by on September 14, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said on Friday. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as his campaign chairman Paul Manafort looks on during Trump's walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty in federal...
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by on September 14, 2018
Alessandra Biaggi, a lawyer and former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, at her victory party. “We have now cut the head of the I.D.C. snake,” she said. Years of anger at a group of Democratic state senators who had collaborated with Republicans boiled over on Thursday, as primary voters ousted nearly all of them in favor of challengers who had called them traitors and sham progressives. The losses were not only a resounding upset for the members of the Independent Democratic Conference, w...
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by on September 13, 2018
Well before he was elected to the presidency, Donald Trump managed to go bankrupt four times. In each of these bankruptcies he had risked billions of dollars of other people’s money. But while they lost money, he managed to escape unscathed. The first time, when his Atlantic City gambling casino when bankrupt, Trump’s father bought millions of gambling chips and never redeemed them. Who bailed out Trump during his next three bankruptcies? In his op. ed. column in Monday’s New York Time...
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by on September 12, 2018
State Senator Jeffrey Klein, the former leader of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference, has spent $2.4 million in his primary race against Alessandra Biaggi. Money and power are no strangers to Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, so it should be no surprise that with his political life on the line, he is aggressively deploying both. Mr. Klein, who led the Independent Democratic Conference, now defunct, is blanketing his primary race with money, turning the contest into New York’s mo...
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by on September 11, 2018
People hold their hands up March 24 during the March for Our Lives rally in Seattle, Wash., to call for legislatiion to address school safety and gun violence. I remembered crying at work on Feb. 14. Mass shootings don’t surprise me anymore, but this particular one did. Seventeen students and teachers in Parkland, Fla., died, saving others as their final act. I scrolled through my Twitter newsfeed, devastated by the information creeping through CNN, Buzzfeed and others. I watched one v...
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by on September 11, 2018
Clockwise from top: Cynthia Nixon, Zephyr Teachout, Jessica Ramos, Letitia James. On September 13, New Yorkers will head to the polls for their state primaries. The 2018 Midterms are of crucial interest nationwide, from the upstart Democrats running to oust Republicans to the progressives seeking to replace long-term Democrats and push their party further to the left. In New York, a state that’s both widely blue and also widely rife with corruption, we’re seeing a flood of the latter. It’...
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by on September 11, 2018
Supreme Court nominee discussed notable surveillance cases during Thursday testimony. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, during the second-to-last day of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had an interesting exchange over recent privacy cases with the Supreme Court ju...
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by on September 11, 2018
How Bruce Ohr, President Trump’s latest Twitter target, fits a suspicious pattern of behavior on Russia. President Trump with President Putin in Helsinki in July. Trump’s odd affinity for Russia continues to cause him trouble. Donald Trump has a long history of doing what he thinks is best for Donald Trump. If he needs to discard friends, allies or wives along the way, so be it. “I’m a greedy person,” he has explained. It’s important to keep this trait in mind when trying to make se...
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by on September 9, 2018
In the final days of actress Cynthia Nixon’s insurgent campaign against incumbent New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, she and her supporters have taken to repeating three names as if an incantation: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Gillum and Ayanna Pressley. Cynthia Nixon speaks during the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate with Cynthia Nixon at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York August 29, 2018 All three were candidates from the party’s emboldened left wing who seemed d...
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by on September 8, 2018
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hired a lobbyist for a natural-gas pipeline company to run his re-election campaign at the same time his administration was throwing a potential lifeline to the company’s controversial New Jersey-New York pipeline project. Less than three months before the administration postponed a decision on the project, The Williams Companies also donated $100,000 to a Democratic Party governors’ organization that supports Cuomo, government records show.   Cuomo Ca...
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by on September 7, 2018
Mayor: Atlanta will no longer accept ICE detainees at the city jail. Atlanta is preparing to permanently end its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in regards to accepting immigration detainees at the Atlanta City Jail, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday. “We will no longer be complicit with a policy that intentionally inflicts misery on a vulnerable population without giving any thought to the fallout,” Lance Bottoms said. “As the birthplace of the ...
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by on September 7, 2018
The 25th Amendment defines what happens if a president is ‘unable’ to discharge his duties. A stunning, unsigned op-ed in The New York Times reported on Sept. 5 that members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet discussed removing him from power by using the 25th Amendment, but decided against it to avoid causing a “constitutional crisis.” As a law professor who studies the presidency, I have written extensively on the 25th Amendment. Interest in this form of presidential removal may ...
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