Coumo bucks Trump: states need aid regardless of Party

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed back Tuesday on remarks from US President Donald Trump who suggested it would not be “fair” to give federal aid to states grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. “If you starve the states, how do you expect the states to be able to fund this entire reopening plan?” Cuomo said …

Coumo bucks Trump: states need aid regardless of Party

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed back Tuesday on remarks from US President Donald Trump who suggested it would not be “fair” to give federal aid to states grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.

“If you starve the states, how do you expect the states to be able to fund this entire reopening plan?” Cuomo said during his daily press briefing. “The Republicans are saying we don’t want to give money to the ‘blue states.’ First of all, this is not a blue state issue. Every state has coronavirus cases. And it’s not just Democratic states that have an economic shortfall. Republican states have an economic shortfall.”

States that typically vote Democratic in the US are referred to as “blue states” while those that lean Republican are termed “red states.”

Cuomo has repeatedly called for states to receive federal funding to help recuperate from the economic devastation wrought by the novel coronavirus, but Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have maintained that giving financial aid to Democratic-led states would not be “fair” to those led by Republicans.

“It’s not fair to the Republicans because all the states that need help — they’re run by Democrats in every case,” he said during an interview according to Anadolu News agency, referencing specifically New York, California and Illinois. “I don’t think the Republicans want to be in a position where they bail out states that are, that have been mismanaged over a long period of time.”

In addition to suggesting Democratic-led states have a history of being mismanaged, Trump said the federal government gives “a lot to New York, you know, including great defense.”

But Cuomo pushed back on the assertions saying not only was he not asking “for anything” from the federal government before the virus hit, “by the way, the federal government wasn’t giving New York anything for years.”

“Everything they were doing was negative to New York,” he said. “Then comes the coronavirus, our economy stops because we shut it down, now we have a $13 billion deficit because we stopped the economy. So we’re asking, every state is asking, because of the coronavirus, we need financial help in restarting the economy.”

“How do you call that a bailout?”

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Kashmir journalists win Pulitzer for clampdown coverage

Three Associated Press (AP) photojournalists from Indian-administered Kashmir have been awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Dar Yasin and Mukhtar Khan from Kashmir and Channi Anand from Jammu won the prestigious award for their work during the military lockdown and communication blockade imposed by the Indian government last August after revoking the region’s …

Kashmir journalists win Pulitzer for clampdown coverage

Three Associated Press (AP) photojournalists from Indian-administered Kashmir have been awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.

Dar Yasin and Mukhtar Khan from Kashmir and Channi Anand from Jammu won the prestigious award for their work during the military lockdown and communication blockade imposed by the Indian government last August after revoking the region’s autonomy.

“The images take us deep into the experience of Kashmiris living under near-totalitarian Indian rule: the influx of soldiers, the blackout of communication and information, and the banning of public gatherings,” the agency said in a press release.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt hailed the “important and superb” work of the Kashmiri journalists.

“This honor continues AP’s great tradition of award-winning photography. Thanks to the team inside Kashmir, the world was able to witness a dramatic escalation of the long struggle over the region’s independence. Their work was important and superb,” he said.

The statement recounted the difficulties the journalists overcame as they repeatedly fled “both security forces and angry crowds – sometimes hiding in the homes of strangers.”

“With phone lines and the internet shut down for weeks, the photographers worked creatively to get their images out to the world, including slipping through roadblocks to the airport to find strangers willing to carry memory cards containing the photos to fellow AP staffers waiting in New Delhi,” read the statement.

“We are enormously proud of the work by Dar, Mukhtar and Channi. Their skill, bravery and ingenuity in the face of many obstacles gave the world vital and insightful glimpses into the extraordinary situation in Kashmir,” said AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.

“Their commitment to telling this story is profound.”

In a separate report published by AP, Yasin said: “It was always cat-and-mouse. These things made us more determined than ever to never be silenced.”

An engineering graduate from a family of celebrated photojournalists, Yasin also won the inaugural Yannis Behrakis International Photojournalism Award last year for his coverage of the Kashmir conflict.

Anand said the award left him speechless. “I was shocked and could not believe it,” Anadolu news agency.

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