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How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information—from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers—for a cookie.

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Obama: More Than Terrorism or Disease, Climate Change Is the Greatest Threat

Speaking to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama said “no nation is immune” from what he described as the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

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Paying Jabbar Collins $10 Million Doesn’t Address Problems With Prosecutors

A wrongly convicted Brooklyn man will receive millions in compensation from New York City, but that doesn’t address the broader lack of consequences when prosecutors abuse their power.

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People Just Love John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a Couple

The new independent film “Love Is Strange” by director Ira Sachs is getting rave reviews.

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Yawning: Puzzler of the Ages

Hippocrates took a crack at it, postulating that this mysterious activity was designed to flush harmful air from the body. Cut to the 19th century, when that notion lost traction.

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Why Is the Cuomo Administration Automatically Deleting State Employees’ Emails?

A previously unpublished memo raises new questions about New York state’s policy of purging emails after 90 days.

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Serve and Assault

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Justice Department Says Rikers Island Jailers Routinely Abused Teen Inmates

An extensive report by the Justice Department has found that New York’s primary jail is an absolute hell for underage inmates.

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Cuomo Cleanup

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Who Advised Cuomo on Mortgage Industry Investigation? A Mortgage Lobbyist

Howard Glaser was brought on to help then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on his mortgage industry investigation. Glaser was working for the industry at the same time.

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For a Respected Prosecutor, an Unpardonable Failure

Evidence of a convicted murderer’s possible innocence sat buried in a case file for more than two decades. Now, a prosecutor in Brooklyn will have to answer for the mistake.

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After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Staffers Keep Their Email in the Shadows

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo entered office promising unprecedented transparency, but his aides’ use of email offers quite a different picture.

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Bill de Blasio, Unbowed

New York’s new mayor offers no apologies for waging war on economic inequality, for taking his time in making key appointments, or for riling advocates of charter schools.

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Tarek Mehanna and the Isolation of American Muslims

In an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-like activity,” the news agency Inter Press Service tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a lengthy jail sentence.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



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New York AG Forces McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Pay Up for Violating Wage Laws

Richard Cisneros, owner of seven McDonald’s franchises in Manhattan, is now obliged to pay nearly $500,000 to workers at his fast-food restaurants.

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Journalist Crashes Wall Street Secret Fraternity Party, Lives to Tell Bizarre Tale

As he recounts in New York magazine, journalist Kevin Roose was able to infiltrate a secret Wall Street fraternity party in January 2012 that was attended by many of the top financial moguls of our time.

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Jon Stewart, Nathan Lane and More Ask Sean Hannity to Stay in New York

The Fox News host is feeling so unwelcome in his home state of New York due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments about extreme-right Republicans that he’s decided to leave. But “The Daily Show” won’t let such a valuable taxpayer simply slip away.

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Dinesh D’Souza Slapped With Campaign Fraud Charges

Onetime conservative wunderkind-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who brought “2016: Obama’s America” to the big screen in 2012, is now further entrenched in the world of dirty politics.

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Where ‘Canabusiness’ Goes, Wall Street’s Sure to Follow

Wall Street’s fat cats will be just fine with Americans rolling fat joints en masse once the other 48 states go the way of Colorado and Washington on the marijuana legalization issue. Sure enough, as Capital New York’s Joanna Molloy put it, “Marijuana is going corporate.”

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Hard to See the Victim Here

You know a politician is having a bad day when he has to stand before a news conference and plead, “I am who I am, but I am not a bully.”

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Bill de Blasio and Mike Bloomberg

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As Goes Colorado, So Goes the Nation?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, formerly opposed, now reportedly backs loosening some restrictions on marijuana use by medical patients, as support for legalizing pot grows like, well, a weed.

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Six States Chosen to Test Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have been selected to host sites for testing the commercial use of drones.

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The De Blasio-Bloomberg Paradox

The standard line on New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office next Wednesday, is that he’s the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s not quite true.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


Bread and Puppet Theater: 50 Years of Art and Resistance

The Bread and Puppet Theater, one of the United States’ most beloved theater companies, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of using monstrous puppets to protest the “horror that happens” on the international stage. “Democracy Now!” spoke with Peter Schumann, the theater’s founder, for a full hour Thursday.

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Rural N.Y. Communities Use Fracking Waste to De-Ice Roads

Maybe this is why there’s a New York city named Fishkill. Road crews in some rural areas around the state are using toxic fracking waste liquid to de-ice roads, despite a moratorium on fracking in the state and a federal EPA warning against using the juice. Exactly what’s in the liquid? Only the frackheads know, and they’re keeping it a secret.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Populist De Blasio Is New York’s First Democratic Mayor in Decades

By trumpeting economic and civil rights issues, New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got himself elected Tuesday night to the highest office in the biggest city in America.

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NYC Bills Would Raise Cost, Minimum Age of Smoking

A pack of smokes in New York City will set you back at least $10.50—and only if you’re 21 or older—if Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs into law two measures passed Wednesday by the City Council.

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Miss America

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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September 11 Revisited

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Chile’s 9/11: 40 Years Since Pinochet’s U.S-Backed Coup

Sept. 11 is not just the anniversary of the fall of the twin towers in 2001. Decades before, despotic Gen. Augusto Pinochet led a coup against democratically elected Salvador Allende on the same date.

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9/11 Hope

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Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Not Too Big to Jail: Eliot Spitzer Is Wall Street’s Worst Nightmare

Before his infamous resignation as governor of New York in March 2008, Eliot Spitzer was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks—and by extension, an advocate for women.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Arbitrary, and Uncalled For

For all who believe in colorblind justice—and want to see fewer African-American and Hispanic men caught up in the system—there are two items of good news.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE


Big Dog

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Weiner Tries to Outrun 80 Percent Unfavorable Rating

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has set a record unfavorable rating in a new poll. The candidate meanwhile has released a TV ad focusing “like a laser beam” on his ideas, not his junk.

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Spitzer Spends Millions on His Own Campaign

The former New York governor has given $3.65 million of his own money to campaign for a role in New York city government we didn’t realize was all that exciting.

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More Like Weiner

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Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


Weiner Overwhelms NSA

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NSA Weiner

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Where’s the Beef?

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Big Weenie

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Anthony Weiner Forever

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