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Wall Street pulling plug on donations to Democrats

Wall Street pulling plug on donations to Democrats

A revolt among big donors on Wall Street is hurting fundraising for the Democrats’ two congressional campaign committees, with contributions from the world’s financial capital down 65 percent from two years ago. The drop in support comes from many of the same bankers, hedge fund executives and financial services chief executives who are most upset […]

Tough times for Charlie Rangel

Tough times for Charlie Rangel

Just about everyone likes Charlie Rangel. Republicans pump his hand, Democrats put their arms around his shoulders and women of all political persuasions give him pecks on the cheek. Spend some time with the 80-year-old congressman from New York City who’s been striding the Capitol’s halls for four decades on behalf of residents of Harlem, […]

More handgun ban challenges expected

More handgun ban challenges expected

State or local gun laws that prohibit people from carrying firearms outside the home and onerous registration requirements are the most likely to be struck down by judges following the Supreme Court‘s latest decision supporting the right to keep and bear arms. An explosion of cases will keep courts busy for years defining gun control‘s […]

Feds bust Russian spy ring

Feds bust Russian spy ring

The FBI has arrested 10 people who allegedly spied for Russia for up to a decade — posing as innocent civilians while trying to infiltrate U.S. policymaking circles and learn about U.S. weapons, diplomatic strategy and political developments. An 11th defendant — a man accused of delivering money to the agents — remains at large. […]

Failed New York bomber did a dry run

Failed New York bomber did a dry run

Days before the failed car bomb in Times Square, a Pakistani-American scouted the bustling district in the same vehicle and then, on a second trip, left a getaway car blocks from his chosen target, a law enforcement official has told The Associated Press. Faisal Shahzad, now in custody on terrorism and weapons charges, drove a […]

Feds probe security lapses in terror suspect arrest

Feds probe security lapses in terror suspect arrest

The government Tuesday probed how the Pakistani-American suspect in the failed New York car bombing was able to board a plane in an escape bid — despite apparently being on a no-fly list. Faisal Shahzad was sitting on an Emirates Airlines flight on Monday night in New York as it headed towards the runway, when […]

Pakistani-born U.S. citizen arrested in Times Square bomb case

Pakistani-born U.S. citizen arrested in Times Square bomb case

A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen accused of driving a bomb-laden SUV into Times Square and parking it on a street lined with restaurants and Broadway theaters was to appear in court Tuesday to face charges that he tried to set off a massive fireball and kill Americans, federal authorities said. The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, was taken […]

Car bomb found in Times Square

Car bomb found in Times Square

Police found an “amateurish” but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, authorities said Sunday. Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours after a T-shirt vendor alerted police to the suspicious vehicle, which contained three propane tanks, […]

Massa claims payoff to aide was forgery

Massa claims payoff to aide was forgery

Former congressman Eric Massa said Saturday that someone forged a $40,000 salary increase for his chief of staff, who has accused the ex-lawmaker of sexual harassment. The New York Democrat also denied authorizing a check from a campaign account in the same amount to the same official, Joe Racalto, according to a statement released by […]

Both parties bank on long-shots for mid-terms

Both parties bank on long-shots for mid-terms

Even Republicans were looking at New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, as a lock this fall to succeed retiring Gov. David Paterson and claim the seat long held by his famous father, Mario Cuomo. Once Republican Scott Brown showed that Democrats in Massachusetts couldn’t hold the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat, however, […]