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Members of Brooklyn congressional delegation had strong, and negative, reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday in the so-called Hobby Lobby case. … Full Article

Blame game rife as Dems, GOP try to avert shutdown

Republicans and Democrats blamed each other Monday as they took the federal government to the brink of a shutdown in an intractable budget dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law. … Full Article

Democrats blast GOP over vote to cut food stamps

Sunset Park
The recent passage of a House bill to cut billions of dollars from federal food stamp programs will “take food from the mouths of almost four million of our fellow citizens,” charged US Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who argued unsuccessfully against the measure. … Full Article

Federal role in civil rights cases: Problematic and lengthy

WASHINGTON — Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced "not guilty" in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. … Full Article

Brooklyn’s young politicos travel deep into the heart of Texas

Bay Ridge
Brooklyn was well represented at a four-day national convention of young Democratic Party activists that took place deep in the heart of Texas, according to one participant, who said he came back energized by the experience. … Full Article

Velazquez seeks to protect city's industrial waterfront

Brooklyn Boro
Most of the waterfront-related legislation that has been proposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has dealt with securing Coney Island, Rockaway and other beachfront areas. … Full Article

Mayor Bloomberg: US needs immigration reform now

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says now is the time for immigration reform in the U.S. … Full Article

Jay-Z and Beyonce join Trayvon Martin march

New York City
Hundreds of demonstrators, including music superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce, joined Trayvon Martin's mother Saturday in New York City at one of about 100 rallies around the country calling for justice for the slain black teenager. … Full Article

Now that senate passed immigration reform, Clarke to draft house bill

Crown Heights
Calling the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the senate “a significant step forward for millions of Americans,” US Rep. Yvette Clarke said she's prepared to draft a similar bill in the house. … Full Article

Nadler wants to ease tax burden on large families

Bensonhurst
In the 2003 movie “Cheaper by the Dozen,” Steve Martin played the hapless father of 12 children and had audiences laughing in the aisles. But in real life, many families with a lot of children struggle financially, according to US Rep. Jerrold Nadler. … Full Article
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