Politics

Putin Rules Out Extradition for Snowden in Russia Airport

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia confirmed directly for the first time on Tuesday that Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former American national security contractor, was staying temporarily in an international transit area at a Moscow airport, and Mr. Putin appeared to rule out American requests for his extradition to the United States. …

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Immigration bill would be largest such effort ever attempted

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of eight senators is poised to offer a sweeping bill to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws this week, taking advantage of a changed political alignment that, for the first time in nearly a generation, appears to have opened the way for comprehensive legislation. The bill would chart a …

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Democratic rivals respond to Anthony Weiner’s possible run for New York mayor

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner is considering jumping into the mayor’s race — and his potential rivals largely would welcome him to the fray. Weiner has long spoken of his desire to be mayor and was considered a frontrunner until his political career imploded amid a sexting scandal two years ago. His entry now would shake up …

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State Sen. Malcolm Smith, city Councilman Halloran arrested in ‘bribery plot’ to rig mayor race

State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning on charges they were plotting to rig this year’s mayoral election through fraud and bribes. The pols allegedly formed an alliance built on cash payments and fraud to get Smith — one of the state’s top Democrats — placed on the GOP …

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Details of mayoral race bribery scheme implicating state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran shine light on devious tactics

They toasted their greed inside a Manhattan hotel, raising glasses in one hand while reaching for payoffs with the other. Valentine’s Day meant envelopes stuffed with cash. And Election Day meant trying to bribe their way onto the citywide ballot — or even into City Hall as Mayor Bloomberg’s successor. The corruption complaint that left …

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Nelson Mandela in ‘good spirits’ in South Africa hospital

Former South Africa leader Nelson Mandela was in “good spirits” Friday, officials said, as he spent a second day in hospital where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection. “The doctors report that he is making steady progress,” said a statement from the country’s presidency, adding that the 94-year-old had “enjoyed a full breakfast.” …

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