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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight. “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump […]

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Ethics office allows anonymous donations to staffers' legal funds

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has reverted to an internal policy allowing lobbyists to make anonymous donations to White House staffers’ legal defense funds. The move could potentially help members of the Trump administration pay for attorneys as the Russia investigations continue. During the Clinton presidency, a 1993 OGE document authorized the anonymous donations […]

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Weiner's lawyers argue client is ill in bid for probation

Disgraced ex-pol Anthony Weiner should get probation for sexting a 15-year-old because he’s sick but not a sexual predator, his lawyers argued late Wednesday. Weiner, who on May 19 pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor, is set to be sentenced on Sept. 25. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, filed for […]

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Sean Spicer passes blame on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Sean Spicer isn’t used to cheers. The former White House press secretary joined Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night and said the applause from the audience was a welcome relief — but insisted that people have thanked him for his service. Spicer left his position at the White House in July after Anthony Scaramucci was named communications […]

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Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon: sources

That’s plane outrageous. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested a government jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy last month, sources said. Mnuchin, who married the Scottish-born actress Louise Linton in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Michael Pence in June, submitted a written request for his honeymoon in August, sources told ABC. Mnuchin […]

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Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Pass the gravy, hold the wall. The top House and Senate Democrats announced an immigration reform package that will protect Dreamers and provide border security on Wednesday after breaking bread with President Trump at the White House. The agreement does not include funding for Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. It does protect 800,000 […]

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Sen. Scott gives Trump history lesson over Charlottesville

President Trump on Wednesday received a history lesson that put his inflammatory reaction to violence at a white nationalist rally in perspective, according to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) Scott, the Senate’s lone black Republican, sat down with Trump a month after saying the President’s “moral authority” was “compromised.” Trump faced intense bipartisan backlash after blaming […]

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NYC Board of Education must make health inspection reports public

ALBANY — New York City will soon have to post school cafeteria health inspection reports online for public consumption. Under the bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Cuomo, the New York City Board of Education on its website must post the results of any inspection of city school district cafeterias or kitchens. The posting […]

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Here are the takeaways from primary election's sad turnout

A day after the sleep-inducing primary election that five out of six registered city Democrats avoided Tuesday, the hangover has set in. Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese said the lesson was “money matters” — but low turnout did too. Here are some takeaways: *On Tuesday the Board of Elections preliminary estimate found just 439,963 people voted […]

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Senate OKs bill to open cellphone networks amid natural disasters

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would require cellphones to work on other carriers’ networks during natural disasters. The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, pushed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, which aims to shore up phone networks that often break down during emergencies from Superstorm Sandy […]

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