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Kim Jong Un vs. Chris Christie

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AP/Mel Evans

Profiting From Human Misery

The for-profit prison industry, which is expanding across the nation, has blunted prison reform, stymied repeal of our draconian drug laws and successfully lobbied for harsher and harsher detention policies. Mass incarceration is increasingly about corporate profit, not justice. 

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Republicans Block Hagel, Stewart Ridicules Rubio, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the retirement announcement of a longtime U.S. senator and a tea party group comes under fire after details of a Hillary Clinton “sex tape” emerge.

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Pope Resigns

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Christie On a Roll

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Christie’s Cannonball

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Sandy Aid Delayed

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Mayan Prediction

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Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

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GOP’s ‘Doomsday Plan,’ Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the climate change deal President Obama is quietly putting together behind the scenes and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest confrontation.

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Christie on Romney’s ‘Gifts’ Comment, Biden on ‘Parks & Recreation,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the “fiscal cliff” meetings between President Obama and congressional leaders, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing something rational for a change.

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A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is a potentially more important political figure than anyone running for the White House.

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Superstorm Christie

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More Michele Bachmann Hypocrisy, the Latest Political Sex Scandal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces his endorsement and another GOP political candidate says something dumb about rape.

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Romney’s FEMA Flip-Flop, Brad Pitt’s Big Political Donation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mike Huckabee’s scary new political ad and Chris Christie’s Halloween announcement.

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Obama Visits New Jersey as Storm’s Death Toll Rises

A massive recovery and cleanup effort is under way on the East Coast as residents try to get their lives back to normal after the historic and devastating megastorm. Making things more difficult is the fact that nearly 6 million people in 15 states and Washington, D.C., remain without power.

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White House/Pete Souza

Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

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AP/Charles Sykes

Atlantic Coast Wakes Up to the Nightmare

Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern Seaboard on Monday, killing at least 33, leaving millions without power, destroying homes, causing rampant flooding, impacting air travel and bringing several major cities to a grinding halt.

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Romney Son Wants to ‘Take a Swing’ at Obama, a ‘Fox & Friends’ Tax Shocker, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s advice to corporate CEOs, an update on the Massachusetts Senate race and Chris Christie making sense.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD’s Muslim Spying Program Is Halted in N.J.

New Jersey’s attorney general has assured a group of Muslim leaders that a New York City police unit that had surveilled Muslims in the Garden State is no longer operating there.

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NYPD Spying on Muslims Led to No Terror Cases

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg points to the NYPD’s covert counterterrorism program as a model for the rest of the country. But according to a deposition given by the department’s intelligence commander earlier this summer and unsealed on Monday, police eavesdropping on conversations between Muslims has led to no terror investigations.

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911 Call Reveals NYPD Spying Safe House (Video)

The NYPD this week turned over an audio recording of a call between a confused New Jersey building superintendent and a 911 dispatcher, in which the caller reports discovering an apartment empty except for surveillance equipment. The room turned out to be a safe house for New York police officers spying on New Jersey’s Muslims.

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AP / Mary Altaffer

Did the NYPD’s Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?

ProPublica interviews co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at NYU School of Law Faiza Patel to explore whether New York police crossed the line.

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AP / Charles Dharapak

NYPD Snooping on Muslims Contradicts Bloomberg Claims

An AP report detailing NYPD surveillance of a New Jersey Muslim community conflicts with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s claims about how police operate.

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AP / Rich Schultz

Gay Marriage Bill Awaits Governor’s Call in N.J.

The news that a bill legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey made it through the state Assembly on Thursday would be cause for immediate celebration if Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t poised to veto the measure.

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Gay Marriage Closer to Reality in New Jersey

On Monday, gay marriage supporters scored another legislative victory with the news that the New Jersey Senate had passed a bill that will allow same-sex couples to make it official—that is, if the measure can make it past the state’s conservative governor, Chris Christie.

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When Chris Christie Sings

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Christie Makes a Splash

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Chris Christie’s Big Problem

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight.

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Chris Christie Teases

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Facing Hurricane Irene, NYC Officials Order Evacuations

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast, New York City and state officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of 250,000 people in flood-susceptible communities and announced plans to shut down much of the coastal region’s transit system, including subways, by noon Saturday.  (more)

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N.J. Gov. Christie Won’t Hear It From Shariah ‘Crazies’

At a news conference in late July, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie loudly defended his appointment of a Muslim lawyer to a state judgeship, saying that conservatives’ fear of shariah law “is crap.”

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Christie and N.J. Lawmakers Show No Mercy for Public Workers

Republicans and a handful of “Christie Democrats” joined forces in New Jersey’s legislature on Thursday to punch through a bill that will require public workers to pay way more for their health insurance and pensions, curb unions’ collective bargaining rights and rob them of other crucial benefits. (more)

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Bad News for the Jersey Shore

New Jersey’s leaders have some heavy lifting to do, quickly. Scientists who have reviewed the most detailed study yet produced on the subject of sea level changes over the last 2,000 years are predicting a three-foot rise for the state’s coastline by the end of the century. (more)

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How Bad Weather Can Bury a Politician’s Career

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should ask former Washington Mayor Marion Barry what winter can do to one’s political ambitions.

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AP / Mike Derer

New Jersey: Ding the Poor or Tax the Rich?

Cut services for poorer senior citizens and the disabled or tax the rich? That’s the question that will be debated in the New Jersey Legislature on Monday as the state maneuvers to balance a budget deficit of close to $11 billion.

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Gay Marriage Bill a No-Go in N.J. Senate

The New Jersey Senate on Thursday put a major damper on the pro-gay marriage camp’s effort to score another victory for its cause in the Northeast, defeating a same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 14 yeas and 20 nays. Supporters had hoped that the bill would pass before Gov. Jon Corzine, who favors legalization of same-sex marriage, leaves office later this month.

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Gay Marriage Vote Coming Soon in N.J. Senate

The New Jersey Senate has reportedly scheduled Thursday for their vote on whether to legalize gay marriage. Timing will be key in determining the outcome of the issue in the Garden State. Gay marriage advocates have a sympathetic governor in office for only another two weeks.

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Springsteen Pipes Up for Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey can count The Boss among their supporters. On Wednesday, Bruce Springsteen posted a statement on his Web site saying that he “couldn’t agree more” with Gov. Jon Corzine’s assessment that the marriage-equality legislation that’s under consideration in the Garden State represents “a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE



Mike McCaffrey

The Economy Looks Better in Paul Krugman’s Neighborhood

Around here we take what Paul Krugman has to say seriously, which is probably why we’ve been so depressed lately. Alas (at last, even), the Nobel Prize-winning economist sees signs of hope—not in the numbers, but walking around the streets of New York and Princeton. (continued)

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Not Right Wing but Still Angry

Tuesday’s elections were a rebuke to the right wing and a warning to Democrats. President Obama has work to do, but the night’s biggest loser was the Palin-Limbaugh-Beck complex.

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Doug Hoffman for Congress / Carrie Devorah

Could Conservatives Be Good for Dems in 2010?

Tuesday’s elections were dispiriting in some ways for Democrats, particularly in Virginia and New Jersey (not to mention Maine, though that issue cuts across party lines), but the New York Daily News’ Michael McAuliff wonders whether another, more encouraging object lesson for 2010 might’ve happened in upstate New York.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


2009 Elections Don’t Foretell a Thing

Advice to readers about the coming orgy of analysis about the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections: Ignore it.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Republican Wins in New Jersey, Too

It was a night of disappointment for Democrats, who lost the governor’s mansion in New Jersey shortly after losing in Virginia. But was it a referendum on President Barack Obama’s agenda, as some pundits claimed, or testament to the unpopularity of incumbent governor and former Goldman Sachs CEO (great timing) Jon Corzine? (Continued)

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GOP Scores a Win in Virginia Governor’s Race

A year ago, Virginia surprised the nation by skewing blue in the presidential election, handing Barack Obama a key win below the Mason-Dixon Line. However, this trend didn’t extend into the 2009 gubernatorial race in the state, as the majority of Virginians voted in favor of conservative Republican Bob McDonnell on Tuesday.

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Hug Obama, Find the Moderates

Those are the two outstanding lessons from the campaigns for next Tuesday’s governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia. Both parties would be smart to apply them in 2010.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Amy Sancetta

The Crooks Get Cash While the Poor Get Screwed

If you have defrauded banks and customers and investment firms of billions of dollars, as AIG or Citibank has, you get taxpayer money. If you are moral scum in America we take care of you. But if you are poor, if you are, say, Tearyan Brown of Trenton, N.J., you are in trouble.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Keith Srakocic

‘Clean’ Energy and Poisoned Water

Natural gas companies have managed to convince Congress and the EPA that millions of gallons of toxic water left underground or collected in huge open pits pose no threat to watersheds, yet wells in 11 states have already been poisoned.

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