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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to storm-ravaged Texas on Friday to review the damage from last week’s winter blast that brought bitter-cold temperatures and caused widespread power and water outages in the Lone Star State, the White House announced on Tuesday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the daily news briefing that the president will meet with local leaders “to discuss the winter storm relief efforts” and the “incredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas.”

While there, Biden will visit a coronavirus health center where the vaccine is being distributed.

In an interview on Sunday, Psaki suggested Biden could travel to Texas to show his support for Texans.

But she said, Biden was very mindful of the fact that it’s not a light footprint for a president to travel to a disaster area. He does not want to take away resources or attention.”

The president on Saturday signed a major disaster declaration for Texas that freed up federal funds to help the state recover and rebuild from the storm.

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A Fort Worth police officer was fired Monday for a “racially insensitive” social media post — less than a month after another department cop was axed for the same reason.

The post made by Officer Kelly Kujawski was discovered on Feb. 5 by a colleague, kicking off an Internal Affairs probe that concluded she violated the department’s policy on social media use.

Chief Neil Noakes “concurred with the chain of command determination that Officer Kujawski was in violation of department General Orders and that her conduct brought unfavorable criticism upon the department,” the Fort Worth Police Department said in a Monday statement.

Kujawski’s termination comes after former Officer Chadwick Hughes was fired last month for publishing “racially insensitive and inappropriate” social media posts, WFAA reported.

Two other officers in the department were also fired in recent weeks for separate alleged offenses, the report said.

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Chris Cuomo addresses brother Andrew’s sexual harassment scandal

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Monday addressed the mounting sexual harassment scandal engulfing his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, telling viewers that he “obviously” would not be covering it.

“Obviously I am aware of what’s going on with my brother,” the anchor said at the top of his primetime show. “And obviously I cannot cover it, because he is my brother.”

“Now, of course CNN has to cover it,” the host continued. “They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.”

“I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so,” Cuomo, 50, added. “There’s a lot of news going on that matters also so let’s get after that.”

The awkward acknowledgement came as a third woman came forward to accuse the governor, 63, of inappropriate sexual behavior.

In response to Chris Cuomo’s statement, several on Twitter said it made sense for the journalist to recuse himself from covering a family member.

However, others noted that no such conflict of interest seemed to exist when things were going well for Andrew Cuomo.

The governor made regular appearances on his younger brother’s show at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The two would joke around during the segments, including about Andrew’s relationship status.

CNN recently reinstated a ban on Chris covering his sibling after an exclusive Post report found his administration covered up thousands of nursing home COVID-19 deaths.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday was accused of making unwanted advances toward a woman and planting an unsolicited kiss on her cheek at a 2019 wedding.

“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Anna Ruch, 33, recalled to The New York Times.

“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed.”

The allegation comes after two former state staffers accused Cuomo, 63, of sexual harassment on the job — including one who claimed the governor kissed her without warning at his Manhattan office, which he has denied.

Unlike the other two women, Ruch has never been employed by the governor or the state, according to the Times.

A former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign, Ruch and Cuomo met at a crowded New York City wedding reception in September 2019, she told the newspaper.

Within moments of being introduced, Ruch claims the gov put his hand on the small of her lower back, which was exposed in an open-back dress.

“I promptly removed his hand with my hand, which I would have thought was a clear enough indicator that I was not wanting him to touch me,” she told the Times.

But the governor apparently didn’t get the hint.

He allegedly noted that Ruch seemed “aggressive” — and then placed his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her, according to the report.

“I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment,” Ruch said.

Ruch said she was so shocked, she had to ask a friend whether the gov’s lips had actually touched her face as she was pulling away. She was told that he kissed her cheek.

The pal captured the encounter in a series of photographs, including one provided to the Times that shows Cuomo holding Ruch’s face.

“It’s the act of impunity that strikes me,” Ruch said. “I didn’t have a choice in that matter. I didn’t have a choice in his physical dominance over me at that moment. And that’s what infuriates me.”

Other instances of Cuomo’s past creepy behavior have resurfaced on social media amid the sexual harassment allegations — including how he once asked a female journalist to “eat the whole sausage” in front of him at the 2016 New York State Fair.

A spokesman for the governor didn’t directly address Ruch’s account, instead referring the Times to a statement Cuomo released Sunday night where he tried to explain away the claims from his former aides as “jokes” that were misinterpreted as “unwanted flirtation.”

“To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that,” the statement said.

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