by on July 4, 2018
A woman is climbing the Statue of Liberty, video from the scene shows. U.S. Park Police and the NYPD are responding to the scene. People on their way to Liberty Island are not being allowed to continue to the park and people already there are being evacuated, according to tweets. An NYPD helicopter is on the scene. The person on the statue appears to have unfurled some sort of banner. Pictures show the person is near the statue’s feet as of just before 4 p.m. This is a develop...
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by on July 4, 2018
Big changes are coming to the South Bronx after Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $10 million plan to improve the neighborhood. Cuomo on Tuesday announced 12 transformational projects as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative award, saying the strategic investments will connect the commercial and cultural nodes within the Bronx Civic Center to create a unified downtown that provides a high quality of life for residents and visitors. He said it will also support inclusive e...
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by on June 29, 2018
Yesterday a lot of speculation came out about Anthony Kennedy’s motivations for retiring from the Supreme Court, and what his connections are to the Trump family.   For example, someone wrote on Democratic Underground: “Given the reported ties between Anthony Kennedy and Trump/Kushner there should be a thorough investigation of Kennedy and his family to see whether or not his retirement was bought.” The fact is that there is a long history of “back channels” and very extensive finan...
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by on June 28, 2018
A search warrant application unsealed on Wednesday revealed closer links than previously known between President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin. Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for U.S. President Donald Trump, departs after a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, U.S., April 19, 2018. In an affidavit attached to the July 2017 application, an FBI agent said he had reviewed tax returns for a co...
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by on June 22, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to obtain cellphone location information routinely collected by wireless providers. In a major win for privacy rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant in order to get access to cellphone location information. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 decision, joining the court's four liberals. The majority declared that the Fourth Amendment guarantees an expectation of privacy and that ...
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by on June 22, 2018
Even in an era of deep political division, Democrats and Republicans agree presidents should not pardon themselves. And if the nation’s chief executive ever does so, majorities of Americans in both parties believe Congress should impeach that president. Those are the findings of a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which comes as federal authorities continue their months-long criminal investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election an...
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by on June 22, 2018
A study for the U.N. Human Rights Council has concluded 40 million people in the United States live in poverty -- and more than half of those live in "extreme" or "absolute" poverty. The 20-page report by Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says U.S. policies benefit the rich and exacerbate poverty. A woman is seen in a makeshift shelter beneath the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. A United Nations report delivered Friday said more than 40 milli...
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by on June 21, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday expanded presidential control over pivotal jobs in federal agencies, ruling that the way the Securities and Exchange Commission selected its in-house judges to enforce investor-protection laws was improper. The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. In a 7-2 ruling, the justices overturned a lower court ruling that had endorsed the SEC’s in-house judge hiring practice that operated autonomously from the president. The ruling...
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by on June 19, 2018
Amid President Trump’s headaches confirming cabinet secretaries, from neophyte Rex Tillerson to conflict-prone Scott Pruitt to unprepared Betsy DeVos, all of whom squeezed through, Wilbur Ross was a tonic. With his blue power suit and decades of dealmaking, he had the look and the résumé of a commerce secretary. And unlike his boss, Ross promised to divest from almost all his holdings upon entering government, drawing bipartisan praise en route to an easy confirmation. “You have really made ...
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by on June 18, 2018
People participate in a protest against recent U.S. immigration policy that separates children from their families when entering the United States as undocumented immigrants in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on June 17, 2018. The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in...
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by on June 18, 2018
Late last night Nick DiPaolo tweeted a photo showing a big bad bruise on his left eye, which was black and blue and all kinds of colors.  The only caption DiPaolo tweeted was “When Feminists Attack.”  We thought he might have been joking around about being hit in the face, but Nick not only confirmed that he was hit by a woman who disagreed with him politically- he said it he was hit by someone who came to his Sunday night show. Nick called into SiriusXM’s Bennington Show earlier today an...
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by on June 18, 2018
At an open house on Thursday that was briefly disrupted by protest, the Department of City Planning revealed results from a community survey conducted as part of the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood study for a possible rezoning. Part of City Planning's community survey is an interactive map where respondents can pinpoint what they like or want to change in the neighbordhood. The survey stems from DCP’s current Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study, one of several neighborhood rezoning ...
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