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Chris Cuomo on Thursday night apologized to his CNN colleagues following a Washington Post report that revealed that he had advised his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how to handle sexual harassment accusations.

What he's saying: "I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family. Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second," Cuomo said.

  • "Being a journalist and a brother to a politician is unique and a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles, it's not always easy," he continued.
  • "When my brother's situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisers that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again."
  • "It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot. I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I am sorry for that."
  • Cuomo added that he has never tried to influence CNN's coverage of his brother and has been "walled off" from it.

Catch up quick: After the Post revealed that Cuomo participated in strategy sessions with his brother and coached him on how to respond to the sexual harassment accusations, CNN said in a statement that it was "inappropriate" for Cuomo to "engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff."

  • Cuomo will not be penalized for participating in the calls.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul adds 12,000 COVID deaths not disclosed by Cuomo

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking in Albany on Aug. 24. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledged nearly 12,000 coronavirus deaths in the state that had not been reported by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

Why it matters: Cuomo had been criticized for his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes early in the pandemic, and he faced allegations that his administration withheld data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes in order to delay investigations.

The front-runners for Biden's Supreme Court pick

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson (left) and Justice Leondra Kruger (right) Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images and Lonnie Tague, US Department of Justice

Two highly accomplished Black female judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court — are seen as the early front-runners to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The big picture: Jackson is a powerful federal judge with a record that progressives feel they can trust. Kruger was a highly regarded litigator and has carved out a reputation for working well with conservative judges.

Fed: Rate hikes "will soon be appropriate"

The Federal Reserve's headquarters building. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Federal Reserve officials expect "it will soon be appropriate" to raise the central bank's main target interest rate, setting the stage for a rate hike at its next meeting in mid-March.

Driving the news: In a statement following a two-day meeting published Wednesday afternoon, however, the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee teed up its next move without taking new action.