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Obama's State of the Union: Tax Wealthy, Help Middle Class

by Associated Press, Julie Pace
SOTU 2011

Obama at 2011's State of the Union, Chuck Kennedy, wikimedia

Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

NYC Mayor Visits Paris to Show Support After Terror Attacks

by Associated Press
Mayor Bill de Blasio.

nycmayorsoffice, Flickr 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a trip to Paris to show his support after terrorist attacks there that left 17 people dead.

   De Blasio paid his respects Tuesday at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and at a kosher supermarket. The attacks were carried out on Jan. 7 and Jan. 9.

   Accompanied by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux, he laid flowers at a memorial up the street from the satirical newspaper.

Challengers Want to Unseat Longtime NY Police Union Leader

by Associated Press
Police Officer.

Fedjake, Flickr 

A slate of challengers is working to unseat longtime New York police union leader Patrick Lynch.

   The group is led by the Brooklyn South trustee at the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

   Brian Fusco said Tuesday that union leaders have been "grandstanding" instead of improving officers' "disgraceful and dangerous" work environment.

   Lynch is seeking a fifth term as head of the union, which represents 24,000 officers. He had no immediate comment.

Morning Brief: January 16

by Jeff Coltin
movie theater

Kenneth Lu, flickr

This year’s Oscar nominations are out, which means a lot of complaints from fans of the Lego Movie, which got snubbed for Best Animated Feature, Interstellar, which garnered no big nominations, and diversity in Hollywood, as not a single actor of color got an acting nomination. The Lower Hudson Valley had something to celebrate though, as LoHud.com proudly shares area residents getting Oscar noms including Bill Murray and Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller

Morning Brief: January 15

by Jeff Coltin
Tower Bridge

Simon & his Camera, flickr

New York’s lowly Knicks are trying something new to end their losing streak—they’re heading to London! It got us here thinking about which of the two big cities is better? We think New York, obviously, and luckily the writers at Versus gave us 36 reasons why they agree, like more ethnic groups and lower sales tax. Anglophiles can read the list of why London’s better too… like a lower murder rate.

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