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In response to an inflated arrest rate under the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the police chief have endorsed legislation put forward by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would ease the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana in public.

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Many in the media are touting a recent overhaul of the state of New York's tax scheme as a sign of a new age of increased burden for top earners and a victory for the 99 percent. But close inspection reveals that such comparisons exclude the contributions of a soon to expire, 3-year-old “millionaires' tax,” and the new codes favor the rich.

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Following the legalization of gay marriage in New York last month, people using religion to justify their bigotry have cried loud and hard about the chaos that’s sure to descend upon the U.S. for the defilement of what they call one of Christianity’s most sacred institutions. Fortunately, some of the Bible’s more intellectually honest students are speaking up. (more)

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In a letter to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, reprinted here, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo shares what his office has discovered so far about AIG's scandalous bonuses, which "made more than 73 millionaires in the unit which lost so much money that it brought the firm to its knees, forcing a taxpayer bailout."

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It seems inevitable that Caroline Kennedy would eventually follow the siren call of politics to the point of making her own bid for a Senate seat. It's even more fitting that, if she is selected by New York Gov. David A. Paterson, Kennedy will inherit the post from Sen. Hillary Clinton, a member of another Democratic dynasty.

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