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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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Obama makes speech tonight; bipartisan efforts scrutinized

By Emily Ngo

President Barack Obama tonight delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress, where Republicans are wondering whether his bipartisan efforts will help dig the country out of its deepening recession.

The televised, State of the Union-style speech will tackle “the economy, the economy, the economy, because that’s what’s on people’s minds,”...

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Worst. Apology. Ever.

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State Sen. Eric Adams holds up a rendering of the controversial New York Post cartoon during a protest this week.

By Meg Boyle

Last week, The New York Post apologized for running that heinous cartoon by artist Sean Delonas, who apparently graduated from the New Yorker school of satire.

Well, they kind of apologized. Actually, they really didn’t apologize at all....

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Say what, Alan?!?

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By LaShawnda Jones

It takes all kinds ...

Years ago, I remember watching Alan Keyes answer questions about his decision to run for President of the United States. I was intrigued, meaning I listened to the interview, and then changed the channel. Throughout the years, in the back of my mind, I held some admiration for Mr. Keyes’ political fortitude. He became a popular black...

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'Awesome,' Hillary!

What does Hillary Clinton, in Asia for her first trip as secretary of state, gain from appearing on an MTV-like show called "Awesome"? At least, she looks like she's having fun.

— Emily Ngo...

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