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  • Morelle drops out of Speaker's race, throws support to Heastie

    The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx power broker Carl Heastie.

    Morelle, in a statement, says he is backing Heastie, whom he describes as a close friend. Assemblyman Heastie, in another statement, says Morelle will be permitted to remain as Assembly Majority Leader, if Heastie is elected Speaker next month.  Both promised “meaningful reforms”, but have not detailed what those might be.

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  • Turmoil in Assembly leads to calls for reform

    The maneuvering for the next Speaker of the State Assembly is going on largely behind the scenes, and government reform groups say that’s the wrong way to begin a new era in what’s been called the people’s house.  They’ve asked the announced candidates to commit to an open process, and want an answer before the weekend.

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  • Silver will leave post as speaker on Monday

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

    After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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