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N.Y. pols to boycott Trump inauguration over Rep. John Lewis spat

A number of Democratic lawmakers — including at least four in New York — are boycotting next week’s inauguration, especially after Donald Trump attacked civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis on Twitter. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) is the latest name to break ranks with tradition to join a list of defiant politicians. “I will NOT attend the inauguration of @realDonaldTrump,” ...

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Astros pitcher Collin McHugh calls out Trump over latest tweets

Former Met and current Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh takes personal offense to President-elect Trump’s latest Twitter rant, which targeted Rep. John Lewis and his district in Atlanta. “As someone who lives in the @repjohnlewis 5th district, I don’t think #DJT has any idea what he’s talking about,” McHugh tweeted in response to Trump saying Lewis is “sad” and that ...

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Alec Baldwin reenacts Trump's press conference on SNL

Alec Baldwin relived Donald Trump’s sobering press conference — the first in 168 days — on the latest episode of “Saturday Night Live” that primarily focused on Russia’s alleged involvement in the U.S. election. “Yes, this is real life. This is really happening,” Baldwin said as Trump. The cold open reenacted the hellish media briefing with a mysterious stack of ...

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Stasi: Another open letter to the Obama sisters

Another open letter to the Obama sisters: Dear Sasha and Malia, Please do not believe the pap the Bush daughters, Barbara and Jenna, are pushing in their open letter to you. If they’d meant it sincerely, it wouldn’t have been an open letter, but a private one between presidential daughters. George W. Bush’s daughters offer advice to Sasha and Malia ...

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Thousands march in D.C. for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thousands of civil rights activists flooded the nation’s capital Saturday for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, many vowing to stand strong against the upcoming Trump presidency. The “We Shall Not Be Moved” march, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, kicked off a week of similar protests scheduled around Trump’s inauguration scheduled for this coming Friday. Bundled protesters braved ...

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Steve Harvey in hot water with Asian-American N.Y. lawmakers

A group of New York politicians are — no joke — demanding an apology from comedian Steve Harvey for mocking Asian men on his daytime talk show. Harvey struggled to contain his laughter as he poked fun at a self-help book titled, “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.” The book should consist of two ...

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Gov. Cuomo offers new housing plan for low-income New Yorkers

Gov. Cuomo is ready to build. The governor said he wants to replace a program designed to create apartments for poor and working class New Yorkers. The initiative would replace the 421-a program, which expired last year, granting property tax cuts to developers who set aside subsidized affordable apartments. “We’re going to send up a bill to the Legislature today ...

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Critics slam de Blasio’s insufficient Vision Zero safety measures

Hermanda Booker had so much to look forward to when she left for work on the morning of Jan. 3. The 29-year-old Brooklyn woman had recently landed her dream job as a special education teacher. Her 30th birthday was in three weeks, and the birth of a nephew was expected around the same time. Booker had already overcome enormous health ...

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NYC nonprofit to pick city residents for mayoral election survey

The Citizens Budget Commission is listening — and now, New Yorkers, it’s up to you. The nonpartisan, nonprofit civic group hopes to hear from 72,000 randomly-chosen city residents for its mayoral election year survey on municipal services and quality of life. The two issues “must be understood both through performance measures and through public perception,” said Carol Kellermann, president of ...

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Obama encourages Americans to embrace citizenship under Trump

In his final weekly address, a somber President Obama reflected Saturday on his eight years in the oval office — and urged Americans to become guardians of democracy. The recorded message echoed the emotional speech Obama delivered earlier in the week before a hometown crowd in Chicago as he thanked the nation for the chance to serve as as commander-in-chief. ...

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