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Cuomo Report Released

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) sexually harassed a number of women, both inside and outside of his administration, according to a report issued yesterday. The independent probe lasted five months and spoke to nearly 180 witnesses, and concluded Cuomo’s actions broke state and federal law.

Cuomo has faced allegations of harassment from at least 11 women for incidents that occurred in recent years (see timeline), with accusations ranging from inappropriate comments to groping and unwanted sexual contact. Former aide Lindsey Boylan, who resigned in 2018, was the first to go public with claims, ultimately posting a lengthy Medium article in February. Find a link to the full report here.

Cuomo, who is up for reelection in 2022, said he would not resign in comments yesterday following the report’s release. The findings are likely to spur renewed calls for the state legislature to impeach Cuomo, while President Joe Biden called for Cuomo to step down.

Elaine Thompson-Herah

Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah became the first female sprinter to claim a double-double in the Olympics yesterday, winning gold in both the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter sprints — replicating her performance from the 2016 Olympics. Thompson-Herah sealed the feat with a 21.53-second 200-meter dash, the second-fastest time in the history of the event (see list).

The Jamaican speedster beat the surprise second-place finisher, Namibia’s Christine Mboma, by almost three-tenths of a second. American Gabby Thomas — a Harvard grad who previously had the world’s second-best time in the race at 21.61 seconds — finished third, winning bronze. Mboma’s silver stoked controversy after the runner was disqualified from the 400-meter race for elevated testosterone levels.

Separately, American Athing Mu won gold in the women’s 800-meter race, the first time a US female athlete has topped the podium in the event since 1968.

Check out the current medal count here.

Targeted Eviction Ban

President Joe Biden announced a targeted eviction ban yesterday, replacing the broad rule put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the pandemic that expired over the weekend.

The new ban is expected to target areas of the country with high levels of coronavirus transmission; officials say it will provide states extra time to disburse nearly $47B in federal aid to tenants and landlords, just $3B of which had been administered as of July 30. Roughly 3.6 million renters are estimated to face eviction in the following month, barring intervention.

The move comes as progressive Democrat lawmakers pressured the administration to extend the moratorium; in particular, a sit-in by Rep. Cori Bush (D, MO-1) that had gained momentum in the House chamber.

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