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Schumer backs gay marriage

By Jason Fink

Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday he supports same-sex marriage and called for a repeal of the federal ban.

It was a reversal for Schumer (D-N.Y.), who as a congressman in 1996 voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“It’s time,” Schumer said in a statement. “Equality is something that has always been at the hallmark of America and no group...

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Dinkins and Ferrer back Weprin for comptroller

By Jason Fink

In one of the first major endorsements of the election season, former Mayor David Dinkins and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer Sunday backed City Councilman David Weprin for comptroller.

“I’m an elder statesman, with the emphasis on elder,” joked Dinkins, 81, in discussing his decision to wade into a primary race in a citywide election.

Weprin...

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Hey, AIG!

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You just ruined capitalism! What are you going to do next?

We're going to Washington!!!

— Meg Boyle...

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Plastic Steele

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By LaShawnda Jones

In a GQ interview with Lisa DePaulo, the new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele gave some interesting insight on how he thinks about issues and what he thinks about being the GOP’s Great Black Hope. The adopted son of Roosevelt Democrats was influenced by Ronald Reagan and became a Republican. For a party with members who are...

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Bloomberg now the city's richest man

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg. AP photo

By Jason Fink

What economic downturn? Mayor Michael Bloomberg is rolling in it.

Bloomberg is the only one of the top 20 on the Forbes list of the world's richest people, released Wednesday, who has gotten wealthier since last year, clocking in at No. 17 with a net worth of $16 billion. And for the first time, he’s the richest person in the...

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Dem candidate pulls back on mayoral race

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Rep. Anthony Weiner. AP photo.

By Jason Fink

Rep. Anthony Weiner, one of the top two Democrats vying for mayor, pulled back Wednesday on his campaign.

In a letter to supporters, Weiner (D-Brooklyn/Queens), who was expected to face City Comptroller William Thompson in the September primary, said he will reassess the race this summer, an apparent about-face for the congressman who...

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Nancy Reagan endorses prez' stem cell call

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A leading Republican voice is finding Democratic President Barack Obama to be less nemesis and more inspiration. On the reversal of the Bush administration’s policy of limiting federal funds for stem cell research, former first lady Nancy Reagan on Monday said: “These new rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward. I urge researchers to make use of the opportunities...

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Liu to run for Comptroller

By Marlene Naanes

Another member of the City Council joined the increasingly crowded city Comptroller race yesterday, rounding out the pool of official candidates to four.

Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) announced his candidacy on the City Hall steps with a wall of supporters chanting behind him. His candidacy announcement noted the historic significance of being the first Asian American...

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GOP circus: The search for the new face of the Republican Party

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By Emily Ngo

They have a common opponent settled into the White House.

They have a common goal of winning back a Congressional majority.

But rather than battling to regain ground lost to President Barack Obama and the Democrats, the fractured Republican Party is fighting … itself.

“They’re beyond divisions,” said Scott Levenson, president of the Advance...

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First portrait

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Michelle Obama looking fabulous in her official White House portrait. Then again, she’s always fabulous, even when she isn’t picture perfect.

I can’t help my love fest! I would ask your forgiveness, but I don’t really care! You like her, I LOVE her! You love her; I love you, too!

— LaShawnda Jones...

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