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Army Drawdowns

The Army is considering taking measures to slow the troop drawdown, though the service still plans to eventually reach

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested yesterday on public corruption charges. The arrest stems from

investigations in Albany’s pay-to-play politics. Silver’s outside income, roughly $750,000 for legal work, has long been a subject of discussion and controversy. It also cited allegations where he took money to perform or not perform on certain actions. 70 year old Silver was released on a $200,000 bail and faces 20 years per five counts of fraud, conspiracy, and other charges. Silver commented after court that once he receives a due process, he will be blameless of these charges. As of now, Silver has no legal obligation to resign.


Governor Cuomo even spoke out and said that the arrest is a “bad reflection of government.” Senator Joseph Griffo commented that restoring the people’s faith in government should be a top priority. Griffo cited a bill he proposed which would put limits on leaders before “they believe they are above the law.” However, Assemblywoman Addie Russell believes Silver is a good leader, but nevertheless believes he should step down.



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