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  • Comptroller's race hampered by failure of public campaign finance experiment

    An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies.

    The pilot public campaign financing program, limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.

    It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical.”

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  • Politics & Elections
  • Attorney General race closest of all statewide races

    The race for Attorney General is the closest of all the statewide contests.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes, while his opponent, John Cahill says  the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.  

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  • Education & History
  • Cuomo makes case for education bond act, skeptics remain

    The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like iPads and other tablets.  Fiscal watchdogs are against it, and the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before voting day, Governor Cuomo who came up with the idea, has finally started to push for it.

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  • How Money Worries Can Scramble Your Thinking

    There's no question that dealing with mortgages, car payments and other bills takes up time and energy. But having a tight budget may also zap our ability to think clearly, scientists report Thursday in the journal Science.

    In a series of clever experiments involving farmers in India and shoppers in New Jersey, scientists found that people are worse at solving puzzles — similar to those on the IQ test — when they're first reminded of money problems.

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  • The Two-Way
  • IRS Will Recognize All Legal Same-Sex Marriages

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced on Thursday that when it comes to federal tax purposes, same-sex couples who have legally married will be treated the same as straight married couples, no matter what state they reside in now.

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  • The Two-Way
  • Report: Spy Agencies' 'Black Budget' Reveals Intelligence Gaps

    The Washington Post on Thursday reports on U.S. spy agencies' $52.6 billion secret budget for fiscal year 2013, a document that reveals significant "blind spots" obscuring the intentions and motives of U.S. friends and foes alike.

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