disrespects military families.

“I think it’s another — yet another insult … against our military families and Gold Star families and veterans’ families,” Horton said. “It’s just another another slap in the face. It’s completely disrespectful.”

“To compare an illegal person who has broken our country’s border laws … they’ve broken the law coming in on our borders and to compare that with someone, a patriot like my son, who gave his all on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and to just say, ‘Oh well, the value is more for someone who has broken our laws’ … and now to say, ‘Oh, we owe you money — and it’s more money than we would pay a patriot — I am outraged,” Horton said.

“You just wonder, where is the outcry against some of these policies that are just there? Unbelievable to me,” Horton added.

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