Politics

NYC's 'Rapid Repair Squad' to begin fixing homeless shelters

Michael Graae/For New York Daily News Mayor de Blasio unveiled a program to fix repairs at homeless shelters — repairing his relationship with Governor Cuomo is a different story. The city began its new rapid response program to repair decrepit homeless shelters on Wednesday — and residents say it’s not a moment too soon. “They’ve been neglecting this place forever,” ...

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State Legislature is serious about stricter ethics laws

Mike Groll/AP “Make no mistake, this house is serious about ethics reform and we know that words are not enough,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx). ALBANY — The scandal-scarred state Legislature got back to work Wednesday amid rampant calls for stricter ethics laws. Convening barely a month after the convictions of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate ...

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Former John Liu aides try to appeal 2013 conviction

Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News Jia (Jenny) Hou got a 10-month sentence after her conviction for violating campaign finance laws. Enlarge Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News Xing Wu (Oliver) Pan was sentenced to four months behind bars for violating campaign finance laws. Enlarge Jia (Jenny) Hou (l.) got a 10-month sentence after her conviction for violating campaign finance ...

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Barack Obama praised for seeking gun safety technology

The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images The Armatix iP1-Pistole requiers the user to wear a watch to unlock the gun. Such technology could cut down on accidental shootings and the illegal trade of weapons. It would cut down on the illegal trade of stolen weapons. Bring an end to accidental shootings by toddlers. Lead to a drop in teenage suicides. ...

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ISIS executes female citizen journalist, used her Facebook

Twitter Ruqia Hassan, 30, was killed by ISIS after being captured sometime between July and December. The terrorist group only told her family this week, and said she was executed for espionage. ISIS executed a female Syrian journalist, then used her Facebook account to hunt down enemies for months, activists confirmed. Ruqia Hassan was a prominent citizen journalist reporting from ...

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China stocks plunge, triggering another market halt

FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images An investor looks at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing. HONG KONG — Chinese stock trading has been temporarily suspended for the second time this week after “circuit breakers” kicked in following a steep plunge. The official Xinhua news agency said Thursday that trading on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges was ...

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House votes to repeal most of Obamacare

J. Scott Applewhite/AP The 240-to-181 House vote won’t succeed in undoing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday night to repeal most of Obamacare — sending legislation to President Obama’s desk for the first time that would dismantle his biggest domestic policy achievement. The 240-to-181 House vote — following Senate passage of the bill Dec. 3 ...

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Obama keeps his promise on gun laws, but now states must act

KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS President Obama promised action on gun violence, and has kept his word. In announcing executive action on guns this week, President Obama kept a promise. Last October, just hours after the deadly attack at a community college in Oregon, the President addressed a nation reeling from yet another mass shooting. The year had already been scarred by high-profile ...

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'Illini White Student Union' denounces Black Lives Matter

An “Illini White Student Union” accused Black Lives Matter protesters of terrorism against white University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students Wednesday. The Facebook page surfaced after a black student solidarity rally on the campus quad earlier in the day, The News-Gazette of Champaign reported. The original page said the union was created “to be able to form a community and ...

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Obama asks high court to review immig work permit plan

A year after President Obama came up with a plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, the White House has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in. On Friday, the Obama administration asked the nation’s highest court to review its proposal to give work permits to as many as 5 million immigrants. The executive orders Obama issued last ...

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