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Spicer won't acknowledge Timothy Caughman's murder as hate crime

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sidestepped questions Monday over the murder of Timothy Caughman, refusing to acknowledge it as a hate crime and using questions over the heinous slaying to defend people on the “right” he said were blamed too quickly for a recent wave of anti-Semitic threats. Just hours before James Jackson was […]

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Nunes admits to W.H. grounds visit prior to wiretap info reveal

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) admitted Monday that he visited the White House grounds the day before he held a press conference to reveal new developments in the ongoing Russian meddling probe. The news has added to questions over whether it was President Trump himself who fed Nunes information over the possible “incidental […]

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Senate Dems force one-week delay on Supreme Court nominee vote

Senate Democrats on the chamber’s Judiciary Committee on Monday forced a one-week delay for a vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) threatened to apply the so-called “nuclear option” to get President Trump’s preferred jurist through with a simple majority vote. “Contrary to what some #Senate Ds say, […]

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Senate Intel Committee to question Kushner about Russia ties

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has offered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday. Kushner, who is married to Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka, has agreed to speak to the committee, which is conducting an investigation into […]

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Ivanka Trump to visit Germany for women's economic summit

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women, a senior administration official said Sunday. The first daughter was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel’s recent White House visit, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss details of the trip […]

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N.Y. pols eye 'bare bones' budget to keep government running

ALBANY– With Friday’s due date to enact a budget quickly approaching, state leaders might have to opt for a “bare bones” investing strategy and even short-term budget extenders that delay action on the more controversial issues, sources say. “It has actually been raised as a possibility,” one Senate Republican stated of a less complicated budget […]

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GOP mayoral hopeful Paul Massey was once busted for DWI

ALBANY — The leading Republican seeking to challenge Mayor de Blasio in November was once busted for drunken driving, the Daily News has learned. Paul Massey was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated after a State Police trooper pulled him over for speeding in Ulster County at 11:02 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2010, court records […]

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Some NYS Dems not happy with de Blazio over late mansion tax push

Here is an expanded version of the second item from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions: Mayor de Blasio’s recent 11th-hour push for his proposed mansion tax that included a surprise trip to Albany last week left some of his fellow Democrats shaking their heads. Some Dems believe de Blasio, despite knowing it […]

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Schumer urges House to save internet privacy from bad Senate bill

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer urged the House on Sunday to vote against legislation that strips consumer protections of private online data. Last week, the Senate voted along party lines, 50 to 48, to roll back broadband privacy regulations that prevent internet providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T from collecting and selling users’ private information […]

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