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Rabbis Defend Controversial Circumcisions to City Health Officials

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levi-heber-150x150 Wilder Fleming reports this morning: At a hearing yesterday in Queens, New York City rabbis defended a controversial circumcision practice that has been blamed for infecting infants with herpes, in some cases causing their death. The practice, called “metzitzah b’peh,” requires the circumciser, or mohel, to suck the infant’s wounds after circumcision, and has led [&hellip
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An “Education Fund” Funded by Billionaires Gives to Senate GOP

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via Wiki Commons. A source points out a new PAC giving money to Senate Republicans bearing the vague name “Educational Fund” whose donors are two conservative billionaires  and one former aide to President Richard Nixon. The donors are Bruce Kovner, Roger Hertog and Peter Flanigan. Kovner, former head of the hedge fund Caxton Associates, is a major supporter [&hellip
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CNBC Dubs US Attorney the “New Sheriff of Wall Street”

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Via City & State Move over Eliot Spitzer. At the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha conference yesterday afternoon, the network’s Jim Cramer dubbed  Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara the “New Sheriff of Wall Street,” because of Bharara’s financial crimes prosecutions. Cramer starts off his interview calling Bharara “arguably the most successful prosecutor in the history of insider trading.” Bharara, whose [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: Republican Halloran Shows Up at Dems Campaign Kickoff

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Dan Halloran. Via Wiki Commons. State Senate The Senate GOP is using a TV ad firm that has deep Tea Party ties. Queens Republican Dan Halloran surprisingly showed up at Democratic Senate candidate John Messer’s campaign kickoff. Brooklyn Runs for NYC Comptroller or Brooklyn DA could be in TLC Commissioner David Yassky’s future. Elsewhere Erie County Democratic Party chairman Len [&hellip
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Deputy Mayor Takes to the Twittersphere to Defend the Bloomberg

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256px-Twitter.svg Wolfson takes to the Twittersphere to defend the Bloomberg administration When Mayor Michael Bloomberg is under attack, one trusty weapon in Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson’s arsenal is the tweet. Wolfson, Bloomberg’s deputy mayor for government affairs and communications, has been garnering attention in recent months for taking to the Twittersphere to go after the administration’s critics, [&hellip
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How Did a Dead Woman’s Name End Up on a Queens Democratic Petition?

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State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky A Queens man named Jesus Palomino recently swore in an affidavit that his mother could not have signed a petition form for two dozen candidates, including State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, on June 14th. The reason? The woman, Ana Rita Palomino, had been dead since February 5th, 2011. The affidavit was produced by Stavisky’s opponent [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: Gloria Steinem Pressures Quinn on Paid Sick Leave Bill

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Gloria Steinem via Wiki Commons. 2013 Mayoral Race Gloria Steinem is pressuring Christine Quinn on the paid sick leave bill. Bill de Blasio took in heavy donations from the taxi industry, which he has supported. And Quinn took in quite a bit from a developer that was exempted from the living wage bill. Manhattan Voting machines in the Espaillat/Rangel primary [&hellip
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Decriminalized: Q&A with Former High Times Editor Robert Stratton

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backforth Richard Stratton, the former editor of High Times magazine, knows a thing or two about marijuana. Not only has he written in depth about the subject, he also spent years as a drug smuggler, moving millions of dollars of the product—a path that ultimately landed him a 25-year sentence, of which he served eight. Since [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: Bill de Blasio Outraised His Potential Rivals for Mayor

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Via Wiki Commons. 2013 Mayoral Race Bill de Blasio outraised his potential rivals for mayor. Anthony Weiner referred to speculation about a comeback as a “clown question.” Public Advocate Daniel Squadron is leading the fundraising race. Queens The Queens DA may look into an Assembly candidate’s running of prostitution ads in his newspaper. The Queens BP race is [&hellip
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