Politics

Obama first U.S. president to attend India's Republic Day celebrations

Reuters –President Pranab Mukherjee gave a stern assessment of India 65 years after it declared itself a republic, criticizing parliamentary dysfunction and the overuse of decrees in a message that might also resonate with his visitor, U.S. President Barack Obama.In a Republic Day address on the...

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 2:08pm

Facing corruption charges, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he 'will be vindicated'

Federal agents arrested long-time State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, the second most-powerful politician in New York State, Thursday morning and charged him with using his office to unlawfully enrich himself.One of Albany's "three men in a room," who once held near-absolute power over law...

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 4:46am

Child deaths to half in 15 years as deadly diseases eradicated, say Gates

Reuters –Worldwide child deaths will be halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose cure for malaria.The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the Microsoft Corp...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:15pm

Kathleen Kane defiant as grand jury’s report unsealed

Attorney General Kathleen Kane remains defiant in the face of potential criminal charges, after a grand jury presentment was unsealed Wednesday recommending she face criminal charges related to the leak of confidential documents to the media.If indicted, Kane said, “I won’t resign. I promised the...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 4:28am

Video: 'I will not resign' says AG Kathleen Kane

At a press conference this morning announcing a drug bust, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane addressed a grand jury presentment that was unsealed today recommending criminal charges of perjury and obstruction against her for allegedly leaking information from a previous grand jury probe."I will...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:34pm

Obama challenges Republicans to tax rich in State of Union speech

Reuters –President Barack Obama struck a defiant tone for his dealings with the new Republican-led Congress on Tuesday, calling on his opponents to raise taxes on the rich and threatening to veto legislation that would challenge his key decisions.Dogged by an ailing economy since the start of his...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 2:02pm

U.S. and Cuba to discuss immigration at start of two-day talks in Havana

Reuters –The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years begins talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic ties and eventually normalizing relations between two adversaries who have been locked in Cold War-era hostilities.The two days of meetings are the first since U.S. President...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:35pm

Owners, tenants caught in crossfire between NYC Council and Airbnb

Hundreds of New Yorkers stood on either side of City Hall gates on Tuesday morning. The crowd to the left brandished hand-written signs with words like parasite and selfish.On the right, folks wore stickers, shirts and tote bags while holding printed posters in support of Airbnb.A longtime target...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:30am

Brooklyn cop challenges PBA prez Lynch for leadership

Police union chief Pat Lynch will face a challenger for the first time since in eight years.Patrolmen's Benevolent Association trustee Brian Fusco announced Tuesday that he’ll run against the four-term president in the union's spring election.Fusco, 47, is the face of a contingent within the PBA...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 4:16am

Cuomo prioritizes train access to LaGuardia Airport

The commute to LaGuardia Airport might get a little easier with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's support for a new AirTrain system connecting local train and rail service to the airport.Almost 27 million people use the Queens airport every year, yet there is no connecting service between public transportation...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 3:13am

French President ratings boosted, far-right leader's static after Paris attacks

Reuters –Support for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was widely expected to soar in the wake of the deadly attacks on Paris by Islamist militants. In the event, the possible next leader of France was outmaneuvered by President Francois Hollande.Along with other party leaders, Le Pen was...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 3:28pm

NYC Council boosts re-entry program for formerly incarcerated, homeless

Not that long ago, Steven Segarra ate whatever food he could find and slept wherever he wasn't kicked out."If you've ever seen one of those people on the street that hasn't bathed for a while with the big beard and all the bags — that was me," Segarra said.Heavy drinking broke up his family and...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:51am

Cuomo’s minimum wage hike not enough for advocates

New York’s progressive stalwarts offered tepid praise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement on Sunday that he would seek to raise the minimum wage again.Local community organization Make the Road board member Mauricio Jimenez thanked Cuomo but said the hike falls short of the $13 minimum wage the...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:11am

As Wolf takes office, activists plan protests

As Gov. Tom Wolf takes office Tuesday, activists are already lining up to protest and lobby the new governor for his attention, action and time.The “PA Against Fracking” coalition, with 88 member groups, will rally in Harrisburg across the street from the capital as Wolf is sworn into office as...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 3:32am

Mike Huckabee trying to walk back calling Beyonce and Jay-Z 'trash'

That lovable scamp Mike Huckabee has a problem with Jay-Z and Beyonce — and with the First Family enjoying their music. "How can it be that the Obamas let Sasha and Malia listen to that? Apparently they do," he writes in "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," his adorably titled new memoir that apparently...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:36am

While you were sleeping...

Good morning!Overnight the world’s richest continued to accumulate wealth.Pope Francis preached religious tolerance before leaving Asia, while protesters in Chechnya demanded respect for Islam. Critics were warning of retaliation after Israel hit Hezbollah targets in Syria.The crash of AirAsia was...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 4:46pm

Richest 1% owns almost half world's wealth as inequality gap widens

Bloomberg –The richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year, according to development nonprofit Oxfam America Inc.The most affluent’s share of global wealth climbed to 48 percent in 2014, compared with 44 percent in 2009, and will likely...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 2:58pm

Mayor Nutter: Education is the Civil Rights issue of our era

Mayor MichaelNutter, in a special column for Metroon MLK day, reflects upon the next great Civil Rights issue of our era.Every January, we take a day as a nation to honor and reflect upon the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, as we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Voting...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 7:32am

Mass. lawmakers want to crack down on protests that block roads

State lawmakers are warning protesters that if they want to exercise their right to free speech and peaceful assembly, they must do so in a safe environment - like, not on the highway.This after dozens of protesters were arraigned Thursday on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting...

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:30am

Mass. lawmakers want to crack down on protests that block roads

State lawmakers are warning protesters that if they want to exercise their right to free speech and peaceful assembly, they must do so in a safe environment - like, not on the highway.This after dozens of protesters were arraigned Thursday on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting...

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:30am