Politics

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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Grammy Winner Tony Bennett and Activist Rev. Al Sharpton Come Together with a Broad Coalition, Victims & Advocates in Rally Against Gun Violence

Tony Bennett, 17 time Grammy Award Winner,  and Activist Al Sharpton joined New York Voices Against Gun Violence and a broad, newly-formed coalition of advocates, victims, youth organizations, healthcare workers, unions, elected officials, faith leaders and artists in a rally last Thursday, March 21, to promote the NY SAFE Act as a model for legislation at the federal …

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What’s going on in DC? Same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court: Key questions

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday about the constitutionality of two laws in the same-sex marriage debate. These are the federal Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA and California’s Proposition 8. The high court’s decision, expected later this year, could have a profound impact on the definition of families in America. …

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