New York emerges as exception to strong election for Dems
While Democrats were celebrating a stronger-than-expected midterm performance across much of the U.S. this week, New York was emerging as a notable exception where losses and lackluster results prompted a round of soul-searching and finger-pointing inside the party.
US Supreme Court won't take up Sheldon Silver's case
The Supreme Court is declining to take up the case of the former New York Assembly Speaker, who is serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up the case of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case. Two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, said they would have heard Silver's case. Silver has been serving time at the federal prison in Otisville, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from New York City. Silver's lawyers had asked the court to consider allowing him to serve his sentence at home because of the risk of contracting COVID-19 and dying in prison.