The growing calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign are testing President Joe Biden’s relentless effort to avoid the day-to-day distractions of the political world as he tries to navigate a historic confluence of crises.

BY JONATHAN LEMIRE AND MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press

President Joe Biden’s relentless effort to avoid the day-to-day distractions of the political world is being put to the test by the growing calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign.

Throughout the campaign and during his first two months in office, Biden’s team installed zealous message discipline, ignoring the outcries of Republicans and Twitter alike. The effort is especially important as the administration tries to sell a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to the public. But the strategy is running into hurdles as Biden, in his role as the head of the Democratic Party, is being pulled into the debate over Cuomo’s fate.

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