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January 23rd, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Cuomo vs. de Blasio on pre-k funding: Democrats battle over taxing the rich

(CNN) - Two Democrats fighting over who gets to pay for pre-kindergarten funding? This has to be a first.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a state budget that included $1.5 billion to fund pre-k programs across the state. But back in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio says he'll get the funding to pay for pre-k by taxing the wealthiest living in his city.

CNN national correspondent Deborah Feyerick reports.

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October 23rd, 2013
05:47 PM ET

Who is Bill de Blasio?

These days getting close to New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio takes some maneuvering. The Democratic underdog started with 10% of his party's vote, before winning the primary in a stunning upset in New York's mayoral race.

The race was tight. De Blasio was up against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's favorite, Christine Quinn, and former congressman Anthony Weiner, who lost his lead after a second sexting scandal.

Since winning the primary, de Blasio has surged more than 40 points ahead of Republican contender Joe Lhota.
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September 20th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Number of days since America's last mass shooting: Back to zero

There are those "Days Without Accident" signs at factories and warehouses. If the nation had one of those for mass shootings, it would have read "3 days" yesterday. But now, it would have to change back to zero, after the events in Chicago late last night.
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September 17th, 2013
04:54 PM ET

Another red flag that Navy Yard shooter suffered mental illness

Police in Rhode Island contacted the Newport Naval station in August to warn them about an encounter they had with one of their contractors – Aaron Alexis, the man responsible for Monday's shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
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August 12th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger guilty of racketeering, involvement in murders

The jury in the trial of convicted mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger found him guilty Monday on 31 of 32 counts - including involvement in 11 murders.

Bulger stood while the verdict was read, portraying no emotion, as though he knew what the outcome was going to be. He will likely spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement.

But, as CNN's Deborah Feyerick reports, for families of eight of the 19 murder victims, there was heartbreak and disappointment with Monday's outcome.

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