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Start Of Major Construction On New NYC Train Hall Announced

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of major construction for a new light-filled train hall across from the cramped and dark Penn Station.

The Democratic governor said Thursday that the planned Moynihan Train Hall was “for many years too difficult to achieve.” He said construction is underway because “New Yorkers don’t give up.”

The planned transit hub in the landmark Farley Post Office building is named after U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat who championed the project and died in 2003.

A concourse linking the Farley building to the existing Penn Station across the street opened in June.

The $1.6 billion project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

The 255,000-square-foot (23,690-square-meter) Moynihan Train Hall will be used by Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak passengers.


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New York – I Talked To The ‘Anti-Semitic’ Swiss Hotel Owner. It’s More Complicated Than You Think.

New York — A chuckle tickled my throat as Ruth Thomann, a Swiss hotelier who posted signs urging her “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool, assured me that she has “nothing against Jews.” To be clear, I don’t find racism particularly amusing, especially not these days. But there was something comical about how […]

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BRILLIANT: Al Gore’s Advice to President Trump: ‘Resign’

Former Democratic Vice President Al Gore’s best advice to President Donald Trump is for the real-estate mogul to abandon his post, he said in an interview with LADbible. “Resign,” urged Gore. The environmentalist is on a promotional tour for his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.

Gore has been noticeably more critical of Trump in recent weeks while talking about the climate crisis, and he met with then-president-elect Trump before the New York magnate took office. “I thought, actually there was a chance he might come to his senses,” Gore said on Real Time with Bill Maher, thinking back on that December jaunt to Trump Tower. In another interview, on NBC’s TODAY show, Gore said, “We’ve never had a president who’s deliberately made decisions the effect of which is to tear down America’s standing in the world.” Read more at POLITICO.


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Airmont, NY – New York’s Orthodox Jews Are Expanding Into These Towns, And Some Residents Aren’t Happy

Airmont, NY — When Moshe Pinkasovits walks with his kids down the street on Saturdays in his new town, he has to watch out for drivers shouting anti-Semitic slurs. The Pinkasovits family didn’t face this problem in the neighboring town of Monsey, a heavily haredi Orthodox enclave in New York state, near the New Jersey […]

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EPIC! Hamas Terrorist Killed By ISIS Suicide Bomber In Gaza

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing a Hamas terrorist who was trying to stop the attacker from crossing into Egypt, Hamas announced, blaming an ISIS sympathizer for carrying out the unprecedented attack.

It marked the first time that Hamas, which has carried out dozens of suicide attacks over the years targeting Israelis, was itself struck in such an assault. The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said five other Hamas security forces and an accomplice of the bomber were wounded.

The ministry described the assailant and his colleague as “ideologically deviant” — a term Hamas uses to describe members of ISIS and other terrorists. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Hamas has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since seizing control of the coastal area in 2007. Hamas has since clashed repeatedly with more radical terror groups, which have carried out their own attacks against Israel in part to undermine Hamas.

Hamas has sought to secure Gaza’s borders in order to improve relations with neighboring Egypt, which is battling an ISIS affiliate in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula.


Groups inspired by ISIS, al-Qaida and others have created a headache for Hamas in recent years, accusing it of being too soft on Israel and failing to fully impose Islamic law. Such groups have bombed internet cafes and music stores, and attacked Christians. Jihadis killed an Italian activist in Gaza in 2011.



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Pence Praises Trump’s ‘Can-Do Spirit’ Amid Charlottesville Backlash

Vice President Mike Pence had nothing but praise for President Trump during a visit to the Panama Canal on Thursday, commending the president for his “vision, energy, and can-do spirit” even as Trump faced mounting criticism from lawmakers and business leaders back home, Bloomberg reports.

Pence compared Trump to former President Teddy Roosevelt just hours after the president faced a new round of criticism for calling Confederate-era monuments “beautiful” amid increasing calls for their removal. Proclaiming this “a great week for the American worker,”

A day earlier, Pence said he “stands with the president” amid concerns Trump hasn’t gone far enough to condemn white supremacists. Read more at BLOOMBERG.


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Average US Mortgage Rates Edge Lower; 30-Year At 3.89 Pct.

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 3.89 percent from 3.90 percent last week. While historically low, that’s still above last year’s average of 3.65 percent. The benchmark rate stood at 3.43 percent a year ago.

The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate home loans, popular with homeowners who are refinancing their mortgages, fell to 3.16 percent from 3.18 percent last week.

Record-low interest rates have helped spur home purchases and boosted the housing market. Yet despite the low mortgage rates to lure prospective homebuyers, the housing market has remained hampered by tight mortgage credit, rising home prices and tight supply of homes on the market.

In the latest indication of low inventory constraining home purchases, real estate brokerage Redfin reported Thursday that sales in July declined 3.5 percent from a year earlier. The number of homes for sale fell 11 percent, marking 22 straight months of year-over-year declines in inventory, according to Redfin. There was a three-month supply of homes in July, higher than June’s record-low 2.5 months but well below the six months that represents a market balanced between buyers and sellers.

To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.

The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was 0.4 point, down from 0.5 point last week. The fee on 15-year loans was unchanged at 0.5 point.

Rates on adjustable five-year loans rose to 3.16 percent from 3.14 percent last week. The fee declined to 0.4 point from 0.5 point.


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Pittsfield, ME – Maine Governor Calls Classroom Teachers ‘a Dime A Dozen’

Pittsfield, ME – Maine Gov. Paul LePage has criticized traditional education during the unveiling of a new vocational school, describing classroom teachers as “a dime a dozen.” The Morning Sentinel reports ( ) the Republican governor made the comments Thursday at a Cianbro company workforce development center, called the Cianbro Institute. The new center in Pittsfield offers […]

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Washington – Pelosi Calls On Trump To Fire Additional Staff

Washington — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the departure of White House adviser Steve Bannon is “welcome news,” but she is calling on President Donald Trump to fire additional staff. Pelosi said in a statement that Bannon’s departure “doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance.” […]

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