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Resolution condemning violence in Charlottesville heads to Trump

Congress unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, putting the pressure on President Trump to recognize the violence in Charlottesville, V.A., last month as a “domestic terror attack” and take an active role in addressing the prevalence of hate groups in the country. The resolution, which was passed unanimously in the Senate on Monday before it won unanimous approval in the House ...

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Crooked domestic abuser Monserrate sees City Council hopes dashed

Convicted felon and disgraced former Queens politician Hiram Monserrate lost his comeback bid for a seat on the City Council Tuesday as voters in his working class Corona district couldn’t look past his sordid history of corruption and domestic abuse. Monserrate was beaten by Assemblyman Francisco Moya after a mud-spattered campaign that included the National Organization for Women standing on ...

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De Blasio wins low-turnout Democratic mayoral primary

Mayor de Blasio easily won the Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday — but few even bothered to vote. Turnout was light as Hizzoner cruised past several challengers, the best known being former City Councilman Sal Albanese. The Associated Press declared him the victor about 20 minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m. Valerie Vazquez-Diaz, a Board of Elections spokeswoman, ...

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N.Y. lawmaker calls for cap on airline prices after Irma

A New York lawmaker wants to end airline prices lifting off when natural disasters force thousands to flee for their lives. Rep. Nydia Velázquez is introducing the AirFAIR Act, which caps price increases for flights from areas under emergency at 30 percent, after passengers scrambling to leave Florida before Irma paid a premium to leave the state. Social media users ...

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Sean Spicer wants Melissa McCarthy to share her “SNL” Emmy

Sean Spicer wants a share of Melissa McCarthy’s Emmy. The former White House press secretary told The Blast that he deserves part of the award for the actress’ portrayal of him on “Saturday Night Live,” which she won for guest actress in a comedy series at the Creative Arts Awards Sunday. Spicer hasn’t always been so kind about his doppleganger, ...

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New stats: Poverty rate down, median household income on the rise

The U.S. poverty rate dropped by 0.8% and the median household income rose by 3.2% from 2015 to 2016, federal statistics released Tuesday revealed. The poverty rate decreased to 12.7% last year from 13.5% in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016 report. The median income increased to $ 59,000 from $ ...

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Jersey City mayor pokes fun at Christie’s beach day in new ad

The mayor of Jersey City took a jab at Gov. Chris Christie’s day at the beach during a government shutdown over the summer in his new ad released Tuesday. “I’m Steve Fulop and they used to say politics in New Jersey is no day at the beach, until suddenly it was,” the Democratic mayor said in the ad titled “Day ...

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White House: DOJ should 'look at' prosecuting Comey

Lock him up? The White House said Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice should “certainly look at” a criminal prosecution of former FBI Director James Comey over his press leaks and Senate testimony. “That’s the job of the Department of Justice, and something they should certainly look at,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after reporters asked if ...

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Nancy Pelosi, Trump law boss mull border security to save DACA

WASHINGTON — The top House Democrat and a senior White House official both indicated Tuesday they are open to compromise on border security to expedite legislation to help immigrants brought here illegally as children. White House legislative director Marc Short said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that despite President Trump’s advocacy for a southern border wall, “I don’t want ...

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Here's how Hope Hicks has outlasted most other Trump aides

Hope Hicks will become the third White House communications director since President Trump took office eight months ago. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Hicks being named to the job permanently Tuesday. Unlike predecessors Mike Dubke and Anthony Scaramucci, the 28-year-old media guru has been one of the few people considered untouchable within Trump’s inner circle. She’s worked ...

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