Amazon To New York: Drop Dead; Tech Giant Abandons Headquarters Plan

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Amazon has ditched its plan to build a new headquarters in New York City, opting instead to proceed with its “HQ2” site in Northern Virginia and additional expansion in Nashville and 17 corporate offices in the U.S. and Canada.
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17 Stars Who Flexed Their Right to Vote in the Midterm Elections, From Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake

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Show-business notables including Jeff Goldblum and Mindy Kaling took time out from their entertainment duties on Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections, and to encourage others to do the same.

From tweets boasting poll selfies to the classic “I Voted” sticker pose, these stars have shared their voting status and their reasons to vote.

Posing in a suave black leather jacket and hat, actor Jeff Goldblum proudly wore his “I Voted” sticker on Instagram. In his post caption, Goldblum included an inspirational quote from the fictional President Thomas J. Whitmore from the 1996 film “Independence Day.”

Though “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon lost to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the New York gubernatorial race in the November primaries, she still voted “because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself.”

#IVoted because the patriarchy isn’t going to dismantle itself pic.twitter.com/A7e6sdurwC

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) November 6, 2018

In a short Twitter video, Zendaya showed off her sticker, asking followers if they’ve also fulfilled their civic duty.

I voted, you? pic.twitter.com/ZBPIBytYyx

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) November 5, 2018

Comedian John Mulaney, known for stand-up specials like “The Comeback Kid,” stood alongside his wife Annamarie Tendler in an Instagram post showing off their “I Voted” stickers.

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We voted! And we agreed on this photo!

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Reese Witherspoon proudly sported her “I Voted” sticker.

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I Voted! ???????? How about you?!

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“Jack Ryan” star John Krasinski and Emily Blunt shared a quick picture of their absentee ballots on Instagram with the simple caption, “#Vote.”

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Seth Meyers Instagrammed this post-voting pic with his wife and son. Though his son though they were going to a “boat” instead of vote, the family was all smiles.

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Kerry Washington shared on Instagram a message saying voting felt “soooooo good.”

Amy Poehler sported her “I Voted” sticker in an in-your-face fashion for this round of elections.

“I just voted. Get out there New York, vote today!” – #AmyPoehler#ElectionDay #GoVote #IVoted #VoteToday #MidtermElections2018 pic.twitter.com/sJbyoR6MWg

— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) November 6, 2018

Justin Timberlake threw up deuces with his absentee mail ballot.

Taylor Swift, once politically elusive, also shared a message on her Instagram story: “I promise it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”

Voting is still voting even if it’s two days before election day. Camila Cabello boasted not one, but TWO “I Voted” stickers after voting early.

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I JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! VOTE.ORG.

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W. Kamau Bell posed with his official vote-by-mail ballot.

Hold onto your butts! #IVoted #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/JOSVJ1dv5q

— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 6, 2018

Even an ocean away from her New York home, Madonna managed to vote in the midterms.

Just Do It! ???????????? ! I Just Did From Across the Ocean!! ???? People Do your part!! We Got This!! ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #vote pic.twitter.com/fMcwL342Iw

— Madonna (@Madonna) November 6, 2018

Mindy Kaling thanked the 14th and 19th Amendments for giving her the chance to vote.

Musician Conor Oberst posed in front of the polls in a Tuesday Tweet. “Hope lives,” added Oberst to his Tweet.

Please go vote! Preferably against all Trump allies complicit in his Racist, Misogynist, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Transphobic and all around fear based agenda. Hope lives! ???????? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/vzCm6laAKO

— Conor Oberst (@conoroberst) November 6, 2018

And for those of you who are still questioning whether your vote truly matters, Jennifer Garner had a message for you.

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Every #vote counts. ????????

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Delivers Comforting Words After Bomb Sent To CNN HQ

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Cynthia Nixon Loses to Andrew Cuomo in New York Governor Primary

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo has successfully fended off a left-flank challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon to win the state’s Democratic Party gubernatorial primary Thursday night.

The race was called by the New York Times less than an hour after polls closed.

Cuomo, a two-term centrist Democrat widely seen as eyeing a run for president in 2020, prevailed against the “Sex and the City” star in a victory that all but assures him a third term. Cuomo will face off against Republican Marcus Molinaro in November’s general election but is already the heavy favorite to win in the strongly Democratic state.

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Though Nixon lost easily, her campaign still had a strong effect on the race. Cuomo declared his support for a number of liberal causes in response to Nixon’s self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist platform, including the legalization of marijuana, voting rights, and the long-sought after disbanding of a group of Democratic state senators who caucused with Republicans, preventing Democrats from controlling the state Senate despite holding a majority.

The brother of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, Cuomo has long been a part of the New York Democratic politics. His father, Mario Cuomo, also led the state as governor for three terms between 1983 and 1994. Despite the legacy, Andrew’s leadership has come under growing criticism in recent months, with particular ire saved for regular users of New York City’s crumbling subway system.

In one instance highlighted by the New York Times, the governor diverted critical funds for city’s subways in order to bail out a bankrupt ski resort in upstate New York.

There was speculation after Cuomo was declared the vistor that Nixon may choose to run as an independent in the general election. But in a statement released as a series of tweets Thursday night, Nixon appeared to rule that out, instead celebrating the impact her campaign had on Cuomo’s political positions and vowing to hold Cuomo to those positions.

This isn’t just a symbolic victory. This campaign forced the Governor to make concrete commitments that will change the lives of people across this state.

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 14, 2018

Last year, the Governor opposed recreational marijuana. We came out strongly in favor of legalizing it as a matter of racial justice, and the next day, the Governor declared that “the facts on marijuana have changed.”

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 14, 2018

On the same day that we released our climate justice plan in the Rockaways, the Governor reversed himself and halted the construction of a pipeline that would’ve devastated that community’s water and health. #TheCynthiaEffect

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 14, 2018

As progressives and New Yorkers, we have to hold the governor accountable for the commitments he’s made over the last 6 months. But these are real victories. Some people have called this #TheCynthiaEffect. I call it what happens when we hold our leaders accountable.

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 14, 2018

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As Cynthia Nixon-Andrew Cuomo Race Heads To The Wire, Amy Schumer Switches To Team Nixon

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Watch Cynthia Nixon, Andrew Cuomo Trade Zingers in NY Gubernatorial Debate: ‘Can You Stop Lying?’ (Video)

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Cynthia Nixon and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced off Wednesday night in their first — and likely only — debate ahead of the state’s upcoming gubernatorial primary election, and for those wondering if there was any love lost, the answer is definitively no.

“Can you please stop interrupting? Can you please do that?” asked Cuomo at one point during the debate, held at Hofstra University on Long Island.

“If you stop lying,” replied the former “Sex and the City” actress replied. “I will stop interrupting.”

“As soon as you do,” Cuomo said.

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That was pretty much the tone throughout as the pair debated everything from Cuomo’s record as three-term governor of New York, to the war on drugs, to New York City’s ailing subway system. And, in one memorable exchange, whether or not Nixon is a person or a corporation.

Cuomo called Nixon a “corporate donor” to contrast against her self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist campaign, citing the corporation she established to handle her business affairs (a common practice by freelancers, for tax reasons). During one particularly heated exchange, Cuomo asked more than once, “Are you a corporation?” Nixon’s reply: “I am a person.”

There’s plenty more, and you can watch the whole thing above. As for who won the debate, that’s a question that will be settled during the primary election on Sept. 13.

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Cynthia Nixon is using her platform in the New York gubernatorial race to call out the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for what she believes it truly is: a “terrorist organization.”

On Thursday, the actress-turned-Democratic-hopeful challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on New York City’s Upper West Side to call for the abolishment of ICE, while supporting an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who is a mother to two American children, who fears she may be deported.

“ICE has strayed so far from its mission,” Nixon says in the video below, recorded during her appearance. “It’s supposed to be here to keep Americans safe, but what it’s turned into is frankly a terrorist organization of its own that is terrorizing people who are coming to this country.”

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Nixon reiterated her feelings on Twitter, writing: “ICE is a terrorist organization, and its egomaniacal leader is Donald Trump,” while retweeting reporter Zack Fink’s tweet about her remarks at the church.

Cuomo, a centrist Democrat who is widely seen as eyeing a run for president in 2020, must first lock up his 2018 re-election in the Empire State. Cuomo is unlikely to face a significant challenge from Republicans in the general election and his primary battle against Nixon is his only real obstacle.

While Nixon remains a long-shot to end up in Albany, there is evidence that the “Sex & The City” star could give Cuomo a real fight. In a 2014 primary challenge, Zephyr Teachout, a virtually unknown candidate, secured 34 percent of the vote.

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ICYMI: @CynthiaNixon, at #UWS sanctuary rally, refers to #ICE as a “terrorist organization” and calls for its abolition. @ZackFinkNews reports https://t.co/juQYqFMtvd pic.twitter.com/jOC0nUscJj

— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 22, 2018

ICE is a terrorist organization, and its egomaniacal leader is Donald Trump. Sign our petition to #AbolishICE: https://t.co/sZ3VF6lRhE https://t.co/qsB6XiJUJc

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) June 22, 2018

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The Nation Endorses Cynthia Nixon for Governor of New York

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The Nation endorsed New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday in her primary challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In explaining their decision, the editors of the iconic liberal publication said they were pleased to see Nixon pushing Cuomo to the left on various issues and said that her life experience more than made up for her lack of political expertise.

“Nixon has the life experience to be a governor of and for the people. If elected, she won’t be beholden to the entrenched interests and political machines that dominate state government,” The Nation wrote.

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New Yorkers deserve a true progressive champion: https://t.co/iLOOzIMwve

— The Nation (@thenation) June 6, 2018

“The celebrity that Nixon earned from her career as an actor is the capital that makes her run not only possible, but viable. That she has long chosen to use her fame to lift up the movements for public education, LGBTQ rights, renewable energy, and housing justice speaks to her character,” they added.

The publication also expressed its disappointment with Cuomo, citing his support for charter schools and his opposition to campaign finance reforms.

Cuomo, a centrist Democrat who is widely seen as eyeing a run for president in 2020, must first lock up his 2018 re-election in the Empire State. He is unlikely to face a significant challenge from Republicans in the general election and his primary battle against Nixon is Cuomo’s only real obstacle.

While Nixon remains a long-shot to end up in Albany, there is evidence that the “Sex & The City” star could give Cuomo a real fight. In a 2014 primary challenge, Zephyr Teachout, a virtually unknown candidate, secured 34 percent of the vote.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Endorses Cynthia Nixon for New York Governor

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Sarah Jessica Parker is the latest “Sex and the City” star to endorse Cynthia Nixon in her bid for New York Governor.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the actress wrote, “A mother. An activist. An advocate. A fighter. A NY’er. A dear friend. Running for Governor of our great state. My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote.”

Her post comes a few hours after the vaguely said in a statement to Page Six, “Cynthia has been my friend and colleague since we were little girls. I look forward to talking to her about her New York state gubernatorial bid.”

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Fellow “SATC” alum Kristin Davis endorsed Nixon earlier this month, minutes after the latter announced her bid.

“I am so proud of @cynthiaNixon, no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education. I know she would be an excellent Governor !” wrote Davis, who played Charlotte on the hit HBO series.

Kim Cattrall, when asked about what she thought about Nixon’s bid, said, “I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.”

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I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices. https://t.co/zae7nJ6VFi

— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) March 22, 2018

On March 19, Nixon made it official that she would run for governor of New York in a challenge to Andrew Cuomo.

“I love New York. I’ve never lived anywhere else,” said Nixon in a promotional video. “But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”

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In one of her first rallies as a New York gubernatorial candidate, former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon spoke up for “New York values” and mocked President Donald Trump as “that sad little miserable man.”

In a speech to supporters at New York City’s Stonewall Inn Wednesday night, Nixon credited Trump for making her candidacy more urgent than ever.

“Seventy percent of the people incarcerated in this state are simply awaiting trial and unable to make bail. Those are not New York values and we can’t accept them,” said Nixon. “Particularly at this moment when we have that sad little miserable man in the White House.”

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The remark was met with wild applause from the friendly audience at the iconic LGBT bar.

Nixon also had sharp words for former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who attacked Nixon as an “unqualified lesbian” earlier this week. Quinn, who like Nixon is also an out lesbian, is a close ally to the state’s sitting Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo.

“One of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an ‘unqualified lesbian,’” Nixon said Nixon to more cheers from her supporters. “I don’t have my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, but in my defense there is a lot of paperwork involved.”

“…one of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an “unqualified lesbian.” It’s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there’s a lot of paperwork required.” –@CynthiaNixon pic.twitter.com/SsniDUIF75

– Ethan Grey (@_EthanGrey) March 22, 2018

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Quinn swiftly walked back the remarks on Wednesday in an (almost) apology on Twitter.

“Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her gubernatorial candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, ever, criticize someone because of their identity,” said Quinn, who lost a 2013 bid to be NYC mayor to fellow Democrat Bill DeBlasio.

“I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us,” she said. “The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter. I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record.”

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After publicly toying with the idea for several weeks, Nixon on Monday officially announced her plan to challenge Cuomo in the Democratic primary.

Her Wednesday speech was not the first time Nixon has criticized Trump. But the “Sex and the City” actress does have at least a passing familiarity with the reality-star president, who personally handed her her first Emmy back in 2004.

You can watch a recording of Nixon’s full remarks at Stonewall below.

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When Cynthia Nixon announced on Tuesday that she is running for Governor of New York, one of her harshest detractors was New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who dismissed the “Sex and the City” star as an “unqualified lesbian.”

Fortunately for Quinn, Nixon doesn’t have any hard feelings about the diss. In fact, she even agrees — sort of. At the launch party for her campaign, held Wednesday night at LGBT rights landmark the Stonewall Inn, Nixon laughed off Quinn’s comments, joking that she really is unqualified.

“When I announced yesterday that I’m running for gov, one of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an “unqualified lesbian,” Nixon said in her speech, part of which was posted to Twitter. “It’s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there’s a lot of paperwork required.”

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Quinn, a close ally of current New York governor Andrew Cuomo, ran for Mayor of New York in 2013. At the time, Nixon endorsed her opponent, Bill de Blasio, something that appeared to be very much on Quinn’s mind when the actress announced her candidacy.

“Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City,” Quinn said Tuesday in an interview with the New York Post. “Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn’t qualified to be the governor.”

While Quinn may have been juxtaposing her sexuality alongside Nixon’s as a rhetorical flourish, the barb didn’t go over well. Reactions ranged from anger to mockery. In a statement to TheWrap, Quinn said she didn’t intend to criticize Nixon for her sexual identity — especially since she is a lesbian herself.

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“Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her gubernatorial candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, ever, criticize someone because of their identity. I’ve experienced that kind of criticism time and time again and I would never support it or condone it,” she told TheWrap. “As a lesbian who ran one of the most high-profile races in the country, I know what that’s like. And I know it’s imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office. Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York, despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials. I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us. The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter. I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record.”

“I love New York. I’ve never lived anywhere else,” said Nixon in a promotional video this week. “But something has to change. We want our government to work again, on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”

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Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn clarified her assertion that Cynthia Nixon wasn’t fit to be governor of New York because she was an “unqualified lesbian.”

In a four-part Twitter statement, Quinn didn’t quite apologize, but said that her intention has been misinterpreted.

To be clear, Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, EVER, criticize someone because of their identity. I’ve experienced it time and time again, and would never support it or condone it. As a lesbian who ran one of the most high profile races in the country, i know what that’s like. And I know it’s imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office. Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials. I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us. The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter. I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record.

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To be clear, Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, EVER, criticize someone because of their identity. 1/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

I’ve experienced it time and time again, and would never support it or condone it. As a lesbian who ran one of the most high profile races in the country, i know what that’s like. And I know it’s imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office. 2/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials. I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us. 3/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter. I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record. 4/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

On Monday, “Sex and the City” alum Nixon announced that she would challenge New York’s current governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. Quinn, a Cuomo ally, used Nixon’s sexuality as part of a larger attack, blasting the star as unqualified for the top job.

“Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City,” said Quinn, referring to her own mayoral candidacy, in an interview with the New York Post. “Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn’t qualified to be the governor.”

The comments quickly went viral with people reacting with a mix of outrage and mockery.

HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen tweeted out that “unqualified lesbian” might be a good new Twitter name if she did “this kind of thing”

If I did this kind thing I would change my twitter name to Unqualified Lesbian.

– Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) March 20, 2018

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NY Governor Second Guesses DA in Harvey Weinstein Case

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered an investigation of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, following outcry over a failed 2015 prosecution of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Cuumo announced he has mobilized New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — a prominent critic of Weinstein who abruptly halted the sale of The Weinstein Company over alleged executive negligence and a lack of compensation for his accusers — to lead the inquiry.

“There are questions about the handling of the 2015 sexual assault case of Ms. Ambra Battilana against Harvey Weinstein,” Cuomo said in a late-breaking Monday statement, referring to a recent open letter from the #TimesUp movement.

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“The Manhattan District Attorney is currently in the midst of a separate investigation …  I have directed the Attorney General to begin a review of the 2015 case in a way that does not interfere with the current investigation and … to review the entire matter and report to me on its findings,” he continued.

Cuomo stressed it was “critical not only that these cases are given the utmost attention but also that there is public confidence in the handling of these cases.”

The #TimesUp letter was published in New York Magazine’s vertical The Cut on Sunday, and specifically wanted Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance probed “to determine the facts related to the decision not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein for sexual abuse crimes against one of his accusers, Ambra Battilana.”

Their specific concerns regard Vance’s response to a 2015 NYPD audio recording of Weinstein pressuring Battilana for sex, and admitting that he had groped her in the past. The audio recording was among the biggest revelations in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker piece on Weinstein, which rocked the country last October.

According to Farrow, police sources at the time were angry at Vance’s decision not to use the audio to make a case against Weinstein.

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“We are confident that any review will confirm that our Office has pursued its investigation without fear or favor, based on the merits alone,” said Manhattan DA spokesman Danny Frost.

“We will of course provide the Attorney General with any necessary information, and expect that he will promptly determine that our Office has been guided solely by the facts and the law,” Frost said.

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Ask and you shall receive. Shortly after the Time’s Up advocacy group wrote an open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to launch an “independent investigation” of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in regards to his handling of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Cuomo called for a review of how he handled the charges.
The Time’s Up letter, which was endorsed by actresses including Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, and Julianne Mooredemanded a full review…