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FROM JOHN DISTASO: Good morning! The four members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation – all Democrats – joined with President Joe Biden and other prominent party leaders Tuesday in calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a report commissioned by the New York State Attorney General concluded the governor sexually harassed at least 11 female state employees.  

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu also made it clear he believes Cuomo should step down. 

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, who revealed five years ago that, 40 years earlier, she was a victim of sexual assault while a student at Dartmouth College, praised the women who reported the abuse and sexual harassment they endured.

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas said: “Andrew Cuomo’s behavior is reprehensible, and if he doesn’t resign, the (New York) legislature should remove him from office.”  

Read our report here.

Biden followed through on a pledge made in the spring that he would request Cuomo step down if an investigation confirmed the harassment allegations.    “I stand by that statement,” Biden said. “I think he should resign.”

The report of an investigation conducted at the direction of New York State Attorney General Letitia James concluded the sexual harassment allegations of 11 women, including New York state employees, were credible.

Cuomo denied the allegations in a video, but the report renewed calls for the governor to resign or face impeachment by the New York state legislature.

Also Tuesday, COVID-19 continued to be at the center of political debate as Biden again renewed his call for Americans to be vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until Oct. 3.  The ban announced Tuesday could keep millions of people in their homes as the COVID-19 delta variant has spread and states have been slow to release federal rental aid. 

In New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health announced that it will require all 13,000 of its workers to be fully vaccinated by the end of next month…

…while the University of New Hampshire said it will require all students and staff to be tested for COVID-19 in the fall.  

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