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As Activists Confront Trump Officials, Democrats Confront Democrats

WASHINGTON — For more than two years, Democrats have struggled with how aggressively to confront Donald J. Trump, a political opponent unlike any other: Should they attack him over his hard-line policies; his inflammatory, norm-breaking conduct; or some combination of both?

In recent days, as institutional Democrats wring their hands, those deliberations have started to give way to furious liberal activists and citizens who have taken matters into their own hands beyond the corridors of power.

Progressives have heckled the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, and the White House aide Stephen Miller at Washington restaurants. They have ejected the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, from a Lexington, Va., eatery. And they have screamed at one of Mr. Trump’s leading cable news surrogates, Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, at a Tampa movie theater.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, said Saturday at a rally in Los Angeles. “And if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/us/politics/trump-liberal-activists-shaming.html

Congressional intern who shouted 'f-k you' at Trump identified

The Capitol Hill intern who dropped an F-bomb on President Trump in the Rotunda last week was identified as working for US Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), according to reports Monday.

Caitlin Marriott, 21, will be suspended for a week and restricted to work in the Hart Senate Office Building, Fox News Channel reported.

“We are aware of the situation and have taken disciplinary action, including a one-week suspension and revoking her Congressional intern ID badge, thereby restricting her access to the Capitol, in response to her breach of office policies regarding respectful and appropriate conduct,” according to a statement from Hassan’s communications director Aaron Jacobs. “We also facilitated contact with Capitol police.”

The F-bomb was dropped Tuesday in the thick of national outrage over the Trump administration’s now-former policy of separating immigrant kids from parents at the southern border.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/06/25/congressional-intern-who-shouted-f-k-you-at-trump-identified/

My apologies that the article references Fox News Channel.

Trump, Fallon feud heats up as president and host trade jabs

President Trump and Jimmy Fallon continued their war of words Monday with the commander-in-chief blasting the comic at a rally and the late night funnyman mocking his rival’s incessant mean tweeting on his late night show.

“He (Fallon) looks like a lost soul,” Trump said during a South Carolina campaign event for Gov. Henry McMaster. “But you know what he’s a nice guy. I agreed to do his show, and because I guess I was running at the time, he got tremendous ratings on that show. Killed everybody, right? He should be thankful. He shouldn’t be upset and angry.”

Trump has been mad at the host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” for saying he regrets having him on his show during the 2016 campaign — in an appearance that lacked tough questions and included Fallon playfully teasing the future president’s famed hair.

Fallon told The Hollywood Reporter last week that he gets why fans are mad at him: “I heard you. You made me feel bad. So now what? Are you happy? I’m depressed?”

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/06/26/trump-fallon-feud-heats-up-as-president-and-host-trade-jabs/

Cuomo gains CSEA endorsement after 2014 snub

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday gained backing from the Civil Service Employees Association after the powerful union snubbed him during his last election in 2014.

The union, which represents thousands of government workers throughout the state, said in a statement that Cuomo has “taken monumental steps to make sure unions are stronger than ever.”

“He has stood side by side with us to secure legislation that will keep public sector labor unions strong in New York,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

The union’s action is viewed as significant in the tough Democratic primary challenge Cuomo faces from actress-activist Cynthia Nixon, who is already endorsed by the labor-backed Working Families Party. It means the organization stands ready to commit money, manpower and phone banks to Cuomo's re-election effort.

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Lackawanna mayor wants 'ugliest building on planet Earth' torn down

Fans of modernist buildings that look like a pumpkin on stilts won't be happy about this: Lackawanna wants to tear down the infamous addition to its City Hall.

Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski wants to demolish the City Hall annex, retrofit the original structure in the rear where police and court offices are housed and build a new seat of government on nearby vacant land where a Catholic church once stood.

Szymanski said an engineering firm is drawing up detailed designs for the $6.5 million project, which can't move forward until the Steel City finds the money to pay for it.

Lackawanna officials have talked for years about replacing the 50-year-old, orange-paneled structure, saying it is expensive to operate and badly in need of repair. Szymanski feels passionately that Lackawanna deserves a more attractive City Hall and is betting he can get the project underway before he leaves office at the end of next year.

Read more: https://buffalonews.com/2018/06/24/lackawanna-wants-to-knock-down-orange-crate-city-hall-deemed-an-abomination/

Lackawanna City Hall at 714 Ridge Road in this 2013 photo. The city’s mayor wants to tear it down. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says son has come out as transgender

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Actress and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has announced that her oldest child has come out as transgender.

The former "Sex and the City" star posted the announcement on her Instagram account on Friday to mark the 14th annual Trans Day of Action. Her 21-year-old son, Samuel Joseph Mozes, who goes by the nickname Seph, originally was named Samantha.

Seph is the child of Nixon and former partner Danny Mozes. Nixon also has a 15-year-old son with Mozes and a 7-year-old son with her wife, Christine Marinoni.

Nixon accompanied Friday's announcement with an Instagram photo of herself with her son in his cap and gown at his graduation earlier this month from the University of Chicago.

Read more: https://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2018/06/gubernatorial_candidate_cynthia_nixon_says_son_has_come_out_as_transgender.html

Democratic women ride wave of new candidates in Florida

Florida may or may not see a blue wave this fall, but it's already experiencing a new wave.

A torrent of new candidates for seats in the state Legislature, many of them Democratic women, qualified by Friday's deadline to give voters many more choices than in past election cycles. The newcomers include more than 70 women across the state.

Some are disgusted with President Donald Trump and a dysfunctional Congress, and some are motivated by #MeToo or #NeverAgain movements or they want to ride that blue wave — even though Republicans insist there won't be one.

"I got tired of screaming at the television set," said Carol Lawrence, 76, a lawyer and Realtor who turned down MSNBC to speak to a reporter and is running as a Democrat against Republican Rep. David Santiago of Deltona. "If more women were in positions of power in this country, we'd have a lot fewer conflicts. We need to come to a place of peace in this world."

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article213645899.html

Lawsuit: Harassment at corrections agency left woman disabled with fear

Strengthening workplace protections in state government was a focal point of this year's legislative session in Albany, but a federal lawsuit filed in 2012 and headed to trial this fall alleging sexual harassment at Attica prison of a teacher by a guard illustrates how state agencies are rarely held accountable when they fail to enforce policies in place.

Court papers detailing a pattern of harassment, stalking and retaliation at the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision indicate managers and investigators failed to adhere to sexual-harassment protocol, which resulted in a female employee suffering a mental breakdown, according to experts who examined her.

Beginning in December 2009, Pamela S. Small, a 55-year-old former teacher at Attica Correctional Facility, repeatedly told her supervisors that a co-worker, Correction Officer Carl Cuer, fixated on her and sent her increasingly disturbing texts, letters and emails, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

Cuer claimed in letters, attached to the complaint, that God had begun speaking to him and told him that his wife would die and that he and Small were destined to be together. Despite her objections, he left love notes on her desk and showed up at her classroom and at her home.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Harassment-and-stalking-at-state-agency-left-12985339.php

Audit: NY missed out on $425M worth of Medicaid drug rebates

ALBANY — New York is trying to recover nearly $426 million in prescription drug rebates after auditors discovered the state health department never billed for them, the state Comptroller's Office said Friday.

In 1990, Congress created the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program to reduce state and federal spending on prescription drugs for Medicaid recipients. In exchange for state Medicaid coverage of most of their drugs, manufacturers agreed to discount a portion of the cost in the form of a rebate. But states have to request them first.

An audit published Friday found that New York health officials did not take steps to ensure that drugs offered under a new managed care program were identified and processed for rebate invoicing.

"The state Health Department must keep up with new and evolving drug rebate opportunities to ensure all rebate revenue for the Medicaid program is being collected," state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Audit-NY-missed-out-on-425M-worth-of-Medicaid-13018151.php

President Obama fishes in the Adirondacks

Fishermen are known for their whoppers. But the one Vince Wilcox tells is no fish story.

On Thursday and Friday, he guided former President Barack Obama and five of his friends on a fly fishing excursion in the Adirondacks.

"The president has only done it one other time in 2009 in Montana," Wilcox, owner of Wiley's Flies in Ray Brook, said. "Apparently, when you are the president, you don't have a lot of time. But he did great. He's a natural athlete."

Wilcox could not say how many Obama caught or where he hooked them, but he did say the 44th president honored the tradition of catch and release for the brook trout with a single exception.

"He never ate one," Wilcox said. "He wanted to know what it tasted like."

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/President-Obama-fishes-in-the-Adirondacks-13021760.php

Cross-posted in the Barack Obama Group.
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