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Congressional Democrats call on lawmakers to maintain Affordable Care Act

Standing beneath a projection that declared “The Republican Plan Will Make America Sick Again!” U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez opened the Jan. 7 press conference at Woodhull Medical Center with a reminder: “Access to health care is not a privilege; it’s a right!” … Full Article

Hikind blasts anti-Israel speech by Kerry

State Assemblymember Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn lawmaker who has made frequent trips to Israel during his years as an elected official, came out swinging against President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry in the wake of Kerry’s blistering critique of Israel on Wednesday. … Full Article

U.N. anti-Israel vote finds contempt from both sides of House

The vote by the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements on the West Bank has drawn sharp criticism from Brooklyn lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives. … Full Article

Trump nominates Vincent Viola for secretary of the Army

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Vincent “Vinnie” Viola to be his secretary of the Army. The Brooklyn-born Viola is a retired Army major and graduate of New York Law School and West Point. … Full Article

Gone viral: Brooklyn man's website helps people contact Electoral College before Trump vote

The Electoral College vote to determine who will become president is set to take place on Dec. 19. Now, a Brooklyn man has created a website to make writing letters to the electors easy — and his project has gone viral. … Full Article

Trump: Giuliani out as contender for Secretary of State

President-elect Donald Trump broke the news on Friday that Mayor Rudy Giuliani has removed his name from consideration for the position of Secretary of State. Trump said in a release that Giuliani told him during a meeting held on November 29 that he no longer wished to be considered. … Full Article

Electoral College candidate defends system

The historic 2016 election, which resulted in a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College, has led many disgruntled Democrats to call for a drastic change in presidential elections. … Full Article

Clarke blasts GOP over Planned Parenthood probe

Charging that Republicans in the House of Representatives are wasting their time and taxpayer dollars on an endless round of investigations into Planned Parenthood, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke said she voted against a new bill to double the funding to continue the probe. … Full Article

Schumer announces bipartisan ‘BOTS Act’ just passed by Senate, urges House to act

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Senate passage of the “BOTS Act,” federal legislation that would crack down on cyber scalpers using bots to scoop up thousands of popular Broadway, theater and concert tickets to resell on other websites at outrageous prices. … Full Article

Fur flies over presidential election recount: Trump slams Clinton, alleges massive voter fraud

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s sponsorship of presidential election recounts in three states set off a cascade of scathing criticism by President-elect Donald Trump. … Full Article

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