Politics

De Blasio quietly agrees to 32% pay raise for City Council

Mike Groll/AP Hizzoner has agreed to give the City Council a 32% pay raise, but New Yorkers will have to look hard to find a legal notice announcing the upcoming legislation. Mayor de Blasio has quietly agreed to give City Council members a 32% pay hike. In a move that critics say appears to be an attempt at downplaying the ...

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'Affluenza' case highlights disparity in sentencing

Pat Sullivan/AP Jaime Arellano is shown in the visitor’s room at the Wynne Unit of the Texas prison system in Huntsville, Texas. When he was 16 Arellano drove drunk, ran a red light and crashed into a pregnant woman’s car, killing her and her unborn child. HUNTSVILLE, Texas — One 16-year-old drove drunk, ran a red light and crashed into ...

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Soccer Mom Madam says Svetlana Travis sold herself short

The soccer Mom Madam says gubernatorial gal pal Svetlana Travis was selling herself short at $ 5,000 a night. “She has that squeaky-clean, girl-next-door look,” Anna Gristina told the Daily News on Tuesday about the young woman linked to disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. “She would have been an $ 8,000-a-night hooker.” Svetlana Travis once bragged in an online article ...

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Jeb Bush tweets picture of a gun, captioning it 'America'

@JebBush/via Twitter Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted a photo of a gun that has his name etched in the firearm along with the caption, “America.” A flailing Jeb Bush brought out the big gun Tuesday to fire up his sinking presidential campaign — and it wasn’t his brother. The lone Republican presidential candidate to not own a firearm tweeted ...

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Greene: Now's time for black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court

Andrew Burton/Getty Images Hillary Clinton meets with civil rights leaders at The National Urban League in New York City. Not only should President Obama move swiftly to fill the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he should give the Senate something it hasn’t seen in nearly 25 years — a black nominee. He should give them U.S. Attorney General ...

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Ex-President George W. Bush to hit campaign trail for Jeb

WASHINGTON — Republican George W. Bush on Monday will seek to generate a fresh burst of enthusiasm for his brother Jeb Bush’s White House bid in South Carolina, marking the former president’s first appearance on the campaign trail this year. George W. Bush will appear with his younger brother at a rally in North Charleston, S.C., the Jeb Bush campaign ...

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Remembering the failed 'wealth porn' Trump Magazine

Donald Trump threatened readers with his Apprentice tag line “You’re Fired” if they didn’t subscribe — but very few people did. Reality star-turned GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump loathes his media treatment so much, he must wish he controlled his own self-serving publication. He had his shot — there was the short-lived Trump Magazine. And the billionaire buffoon ruled it ...

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SEE IT: U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter vapes in hearing

A GOP Congressman vaped his opposition to a ban on using e-cigarettes on airplanes Thursday but his argument went up in smoke. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) took a long pull from his device and blew out a small cloud during a Transportation & Infrastructure Committee bill markup hearing. He tried but failed to block the panel’s adoption of Washington, D.C. ...

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Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

WASHINGTON — Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz’s Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. His “Cruz Crew” mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users’ phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information ...

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Judge to release sealed documents from Sheldon Silver case

A federal judge plans to release mysterious transcripts and documents sealed before Sheldon Silver’s corruption trial. The materials are from a closed hearing on Oct. 16 — some two weeks before the disgraced ex-Assembly speaker went on trial — where both sides discussed whether to include or exclude evidence. Manhattan Federal Judge Valerie E. Caproni will issue an opinion on ...

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