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US Special Counsel Robert Mueller [official website] on Friday indicted [indictment, PDF] Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for false statements made during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Van der Zwaan was indicted for his answers regarding communication with Richard W. Gates III, a former aide to President Trump, who was also charged [JURIST report] with money laundering, conspiracy, and false statements, and with an undisclosed "Person A." Th...
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general is looking into the role HUD Secretary Ben Carson's family has played at the agency, a spokesman told CNN. Carson called earlier this month for the inspector general to "review" the role his family has played at the department after The Washington Post reported that HUD officials expressed ethics concerns about their role. Carson's son and daughter-in-law helped organize a listening tour for the agency in Baltimore last s...
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially called a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the Legislature — two in the Senate and nine in the Assembly — for April 24. Of these, four vacancies are located within the five boroughs of New York City. The short races are quickly heating up to replace three former city-based state legislators who have joined the City Council -- former Assembly members Francisco Moya and Mark Gjonaj and former Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. -- and another lawmaker, Brian Kavan...
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by on Yesterday, 8:38 pm
As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his case, relatives of Michael Flynn are among those pressing the president to use his unique legal power and 'put these defendants out of their misery.' Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump are pictured during the presidential campaign in New Hampshire in September 2016. At least two Republican senators have urged Trump not to pardon him. After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia ...
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A federal judge approved an emergency $300 million loan that will keep Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility in operation, averting a threat of more power outages at a time when the island is trying to recover from last summer’s devastating hurricanes. The Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or Prepa Judge Laura Taylor Swain of U.S. District Court in New York on Monday signed off on the loan from the island’s central government. Her decision c...
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by on February 17, 2018
The charges against 13 Russians allege they tried to discourage Americans from voting and communicated with “unwitting” people in the Trump campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office brought an indictment Friday charging the alleged Russian propaganda outfit called the Internet Research Agency, two affiliated groups, and 13 Russian nationals with an elaborate plot to interfere with the 2016 election through metric-driven social media campaigns, using the same techniques as sophis...
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by on February 17, 2018
Students have mourned and rallied the public after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that left 17 dead. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a memorial for their teachers and classmates on Thursday. Something was different about the mass shooting this week in Parkland, Florida, in which 14 students and three adults were killed. It was not only the death toll. The mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High became the deadliest high-school shooting...
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by on February 16, 2018
On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to fill his Cabinet with the "best people in the world." As President, Trump has indeed hired a fleet of high-flyers -- though not in the way most voters might have hoped. Over the past year, a series of top administration officials have been caught out, shamed and, in the case of former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, forced to resign over profligate travel spending. The latest revelation of unseemly business emer...
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by on February 15, 2018
The Senate failed at several attempts to pass different solutions to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alongside bolstered border security on Thursday, effectively ending debate on the issue for the foreseeable future. The White House threatened to veto the bipartisan amendments in a telephone briefing with reporters, calling the proposal from the so-called Common Sense Coalition dead on arrival. A White House official also said they were requesting that Senate offices...
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by on February 15, 2018
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most likely in the dozen or so states where Democrats control policymaking. But the initiatives unfolding this year aspire to at least raise the issue of reproductive rights even in conservative sta...
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by on February 15, 2018
The Senate has been at a partisan standstill over how to address legal protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and bolster immigration enforcement, but now there's a bipartisan glimmer of hope.  A group of 16 lawmakers announced late Wednesday they had come to an agreement on legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the group known as DREAMers. In exchange, the bill would provide $25 billion to strengthen the southern border with Mexico, lim...
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by on February 14, 2018
After increased pressure from inmate advocates and Gov. Cuomo, the de Blasio administration Wednesday announced a plan to build a new jail in the Bronx and renovate three existing facilities off of Rikers Island. The NYPD Tow Pound in Mott Haven will be home to a new facility as part of the city’s plan to create smaller and safer jails. The other sites are: Queens Detention Center, Brooklyn Detention Center and the Manhattan Detention Center. De Blasio said that there will be one pu...
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