NYC deputy mayor suggests that if women ran firms like Amazon the HQ2 deal might have survived

“If there were more women running large companies, there would be a different way in which people engage with communities. Last month, New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris defended his opposition to Amazon’s HQ2 proposal for the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. “Amazon needs to get ahold of what they mean to communities, and act responsibility,” he told CNBC at the time. However, Glen said the incentives offered by the city are availab


“If there were more women running large companies, there would be a different way in which people engage with communities. Last month, New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris defended his opposition to Amazon’s HQ2 proposal for the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. “Amazon needs to get ahold of what they mean to communities, and act responsibility,” he told CNBC at the time. However, Glen said the incentives offered by the city are availab
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NYC deputy mayor suggests that if women ran firms like Amazon the HQ2 deal might have survived

New York City’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Alicia Glen, told CNBC on Friday, her last day in office, that she’d like to see more women running big companies — and if that were the case, deals like the now-scuttled Amazon headquarters plans for Queens might have different outcomes.

“Maybe if there weren’t all these men running companies we would possibly have different results,” said Glen, whose office spearheaded the Amazon HQ2 deal that fell apart last month, in the face of local protests led by liberal politicians such as freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“If there were more women running large companies, there would be a different way in which people engage with communities. There would be a different way in which people started to threaten to leave, etc.,” Glen said in a “Squawk Box” interview. When asked whether that stance could be seen as sexist, she said, “I don’t think it’s sexist at all.”

Last month, New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris defended his opposition to Amazon’s HQ2 proposal for the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. The others are Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island. “Amazon needs to get ahold of what they mean to communities, and act responsibility,” he told CNBC at the time.

However, many other New York politicians and CEOs are trying to get Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to change his mind. They wrote an open letter, which appeared in The New York Times, saying a “clear the majority of New Yorkers support this project.” The effort, paid for by the Partnership for New York business group, said Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “will take personal responsibility for the project’s state approval,” and Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “will work together with the governor to manage the community development process.”

William Ford, chief executive of New York-based growth equity firm General Atlantic, told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Friday that the city’s letter to Amazon does not seem needy. Ford, one of the signatories, said the message to Bezos is, “We want you to reconsider.”

Glen, whose departure was announced in December, told CNBC that the city remains committed to the original Amazon deal, which included city and state performance-based incentives of about $3 billion. Those perks were at the heart the deal’s opposition. However, Glen said the incentives offered by the city are available to any company that wants to bring operations to Long Island City.

“That is where the mischaracterization and misinformation about the basic deal continues to be in the ether,” Glen contended. But she did acknowledge that the state’s incentives were specific to Amazon.


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Uber drivers sue London mayor over ‘racially discriminatory’ anti-pollution fees

Private taxi drivers — some of whom work for firms like Uber — are taking legal action against the mayor of London over what they claim is a racially discriminatory congestion charge. Sadiq Khan, the city’s mayor, oversees transport authority Transport for London (TfL). Under the old congestion charge rules, private hire drivers were not subject to the daily charge. “Most other motorists, from private cars to small business owners, are liable for the congestion charge. Removing the exemption for


Private taxi drivers — some of whom work for firms like Uber — are taking legal action against the mayor of London over what they claim is a racially discriminatory congestion charge. Sadiq Khan, the city’s mayor, oversees transport authority Transport for London (TfL). Under the old congestion charge rules, private hire drivers were not subject to the daily charge. “Most other motorists, from private cars to small business owners, are liable for the congestion charge. Removing the exemption for
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Uber drivers sue London mayor over 'racially discriminatory' anti-pollution fees

Private taxi drivers — some of whom work for firms like Uber — are taking legal action against the mayor of London over what they claim is a racially discriminatory congestion charge.

Sadiq Khan, the city’s mayor, oversees transport authority Transport for London (TfL). From April 8, TfL will begin charging these drivers the new £12.50 ($15.22) daily fee levied on those who drive within the city’s ultra-low emission zone. Under the old congestion charge rules, private hire drivers were not subject to the daily charge.

London’s “black cab” drivers will remain exempt from the charges. In 2021, the area included in the zone will be expanded.

In a pre-action letter sent to the mayor’s office, the IWGB (Independent Workers Union of Great Britain) argued that the charges will be imposed on a workforce where 94 percent of drivers are from ethnic minority backgrounds, while the majority white “black cab” drivers will avoid the costs.

The union claimed that this was a case of indirect discrimination under the U.K.’s Equality Act, and that the policy also breached a number of articles under the European Convention on Human Rights.

It has launched a croudfunder campaign to raise money for the legal costs to take on TfL in court. On Friday afternoon, the IWGB had raised £2,225 of its £50,000 target.

The IWGB has previously proposed alternatives to the charge, including a levy on operators such as Uber. Yaseen Aslam, secretary of the IWGB’s private hire drivers branch, said in a press release on Friday: “We hope the mayor sees sense and scraps this policy that promises to push thousands of drivers into deeper poverty.”

A spokesperson for the London mayor’s office said in an emailed statement Friday that the number of private hire vehicles entering the congestion charge zone had risen from 4,000 a day to 18,000 a day since 2003.

“(The mayor) simply isn’t prepared to ignore the damaging impact this has on congestion and increasing air pollution. Congestion has a crippling impact on businesses across the capital,” the spokesperson said.

“Most other motorists, from private cars to small business owners, are liable for the congestion charge. Removing the exemption for private hire vehicles is a key part of our plans to both reduce congestion and to protect Londoners from harmful emissions from polluting vehicles.”


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New Jersey and Brooklyn offer glimpses of what might have been for Amazon in Queens

It was a chilly Valentine’s Day when Amazon broke up with New York City. There was plenty of finger-pointing from Albany’s state house to New York’s city hall after Amazon bailed on Queens. Yet everyone involved might have taken a lesson in economic development from neighboring Brooklyn and some inspiration from a hamlet in New Jersey that struck its own deal with Amazon. Sixty miles west of the Hudson River drama, the mayor of Robbinsville Township, David Fried, is still seeing green. In Fried’


It was a chilly Valentine’s Day when Amazon broke up with New York City. There was plenty of finger-pointing from Albany’s state house to New York’s city hall after Amazon bailed on Queens. Yet everyone involved might have taken a lesson in economic development from neighboring Brooklyn and some inspiration from a hamlet in New Jersey that struck its own deal with Amazon. Sixty miles west of the Hudson River drama, the mayor of Robbinsville Township, David Fried, is still seeing green. In Fried’
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New Jersey and Brooklyn offer glimpses of what might have been for Amazon in Queens

It was a chilly Valentine’s Day when Amazon broke up with New York City.

In a flash, the Jeff Bezos-led, Seattle-based giant packed up its offer of 25,000 potential jobs once it became clear that opposition to its second headquarters plan in the Queens neighborhood of Long island City wasn’t buckling.

There was plenty of finger-pointing from Albany’s state house to New York’s city hall after Amazon bailed on Queens. Yet everyone involved might have taken a lesson in economic development from neighboring Brooklyn and some inspiration from a hamlet in New Jersey that struck its own deal with Amazon.

Sixty miles west of the Hudson River drama, the mayor of Robbinsville Township, David Fried, is still seeing green.

Fried recently said that the Amazon warehouse that opened in 2014 continues to rake in profits and has created positive impacts in the lives of its 14,000 or so residents.

“We built a new municipal building in the same year we cut taxes,” he said. “Our economy has grown.”

The online retailer’s arrival in Robbinsville helped his constituents benefit from three consecutive years of tax reductions — something that rarely happens in a high-tax burden state like New Jersey.

The mayor praised what Amazon calls its Career Choices program, which uses partnerships with educational institutions to provide college, technical and vocational classes, and prepays up to 95 percent of the tuition for the students. In Fried’s township, Amazon says about 500 people have used the program, with 200 taking advantage in the last year.

“They bring the school to them,” Fried said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“There’s an entire segment of the population who cannot go to school,” he added. “It’s a game-changer for them.”


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Meet Pete Buttigieg, the young, gay veteran and Midwest mayor who wants to take on Trump in 2020

“I understand this is an underdog project, but I would also say that in a season like this … the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.” He’s also an undiluted progressive in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 election. “We’ve been able to do things with data and technology that have improved the lives of our residents,” Buttigieg said. A small-city mayor has never before won the presidency, let alone one who still has microscopic name recognition compared to hi


“I understand this is an underdog project, but I would also say that in a season like this … the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.” He’s also an undiluted progressive in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 election. “We’ve been able to do things with data and technology that have improved the lives of our residents,” Buttigieg said. A small-city mayor has never before won the presidency, let alone one who still has microscopic name recognition compared to hi
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Meet Pete Buttigieg, the young, gay veteran and Midwest mayor who wants to take on Trump in 2020

“I understand this is an underdog project, but I would also say that in a season like this … the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.”

As a Midwestern mayor reshaping a small manufacturing town that was enervated in the early 1960s by the abandonment of now defunct carmaker Studebaker, Buttigieg believes his story and experience are what’s needed to beat Trump on the Democratic ticket.

Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Afghanistan War veteran who can boast of being the country’s youngest mayor of a city of South Bend’s size when he was elected in 2011 at age 29.

And if he wins the Democratic nomination, Buttigieg would be the first-ever gay presidential candidate: He came out in a local paper’s op-ed pages in 2015 amid his re-election campaign for mayor, and married his husband, Chasten Glezman, in June.

He’s also an undiluted progressive in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 election. To be fair, South Bend is located in the relatively liberal hamlet of St. Joseph county — the city is a stone’s throw from the University of Notre Dame and hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1972. Still, Buttigieg chalks his electoral success up to his willingness to innovate in a city whose economic engine had long ago stalled out.

“When I took office, you know, in the community the conversation was about whether we could get back to some version of our days making Studebakers in the ’60s,” he said. “And we had to be very honest about the fact that that sort of economy was not coming back.”

After banning the phrase “we’ve always done it that way” from his government’s vernacular, Buttigieg worked to push the city in a more tech-friendly direction. The city launched a public data portal in 2013, for instance, and more recently has committed to plans to build a tech hub at Ignition Park that were sparked by Buttigieg’s predecessor.

The efforts to change South Bend are delivering, at least by one metric: More people are moving in.

South Bend lost nearly a quarter of its population in the wake of Studebaker’s departure in 1963 — down to about 100,000 by 2010. But in 2015, an Indiana University demographer reported that the city had grown in three of the past four years.

“We’ve been able to do things with data and technology that have improved the lives of our residents,” Buttigieg said. “I think that’s the style of government and leadership that would be pretty welcomed in Washington right now.”

His resume aside, Buttigieg faces a daunting uphill battle.

A small-city mayor has never before won the presidency, let alone one who still has microscopic name recognition compared to his Democratic opponents, or Trump. Same goes for his age — no one in their 30s has ever won the presidency. And an openly gay man has never come close to winning a U.S. presidential election.

“He’s an upcoming star in the Democratic Party,” said Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, but a successful presidential bid is “not likely, because nobody knows who he is.”

Buttigieg concedes that his bid is a long shot.

“I understand this is an underdog project,” he said, “but I would also say that in a season like this, the less you resemble the others, the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.”


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Mayor’s attempt to censor local article about Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism draws national attention

DEARBORN, Mich. — He was one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, but Henry Ford was also one of its most virulent anti-Semites, and an attempt by a suburban Detroit mayor to censor an article detailing Ford’s hatred of Jews in a little-read local historical magazine is drawing national attention. But “he was also a man who mass produced hate,” said Bill McGraw, former editor of the Dearborn Historian. Dearborn Mayor John B. “Jack” O’Reilly late last month ordered all the copies of the Au


DEARBORN, Mich. — He was one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, but Henry Ford was also one of its most virulent anti-Semites, and an attempt by a suburban Detroit mayor to censor an article detailing Ford’s hatred of Jews in a little-read local historical magazine is drawing national attention. But “he was also a man who mass produced hate,” said Bill McGraw, former editor of the Dearborn Historian. Dearborn Mayor John B. “Jack” O’Reilly late last month ordered all the copies of the Au
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Mayor's attempt to censor local article about Henry Ford's anti-Semitism draws national attention

DEARBORN, Mich. — He was one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, but Henry Ford was also one of its most virulent anti-Semites, and an attempt by a suburban Detroit mayor to censor an article detailing Ford’s hatred of Jews in a little-read local historical magazine is drawing national attention.

Most Americans are likely to think of Ford Motor Co.’s founder as the man who put the country on wheels, rolling out the Model T by the millions off his breakthrough assembly lines in the early half of the 20th century. But “he was also a man who mass produced hate,” said Bill McGraw, former editor of the Dearborn Historian. Dearborn Mayor John B. “Jack” O’Reilly late last month ordered all the copies of the Autumn 2018 issue, Volume 55, No. 3 confiscated and, days later, fired McGraw.

A former reporter from the Detroit Free Press, McGraw wrote the issue’s cover story for the city-owned magazine: “A Special Report: Henry Ford and ‘The International Jew.'”

There are no indications that Ford or its executives had any knowledge of the mayor’s actions, and the company has taken great pains over the years to distance itself from its founder’s dark legacy.


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Sen. Cory Booker says he’s running for president in 2020

Sen. Cory Booker launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday. He is the second black candidate to enter the race, following Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Booker launched his bid with a video and an email to his backers in which he laid out his key issues without delving too much into policy specifics. Booker, a liberal Democrat with ties to the business community, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. If Booker is elected president he will be the fir


Sen. Cory Booker launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday. He is the second black candidate to enter the race, following Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Booker launched his bid with a video and an email to his backers in which he laid out his key issues without delving too much into policy specifics. Booker, a liberal Democrat with ties to the business community, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. If Booker is elected president he will be the fir
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Sen. Cory Booker says he's running for president in 2020

Sen. Cory Booker launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday.

He is the second black candidate to enter the race, following Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Friday is the first day of Black History Month.

Booker launched his bid with a video and an email to his backers in which he laid out his key issues without delving too much into policy specifics.

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” Booker said.

The New Jersey Democrat’s entrance into the race was widely expected. The charismatic senator and former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has been crisscrossing key primary states in recent weeks while telegraphing that a decision was coming.

Booker, who served as mayor until he was elected to the Senate in 2014, is one of several Democratic senators, including Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who have their eyes on the 2020 nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is also expected to jump into the race following his failed bid for the party’s nomination in 2016.

Booker, a liberal Democrat with ties to the business community, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

He scored a crucial policy victory recently when Congress passed a major piece of bipartisan criminal justice reform that Booker worked closely with Republicans to advance.

Earlier in 2018, Booker, 49, took the spotlight during the contentious confirmation hearings for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh when Booker dramatically threatened to release what he said were confidential documents but turned out not to be.

If Booker is elected president he will be the first bachelor sent to the Oval Office in more than 150 years.


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Tesla’s China factory is set to begin production late next year, Shanghai government says

Tesla is on pace to begin production at its factory in China in the second half of next year, the Shanghai government said Wednesday. Land leveling is basically complete and construction is about to begin, with the factory expected to be put partially into operation in the second half of 2019, according to an official WeChat post from the government. The article described a visit by Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong and Vice Mayor Wu Qing. In mid-October, Tesla officially acquired an 864,885-square meter


Tesla is on pace to begin production at its factory in China in the second half of next year, the Shanghai government said Wednesday. Land leveling is basically complete and construction is about to begin, with the factory expected to be put partially into operation in the second half of 2019, according to an official WeChat post from the government. The article described a visit by Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong and Vice Mayor Wu Qing. In mid-October, Tesla officially acquired an 864,885-square meter
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Tesla's China factory is set to begin production late next year, Shanghai government says

Tesla is on pace to begin production at its factory in China in the second half of next year, the Shanghai government said Wednesday.

Land leveling is basically complete and construction is about to begin, with the factory expected to be put partially into operation in the second half of 2019, according to an official WeChat post from the government. The article described a visit by Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong and Vice Mayor Wu Qing.

Tesla did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

In mid-October, Tesla officially acquired an 864,885-square meter plot in Shanghai’s Lingang area for the electric car maker’s first factory outside the U.S.

Elon Musk’s company has also launched an official WeChat account for hiring locals.

Producing in China, the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, would allow Tesla to reduce costs significantly. The company has said it is operating at a 55 percent to 60 percent cost disadvantage with a domestic peer due to ocean transport costs and tariffs.


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Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings discusses Amazon HQ2 selection

Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings told CNBC Tuesday he was disappointed his city wasn’t selected, but was not entirely surprised by Amazon’s choice. “I do believe there was an East Coast bias at the top level of the organization, which is fine,” Rawlings said in a phone interview. Rawlings said the city of Dallas spent thousands, but not tens of thousands, of dollars pitching Amazon. Rawlings said the city’s dealings with Amazon over its distribution centers were separate from its discussions over H


Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings told CNBC Tuesday he was disappointed his city wasn’t selected, but was not entirely surprised by Amazon’s choice. “I do believe there was an East Coast bias at the top level of the organization, which is fine,” Rawlings said in a phone interview. Rawlings said the city of Dallas spent thousands, but not tens of thousands, of dollars pitching Amazon. Rawlings said the city’s dealings with Amazon over its distribution centers were separate from its discussions over H
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Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings discusses Amazon HQ2 selection

As Amazon dubbed not one, but two East Coast locations as its new headquarters Tuesday morning, cities in the middle of country lost a chance at becoming an emerging tech market.

Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings told CNBC Tuesday he was disappointed his city wasn’t selected, but was not entirely surprised by Amazon’s choice.

“I do believe there was an East Coast bias at the top level of the organization, which is fine,” Rawlings said in a phone interview. He said that Amazon’s priorities likely evolved throughout the process and the desire to be near the political and media magnates of New York and D.C. “became a higher priority than the benefits that a Dallas provide.”

“Any time a company takes a year to make a decision, and this was an important decision, they’re going to change their levels of importance through that process, that’s just natural,” Rawlings said. “I don’t believe that people at the beginning of this process said, ‘we’re going to be in the East Coast’ because I believe Amazon people are good people and would not have put the country through this if this was the case.”

Amazon galvanized hundreds of cities across the country to woo the tech giant to their area with the promise of 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment. In the end, Amazon announced Tuesday morning it would split its headquarters between two predictable East Coast locations, Long Island City in New York and an area of Arlington, Virginia, just outside D.C. It also announced it would create a new Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville with 5,000 workers.

Despite receiving up to $2.2 billion in performance-based incentives from its three new locations, Amazon stressed that available talent, rather than incentives, was a top priority in its headquarters selection. According to Dallas’ recently-released proposal, the city would have offered Amazon a $600 million incentive to move in its second headquarters with 50,000 employees, plus an additional $10,000 per job from the Texas Enterprise Fund, which would have amounted to $1.1 billion, Dallas News reported.

By contrast, for half the number of workers, Amazon will receive more than $1.5 billion in performance-based incentives for its Long Island City location and $573 million in performance-based incentives for its National Landing location in Virginia.

Still, Rawlings said he believes that incentives were not a key driver in Amazon’s decision, adding that the company told him that its desire to be on the East Coast and need for a strong tech talent pool in the short term drove them to choose Long Island City and National Landing.

Dallas has several large universities within driving distance, including the University of Texas and Texas A&M. But while Rawlings said Dallas will be equipped with a strong talent pool in the long-term, he agrees that “from a pure numbers standpoint” the New York and D.C. areas already have more of the talent Amazon is looking for.

Critics have wondered how much it has cost cities to even have a chance at winning over Amazon. Rawlings said the city of Dallas spent thousands, but not tens of thousands, of dollars pitching Amazon. He added that the Dallas Regional Chamber, which is in charge of economic development for the city, fronted most of the additional costs.

Already, Amazon has eyed Dallas for other projects, such as two new shipping hubs in the area. Rawlings said the city’s dealings with Amazon over its distribution centers were separate from its discussions over HQ2.

Even though Dallas will not be the home of Amazon’s new headquarters, Rawlings believes the process made his city stronger and more prepared to future opportunities.

“I think it’s sharpened our edge better for pitching ourselves to future businesses,” he said. “This was a first class process and the data we were able to pull we will be able to use for the future.”

Amazon declined to comment beyond its announcement earlier Tuesday.


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NYC mayor calls live explosive device sent to CNN an ‘act of terror’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called the live explosive package sent to the Time Warner Center building in Manhattan an “act of terror.” “This clearly was an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “I want to make very clear that the people in New York City will not be intimidated.” The mayor’s comments came after CNN was evacuated from the headquarters of its New York bu


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called the live explosive package sent to the Time Warner Center building in Manhattan an “act of terror.” “This clearly was an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “I want to make very clear that the people in New York City will not be intimidated.” The mayor’s comments came after CNN was evacuated from the headquarters of its New York bu
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NYC mayor calls live explosive device sent to CNN an 'act of terror'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday called the live explosive package sent to the Time Warner Center building in Manhattan an “act of terror.”

“This clearly was an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “I want to make very clear that the people in New York City will not be intimidated.”

The mayor’s comments came after CNN was evacuated from the headquarters of its New York bureau in the Time Warner Center.

The attack on CNN came alongside a string of apparently similar attacks on prominent targets of conservative criticism, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, as well as the liberal billionaire George Soros.

De Blasio’s remarks were echoed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said later in the briefing that “we will not allow these terrorist thugs to change the way we live our lives.”

In addition to the live explosive device, law enforcement also recovered an envelope containing white powder that is now being examined, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at the briefing. Cuomo said that a package had also been found at his office in Manhattan, and that it was being “being handled as we speak.”

The mayor said that the city was not aware of any “credible and specific threats” against locations in New York City, and urged residents to go about their daily routine.

“We are going to go about our lives undeterred, because the very concept of terrorism is to change us and we will not allow that to happen,” de Blasio said. “You cannot be terrorized if you refuse to allow the terrorists to win.”

This is breaking news. Check back for updates.


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London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock” and was leading the country down a damaging path. May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum following the vote two years ago to leave the EU. But with time running out for London and Brussels to thrash out a Brexit deal, the British government is preparing plans for a no-deal Brexi


London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock” and was leading the country down a damaging path. May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum following the vote two years ago to leave the EU. But with time running out for London and Brussels to thrash out a Brexit deal, the British government is preparing plans for a no-deal Brexi
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London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, saying the prime minister’s handling of Brexit negotiations had become “mired in confusion and deadlock” and was leading the country down a damaging path.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. But with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans still not accepted, some MPs, as well as union and business leaders are increasingly arguing for people to have a final say on any deal struck with Brussels.

May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum following the vote two years ago to leave the EU. She says MPs will get to vote on whether to accept any final deal.

But with time running out for London and Brussels to thrash out a Brexit deal, the British government is preparing plans for a no-deal Brexit.

Chancellor Philip Hammond told senior ministers last week that Brexit could have to be delayed beyond March 29 in order to pass new laws, The Sun newspaper said on Saturday.

The idea was immediately rejected by May, the report said.

Khan, a senior member of the Labour Party, said Britain was now facing either a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit, both of which were “incredibly risky” for Britain.

Writing in Sunday’s Observer newspaper, Khan blamed the government’s handling of the negotiations and said the threat to living standards, the economy and jobs was too great for voters not to have a say.

“The government’s abject failure – and the huge risk we face of a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit – means that giving people a fresh say is now the right – and only – approach left for our country,” he said.

Khan’s support for a second referendum, which supporters call a “people’s vote”, will put more pressure on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to change his opposition to the idea.

Labour is due to start its four-day annual party conference in a week’s time.


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