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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Rules Committee, speaks during a meeting Monday in Washington. Sessions argued Wednesday that there was no need to increase federal funding for election security. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) House Republicans plan to vote Thursday on a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election interference. At issue is a grant...
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by on July 18, 2018
For Putin, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. Republicans may grumble over this, but they are Trump’s indecent enablers.   President Trump was in full Putin-pandering mode when he met with the Russian president in Helsinki on Monday. This time, Trump’s crossed the line! He’s done! He’s finished! He’s toast! How many times do I remember this refrain, all the way back to the Mexican “rapists” remark more than three years ago that established Trump to the right of all his Repub...
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by on July 17, 2018
The country’s leading manufacturer of voting machines has switched gears and admitted that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems sold over the course of a six-year period. This comes as a reversal of a previous public statement from the vendor in question. The admission comes by way of an April letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) by Election System and Software (ES&S) and recently obtained by Motherboard. The letter notes: [ES&S] provided pcA...
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by on July 17, 2018
What is Devosian Philosophy There has been a systematic attempt to destroy public education in America through the Devosian Philosophy without any regard for the effects on poor black, brown and white kids and their families. Two of the leaders of this group are of course Betsy Devos and her husband, Dick Devos. The Devosian philosophy has emerged at the right time under a seemingly classist and racist administration that looks to keep the poor, poor and only provide access to opportun...
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by on July 13, 2018
The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a "gateway drug," released a state Health Department report on Friday that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outweigh the potential negative impacts." "Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment," the 75-page document says. "No insurm...
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by on July 11, 2018
There's big business at New York's federal courts in suing companies whose websites are unusable by the blind. Over the years, Manhattan attorney Jeffrey Gottlieb reckons he has brought more than 100 lawsuits against companies that haven't made their websites usable by the blind. Although federal law prohibits plaintiffs from collecting large amounts of damages, the cases are so irksome to the business community that Congress is asking the Trump administration to crack down on them. "T...
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by on July 9, 2018
A dedicated team of volunteers persuaded thousands of new voters to support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—and transform the Democratic Party in the process. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley 57.5 to 42.5 percent. No one expected the result, least of all the candidate herself. (Spectrum News NY1) Three women in brightly colored saris were heading my way. It was primary day in New York’s 14th congressional district, and I was in Woodside, Queens handing out glossy yellow car...
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by on July 7, 2018
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign has planned a fundraiser for next Wednesday at the elegant Hudson Terrace event space on West 46th Street in Manhattan. The invitation for the “Summer Happy Hour” event as posted on the campaign’s website says attendance costs just $5 per person, or $10 at the door — a sure sign that the governor is making outreach to supporters who are young and might not be able to pony up the kind of admission costs more commonly associated with his campaign events. The two...
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by on July 6, 2018
These are scary times for our country. As Trump mocks and demeans our values, explodes the national debt, and destroys our alliances and our position in the world, Republican politicians sit by and enable his abuses. Many voters are furious, and are looking for a way to fight back. Nyack is already represented by Democrats in Congress and the State Legislature, so energized voters looking to take the fight to Republicans have to look elsewhere to make the biggest impact. Photo courtesy NY...
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by on July 5, 2018
From left: Democratic House nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa. Despite all the Democrats' special election wins, high voter turnout in primaries and polls showing strong party enthusiasm heading into the midterms, the fact remains that Democrats are still stuck at their lowest level of power in nearly a century. Even as President Trump's poll numbers have stabilized, party ...
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by on July 4, 2018
A federal probe into Facebook’s sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica now involves the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Washington Post reported. Representatives from these agencies have joined the Federal Trade Commission in the inquiry, the newspaper reported, citing five unnamed people familiar with the matter. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because the probes are not complete. The probe reportedly centers on what Face...
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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
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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