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Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Nears 100

Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy.
Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy.

Officials have now attributed 97 deaths to Hurricane Sandy “within a 65-mile radius of New York City, in an area that stretched across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, from Burlington County in New Jersey to Suffolk County on Long Island to North Salem, N.Y., in Westchester County.” Nearly half the casualties were age 65 or older. Of New York City’s 43 deaths, 34 victims were in Queens and Staten Island, many of whom drowned during the storm.

Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Nears 100

It keeps getting worse

Authorities made public a list of 297 people still unaccounted for Wednesday night as they announced that the number of people who had been killed in the deadliest wildfire in California history had grown to 56.
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Michael Avenatti claims innocence after arrest on suspicion of domestic violence

I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate… I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.

Michael Avenatti


Another debt-burdened New York City cabbie has committed suicide — the eighth for-hire driver to kill himself in the past year, Taxi and Limousine Commission officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Roy Kim, 58, of Bayside, Queens, hanged himself with a belt in his home on Nov. 5, according to the city’s medical examiner’s office. There was no immediate sign of a suicide note.

Kim, who had just purchased his taxi medallion last year, was more than $500,000 in debt from the deal and struggling to stay afloat, say friends.

“He was in a lot of debt from that,” said fellow driver Young Lee, who made friends with Kim while picking up fares from airports. “For a while he was making money but then it just went slowly down and down and down. All drivers are really struggling.”

Trump will nominate Lana Marks, a handbag designer and Mar-a-Lago member, for ambassador to South Africa. She’ll be the fourth member of the club to be picked by Trump for an ambassadorship.

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Don’t cross Melania

Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump’s office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal.

No replacement was named. Aides said Ricardel clashed with the first lady’s staff over her visit to Africa last month. Yet it is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially the president’s national security staff.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Ricardel will have a new role in the administration.

Yet another Democratic pickup in California

Projection: Katie Porter (D) has defeated Rep. Mimi Walters (R) in #CA45.

Who could have seen this coming?

From his earliest days in office, HUD Secretary Ben Carson has repeatedly said he joined the Trump administration to fix the “rats, roaches, bed bugs, mold, lead and violence” that he witnessed as a surgeon in low-income communities. Under the Trump administration, the number of HUD apartments cited for unsafe, unhealthy and physically deteriorating living conditions has been on the rise.

An NBC News investigation has found that more than 1,000 out of HUD’s nearly 28,000 federally subsidized multifamily properties failed their most recent inspection — a failure rate that is more than 30 percent higher than in 2016, according to an analysis of HUD records.

Here are the 17 House Democrats prepared to go public with thier opposition to Nancy Pelosi’s speakership

- Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)

- Seth Moulton (D-Mass.)

- Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.)

- Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.)

- Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.)

- Filemon Vela Jr. (D-Texas)

- Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)

- Bill Foster (D-Ill.)

- Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.)

- Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.)

- Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)

- Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.)

- Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.)

- Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.)

- Max Rose (D-N.Y.)

- Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.)

- Ben McAdams (D-Utah)

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Avenatti arrested

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn actor Stormy Daniels in her legal pursuit of President Trump, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in Los Angeles, police confirmed.

Avenatti had not yet been booked, but a report on the alleged incident was taken on Tuesday, Los Angeles police said.

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Dark times for the GOP in Jersey

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Perhaps the most damning passage from the Times’s new Facebook exposé

While Mr. Zuckerberg conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Ms. Sandberg has overseen an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat Facebook’s critics, shift public anger toward rival companies and ward off damaging regulation. Facebook employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros. It also tapped its business relationships, persuading a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.

Kevin McCarthy Easily Wins Bid to Lead Diminished House Republicans
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Death toll at 48 and still rising from fires in Northern California

Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Finally, at long last, Jeff Flake takes a stand

Flake says: “I have informed the majority leader I will not vote” for 21 judicial nominees pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee or vote to confirm 32 judges awaiting confirmation on floor

Mitch McConnell is never going to pass this bill

McConnell objects to Jeff Flake’s request to quickly pass bipartisan bill to protect special counsels like Robert Mueller

May squeezes Brexit deal through Cabinet – now comes the hard part

Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union divorce deal on Wednesday, freeing her to tackle the much more perilous struggle of getting parliament to approve the agreement.

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Another Dem Congressional pickup made official

Trenton, N.J. (AP)—Political newcomer Andy Kim defeats two-term Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in New Jersey to widen Democrats’ House edge.

Fact check: Wait, what?

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The rebellion against Nancy Pelosi may be more serious than it appeared

Multiple Democratic members who publicly support Pelosi are speculating to me on background that she doesn’t have the numbers and can’t get there.