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Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, is strongly criticizing Donald Trump's pick of Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Mazda is recalling almost 70,000 RX-8 sports cars in the U.S. to fix possible fuel leaks that can cause fires.

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

 

A Republican House chairman has issued subpoenas to two Democratic state attorneys general seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about global warming.

 Bernie Sanders says he will vote Hillary Clinton for president.

Despite House Ajournment, Sit-In Continues

Jun 23, 2016
House Democrats at a sit-in Wednesday.
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The House has adjourned until after the Fourth of July, but that doesn't mean the chamber is empty.

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Former President Bill Clinton addresses a packed conference room at the Desmond Hotel in Albany Saturday morning for a “Get Out The Vote” event on behalf of his wife. Clinton focused what he called Hillary Clinton’s record as a change maker.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on Saturday morning in a "Get Out The Vote" campaign stop.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in Albany Monday before about 4,000 supporters. The Vermont U.S. Senator emphasized his usual themes, but also called for a nationwide ban on hydrofracking.

Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
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 Donald Trump's rally in Albany, New York, was interrupted several times by protesters.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a packed arena in Albany Monday night, where he was interrupted by protesters numerous times.

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Donald Trump took to the stump at the Times Union Center in Albany Monday evening.

Police say the suspect in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer told investigators that he shot the officer in the name of Islam and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he would eliminate gun-free zones in schools on his first day if he's elected to the White House.

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Former New York Gov. George Pataki is telling supporters he's dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he has cancer and will undergo treatment at an Atlanta hospital.

The deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear program reached last week has been both hailed as an historic agreement and decried as a disaster for U.S. foreign policy. With Secretary of State John Kerry due to travel to the Middle East early next month, the U.S. is working hard to convince allies in the region that the accord is the right move. But there’s also a domestic debate, with many members of Congress promising to pore over the deal before rendering judgment. Already busy trying to shape that debate is the liberal advocacy group J-Street, which supports a two-state solution in Israel as a road to peace. Dylan Williams is Vice President of Government Affairs for J-Street and is a former U.S. Senate staffer.

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Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at all state buildings in Massachusetts beginning at sunrise on Friday in honor of the four U.S. Marines killed in Tennessee.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

 

Authorities are searching for two convicted murderers who used power tools to escape from a maximum-security New York prison in a "Shawshank Redemption"-style breakout.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in an "elaborate, sophisticated operation" that involved shimmying through a steam pipe.

The men were reported missing from their beds at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Roadblocks were set up in the area of the prison, about 20 miles from the Canadian border. Bloodhounds and helicopters were being used to track down the men.

A $100,000 reward has been posted for information leading to their capture. People with information are advised to call 1-800-GIVE-TIP. Cuomo speaking on NBC's the Today Show said he believes the prisoners had inside assistance in their escape.

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An Amtrak train has abruptly overturned in Philadelphia, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others.

Waiting For Hillary

Apr 12, 2015
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  Today is the day - Hillary Clinton is expected to officially announce her presidential campaign. 

A big send-off last night in Manhattan for the former first lady and one-time New York state senator as dozens of supporters, elected officials and Democratic leaders gathered at a fundraiser.

The group has raised more than $15 million over the last two years and held events in all 50 states.

Two senior advisers tell the Asscoaited Press Clinton will portray herself as a fighter who can get results in a tough political climate.

In a bit of a surprise, the House is sending President Obama a bill to fund Homeland Security through year's end, without conditions.  Reaction is coming in:

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont:

President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Alaska's voter initiative making marijuana legal takes effect Tuesday, placing Alaska alongside Colorado and Washington as the three U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal. The new law means people over age 21 can consume small amounts of pot — if they can find it. It's still illegal to sell marijuana.

"You can still give people marijuana, but you can't buy it — or even barter for it," Alaska Public Media's Alexandra Gutierrez reports. "So, it's a pretty legally awkward spot. That probably won't stop people from acquiring it, though."

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year.

The special enrollment period applies to people in the 37 states covered by the federal marketplace, though some state-run exchanges are also expected to follow suit.

Some 500,000 Wal-Mart employees will soon be getting a pay raise. Starting in April, the company's full- and part-time U.S. employees will earn at least $9 an hour, at least $1.75 above today's federal minimum wage.

The pay boost will also apply to employees of Sam's Club, which is owned by Wal-Mart.

The retailer says wages will jump to at least $10 one year from now.

A presidential election cycle looms, but one of the men most associated with covering presidential politics since the first election of George W. Bush won't be sitting in his usual spot: Comedy Central confirmed on Tuesday that Jon Stewart is stepping down later this year from his post at The Daily Show.

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An NBC team is looking into Brian Williams' claims that a helicopter he was on in Iraq in 2003 came under fire, a claim the Nightly News anchor apologized for this week in the face of pushback from soldiers.

In a memo to staff, NBC News President Deborah Turness said:

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