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Doorman confirms he was asked to keep quiet about Trump and housekeeper’s ‘illegitimate’ child

Update  Apr 12, 2018 5:30 p.m. EDT: The Trump Towers doorman allegedly paid to keep quiet about an unsubstantiated rumor in 2016 involving then-candidate Donald Trump and an illegitimate child has released a statement on the incident, according to CNN.

"I was instructed not to criticize President Trump's former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump which produced a child,” doorman Dino Sajudin said Thursday.

Sajudin's statements about Trump fathering a child with a former family housekeeper have not been independently confirmed.

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The National Enquirer's parent company paid a former Trump World Tower doorman $30,000 several months before the 2016 election to kill an unsubstantiated rumor that could have hurt then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign, The Associated Press is reporting.

>> FBI raids office of Donald Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen

According to the report, the doorman, Dino Sajudin, received the payout "in exchange for signing over the rights, 'in perpetuity,' to a rumor he’d heard about Trump’s sex life — that the president had fathered an illegitimate child with an employee at Trump World Tower, a skyscraper he owns near the United Nations" headquarters in New York.

The woman, whom the AP did not name, denied the rumor and called allegations of an affair with Trump "fake."

>> Stormy Daniels on '60 Minutes': 5 revelations from the interview

"The AP has not been able to determine if the rumor is true," the report added.

The payment to Sajudin occurred in late 2015, according to the AP.

Dylan Howard, vice president and chief content officer for AMI, confirmed that the publication paid Sajudin but killed his story because it "lacked any credibility," the AP reported. However, four Enquirer employees told the AP that "they were ordered by top editors to stop pursuing the story before completing potentially promising reporting threads," the article said.

>> Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal files lawsuit to speak about alleged Trump affair

American Media Inc. is also accused of issuing a $150,000 payment in August 2016 to "catch and kill" the story of ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006, the AP reported. AMI denied the "catch and kill" claim, saying it had paid McDougal to write columns.

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The latest developments come as prosecutors investigate whether Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, "broke banking or campaign laws in connection with AMI’s payment to McDougal and a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels that Cohen said he paid out of his own pocket," the AP reported.

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This Facebook tool reveals whether Cambridge Analytica has your data

If you're still in the dark as to whether your Facebook information was shared with data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, the social networking site now has a tool that will clear things up.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Facebook to alert users if their data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica

According to Mashable, a Facebook page titled "How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?" reveals whether you or your friends used a quiz app called "This Is Your Digital Life," which reportedly exposed the data.

>> Click here to use the Facebook tool

Once you're on the page, scroll down to "Was My Information Shared?" There, you'll see one of the following messages:

>> Cambridge Analytica: What you need to know about the firm, Facebook and your information

1. Based on our available records, neither you nor your friends logged into "This Is Your Digital Life."

As a result, it doesn't appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica by "This Is Your Digital Life."

>> Cambridge Analytica data breach affected up to 87M Facebook users, company says

2. Based on our investigation, you don't appear to have logged into "This Is Your Digital Life" with Facebook before we removed it from our platform in 2015. 

However, a friend of yours did log in. 

As a result, the following information was likely shared with "This Is Your Digital Life": 

  • Your public profile, Page likes, birthday and current city. 

A small number of people who logged into "This Is Your Digital Life" also shared their own News Feed, timeline, posts and messages which may have included posts and messages from you. They may also have shared your hometown.

>> Mark Zuckerberg testimony live updates: Facebook CEO testifies before Congress

3. Our investigation indicates you logged into "This Is Your Digital Life" with Facebook before we moved it from our platform in 2015.

As a result, you likely shared the following information with "This Is Your Digital Life":

  • Your public profile, Page likes, friend list, birthday and current city
  • Your friends' public profiles, Page likes, birthday and current cities

A small number of people also shared their News Feed, timeline, posts, messages and friends' hometowns with "This Is Your Digital Life."

>> You don’t have to #DeleteFacebook: 7 tips to lock down your privacy without leaving

According to The Associated Press, as many as 87 million users' data may have been shared with the firm, which "may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections."

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Facebook previously announced it would send affected users notices, but the AP reported late Tuesday that "there were no signs that any users have yet received that notification." 

>> Facebook breach: Want to leave the social media giant? Here’s how

Additionally, Facebook said it would be sending its 2.2 billion users a more general notice about protecting their privacy on the social networking site.

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Royal wedding: Trump not invited, Obamas not going either, report says

Cancel that shipment of monogrammed “Harry & Meghan” towels from the White House.

CNN is reporting that President Donald Trump is not invited to the royal wedding on May 19 in Windsor, England.

>> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seek charity donations over wedding gifts

Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle won’t be there either, despite having a close and apparently fun-loving relationship with groom-to-be Prince Harry in particular. Though it’s not clear if the Obamas were invited and just have something else to do that day (though seriously, what could be more important than watching the current fifth-in-line to the throne say “I do” to former “Suits” actress and American Meghan Markle)?

>> On MyAJC.com: Who’s who in American Meghan Markle’s family

Apparently, the lack of invite is nothing personal where the current president and first lady Melania Trump are concerned. A White House official told CNN that no elected U.S. officials were invited to the nuptials at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

>> Hospital begins preparations for Will, Kate and new baby

In fact, a spokesman for Kensington Palace (where Harry and Meghan live, along with their neighbors, Prince William and Kate and their kids) told CNN that “world leaders and political figures would not be invited in their official capacities."

“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders — both UK and international — is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” the palace told CNN.

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Hmm … Technically, the Obamas no longer have “official capacities” as political figures, so maybe they did make the cut?

“The royal source would not say whether they had been invited,” CNN said.

Trump vowing to ‘forcefully’ respond to chemical attack in Syria: 5 things to know

Update Apr 9, 2018 7:30 PM EDT: President Donald Trump is vowing to “forcefully” respond to the chemical attack in Syria that left at least 40 people dead.

“It will be met and it will be met forcefully,” Trump said.

“We are getting clarity on that, on who was responsible, Trump said at a press availability at the White House late Monday afternoon ahead of a meeting with his military leaders.

“We have a lot of options militarily,” the president said.

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A missile strike on a Syrian air base left at least 14 dead Monday, just days after a suspected chemical attack on Douma, a rebel-held town, killed at least 40 people.

>> What is a Tomahawk cruise missile and what does it do?

Here's what we know so far:

1. President Donald Trump has not ruled out the possibility of U.S. military action in response to Saturday’s suspected chemical attack.

Trump said Monday that that he will decide how to respond within the next "24 to 48 hours.”

“Nothing is off the table,” he said. “We’re talking about humanity, and it can’t be allowed to happen.”

The president took to Twitter on Sunday to blame Syrian President Bashar Assad for the alleged chemical attack. Trump also pointed fingers at Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran and former U.S. President Barack Obama. 

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria," Trump tweeted Sunday morning. "Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!"

Trump later added: "If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!"

>> What is sarin nerve gas?

2. The Syrian and Russian governments denied the claims. According to The New York Times, "state news media in Syria denied that government forces had used chemical weapons and accused the Islamist rebel group that controls Douma, the Army of Islam, of fabricating the videos to solicit international support as defeat loomed."

The Russian government shared that position.

"Information attacks about the use of chlorine or other poisonous substances by the Syrian government troops are continuing. Another such hoax about the chemical attack that supposedly took place in Douma emerged yesterday," the statement said, according to CNN.

"We have warned of such dangerous provocations many times before. The purpose of these false conjectures, which are without any basis, is to shield the terrorists and the irreconcilable radical opposition, which reject a political settlement while trying to justify possible military strikes from outside."

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3. The U.S. said it was not behind the deadly missile strike on Syria's T4 air base. "At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria. However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable," the Pentagon said in a statement, according to CNN

The statement came as Syrian state media said the airstrike was probably "an American aggression," The Associated Press reported. Meanwhile, Russia's Defense Ministry claimed that Israel had fired the missiles.

4. The United Nations Security Council is meeting Monday about the suspected chemical attack. “The Security Council has to come together and demand immediate access for first responders, support an independent investigation into what happened, and hold accountable those responsible for this atrocious act,” Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said in a statement.

>> ONE YEAR AGO: US fires more than 50 cruise missiles into Syria

5. The latest developments in Syria come about a year after a chemical attack there reportedly killed at least 80 people in Khan Sheikhun. According to CNN, the U.S. launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at Syria's Shayrat air base in response to the April 4 attack.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott launches Senate bid vs. Bill Nelson

Update 12:45 p.m. April 9: Calling Washington "horribly dysfunctional," Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in an election that could be one of the most expensive and highly-watched in the nation.

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The Republican governor formally announced Monday morning his campaign to unseat Florida's only statewide-elected Democrat.

During his announcement, Scott criticized "career politicians" and called for term limits for members of Congress.

"This concept of career politicians has got to stop," Scott said. "We have to have term limits on Congress. We're not going to see a change in Washington if we don't have term limits on Congress."

Scott is a multi-millionaire who never ran for office before he ran for governor in 2010.

He rode into office as part of the tea party movement and called for massive budget and tax cuts, but he was forced to scale back his plans amid opposition from the GOP-controlled legislature. He also changed his hard-line positions on immigration.

"On this day, eight years ago, I did something that everyone told me not to do -- I announced that I was going to run for governor of Florida," Scott said at Monday's rally. "They said a business-person with no experience in government couldn't run the state. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you ignore the naysayers and the critics."

Scott was first elected governor in 2010, but he cannot run again because of term limits.

Original report: After two years of speculation and some public arm-twisting from President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday morning that he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

>> On WFTV.com: Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he's running for U.S. Senate

The two-term Republican governor, barred by law from seeking a third term, has scheduled a morning event at a construction company headquarters in Orlando and a 2 p.m. event at a citrus packing house in Fort Myers.

>> Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs year-round daylight saving time measure

Scott’s entrance sets up a nationally watched race that could be the most expensive Senate battle of 2018. With Republicans holding a slender majority of 51 seats in the Senate, Florida will be among the key states to determine which party controls the chamber in 2019.

Nelson has been elected to the Senate three times — but he has never beaten a candidate with the name recognition, fundraising prowess and personal wealth of Scott.

Scott has won the governorship of America’s largest swing state two times — but he ran during the national Republican wave years of 2010 and 2014 and eked out victories with less than 49 percent of the vote each time.

Historical trends and recent polls point toward a difficult environment for GOP candidates this year with Republican Trump in the White House.

>> FL Gov. Rick Scott signs new gun bill into law just weeks after deadly school shooting

Scott was an early cheerleader for Trump and has a close relationship with the president. Trump has publicly urged Scott to run for Senate.

During a visit to Miami last June to tighten some travel and trade restrictions on Cuba, Trump shared a stage with Scott and other officials. He called the Florida governor “my good friend” and said, “He’s doing a great job. Oh, I hope he runs for the Senate. I know I’m not supposed to say that. I hope he runs for the Senate. Rick, are you running?”

Then in September, visiting Southwest Florida to survey damage from Hurricane Irma, Trump made another Senate plea after saying said Scott had done an “incredible” job responding to the storm and noting he faces term limits as governor this year.

“I have to say that, what do I know, but I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate. I don’t know what he’s going to do but I know that at a certain point it ends for you and we can’t let it end. So I hope he runs for Senate,” Trump said.

During a stop in West Palm Beach last week, Nelson said he’s ready for the challenge.

“I always treat a challenger very seriously and I run like there’s no tomorrow,” Nelson said.

Nelson said Scott “has not been in touch with the state of Florida – not only on massacres and guns but things like climate change, sea level rise, funding for schools and go right on down the list, including drilling offshore. So, folks are going to have a real, real choice.”

Scott has emphasized jobs and the economy throughout his campaigns and his two terms as governor.

Florida has added nearly 1.5 million private sector jobs since Scott took office in January 2011 and seen its unemployment rate shrink from 10.7 percent to 3.9 percent during that time.

Nelson says Scott doesn’t deserve credit for the state’s improved economy.

“The state of Florida came back from the deep recession just like the entire country did…So goes the national economy, so went Florida’s,” Nelson said.

But Florida has outperformed the nation and most individual states in job growth.

Private sector employment has grown by about 20 percent in Florida since Scott took office, compared to about 16 percent for the rest of the U.S. over the same period, according to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. Florida’s 10.7 percent unemployment rate in January 2011 was worse than the nation’s 9.1 percent jobless rate at the time; in February, the state’s 3.9 percent unemployment rate was better than the nation’s 4.1 percent rate.

“Florida’s in far better shape than it was eight years ago,” said Susie Wiles, who guided Scott’s stunning 2010 Republican primary victory over establishment favorite Bill McCollum and headed Trump’s 2016 general election effort in Florida.

Wiles, who isn’t involved in Scott’s 2018 campaign, acknowledged that the party that controls the White House traditionally faces difficulty in midterm elections. But she said Scott should overcome that.

“If the governor was running as an extension of the president, that’s one set of circumstances. He’s not. He has an eight-year record that’s platinum…He’s really standing on his own two feet,” Wiles said.

Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

Actor and musician Frank Stallone took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize for an expletive-filled rant mocking David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

"To everyone and to David Hogg especially," Stallone began. "I want to deeply apologize for my irresponsible words. I would never in a million years wish or promote violence to anyone anywhere on this planet. After what these kids went through I'm deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology. Frank."

>> See the tweet here

The apology came one day after Stallone, the younger brother of actor Sylvester Stallone, slammed Hogg in a profane tweet.

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in the now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Stallone's tweet quickly sparked backlash as celebrities and other social media users defended Hogg while taking jabs at Stallone's career.

Stallone made his Twitter account private after the backlash.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

"Hi I just made my account private so I don't have to listen to a bunch of computer hero's [sic] telling me how tough they [are] and I'm not," Stallone explained in a tweet Saturday afternoon. "In this country you can choose your company."

>> See the tweet here

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His Twitter account was made public again Sunday.

Frank Stallone slams Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg in expletive-laden tweet

Actor and musician Frank Stallone is facing backlash after he reportedly slammed David Hogg, a gun control activist and survivor of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> UPDATE: Frank Stallone apologizes to Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for profane Twitter rant

>> Laura Ingraham takes week off from show amid David Hogg-led ad boycott

"This David Hogg [expletive] is getting a little big for his britches," Stallone wrote Saturday in a now-deleted tweet, according to Newsweek. "I'm sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little [expletive]. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He's the worst rep for today's youth headline grabbing punk."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Hogg recently made news after organizing an advertiser boycott against conservative TV host Laura Ingraham when she mocked him over his college rejections.

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

The tweet by Stallone, who is Sylvester Stallone's younger brother, quickly sparked backlash. Here's what people were saying:

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Stallone has since made his Twitter account private.

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Laura Ingraham takes week off from Fox News show after David Hogg-led ad boycott

Fox News host Laura Ingraham is taking a week off from her Fox News show, "The Ingraham Angle," amid an advertiser boycott led by David Hogg, a survivor of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

>> Advertisers abandon Laura Ingraham’s Fox show after she mocks Parkland survivor

"A blessed Good Friday and Passover to all of you," she said Friday on her show. "I'll be off next week for Easter break with my kids, but fear not: We've got a great lineup of guest hosts to fill in for me."

>> See the clip here

According to the New York Times, Fox News said Ingraham's time off is for a "preplanned" family vacation.

>> Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

The news came after at least 11 advertisers announced they would no longer advertise on Ingraham's show following backlash over a tweet she posted mocking Hogg's college rejections.

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

"David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it," she wrote, adding that he was "dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA ... totally predictable given acceptance rates."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

Hogg responded by asking Ingraham who her biggest advertisers are and organized a boycott. Wayfair, Nestle, Hulu, TripAdvisor and other companies soon pulled their ads from the show.

>> School district arms students, teachers with rocks in case of school shooting

Ingraham issued an apology Thursday, saying she was sorry "for any upset or hurt my tweet caused [Hogg] or any of the brave victims of Parkland."

Hogg replied that he would accept Ingraham's apology "only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight," adding, "It's time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children."

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After learning of Ingraham's weeklong break, Hogg tweeted: "Have some healthy reflections this Holy Week."

Ted Nugent says Parkland shooting survivors attacking NRA 'have no soul'

Musician Ted Nugent is facing backlash after he reportedly said survivors of the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting who are pushing for tougher gun laws "have no soul."

>> March for Our Lives: Emma Gonzalez stands in silence for Parkland victims, stuns crowd

According to The Associated Press, Nugent, a National Rifle Association board member, called the teens who have attacked the NRA "mushy brained children" Friday on "The Joe Pags Show."

>> NRA donations triple in February, soaring after Parkland school shooting

“The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies," Nugent said. "I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable: They have no soul."

>> Who are the Top 10 recipients of NRA money?

Responding to a video that showed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez criticizing politicians for taking "blood money" donations from the NRA, Nugent added:

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"The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity. Again, the National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. We have no blood on our hands. No NRA member has ever been involved in any mass shootings at all; in fact, the National Rifle Association is the lone organization that has taught firearm safety in schools, and for law enforcement, and for military, and for children's organizations and family organizations around the country for 100 years. So once again, this poor, pathetic individual is a liar."

>> School district arms students, teachers with rocks in case of school shooting

Stoneman Douglas students and their supporters flocked to Twitter to slam Nugent's comments:

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Sarah Jessica Parker endorses Cynthia Nixon for governor

Sarah Jessica Parker has officially endorsed her former “Sex and the City” co-star Cynthia  Nixon as she runs for governor of New York.

The endorsement came more than a week after Nixon announced her run March 19.

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CNN reported that Parker posted her endorsement on her Instagram page Thursday.

“A mother. An activist. An advocate. A fighter. A NY’er. A dear friend,” Parker captioned the post. “Running for Governor of our great state. My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote.”

Parker also included a link to Nixon’s campaign website, where she said people can donate.

Nixon thanked Parker for her support on Twitter.

“Thank you @SJP, it means so much,” she tweeted, along with a heart emoji and screen shot of Parker’s post.

CNN reported that Parker’s support came a day after her spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, told Page Six that Parker was looking forward to speaking with Nixon.

“Cynthia has been my friend and colleague since we were little girls. I look forward to talking to her about her New York state gubernatorial bid,” Parker said.

At the time, she did not say Parker endorsed her.

Related: Actress Cynthia Nixon announces run for governor of New York

Former “Sex and the City” costars Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall had offered support the week Nixon announced her bid.

“I am so proud of Cynthia Nixon,” Davis tweeted March 19. “No one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change (sic) and a good education. I know that she would be an excellent Governor.”

“I'm excited to support someone I have know for 20 years to be one of the most intelligent and caring people in my life,” Davis later tweeted.

When a fan asked Cattrall about Nixon’s decision, the actress said, “I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.”

In a video announcing her candidacy, Nixon said she is a “proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent.

“I was given chances I just don't see for most of New York's kids today,” she said. “Our leaders are letting us down...

“We want our government to work again, on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can't just be business as usual anymore,” Nixon said.

Nixon is running against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in September’s Democratic primary.

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