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New York State government dysfunctional?

What’s happening in New York State politics? People of every background in and out of the Empire State who follow U.S. politics have been asking themselves this question for the last two years. It looks as if this is the most corrupt state in the country. Politicians are generally not revered anywhere in the world but how does it happen that most of the name recognized U.S. politicians caught in a big scandal for the last two years have been namely from New York? The list of New York politicians caught in a scandal has become quite long: former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R), former Governor Elliott Spitzer (D), Governor David Paterson (D), U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D – 15th District), U.S. Representative Eric Massa (D  – 29th District), and last but not least, every single state Senator (remember the gridlock last summer). Part of the answer is that state regulations were too loose. Continue reading

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“Letters from Nuremberg” is a must read

The book consists of chapters that are explained in their very beginning – in a half a page of summary – with the rest of them consisting of the letters that Thomas J. Dodd, Senator Dodd’s father, wrote to Grace, his beloved wife. In the beginning the book is not as interesting as expected: Tom Dodd had been compaining to his wife that the trial had been slown down too often and for too long mainly because of the Russians but also because of the French and the British to some extent. Continue reading

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