by on February 2, 2018
With U.S. President Donald Trump now in office, the campaign rhetoric that created anxiety and uncertainty around the globe is giving way to actual presidential policies. While candidate Trump did not elaborate much on his foreign policy agenda, he was very vocal about a few things: in addition to obliterating the self-proclaimed Islamic State and getting tough with China on trade, one of his highest priorities would be to “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.” The 2015 agreement that ...
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by on April 18, 2018
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts New York state as a progressive beacon for the rest of the country. But his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, says that’s not true when it comes to recreational marijuana. It’s not legal in New York state. Cuomo was asked about the issue during a recent exchange with reporters on Long Island. "Given what’s happened in Massachusetts, California, what could happen in New Jersey, do you feel as if New York is behind on this at all?" NY1 Reporter Zack Fink asked Cu...
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by on November 25, 2017
Thomas Jefferson was a man of many contradictions when it came to race. As the dust-up over the infamous Google memo earlier this year made clear, a new front in the culture wars is forming around disputes between science and identity politics. Pockets of scientists and self-proclaimed “skeptics” are uniting around the notion that politics related to the identities of people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and Muslims represent an adulteration of the fruits...
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by on February 2, 2018
Billionaire Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor pictured leaving U.S. District Court in Phoenix in October 2017. New York is the latest state to sue opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics.  Attorney general of New York Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that his office was suing Insys, alleging that the company carelessly marketed their extremely potent fentanyl spray Subsys. The complaint alleges that Insys told sales reps to get providers to prescribe higher and higher doses ...
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by on November 25, 2017
No group stirs the Trumpian ire quite like rich black folks. I do not like sports. There are lots of other things I hate more—cancer, genocide, lite jazz—but ultimately, they’re all separated by a matter of degrees. I don’t care who won last night’s game, who’s in anyone’s brackets or how great the Whatchamacallits are "looking this year." But while the sporting aspect of sports may strike me as boring, for the past few years, I’ve been pretty taken by the on- and off-field political comm...
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by on April 18, 2018
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is moving to change New York state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to President Trump who have been pardoned, according to a letter Mr. Schneiderman sent to the governor and state lawmakers on Wednesday. The move, if approved by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature, would serve notice that the legal troubles of the president and his aides may continue without the effor...
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by on April 19, 2018
Nathalia Fernandez has all the advantages heading into Tuesday’s special election for the 80th Assembly district in the Bronx. As a Democrat, she has an eight-to-one registration advantage over Republican Gene DeFrancis in the district whose tail stretches from Van Cortlandt Village through Bedford Park and Norwood, and whose heart is in the Allerton, Pelham Gardens and Morris Park neighborhoods. Her campaign funds, while modest at $21,000, are about 10 times what DeFrancis reports. She’s got th...
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by on November 25, 2017
"Everything the Trump campaign told you about the connections between Trump and Russia was a lie." Donald Trump Jr. greets his father during the Oct. 9, 2016 presidential debate in St. Louis. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images) Bill Moyers: You’re the consummate trial lawyer with a celebrated reputation for summing up the closing argument for the jury, but from our work together on the timeline I know you also have the instincts of a journalist. So write the lede to the story this f...
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by on April 19, 2018
549 NYCHA-owned playgrounds have hazardous conditions and lack of repair and maintenance records. On April 4, 2018, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released an audit of New York City Housing Authority playgrounds’ conditions and maintenance. NYCHA is responsible for the maintenance of each development’s playgrounds. Results from playground inspections are required to be entered into NYCHA’s electronic system for tracking maintenance and physical repair work. However, the Comptroller’s audit shows ...
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by on February 2, 2018
Gov. Cuomo says New York will continue to provide Obamacare initiatives despite federal attempts to thwart the legislation. New York’s Obamacare program reached a new high, with more than 4.3 million people signing up for healthcare coverage, state officials announced Thursday. The 2018 totals marked an increase of about 700,000 people from a year ago, officials said. The 2018 enrollment period ended on Jan. 31. "Covering 4.3 million New Yorkers is truly a historic milestone," said ...
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by on November 25, 2017
If a House provision gets enacted, churches will be able to endorse – not just pray for – political candidates. Andrew Cline/Shutterstock.com The tax package pending in Congress includes a provision that would leave churches and other nonprofits, which by law must be nonpartisan, suddenly free to engage in political speech. This measure, currently only in the House version of the bill, could potentially change charitable life as we know it. As an accounting professor who teaches non...
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by on April 18, 2018
Following DNC Reform Comission Report on New York Democratic Party, New Yorkers Demand NY Democratic Party Stop Self-Inflicted Voter Suppression, Change Voting Deadline Rules  
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