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Name: Chris Bastian
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5 People Attacked in an Hour During Violent Morning Subway Commute


The commute turned violent Friday morning when two to three men attacked five people in the New York City subway in the space of just over an hour.

Two senior NYPD officials tell News 4 the first victim told detectives he was sitting aboard a southbound 4 train around 4:26 a.m., when he was approached by two unknown men, one of whom displayed a knife and slashed the victim in the face.

The victim exited the train at Union Square. The perpetrators allegedly remained on board the train as it exited the station and approached their next two victims -- one of whom was punched in the face, the other slashed with his nose cut.

Both victims exited the train at the Astor Place station. The suspects then allegedly approached the fourth victim at the City Hall station, demanded money and threw his cellphone on tracks. He was slashed in the left cheek.

"Defund the Police" is not going to play well in the upcoming Primary.

My Brooklyn political club has decided to endorse "nobody" for Mayor.....

As announced, IND held a Special Membership meeting this evening to discuss the club's Mayoral endorsement, given recent allegations against Scott Stringer. After a lengthy, respectful discussion, club members voted to move forward with "No Endorsement" in the Mayor's race. While individual club members will continue to support various mayoral candidates, IND as a club will focus our attention on our slate of Endorsed Candidates for Borough President, City Council, and Judicial races. Thank you to everyone who attended and made their voice heard.

The Harvard University admissions rate is now 3%.....

Per a briefing from my High School (I'm on the Board) on college admissions. Many colleges and universities have dropped SAT and ACT scores as a requirement. As a result, students with low scores who would never assume they'd get in are applying because they have nothing to lose (except for the application fee).

This is also complicating the acceptance process, in that students are applying to MORE schools (for the reason above), and colleges don't know who's going to accept an admittance, so they're putting more students on waitlists.

Let's discuss second-guessing the CDC...

For the past year, we've been calling out people who questioned or disputed the science-based directives on how to deal with the COVID pandemic (sheltering at home, avoiding groups, wearing masks, hand-washing etc.). Yesterday, CDC updated their guidance on the need to wear masks in most cases. What did we get?

My humble opinion. CDC is lifting Mask and social distancing too soon.

Why didn't the CDC just say if your state hits 70% vaccination

Thoughts pls on the CDC just saying fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks...

You are free to wear a mask, or continue staying and working at home if you want to. But if you're questioning the timing and guidance from the scientists, perhaps ask yourself why?

My NYC Mayor Primary Ballot

Of the top three candidates, the only one I can see voting vote is May Wiley (Andrew Yang is completely unqualified and Eric Adams is too pro-gun for me). So I’m going with:

1. Kathryn Garcia
2. Ray McGuire
3. Shaun Donovan
4. Maya Wiley.
5 (blank)

NYC Mayor: Yang announces banking proposal, defends spotty voting record during campaign blitz


Andrew Yang, the latest entrant into the crowded race for mayor, promised to cut off banks that refuse to accept municipal identification cards if he is elected.

Yang framed the proposal — which follows his promise to deliver cash payments of up to $5,000 a year to 500,000 of the city’s lowest-income residents — as a means of financial security for immigrants who are struggling financially.

“As mayor, I pledge that the city will not do business with a financial institution that does not accept New York City ID in order to open accounts,” Yang said at a press conference in Lower Manhattan. “It is perverse that in the world’s financial capital, almost one million New Yorkers are unbanked or underbanked.”

He said an average household that can’t access traditional banking services spends about $3,000 a year on check-cashing sites and other businesses that slam customers with high fees and interest rates.

Chip Roy announces challenge to Stefanik

Source: Politico

Texas Rep. Chip Roy is jumping into the race for House GOP conference chair, teeing up a two-way showdown between him and New York Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Roy, a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, has criticized not only Stefanik’s voting record but also how speedy House Republicans are moving to replace the newly deposed Rep. Liz Cheney. Multiple Republicans have complained that they feel boxed in by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who they say put his finger on the scale for Stefanik.

After Cheney (R-Wyo.) was ousted on Wednesday, McCarthy scheduled a forum where candidates for her replacement could speak on Thursday evening and set the election for Friday morning.

“I do believe [Stefanik] should have an opponent,” Roy told reporters. “One of my biggest problems is that we’re not taking the time to have this conversation that we ought to have.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/13/chip-roy-announces-challenge-to-stefanik-488163

NYC Mayor: Garcia picks up steam in New York City mayoral race after snagging Times endorsement


NEW YORK — Kathryn Garcia is on the upswing, and her opponents in the New York City mayoral race are responding in kind.

In the days following the coveted New York Times endorsement, Team Garcia reported a boost in fundraising for her underdog mayoral campaign and more media interest in a recent press conference on public safety. She appeared on Good Day New York and The Brian Lehrer Show — two regular destinations for Gracie Mansion contenders — to discuss her platform for the office.

And, after months of being treated as a worthy but nonthreatening opponent, the city’s former sanitation commissioner became the target of criticism from a frontrunner on the trail.

“We have definitely seen an uptick in fundraising since the endorsement,” campaign spokesperson Lindsey Green said on Tuesday. “We had our biggest single day of fundraising on the campaign today, and our biggest 24-hour period since the Times endorsements was announced.”

Liz Cheney says she's not running for president

Source: Politico

Rep. Liz Cheney isn’t running for president, she said in a combative Fox News interview on Thursday.

The Wyoming Republican, who recently said she wouldn’t rule out running, told Fox’s Bret Baier night that she wasn’t throwing her hat in the ring after she was booted from her role as House GOP conference chair Wednesday.

“I am not, Bret,” Cheney told Baier, responding to his question about whether she is vying for the 2024 nomination. “What I think is really important is that we make sure that the former president, because we know what he is capable of … and because we know how important it is for us to be able to advance Republican ideals, that we make sure that he never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”

In a “Today Show” interview taped soon after Wednesday’s vote, Cheney said she would do “whatever it takes” to thwart another Donald Trump term when asked whether she’d consider running.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/05/13/cheney-not-running-for-president-488174

NYC Mayor: Andrew Yang didn't vote in City elections for the past two decades...

...per tonight's Mayoral debate.
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