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Obama's speech earn him positive reviews in Ghana

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By Phillip Molnar

Special to amNewYork

President Barack Obama’s pledge over the weekend to assist those African countries committed to democracy won him praise from Ghanaians who spent months preparing for the visit.

“It’s history for Africa,” said 32-year-old soccer recruiter Joojo Armah, of Accra, the capital of Ghana where Obama spoke. “Everyone...

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TJ and Jess break Guinness radio record with 112 interviews

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TJ Walker, a communications expert who oft analyzes politics for amNewYork, and co-author Jess Todtfeld reportedly broke a Guinness world record by talking for nine solid hours (TJ knows talk) and completing 112 interviews in 24 hours in promotion of their new book, "TJ Walker's Secret to Foolproof Presentations."

Congratulations to them!...

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100-plus radio spots in 24 hours: TJ's task

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TJ Walker knows how to talk. And, on Monday, he’ll try to talk his way into a Guinness record.

The communications expert, who often helps amNewYork break down politicians’ speeches, will attempt to shatter a Guinness World Record for most radio appearances in one day. Seventy-two is the record, and TJ and co-author Jess Todtfeld (“TJ Walker’s Secret to Foolproof Presentations”)...

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MoveOn.org hosts Clean Energy Jobs Day on Thursday

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President Barack Obama toured a field of solar energy panels Wednesday in Nevada, but you can have a look at alternative energy options a little closer to home.

Local business leaders, members of PAC MoveOn.org and other New Yorkers are hosting a showcase of clean energy businesses in the area Thursday night. Pointing out that "investment in a clean energy economy will...

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With Weiner out, focus shifts to comptroller primary

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City Comptroller Bill Thompson

By Jason Fink

With the Democratic nomination for mayor all but locked up by Comptroller Bill Thompson, the race to succeed him appears to be the most competitive primary, as the four front-runners try to position themselves as the party’s future stars.

“This is really round one for the next generation of Democratic politicians,”...

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Sounds for nominee Sonia Sotomayor

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Bronx native and federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor may well become the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and it's a long, stressful road to the confirmation hearings. Will the Senate GOP filibuster? Probably not, but today Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicated they'll be taking their time and making the...

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Obey Giant/Mayor Bloomberg

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Shepard Fairey (or someone very closely mimicking his style) has found a local target! It's Mayor Mike Bloomberg! "Oyvey"? I'm hoping someone can explain this sticker I found in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

— Emily Ngo...

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Obama, Cheney face off on national security

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By Emily Ngo

President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney traded blows in a crosstown showdown Thursday, defending their respective stances on national security in dueling speeches.

At the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Obama sought to reinforce plans to shutter the Guantanamo Bay prison facility and move some detainees to high-security prisons...

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Weiner will decide on mayoral run by month's end

Rep. Anthony Weiner earlier this year. AP file photo

By Jason Fink

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brookyln/Queens), who appeared to abandon his mayoral hopes earlier this year, said Sunday he will decide at the end of the month whether he is running for the city’s top job.

Weiner, 44, sent a letter to supporters in March saying he would suspend his campaign for the Democratic nomination...

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Mayor Bloomberg shows domestic side, baking with Martha Stewart

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By Jason Fink

He ran a multi-billion dollar corporation before serving two terms as New York City’s mayor, but few probably know that Michael Bloomberg can also bake cookies.

Bloomberg, who is running for a third term, showed off his domestic side Tuesday by taping an episode of the Martha Stewart Show, helping the famous home design...

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