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Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during swearing-in ceremony

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in —again, for the cameras, this time — Monday night at a White House ceremony, but not before President Donald Trump slammed Kavanaugh’s opponents for a “campaign of personal destruction.”

In a ceremony that could have been a unifying moment for the nation, Trump instead delivered remarks that even he acknowledged began “differently than perhaps any other event of such magnitude.”

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Republicans hold hearing on parole system, public safety, election issues

HICKSVILLE – Republican lawmakers held a hearing on Long Island, to take testimony about the parole system in New York, public safety, and election issues on Tuesday. One serious concern is that there would be unvented visitors on election day, including parolees who can vote as the result of an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Dr. Jennifer Morrison, superintendent of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School, said she is on a mission to remove polling from school buildings. She said her district has a temporary stay right now, but she’s looking to make it permanent.

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Ex-aide to New York Gov. Cuomo gets 6 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — A former aide so close to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he considered him like a brother was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for fraud and accepting bribes. The judge said she hopes the punishment “will be heard in Albany.”

U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni noted that the sentencing of Joseph Percoco occurred amid other recent high-profile convictions of state leaders.

She said those seeking the modest salaries of government jobs should not seek to supplement their incomes by accepting bribes.

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James wins Democratic primary for NY attorney general

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Public Advocate Letitia James won a four-way Democratic primary for attorney general in New York on Thursday in a race that was a competition over who could best use the office to antagonize President Donald Trump.

James, 59, would become the first black woman to hold a statewide elected office in New York if she prevails in the general election, where she will be heavily favored. Trump nemesis Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, abruptly resigned from the post in May amid allegations he physically abused women he dated.

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Andrew Cuomo, Marc Molinaro prepare for Gubernatorial showdown

MANHATTAN – Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated Cynthia Nixon in the primary Thursday night and will now face Republican Candidate Marc Molinaro in the general election.

Cuomo said Thursday’s New York primary race had one of the highest voter turnouts in history.

“The total vote was something close to like 1.5 million people. That’s never happened. That is a revolution. That is a wave,” Cuomo said.

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Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms.

The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated” political behavior and appeared to be fake. Nearly 300,000 people followed at least one of the accounts.

Facebook stopped short of saying the effort was aimed at influencing the U.S. midterm elections in November, although the timing of the suspicious activity would be consistent with such an attempt.

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Cuomo defeats Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo overcame a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.

Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 to 1, seldom mentioned Nixon by name during an often-nasty campaign, instead touting his experience, achievements in two terms as governor and his work to push back against President Donald Trump.

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