Carson can't promise Trump won't profit from HUD programs

Housing & Urban Development Secretary nominee Ben Carson couldn’t promise that he’d keep Donald Trump from financially benefitting from billions the department spends on housing programs, showcasing the problems arising from Trump’s refusal to sell off his assets before he becomes president. Pressed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during his cabinet confirmation hearing to promise that “not one dollar will ...

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Trump calls de Blasio to chat about NYC’s $37M security tab

Mayor de Blasio and President-elect Donald Trump spoke Wednesday about the sky-high cost to the city of protecting Trump Tower, according to City Hall. The two talked by phone a day after city officials revealed they’re now grappling with a $ 37.4 million tab for securing the site through the inauguration – and $ 500,000 a day after that for ...

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Giuliani to serve as cybersecurity adviser to Trump

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will take on an advisory role in Donald Trump’s administration regarding cybersecurity issues, the President-elect’s transition team said Thursday. “Rudy Giuliani will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cyber security problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector,” Trump’s transition team said in a statement. “In ...

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Don't hate Jackie Evancho for plans to sing at Trump inauguration

People, can we just stop hating on Jackie Evancho? The classical crossover singer has been getting trolled on the internet ever since she announced she would be performing at the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20. Evancho will sing the National Anthem — the original “Make America Great Again” theme song, not some newly christened Trump version — yet ...

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Chuck Schumer opposed Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General nomination

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer condemned his colleague Jeff Sessions’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General, writing that he does not believe the Alabama senator has the “ability” to ensure justice for all or hold the President accountable.   The New York Democrat became the second sitting senator to publicly oppose Sessions’ nomination Thursday, after Cory Booker, of New Jersey, testified ...

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How being groped inspired this woman to march against Trump

One week after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, a Manhattan school administrator says she was groped on the train on her way home from work. Thea Heninger-Lowell doesn’t blame Trump for the attack, but she says his sexist, misogynist campaign rhetoric helped create a climate for deviant men to operate in. That, Heninger-Lowell says, is why ...

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Cuomo says pot possession shouldn’t land New Yorkers in jail

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday quietly called for the decriminalization of pot possession. Cuomo tucked the proposal on page 192 of a 383-page book outlining his legislative agenda for the year. “The illegal sale of marijuana cannot and will not be tolerated in New York State, but data consistently show that recreational users of marijuana pose little to no ...

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Ala. Rep. claims ‘war on whites’ enables criticism of Sessions

A Republican Alabama congressman claims Democrats are carrying out a “war on whites” — and sweeping criticism of Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions is supposedly but one example. “It’s really about political power and racial division and what I’ve referred to on occasion as the ‘war on whites,’” Rep. Mo Brooks said during a radio interview on Wednesday ...

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Senate approves budget in first step toward repealing Obamacare

The Senate passed a budget measure early Thursday that signaled Republicans’ intent to move rapidly forward on their pledge to repeal Obamacare once Donald Trump takes office — a move critics claim could leave millions of Americans uninsured. Only one Republican voted against the nonbinding budget resolution that paves the way to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare law as early ...

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City boasts low traffic fatalities amid bump in pedestrian deaths

The Department of Transportation on Wednesday touted a record low for overall traffic deaths last year, amid an uptick in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. The year ended with 229 people killed on the street — a 23% decline from the 299 fatalities during 2013, the year before Mayor de Blasio unveiled his Vision Zero street-safety agenda. Still, in the race ...

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