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>> make sure you download the fox news app. open up your camera, scan the qr code on your screen. happy valentine's day. >> bill: good morning, everybody. fox news alert. three big stories we're watching. here is one. governor andrew cuomo facing calls to resign after a top aide admitted that the state covered up the number of deaths in nursing homes because of covid. >> dana: huge story. a critical day in the fight to reopen schools. the cdc expected to talk about new guidelines for getting kids in the classroom. >> bill: the daytona 500 this weekend. on friday good morning, i'm bill hemmer live in new york. >> dana: i'm dana perino. "america's newsroom." ready for the nascar race? >> bill: back-to-back super bowl weekends.
>> dana: nascar started in -- i had my fun facts. 1948. >> bill: on the beach? >> dana: imagine how different the cars are. >> bill: it started on the beach in daytona. did you know that? >> dana: i did not know that. now i know a lot more about nascar than i did when we started. i'm excited to talk to these three drivers. >> bill: great week let's finish strong. top aide to governor cuomo telling democrats on a call the state withheld data on nursing home deaths for fear being investigated by the trump white house. laura engel has more on this. >> good morning. the number of covid-19 nursing home deaths are staggering. equally so is the alleged cover-up. many people have been calling on the cuomo administration for transparency for months and now
we have the numbers. last night the "new york post" reported the secretary to the governor, melissa, derosa allegedly admitted the cuomo administration has been withholding the true number of deaths in nursing homes due to covid in a video call with state democratic leaders telling them we froze out of fear the true numbers would be used against the administration by federal prosecutors. according to the most recent numbers released by the state more than 15,000 people died in nursing homes, which is over 6,000 more deaths than previously released by the state prior to the january attorney general report. derosa apologizing on the call reportedly telling lawmakers one reason they kept the larger numbers under wraps was because she claimed then president donald trump was turning the issue into a political football and that he was directing the department of justice to do an investigation. it was an argument that, according to the post, did not go over well with some on the
call. state republicans now calling for an investigation. >> i called for governor cuomo's resignation. this is probably going to look like criminal behavior. this is now the cover-up. >> a senior advisor to the governor cuomo issued this statement to fox quote, we explained that the trump administration was in the midst of a politically motivated effort to blame democratic states for covid deaths and we were cooperating with federal document productions and that the priority and now it is over we can address the state legislature. all this on top of new information obtained by the associated press showing that more than 9,000 recovering covid patients in new york were released into nursing homes under that controversial directive by the governor that forced nursing homes to take sick patients in. over 40% higher than what the state health department originally released. governor cuomo expected to head to washington, d.c. today to
meet with president biden to deal with the federal issue of the pandemic. much more to come on this developing story. >> bill: thanks. it's early on in this breaking story. thank you for that. >> dana: let's talk more about it with jonathan turley law professor and fox news contributor. the new york republican party saying this was premedicate tateed and violation of state laws and amounts to a federal obstruction of justice. the governor will want to defend himself but how do you see it? >> i think we have to be very cautious when we talk about criminal acts when you have the withholding of information. either in the federal or the state government this type of tension exists between the two branches. what you have to look for is whether anyone made false statements to the federal government or to the state legislature that might constitute a crime. secondly you can look at whether there is impeachable conduct. in new york it's difficult to
impeach someone as it is in the federal government. the only time it has happened might have been in 1913 with william sulser. the only governor successfully removed. that goes to a different set of standards. whether what the governor is accused of doing warrants his removal. but we have to be cautious on the criminal side. we need to see a clear or strong criminal allegation. that usually involves false information or the withholding of evidence or destruction of evidence. we haven't seen that yet. >> bill: so what he argued then, late march, is that you had to open up space in the hospitals for more patients to come in and that's why the order went out. i guess you could argue negligence. but then could he come back and say we knew so little about it then, to which others could argue well, if we trusted your view a year ago, how can we
trust your view on covid a year later? if you don't know what you were talking about then, how do you know what you're talking about now? >> well, i think there is ample room for possible condemnation. there have been longstanding debates about his decision with nursing homes that may have cost a number of lives. whether it's a political matter that goes to impeachment or next election or a criminal matter. on the criminal side, we have to look for what the governor's staff actually told federal and state committees, investigators and agencies. those can trip wires for criminal conduct. we have to be cautious. we have to see that evidence. >> dana: let me ask you about the other story we're covering this week, the impeachment trial that continues in the senate. listen to house impeachment managers at the end of their day yesterday. >> if you don't find this a high crime misdemeanor today
you have set a new terrible standard for presidential misconduct. >> impeachment is not to punish but to prevent. we are not here to punish donald trump. we are here to prevent the seeds of hatred that he planted. >> dana: like your thoughts on that and moving forward. want to point this out getting a lot of attention today. a report that senators cruz, graham and lee all republicans met with president trump's legal team before this all got underway. some suggest it is inappropriate. what say you? >> first of all i've worried about this in the past. there has been coordination between the white house and their party that happened in the clinton impeachment, it happened in the trump impeachment. senators need to be cautious. they are jurors. but they are not like any jurors any of us would accept. you would strike most of them for cause. most of them have already
declared how they are going to vote. in some cases before any evidence was submitted. so this is a jury of political actors. also constitutional actors. they don't take an oath to be politicians in this trial. they take on oath to carry out a constitutional function. we don't know how much coordination there is but this is the type of thing that has happened in the past in terms of senators talking for example to white house teams and defense teams. now in terms of what happened yesterday, i think the most glaring problem for the house, which did a very good job. i think they did an excellent job in their presentation, but it was the substance of the argument that was flawed in a critical respect. they briefly talked about trump's state of mind but they tried to prove it by showing clips going back years tying him to everything from the whitmer kidnapping conspiracy
to past protests. that would not be allowed in a regular court of law. this isn't a regular court of law. but it is what they didn't do. they had four weeks after the snap impeachment to lock in the testimony of witnesses. they didn't do that. instead they referred to news accounts, in some cases anonymous sources, to establish what the president said or did. the question is why? why wouldn't you have gone and called some of these witnesses who are speaking publicly and get their testimony in the house? and i think that will be a more glaring problem going forward. >> dana: jonathan turley, thank you so much. >> bill: thank you, sir. we'll speak again very soon. what's on the menu for lunch today? friday money team today. got a lot to get to financially. here is the one thing that sticks out. i want to play two clips for you. joe biden from 2019. i think it was in iowa. and then a clip from this past week about china, what they are
doing and how the u.s. competes. watch. >> i don't know a single solitary one who would not change places with the problems the president of the united states has versus the problems they have. china is going to eat our lunch? come on, man. >> they will eat our lunch. they have major, major new initiatives on rail and they have rail at 125 miles per hour with ease. they are working very hard to do what i think we are going to have to do. >> bill: what changed, steve? if we don't get moving they're going to eat our lunch. >> it is a total contradiction. i happen to agree with joe biden if we get our economic policies right and continue to pursue free market policies, not big massive increases in spending and taxes, i think the united states model is going to defeat the chinese model. so i think to a large extent
this idea that china will overtake us is wrong. i will bet on the united states. but i don't quite know where joe biden is, austan. he keeps changing his position. >> dana: austan, do you know where biden is on it? >> his policy has been the same all along, which is that starting a needless trade war with china, trying to get this first stage deal which the trump administration trumpeted and china has not abided by, and alien ateing our allies was a mistake. to confront china we need to get the allies on our team so we can collectively go up against china and i think that's what he will continue to do. i do agree with steve that the u.s. model, if carried out correctly, i think has a better chance of success than a command and control model like the one operated in china.
i still think you want allies. you don't want to alienate and threaten trade war on your allies for the last three years. >> bill: americans would not be in tune with this issue unless president trump put a focus on it. "wall street journal" u.s. debt on track to hit record 107% of g.d.p. by the year 2031. you have that, steve, and now talk about another bill. covid bill 1.9 trillion, now there is talk about infrastructure coming after that. i think the price tag on that could be two trillion as well. what do you think they get done ultimately? >> first of all, if you look at the increase in the deficit that even the biden administration is asking for this year, it is just short of 4 trillion. the number was 3.8 trillion in the budget resolution. that's how much they want the
borrow in one single year, bill. if you look at that number in comparison with american history, that is more money adjusted for inflation in one year than the united states government borrowed to finance the revolutionary war, civil war, world war i, the great depression, and world war ii. come on, these numbers are gigantic. i worry about a financial crisis if we continue to escalate this debt at this enormous pace. i think it is reckless. >> dana: austan, is there a possibility of overdosing on the medicine in this covid relief bill when covid is starting to get a little better and the vaccines are getting out there? to a financial crisis as steve suggesting it could. what have we done? >> well, first of all, if you are the person that lights the burgers on fire you shouldn't be complaining your meat is overcooked. how did we get to this point? we had a massive bungled effort to fight the pandemic.
we'll have a million americans dead, down played the virus and now after cutting taxes for high-income people by $2 trillion running the largest deficits in the history of the united states or the world you will complain that the democrats are trying to deal with this mess that you left them and that it costs money to do that? >> i have to respond to that. first of all a couple of things. the reason we are going to get out of this crisis and the reason i'm optimistic about the second half of this year is because of operation warp speed that we have this vaccine that is going to be readily available to most americans by hopefully the middle of april. that's a game changer. but the other thing, austan, that we have not got a good answer from the biden administration on is why do you want to speend 1.8 trillion when dana and bill we have over 1 trillion of previous money that still hasn't been spent? why don't we spend that money
first? >> because the unemployment rate is actually pushing something like 10%. >> bill: it's a big number. janet yellen saying they want to go big so they save the jobs and want to get a full employment in a year. tough job to do. we'll see whether or not it happens. gentlemen, have a great weekend and come back next week. thanks. >> dana: fox news alert. deadly pile-up in texas, massive crash on an icy highway left six people dead and dozens injured. the pile-up of more than 100 vehicles was outside ft. worth as cars and trucks crashed into one another on an interstate covered with black ice. a number of hospital and emergency workers who were heading to work were involved in the crash. police say that multiple people are still in critical condition. the cold weather that caused the crash will make its way across the country this weekend as several states will experience freezing cold temperatures and strong winds. very hard to watch and very
troubling and wondering about the treatment of the roads and that bridge did that not happen. >> bill: you see the pictures. metal and steel back-to-back to back. in a moment there is an anti-trump group caught up in a harassment scandal that could be facing a whole new world of legal hurt. we'll explain what's happening with the lincoln project today. plus this. >> we're going to listen to science and medical experts. the president will not rest until every school is open five days a week. that is our goal. that is what we want to achieve. >> dana: president biden accused of siding with teachers unions over science. will the announcement today help break the gridlock. we'll talk about it with jason riley. >> bill: a mother taking matters into her own hands. the take down. what prompted that will stun you coming up. ther carriers with 2 unlimited lines for less than $30 each.
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>> dana: as we await new guidance from the cdc reopening schools parents across the country and the tough decision whether to keep their children out of school and remote learning. for some students catholic schools are the preferred alternative. douglas kennedy has more for us. how catholic schools are doing. douglas? >> a lot of parents are now wondering how much their kids are really learning online. it is a worry one mother in massachusetts decided to do something about. >> he is able to go to school now in person every day. >> that's right. it has been incredible. >> last year massachusetts mom anne marie sutton had a choice for her 7-year-old son miles. free public school in and over which just announced it was going online, or paying tuition
at st. augustine's which committed itself to in-person learning. a very difficult decision. most people agree online schooling is just inferior. >> yes. it was a very difficult decision to move my son from the environment he was comfortable in. looking at the online and hybrid schooling it is a challenge and doesn't give the children what they need especially at the elementary age. >> she isn't alone in choosing private school during the pandemic. in fact like st. augustine's more than half of the private schools across the country have reported a spike of interest over the past year. keeping kids in class has become a mantra for all catholic schools in boston. >> july 15th i remember the date well. the public school unions and district announced they were opening late and remote. and literally when it hit the evening news our phone started ringing off the hook.
>> tom carroll is the superintendent of schools for the archdiocese in boston. why are you able to keep schools open when public schools say they can't? >> the real fact is they can open and we've proven they can. we have 35,000 people in our schools across 100 schools and we have virtually no cases. and currently we have no spread within the schools. >> carroll points out private schools don't have to negotiate with teachers unions which have opposed or blocked school reopenings in chicago, los angeles and a number of other cities and states. he maintains schools can keep kids and teachers safe with strict protocols. >> the kids wear masks, we separate the kids. we socially distance them and sanitize the buildings on a regular basis. >> measures which give sutton comfort and that she made the right choice. >> it is not just about better
teaching but socialization is really important. kids being around other kids. >> absolutely. that was a big part of it for us. we couldn't envision our son being home for a year without interacting with other children. >> interacting with other children and getting a head start on hissed indication. that's it from here, back to you, dana and bill. >> dana: thank you so much for that report. we appreciate it. no spread, no cases. >> bill: for more on the administration's plan to reopen we bring in jason rad it's whether or not the unions have overplayed their hand. have they? >> i think they have and we just heard it in that report why i think they have. people have come to realize because of this pandemic not just how much power the teachers unions have over public education but how much power they have over our lives,
bill. if working parents can't go to work because their kids are at home it affects the daily lives of hundreds of millions of americans. what we see here are teachers unions concerned not about public health really but about using this crisis to leverage more pay and benefits for their members and that's what is going on here. i think that more and more americans are getting wise to it. i think yes, they are overplaying their hand. >> dana: two well-known democrats are trying to give president biden advice. they said biden says they start dropping out of college the third grade. rendell saying he should tell the teachers unions i wouldn't have done it if the cdc didn't say it was a safe process. do you think any of that will persuade either biden or the teachers unions to move forward?
>> well, that's not coming from those democrats out of principle, that's coming out of political expedience right now. the truth of the matter is the unions have all this power with the help of democrats working together for decades particularly in the big cities like chicago and philadelphia and new york and los angeles. in return for political support for the unions, these democratic politicians particularly in the big cities carry water for the unions and that's the reason the unions have all this power. joe biden can't reopen these schools. he doesn't have the power as president to do that. but he could use his bully pulpit to put pressure on unions on the state and local efforts to reopen. he is reluctant to do that because he knows the important role unions play financially and foot soldiers on election day getting people to the polls. so he is very reluctant to cross the labor unions because he knows many of these big city
democratic politicians are essentially on the payroll of these big unions. >> bill: some think they own him. you can argue that. two weeks ago the cdc director said it is safe to do it. we'll see what the cdc says today. i don't know why we're going to wait two more weeks for the ruling. that was her guidance two weeks ago. why not withhold the money unless your school reopens, jason? >> i think that's a great idea but again, we know who the democratic party from president biden on down answers to and it is the teachers unions. these are very large and powerful institutions and they are in control here. we know this. joe biden comes in and says in the first 100 days i want schools to be open and then he redefines what opens means to be open one day a week for in-person learning which fits no one's definition of being open. by the way, that was already the case before he took office.
so again, this is just rhetoric coming out of the white house and the teachers unions and what the democratic party really has to decide is whether they want to continue carrying water for these unions or do what's right for american families who need to get back to work and can't do so until their kids can get back to school. >> bill: jason, thank you. we'll see what they decide today when the rules come out. nice to have you on today from the "wall street journal." >> dana: "wall street journal" op-ed accusing president biden of fumbling on the nation's opioid crisis. the panel dives into his roll back of a trump policy that increased access to one of the most effective treatments. the president pledged unity during the election. democrats are going it alone from everything from climate policy and covid relief. we'll talk to jim messina and how it could impact control of congress in 2022.
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of its co-founders after posting her private twitter messages on their account. jennifer horn is her name. she left the anti-trump group about a week ago. she says she did not give them permission to post her messages. it also comes after reports that the group's leadership knew about harassment accusations against the founder john weaver back in the month of june. gillian turner putting all this together running it down in washington, d.c. now. >> good morning. at the risk of sounding like an infomercial that's not all. the tweets and the firestorm ensued and potential litigation the group may now face only part of the story of the crisis the lincoln project is in. six former employees are calling ton organization to whaifsh non-disclosure agreements and penned an open letter to the "new york times" saying they want to disclose information, quote, that would aid the press, public and donors and answer any questions relevant to the public interest. now the lincoln project's
leaders have long been fiercely critical of president trump's ndas. the co-founding tweeting that the then president's ndas weren't legally enforceable and there is something there. the trump nda wall will eventually break and open up vast avenues for reporting. this comes right on the heels of the scandal surrounding john weaver, another co-founder accused of sexually harassing young men. the leadership last year was informed of at least 10 specific allegations of harassment against him. two involving claims of his own employees. but then last month when these reports first surfaced the lincoln project issued a statement denying it knew anything insisting they were, quote, shocked. on the tweets the lincoln project has published, another co-founder horn, she is making
a direct appeal to twitter. hey twitter, i did not give consent. what horn is insisting is these were her private messages. she has no idea how the lincoln project obtained them legally. they have taken the tweets down now also after george conway tweeted he believed posting them appeared to violate federal law. one more thing before i toss back to you. we are now tracking that the f.b.i. is now opening up an investigation into john weaver. i have reached out to them. fox news hasn't confirmed this. as soon as we hear back i'll let you know. >> bill: they raised a lot of money in their efforts to go against the president. gillian turner watching it. there is a lot to watch. too. >> dana: president biden rolling back trump administration climate policies and even democrats are warning him now is not the right time as the gop says it is taking aim at moderate democrats with hopes of winning control of
congress in 2022. let's bring in jim messino, former chief of staff under president obama. you're cold in montana. >> but all is good, it is cold. >> bill: 2022 senate reelection dems will defend 14 seats, republicans will defend 20 seats. you have all this covid relief spending, maybe infrastructure after that. karl rove was making the case some of the bail-outs could be perceived as a pay-out and made the case the following way how it could hurt democrats. >> it adds up to trillions. that's going to be the issue, i think. all this money going to blue states for little good purpose or not enough good purpose. it will be a problem for the democrats. >> bill: jim, defend that. what do you think? >> well look, president has been president for 24 days. people try to game out the next mid-term elections and who has helped and hurt are crazy and
missing the one big point. we don't know what is happening with the vaccine and economy. we're way away from figuring out which seats are in play and what's going on. what is true is members of both parties want the coronavirus gone. they want the economy fixed and they want the parties to work together. that's what they said over and over and over and that's the message both parties have got to heed and actually work together. >> dana: do you think biden will be able to do that? kyrsten sinema of arizona is saying i'm a no on the covid relief bill if the $15 per hour minimum wage is included. >> look, i think he will have to do that. it's what he is good at. when i was white house deputy chief of staff negotiating big packages including the largest economic relief bill ever we didn't send president obama to the hill we sent joe biden. he could work with both parties and bring them together and get
the deal done. of course there is going to be tough members on both parties. this is what he is good at. i think he was made for this time. is it going to be easy? no? working with both sides on every bill? no. it means putting your arm around the other party and saying hey, can i get you to work together on this? that's what he is good at. >> dana: time is ticking. they say they're moving forward. you're up there in montana. the keystone pipeline getting a lot of attention. the president canceling that within his first six hours. i was interested in former democratic senator heidi heitkamp trying to win general elections with actions like this. >> you will not have a majority governing party unless you begin to address that is shaving off some of the margins in the ruby red places. what we can do working together.
instead of that oh, just go build solar panels. it is like so fricking tone deaf. that's what we need to fix in the democratic party. >> dana: what do you think of that? >> she is right. i think she is absolutely right. i'm sitting in montana and we members of both parties have to start working together to get some of these things done. the democratic party needs to understand we're losing rural votes in a historic way. part of that is our messaging on economic issues. we need to look at that and say how do we do better? joe biden did better. he did five points better in rural america than hillary clinton did because he talked about these issues and came out and said i won't ban fracking. he talked about renewable jobs plan that created jobs. and so we need to follow the biden example and find ways to reach out. >> dana: he did say that during the campaign. but canceled the keystone pipeline within the first six hours on the job.
>> right, but the question is going forward what he does and how we put together a climate and jobs plan. right now he is working with infrastructure. i think he can get bipartisan support and get members of both parties to work together to create jobs and i think that's what you are going to see him do. >> bill: if that's the case they will have to pass back-to-back two trillion dollar spending plans that are massive and see whether or not those in the middle will go for it. manchin, sinema and others. hope to bring you back soon. 17 below in montana. president biden putting an end to the trump emergency order funding a border wall. what happens now? then candidate biden assured americans that china was not a big threat. is he changing his tune now that he is in office? we'll look at the challenges from one of our top geopolitical foes.
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quadruple the admission of immigrants to the country. what are republicans saying? >> they're largely keeping their powder dry for his wider immigration bill due the land on capitol hill next week rather than responding to the significant but more incremental measures the president is taking now. this particular new policy for instance restores the processing of migrants at the southern border seeking asylum doing away with the remain in mexico policy. on february 19, starting slowly with up to 300 people a day, those migrants will be processed and allowed into the united states to await their next hearing. the white house says the change is necessary but will be carefully managed to prevent a flood of migrants crossing the border. >> the president is committed
to putting in place in partnership with our department of homeland security a moral and humane process for processing people at the border but that capacity is limited and it means we are not equipped to process people at the pace that we would like to do. >> some local law enforcement officials who work the border say it is the wrong move at the wrong time and will simply encourage many more would be migrants to flood the border. >> we're playing a political losing game on the southern border with the american people. reversing the orders of president trump is it done based on they were good programs or because it's because president trump put them in place? >> there are some 25,000 asylum seekers in mexico with active cases. at the currently proposed rate of 300 a day it would take 83
days to process each of those cases. that will likely be too many migrants processed too quickly for some on the right. not enough and too slowly for some on the left. >> bill: changing policies there in l.a. thanks. >> we never got an apology or any remorse from this governor and i believe he should be in jail. >> dana: janice dean with strong words for u.s. governor andrew cuomo after deaths from covid in nursing homes. we're inside the stadium in daytona where matt finn is covering the largest sporting event since the start of the pandemic. we'll talk to three drivers representing the fox team after the break. -go talk to him. -yeah, no. plus it's not even like he'd be into me or whatever. ♪♪
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tote yeah 500 is set for sunday. the great american race will have less people in the stands due to covid but still be the largest crowd at a sporting event since the pandemic begin. matt finn is live in daytona with more. what's going on? >> this venue seats 101,000 people limited to just 30,000 this year. people with campers are being asked to space out and they had to have their temperatures taken. >> this is the grill cooking area. >> we're distanced. this is our camp site. there is another space. >> we've been tested a couple times. i have the antibody test. should be good to go. >> lots of guidance to stay apart from each other. wear your mask when you are up in the stands and all that good stuff. >> i have personally been tested. the guy take came from upstate new york was tested. not sure of the other guys. >> we practiced social distancing six fee. you want to
have a good time and you have to be safe. >> it is a nice getaway from the news actually, no offense. >> look at the beautiful world we have to live in. we have to enjoy it. >> fans inside the stands have to space out six feet and wear their mask, dana. >> dana: i love it that you included that sound bite from the guy. no offense taken. >> bill: we're not offended. want to bring in cody ware, josh bilicki and joey gase. josh, do you first. has this been different for you in preparation, or not? >> this is my first daytona 500. the stands aren't full but we're here and the infield feels busy. i'm excited for my first daytona 500 a. have fox nation in the car.
>> dana: you started at the age of 8 your racing career. are there a lot of kids out there who want to do what you do? what would you tell them. >> never give up. there are a lot of times in my career where things weren't going very good you always kept on digging and there was always something better going on and you didn't know it yet. if your dream is to be a race car driver start young and work at your local level and work your way up. >> bill: cody, racing runs in your family. who is going to win sunday? >> yeah. hopefully me. my grandfather grew up racing in the 60s and 70s. my dad in the 80s and 90s. taking the torch and carrying on the family business and glad to be part of this great american race with my family. what better way to do it. >> bill: love that. >> dana: i have a question about does the fact that nascar has loyal, loyal, fans, josh, what kind of feedback do you hear from them in these times of covid? nascar was the first to have an
event even when we had the pandemic beginning. >> for us to be the first major sporting league back was huge for us and our fans. our fans are very loyal and very american. i'm excited to have fox nation on the car. but there are some fans who might be upset they can't be here but at the end of the day we're still racing. tv numbers were great last year. if you aren't here catch the race on fox. >> bill: fantastic. great pitch. i like that. joey, do you have any -- on race day do you have any special thing you make sure you do for good luck? >> there is definitely a couple of things that i do but i don't like to say them because i feel if i say them they're no longer good luck. there definitely is and i think there is every driver that definitely has a few things lucky underwear, socks or something they have to do before they get in the race car. >> dana: cody, last question. you are racing on valentine's day. anyone special you're racing
for? >> not at the moment. single as a pringle. racing for my mom, racing for the family. maybe one day we'll find that special somebody. >> bill: great line. single as a pringle. josh and cody and joey, thank you, gentlemen. riding this weekend under the nation. good luck, all right? >> thanks for having us. >> dana: thanks, guys. bombshell report on a massive cover-up in the new york state nursing home scandal. how republicans are calling for governor cuomo to be prosecuted after one of his aides admitted they covered up thousands of nursing home deaths from coronavirus. welcome to a new hour of "america's newsroom" i'm dana perino. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. single as a pringle. >> dana: i never heard that before. i think they're all single. so -- guys, if you are out there and hesitating on asking somebody out this weekend, ask them out. it is part of life. indoor dining 25%. >> bill: come to new york. i think we're open.
i think. a little bit is open. so we've got this stunning admission coming as the true number of nursing home deaths is finally revealed. they covered it up because they feared investigation by federal prosecutors under the trump administration. the point being here that you have thousands and thousands of deaths that were not reported that are now being talked about here in new york. up to 9,000 going back to march and april of last year. >> dana: if you remember governor cuomo wrote a book, got an emmy. he is on his way to the white house right now meeting with president biden in the oval office about covid relief. i'm sure that the press will be asking questions. we'll get to it here. >> bill: there was so much interest in the news conferences that he held. a lot of people were hanging to his every word. we were in the early days of this. >> dana: remember all the celebrities praising his briefing to the point that -- >> bill: sure do. he made a decision to send
covid patients who were seniors being taken care of hospitals to tell the nursing homes they must take these patients back into the nursing home. well, the most vulnerable of all is the elderly. that was one thing we did know in the early days of covid. nonetheless we get the stunning news. >> dana: and staff that worked at the nursing homes didn't have the equipment to protect themselves or others either. >> bill: we talked to a number of people in new york calling for an investigation at a minimum. a resignation on behalf of the governor. >> dana: or impeachment they're even saying. >> bill: we're watching this, too. another alert day four. donald trump's impeachment trial. democrats rested their case. democrats maintain that incitement of insurrection --
>> dana: we'll see how much time they decide to take up. it might not take up their whole 16 hours. >> bill: some of the lead attorneys say maybe three to four hours for their presentation and they think by saturday it will be wrapped up. if that's true and there are no witnesses, which we know none at the moment, there could be a vote on saturday and this thing probably will then find an acquittal for the second time in 13 months. >> dana: we'll keep an eye on it. key part of the democrat's agenda could backfire and hurt people they're trying to help. the new heritage foundation found a $15 minimum wage could increase childcare costs by an average of 21% forcing providers to pass on the cost of higher wages to parents. the study claims the hardest hit states could see costs go up by over 30%. joining us is chris wallace, "fox news sunday" anchor. you've seen minimum wage debates in the past. how does this one shape up in
your mind? >> well, i think it shapes up in terms of the urgency of some democrats in the left wing of the democratic party. it has been so long. the minimum wage which is now $7.25 an hour has been in place since 2009. and you had the eight years of the biden -- of the obama presidency and now you have biden in and there have been a lot of democrats over the course of those 11 plus years saying we got to raise this, 7.25 means a lot of people stay at the poverty level. but with every argument there are the pluses and minuses. cbo, the nonpartisan congressional budget office came out with a report in the last couple of weeks that said if you raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, what they are talking about, it will mean that 1.4 million jobs are lost. on the other hand, 900,000 people will be raised from
poverty. so that's the trade-off is some people may say at $15 an hour i won't hire that person. on the other hand people making $7.25 and making $15 an hour will benefit. >> bill: heritage foundation writes this about the wage. the unintended consequences of a $15 minimum wage could force some parents to give up their jobs and causing others, especially single parents, to turn to non-licensed illegal childcare. one of the things that people are talking about if you go there. we'll see whether or not that's even in the bill. joe biden said a couple of times he doesn't think it will make it in there. chris, what is your sense if you are able to pass covid relief at 1.9 trillion initially and then you come back for maybe infrastructure after that and we were given a round figure of 2 trillion. you are at 4 trillion. how much of this can they get
through in what time frame, do you believe? >> well, let's just go specifically to minimum wage. i don't think it doesn't really matter what the biden administration wants to do or what senate democratic leaders want to do. kyrsten sinema a democratic senator from arizona and one of the more moderate center right senators in the democratic party has said i am not going to pass minimum wage as part of covid relief. it doesn't fit in there and has nothing to do with covid. i'll vote against it. that knocks out the idea of reconciliation or the nuclear option in the filibuster. if you don't have 50 senate votes you can't do anything. i think there are some other moderate mainstream center right democrats like joe manchin, a few of the others, john tester of montana who might not go along with it. i agree with you. i think they can only pass --
check with chad pergram -- i think they can only pass one reconciliation bill on any budget. if you use reconciliation the 50 votes plus the vice president harris on covid relief i'm not sure you can do it then on the infrastructure bill another $2 billion. at a certain point even in washington trillions of dollars is a lot of money. >> dana: i had to check with chad, too. because of last year i think they can try to do it twice this year. jim messina, former campaign manager for barack obama was on last hour. i asked him about kyrsten sinema, the arizona senator. his answer was joe biden is such a good legislative negotiator, he will be the one that convinces people to do the $15 an hour minimum wage. do you think so, chris? >> no. all i can say is kyrsten sinema gave an interview to "politico" on the website today saying she ain't going for the minimum wage as part of covid relief.
perhaps as a separate package but not as covid relief. she has taken a pretty bold position. i'm not sure even joe biden with all of his legislative skills and they are considerable is going to be able to change her mind and some others on this particular issue. >> bill: i threw manchin out of nevada kathryn cortez has had a lot of conversations with unions and one out of new hampshire. we'll see where they come down. i don't know where the show is going to be on sunday. you could have an impeachment vote tomorrow, saturday, and this thing could be over by then. what are you working on then at this point as you try and game this out, chris? >> we actually know, we're booked. we are going to have an unnamed -- not allowed to say the name -- a top biden administration health official to talk about the new cdc guidelines that are coming out today, this afternoon, about schools. and the question of whether or
not schools can safely reopen. joe biden remember talked about follow the signs. can they safely reopen even if teachers aren't vaccinated? we will also have two senators. even if the trial is over there is a lot of political fallout. did the democrats hurt themselves by having the trial. did republicans hurt themselves by standing by. amy klobuchar and lindsey graham. did the republicans hurt themselves by voting for trump despite the powerful evidence? what about donald trump and his political future. he is not going to be convicted or disqualified and can run for office again in 2024. >> dana: a packed show. >> bill: i think you need more than an hour. >> dana: a nice appetizer. we'll see you sunday. new york's nursing home scandal just got worse. it all started last march when governor cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept patients infected with covid-19. a bombshell report revealing his administration covered up the thousands of nursing home
deaths and bill, andrew cuomo was already scheduled to be in washington, d.c. today at the white house with president biden. have to imagine this might come up a little bit. >> bill: this is stunning. 9,000 patients sent home. an increase of 40% based on what we've been reporting earlier. prior to that we thought this number was considerably lower. now we know very different. the reason why the governors are going to the white house today is because president biden is making a pitch on the covid relief bill and we'll find out how much money they want to dole out to just not all the states but blue states that are deep into the red. but with regard to this, a couple things came our way. stephen miller tweeted this. cuomo will be in the oval tomorrow with biden. he said who is taking the over on questions shouted at him about purposely covering up nursing home data? it is curious how little curiosity the media have had about this story. >> dana: now they have a perfect opportunity to ask a question. i wonder also with the
governors if they'll ask a lot of questions about getting kids back in school. that is no longer a partisan issue. parents and kids want to be back in school. many teachers want to be back in school. cdc guidelines coming out. >> bill: if you go back to march 25th with the cuomo came down. the damage done is extraordinary affecting so many people including one of our own. >> dana: we'll have a lot more on this. next hour janice dean, who lost both her in-laws will be on "the faulkner focus". she is calling for a full investigation of cuomo's actions and more. >> bill: next hour governor cuomo meets with president biden in the white house. see whether or not there are any questions on this. stay tuned. a lot more forthcoming as we move throughout the morning here. >> if we don't get moving they'll eat our lunch. they have a imagine or new
initiatives on rail and they already have rail that goes 225 miles per hour with ease. they are working very hard to do what i think we'll have to do. >> bill: president biden talking to president xi. two hours. heightened tensions between d.c. and beijing. mike allen, former member of the security council under george w. bush. good morning. here is the situation. joe biden said about two years ago that there is no way china will eat our lunch. this week he said exactly that. so take you back to iowa may of 2019. >> china is going to eat our lunch? come on, man. >> bill: almost two years later has he found religion on the issue of china?
michael, can you hear us? >> yes. >> bill: has he found religion on china? what do you make on the reversal? >> he has definitely gotten religion. they shifted their rhetoric from somebody that china is not a threat to calling them extreme competitors. we'll have to watch them very, very closely. while they say they are competitors they are now saying that they really need their cooperation on everything from the pandemic to global climate change. so we have to monitor whether they're able to do two things at once. >> dana: there is so much happening with this relationship. one of them includes a national security angle and we know that joe biden talked to president xi for the first time this week. we don't know details about that. apparently "politico" thinks joe biden was tough. i have to ask you one of the big questions a national security issue surrounding
taiwan and south china sea. >> it's a very big issue. the call was very important because the american president -- any american president needs to lay down the issues at the outset of the relationship and show strength. example from history what's khrushchev side stepped john f. kennedy very early and determined him to be weak. as a result tested the united states. i know biden and xi have met before. they definitely needed to have a muscular conversation coming from the american side so they would know that even though trump is no longer in office, we're still going to have a very, very strong hawkish policy towards china. >> bill: that's your sense? >> i hope so. again we have to watch how much they want to cooperate on the side but dana rightly mentions taiwan. we have to be very, very careful. we need to arm them and sell
arms to them in a way that deters the chinese from trying to do a military takeover of the island. we need to gear our military strategy around that to deter them from doing that. that's what's very, very important for us going forward and it is important that biden sends such a message. >> dana: one of the things that the biden people keep saying we have to do better at home and get our own economy in place. when it comes to china, it is not just that, right, in terms of everything is under watch here. how can we deal with a country that is just determined to be a horrible presence all around the world including with many of our allies. you think about how europe. they get a little connected when it comes to things like huawei. >> they have been. huawei is something we followed for a long, long time. we're worried that the europeans don't see things quite clearly. they struck a european
investment deal with the chinese at the 11th hour in december of last year. and they said they wanted to work with us and here then they act unilaterally. we need to try to make our allies work with us. it is one of our advantages is the way we can take china on around the globe. but we really need to get on the same page as the europeans. not just on huawei but also in leading the 5g revolution. modern niezing telecommunications. this is going to be a driver of economic growth and technological superiority for decades to come and the united states needs to catch up and get its work done so we can take on the chinese. >> bill: michael, go eat your lunch. appreciate you coming on today. thanks. >> thank you. >> dana: new information in the long fight to free britney spears. what a judge just ruled about
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>> bill: the judge overruling her father's request to maintain sole control over her money for britney spears. he must split the duties with a firm. it a breaking news. >> i feel so bad for her. this is such a unique and delicate situation. she is under a co-conservatorship. her father and this wealth management company control her finances. the new news her dad objected to some language in the co-conservativeship regarding delegation of power and a judge denied his request. the reason this is getting so much attention today. in the court of public opinion i'm not saying it's true. many people believe and perceive her father to be the villain. like he has too much control
over his adult daughter's life and for him to be taken down a peg by this judge is being viewed as a win by some britney spears fans who don't want her in this conservatorship at all. >> dana: but she has -- i'm not the biggest pop music fan. i like my country music. i hear a lot on the peloton. she has put herself together. she has an amazing loyal fan base. she works her tail off. she is an adult woman. at this point i think she should be able to make some of her own decisions. >> i couldn't agree with her more. her lawyer said yesterday that it is no secret that she does not want her father to have any control of her finances but they said that getting him removed completely is an entirely separate issue. there is a new documentary out that's getting a lot of attention called framing brittany and details her life, fame and mental health issues
they struggled with that led to her conservatorship and she is being painted in a positive light. think bit. she was 16 years old when she wrote her first song. the biggest celebrity in the world and it affected her. so she has seen a lot of support from her fans and from people who are saying maybe her dad shouldn't have as much power as he does. not saying that he has any bad intentions at all. but there are some issues about the fact she is an adult woman. if she doesn't want her dad controlling her life why is he? >> she is 39. so far she has won on that. how much money we talking about? a lot. >> a lot of money. she has a big house and very much featured in instagram videos she posts. she is one of the biggest celebrities in the world. she had a show in vegas no longer happening. very profitable as well. she is financially set for life. it's a matter of who gets to control that money. >> dana: have some pride.
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turner of ohio is co-sponsoring mainstreaming addiction treatment act. dr. mark rosenberg is doctor, let me start with you. what did this ruling the trump administration did at the end of its term do and what is the fear that you have for doctors across the country not being able to prescribe it? >> patients who are in need of -- who have an overdose or are in withdrawal are frequently seeking medications to prevent them from going back into withdrawal. and this drug is one of the drugs that i can give to somebody, get them out of withdrawal, and stop them from seeking more drugs and potentially overdosing and dying from another injection of heroin or some like opioid. the trump administration opened up the doors and decreased
barriers to emergency physicians across the country and other physicians to prescribe this drug for those patients who can benefit. >> bill: the way understand it mike turner you are using an opioid to treat opioid addiction. you think how it ravaged your state of ohio. >> this bill would help remedy the issue that we've seen the biden administration try to undo the trump policy. we have a 10 year high with ravaging the state and impacting people's lives. this bill would change the ability for people to get this drug. over 40% of counties in the united states do not have a physician that is licensed to prescribe this drug making it more widely available will save lives. "wall street journal" reported in france they saw an 80%
reduction in opioid deaths as a result of this drug. we need to make certain this drug is available. the biden administration needs to change the policy and make this drug available to save lives. >> dana: let's talk about people. e.r. visits for opioid overdoses are up. you are an advocate for families and what they need. tell us what do the legislators need to hear about the people out there? >> people are going and seeking treatment and this bill that biden reversed is putting restrictions on them getting the medication they need so they don't overdose. these are our next door neighbors and family members. our loved ones. and when somebody is an active addiction you need to be mindful that it doesn't just affect that person. it affects the entire family and there is a whole gambit of
ramifications. if somebody is in addiction it affects their family, employment and productivity at employment. so we need to be mindful that this doesn't just affect one little aspect. this affects every aspect of a person's life. >> bill: doctor, i don't get it. when you think about all the progress we've made, why would you make a decision like this? >> well, this drug has saved more lives and gotten people out of withdrawal and prevented them from seeking more opioids than any other treatment that we've ever seen. and we see these results in france as has already been stated where 79 to 80% decrease in overdose deaths. to make this drug more widely available is important to fight
the large number of overdose deaths in the country. to make it more widely available and easier to prescribe should be the goal. >> bill: mike turner, can you answer it? why the reversal. all three of you are saying the same thing. doesn't make sense. >> i think it's one of those examples the biden administration trying to overdue everything the trump administration has done. even though many things they've done are important to our country. this will save lives, save our family and at the same time bipartisan support for the biden administration to reverse this. i bring a letter to the biden administration and to make this change. this drug needs to be more widely available and the biden administration needs to reverse its policy. >> bill: good luck with the fight. >> thank you.
>> bill: today in our black history month series we look at the life of carol moseley-braun. the first black woman elected to the u.s. senate. we have a look at her accomplishments and what they are. good morning. >> good morning. nice to see you. yeah, she grew up in a military family during the civil rights era and later became a huge political success. she accomplished so many firsts during her career paving a path for generations to come. >> they told me i could be anything i wanted to be and do whatever i thought i could set my mind to doing and i believed them. and that was how it was that i set out on this path. >> her own path of service won a barrier breaking success after serving a decade in the illinois house of representatives where she was the first from time african-american. she then became the first black
woman elected to the united states senate and the first female senators from illinois. >> i wasn't there to be a black senator or a woman senator. i was there to be the senator for illinois and that's what i tried my best to do. and i hope that posterity will say that i did. >> she was also the first woman to serve on the senate finance committee and one of the first women on the powerful judiciary committee. >> when you are in the room and you are able to speak up for people who might otherwise be voiceless, then you can make a difference and that's -- that's worth the price of admission. >> the senator fought for equal rights, healthcare and environmental policies and then was u.s. ambassador to new zealand and samoa. >> let me suggest a different way at looking at the international trading agreements. >> she ran for president if 2004. more than a decade later there was no shortage of women on the presidential debate stage.
>> if i had a tiny bit to do with that i'm happy about that. >> and she is still giving it her best. she says she has no plans of running for any other office but still busy. she is a new grandmother to twins, a boy and a girl. so she is enjoying that right now and just a reminder to see more great stories like this head over to foxnews.com/americans together. >> bill: big life. thank you for bringing that to us today. >> dana: it was great. donald trump's legal team is accusing democrats of playing by two sets of rules. watch. >> double standard all the way. if donald trump says something it means this. somebody else says something it's innocuous. >> dana: is a double standard at play in the trial? reince priebus is up next.
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>> bill: we await day four of the impeachment trial of donald trump now. political firestorm raging. house impeachment managers have already made their case and rested yesterday. trump's attorneys gear up to make opening arguments an hour and 17 minutes from now. republicans ripping democrats for leaving out key details from trump's speech on the 6th
of january accusing them of providing a false story. >> president trump if you look at his remarks on january 6th urged people to be peaceful and patriotic. he did not praise violence or encourage violence. >> that wasn't in the videos. >> they edited out the word peaceful. my point is simple. look, neither one of those were incitement. >> bill: reince priebus is here. good morning we should say to you. >> happy friday. >> bill: what we'll hear peacefully and patriotically quite a bit today. what is your expectation? >> that's right. the trump team is probably going to keep this thing pretty short but they have to be careful. they can't keep it too short where they look like they are disrespecting the senate process. remember, i don't think they will get 17 republicans but you have romney, you have people
retiring like shelby burr, portman, toomey. you have people like susan collins, murcowski. if you come out there and it looks like you are blowing it off you can't do that. but look, you're right. what the democrats have is a very good case of the fact that a bunch of criminals and thugs broke into the capitol and they should be prosecuted. they have a good case on that. but what trump needs to focus in on they don't have a good case that the president himself actually directed that criminal act. that's the first thing. the second thing is they have to talk about the president's state of mind. that he agrees these people are criminals and the third thing they have to focus on the constitutionality of removing someone who is not in office. because that quite frankly as you both know is where republicans are hanging their hat and they need to focus on that. >> dana: i had a question. for many of the rioters, most of the rioters who have been arrested so far, when reporters went and checked their voting
records it turns out that they didn't even vote in the general election on november 3 of 2020. what do you think of that? >> it doesn't surprise me because one of the things that a lot of folks that supported the president we found from 2016 to 2020 is that a lot of people that even went to the rallies didn't vote, either. if you recall, when the party or brad parscale or others who do the tweets about who was at the rallies you might recall there was always a line in there that said x percent didn't vote in 2016. so i guess i'm not surprised. >> bill: there is some breaking news on the lincoln project that you're aware of breaking last night. the allegations against john weaver about a week ago. now you have allegations of impropriety of raising $90 million and where the money went. a lot of these guys raised a
lot of money hating donald trump. where do you think this goes? >> well look, this is the problem when you build your brand around character, political purity, political righteousness, you know. the pharisees were the vipers because they held themselves out for something they weren't. there is a huge public relations problem. as for the f.b.i. the problem there is called discovery which is when they say i want to see every email you've ever had with this person, every text you've ever had and we'll interview everybody and all sig until communication we want to see it. when that happens that's when other things start happening and that's that part that things get worse.
>> bill: a lot of leaders went on tv and raised $90 million and 50 of the 90 million went to firms controlled by the group's leader is what is being reported today. >> dana: they were on 60 minutes. a lot more to come on that. six of the former employees are asking to be released from their non-disclosure agreements. we'll continue to follow the story. reince, nice to see you on friday. >> you bet, thank you. have a good weekend. >> dana: thanks. so we're still waiting for the cdc to release new guidance on reopening schools set to come out this afternoon. next we'll talk to dr. jennifer ashton about getting students back in classrooms and her new book about living in the covid era.
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forward to seeing and hearing the cdc guidelines to gain a better understanding of what steps that will entail or should entail. >> dana: expecting the new cdc guidelines this afternoon. jen psaki responding to criticism of president biden's plan for reopening school aiming to open half the schools for a minimum of one day a week. let's bring in dr. jennifer ashton. how can it be we're a year into the pandemic and still don't have guidance for schools? >> that's been one of the huge frustrations of this pandemic more than a year in. part of that has to do with just the road bumps in the way we collect data, analyze data and then communicate that information. but also we have to remember that this is a complex and evolving situation in terms of the science and the data. there are a lot of moving parts and it is not one size fits all.
in covering this pandemic for over the last year day in and day out. i've been to the white house, the development lab, spoken to dr. faucis of the country on the regular basis and what's been made crystal clear and what we're hearing that today hopefully with new and evolved guidelines from the cdc is that this is not a one size fits all approach and we have to protect students and kids but we also have to protect staff and faculty. >> bill: the truth is there are millions of students who have been in school for a long time and the cdc director two weeks ago said it's okay and let's do it. she was ushered offstage. why? >> i think when you talk about schools, a lot of people only focus on the kids, which of course is important. but we have the remember that schools don't operate without adults. so staff and faculty. you guys in medicine i took an oath to put my own health at
risk to take care of patients who are sick. but teachers and educators did not take an oath to risk their lives. so unless there are steps in place that guarantee their safety, we can't only look at the pediatric age group for this pandemic. >> dana: you have a new book out called "the new normal." practical advice. people have a lot of questions still. exercising during the pandemic. even if you don't feel safe at the gym. yesterday university of california berkeley said you couldn't even exercise outdoors. is that realistic? >> no. in my medical and professional opinion, dana, it is not. the reason i wrote the new normal is i was hearing from viewers like you guys do as well that a two-minute medical segment on television was not enough. so i wanted to give people the tools that they could take control of this rapidly
evolving situation and do things like exercise or get together with friends and family. and i wanted to teach people how to safely do it to assess the risk and be as safe as possible. >> bill: such an important point. assess the risk. when you are given the information, allow the individual to make decisions for themselves. the other thing you write about is finding the emotional balance. how do you explain that? >> the emotional balance is huge. this pandemic has taken a psychological and emotional toll on all of us. we have all lost something and dealing with that is critical in moving forward. you know, i look at this pandemic and the country like one huge patient. you can't heal a body part unless you heal the spirit and the soul and take into account the psychology. so there is stuff in there in the book about that as well. that is so important. i'm glad you brought it up. >> dana: broad audience for this book, right? >> bill: yes.
there is. >> dana: the new normal, dr. jennifer ashton. thank you so much. >> bill: nice to see you again. we have to run but daytona 500 is on fox on sunday. check it out. we have been taking the whole thing about trivia, right? >> dana: i love to ask you trivia. >> bill: i have been to the daytona 500 one time. i don't know squat about nascar. but go ahead. >> dana: this is for everybody to play along at home. maybe you know. do you know what nascar stands for? it is an acronym. >> national association of stock car automobile racing? >> dana: yeah, you think you aren't good at this. we have sound effects? i have always wanted to be on a show with sound effects. >> bill: i won't to host jeopardy, can i make that happen? >> dana: the most nervous as
when i had to be on jeopardy. i was winning going into the commercial break and missed the -- i could never win jeopardy. how fast can cars go? >> 220 miles per hour. >> dana: 200. what was the closest finish in nascar history? >> no idea, 18 inches. >> dana: seconds. do it in seconds. >> bill: seconds? .25. >> dana: .002. how hot does it get inside the car? >> inside the car? 105 degrees. >> dana: 130. >> bill: that's hot. >> dana: final question. nascar drivers need a driver's license. >> bill: false. >> dana: false. they are not required to have a drivers license. >> bill: how about that?
beginner's luck. on fox nation check out love letters from nancy and ron reagan. very touching now available. had the honor of voicing these letters and they are really great. check it out. >> dana: "the faulkner focus" up next. >> harris: we begin with a fox news alert on this friday. maybe hard to believe but the scandal over new york's covid-19 nursing home deaths is getting worse. it comes just as governor andrew cuomo is set to met this hour at the white house with president biden. i'm harris faulkner and you are in "the faulkner focus". a bombshell "new york post" report has even more lawmakers calling for governor cuomo to resign or face criminal prosecution. a couple of them are democrats in that pack of objectors. a top cuomo aide privately told some democrats in the