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Robert Moses, President of the New York 1964-65 Worlds Fair Corp., with a map of the Flushing Meadow park site on Aug. 15, 1960 in New York.

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Robert Moses, President of the New York 1964-65 Worlds Fair Corp., with a map of the Flushing Meadow park site on Aug. 15, 1960 in New York.

Moses vs. Village: A NYC-Only Opera in the Making

Updated at 2:30 pm EDT We’ve had  Bizet’s “Carmen” about doomed love between a bullfighter and prostitute, Puccini’s “La Boheme, ” in which a bohemian poet falls for a seamstress dying of tuberculosis, and even John Adams’ contemporary opera “Doctor...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wears a girl scout shirt given to him by a supporter during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., on April 24, 2014.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wears a girl scout shirt given to him by a supporter during a town hall meeting in Brick Township, N.J., on April 24, 2014.

Christie’s Girl Scouts T: ‘Smaller Size’ if Needed

How many pounds has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shed since his weight-loss surgery last year? Enough to wear a T-shirt proclaiming: “Man enough to be a Girl Scout.” The governor, a 51-year-old Republican who may run for president in...

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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia and his wife Maureen attend the 2014 Folger Gala.

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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia and his wife Maureen attend the 2014 Folger Gala.

Scalia: ‘Pound of Flesh? Come On’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the court’s most conservative jurists, joined in celebration of the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare at last night’s Folger Gala. Before dinner in the Folger...

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President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

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President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama: Robot ‘Little Scary’ — With a Bow Heard Round the Web

President Barack Obama’s critics jumped on him for what they viewed as too deferential a bow to the emperor when he visited Japan as a new president in 2009. This time around, what would they say about his adoration of...

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President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

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President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama at Emperor’s Tables: Chateaux Margaux, Dom Perignon, Mt. Fuji Glace

They poured a 1994 Chateaux Margaux Grand Cru. That runs about $500 a bottle — with about 150 guests to serve. Putting even the 1998 Dom Perignon champagne to shame, at $232 a bottle. Nothing like a state dinner hosted...

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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

Azores Base Cause for Congressman With Family Roots

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker:  Rep. Devin Nunes is fighting to protect an airfield in the Azores, his family’s ancestral island home. Nunes is seeking to prevent the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Lajes air field in the Azores, an autonomous region...

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A General Electric Co. plant in Montrose, U.K.

Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A General Electric Co. plant in Montrose, U.K.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $13 Billion

General Electric Co. may pay more than $13 billion to acquire the French company Alstom SA. Bloomberg News first reported the news yesterday. Here’s the story by Aaron Kirchfeld, Matthew Campbell and Jeffrey McCracken. “GE had cash and equivalents of...

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