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1199/SEIU backing an expected boost for de Blasio

Boasts about the impact of an 1199/SEIU endorsement have long prompted skepticism from other labor groups around the city, who suspect the health-care organization of hyping their electoral power. Still, this backing marks a big pick-me-up for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, mayoral candidate, who has long been considered an ally of the union – and whose labor support overall is key to his strategy in the mayoral primary. Like the Queens Democrats' endorsement of rival Christine Quinn, it wasn't a shock.


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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Sec. of State John Kerry seeking more authority for the administration to fight ISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “dangerous concessions” if rivals win election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “Is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?"

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