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Alphonso David speaks during the Human Rights Campaign's 19th Annual Greater New York Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Feb. 1, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

The Human Rights Campaign announced late Monday that Alphonso David was being replaced as president following an investigation into his work in helping former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) respond to sexual harassment allegations.

Why it matters: The HRC is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the U.S. and David was its first Black president. The HRC said its boards voted to remove him from the role "effective immediately, for violations of his contract with the Human Rights Campaign," the New York Times first reported.

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  • David's ouster came after the HRC hired an independent law firm to investigate him following a report from investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James' office implicating him in allegations that Cuomo tried to discredit his accusers.

What he's saying: David said in a statement posted to Twitter at midnight that the HRC should "expect a legal challenge," accusing the group of "unjustly" providing "notice of termination to me in order to end my fight for the integrity of the review process."

  • He posted a statement earlier Monday saying the HRC board executives should release the findings of its investigation.

Driving the news: David served as Cuomo's chief counsel before joining the HRC.

  • The New York attorney general's office report found that David sent one of Cuomo's accusers' confidential personnel files to an adviser for the then-governor.
  • Some of these details were released to reporters after the accuser made her allegations public, according to the report.
  • David said earlier this month that he was legally obligated to share those details as part of his role.

Of note: David called on Cuomo to step down after the report was made public.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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New York State health commissioner Howard Zucker resigned on Thursday following pressure for his role in withholding nursing home COVID-19 death numbers under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Why it matters: Zucker led New York's response to COVID-19 last year but came under fire for reportedly undercounting the death toll in nursing homes by as much as 50%.

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Twice this year, President Biden has blurted out commitments that the U.S. is prepared to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion — forcing the White House to walk back his statements and leading to confusion over a high-stakes national security policy.

Why it matters: U.S. defense officials have publicly aired their concerns that China will take Taiwan by force in the next four to six years, perhaps sooner. The president's position on this question may soon have real-world, life and death consequences.

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A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.