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Lord Jim (CC-BY)

Latest New York Tax Reforms Disproportionately Benefit the Rich

Many in the media are touting a recent overhaul of the state of New York’s tax scheme as a sign of a new age of increased burden for top earners and a victory for the 99 percent. But close inspection reveals that such comparisons exclude the contributions of a soon to expire, 3-year-old “millionaires’ tax,” and the new codes favor the rich.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



Pat Arnow (CC-BY-SA)

Will Popular Reformer Cuomo’s Plan Tax the 1 Percent?

Held aloft by the highest approval ratings of any governor in America, Andrew Cuomo now plans a sweeping tax reform that is expected to demand more, not less, from New York’s wealthiest.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



Devin Smith (CC-BY)

Pulling Accounts From the Unaccountable

Occupy protesters decided to march on local branches of the too-big-to-fail banks, so participants could close their accounts, and others could hold “teach-ins” to discuss the problems created by these unaccountable institutions.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


Evicted

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Kenny Sun (CC-BY)

The Brave New World of Occupy Wall Street

We got word just after 1 a.m. Tuesday that New York City police were raiding the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE



Adam Gabbatt

New York Police Trash Occupy Wall Street

Hundreds of New York police officers rolled into Zuccotti Park just after 1 a.m. Tuesday with a dump truck and orders to clear the park, arrest the defiant and throw away their possessions. (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street

If the New York mayor only read the fine news service that carries his name he could not claim that “It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis.”

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE



David Goehring (CC-BY)

Matt Taibbi Tells Michael Bloomberg to Sex Himself

The Rolling Stone scribe has christened Tuesday’s mayor-on-mayor action, during which former New York boss Ed Koch and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed it up over the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street, Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.” (more)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



Mike Shane

Naomi Wolf Arrested in New York

Truthdig contributor Madison Shockley reports that the author and political consultant was arrested after leaving a Huffington Post event in lower Manhattan honoring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



Neon Tommy / Didi Beck (CC-BY-SA)

Proof That L.A. Is Better Than New York

Whereas protesters occupying Wall Street depend on a McDonald’s to relieve themselves, their counterparts in Los Angeles have port-a-potties. Whereas New York’s billionaire mayor and pepper-spraying police appear to have sided with the 1 percent, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE


Policing the Prophets of Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street protest grows daily, spreading to cities across the United States. The response by the New York Police Department has been brutal.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE



Sunny Ripert (CC-BY-SA)

Income Inequality and the Death of Culture in New York City

Truthdig contributor Christopher Ketcham was born in New York and he has watched it turn into America’s “most unequal city,” what he calls “a banana republic without the death squads.” And that’s not just his opinion—facts and figures trace the cultural decline of America’s original metropolis.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE


Heroes’ Welcome

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_PaulS_ (CC-BY)

Frequently Asked Questions About the Wall Street Protests

Who’s in charge? What are the protesters’ demands? How big is the movement? How can I get involved? Answers to these and other basic questions about the ongoing occupation of Wall Street are offered by The Nation magazine’s Nathan Schneider. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE


Tear Down This Wall

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AP / Louis Lanzano

The Best Among Us

Those on the streets around Wall Street are the physical embodiment of hope.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / John Minchillo

99 Percenters Occupy Wall Street

If 2,000 tea party activists descended on Wall Street, you would probably have an equal number of reporters there covering them.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



Laurent Gauthier (CC-BY)

Strauss-Kahn and His Paris Reception

Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a dead parrot. He has no political future but does not yet seem to understand this.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / BKLYN guy (CC-BY)

7 States Back DOJ in Opposing AT&T Merger

Attorneys general from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington have all come out in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jin Lee

New York, D.C. Respond to Specific, Credible Terrorist Threat

New York and Washington, D.C., police officers are ramping up security measures Friday in response to what intelligence officials are calling a specific, credible terrorist threat planned for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Suzanne Plunkett

9/11 and the Damage Done

On the day the towers fell, furies flew out of the hole in the ground and like all restless spirits, they headed west. I did not realize it at the time, of course, but did have the sense a few days after the dust began to settle at Ground Zero that things had shifted, a feeling that we all had, as if the world itself had gone off its axis.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE


9/11 Victim 0001: Father Mychal’s Message

The body bag marked “Victim 0001” on Sept. 11, 2001, contained the corpse of Father Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with the Fire Department of New York.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE


Bachmann Blames Deadly Natural Disasters on God’s Wrath

Michele Bachmann’s press secretary said the candidate was obviously speaking in jest when she attributed the recent earthquake and storm afflicting the East to an angry God. Well, as long as she was only joking about events that killed at least 35 people. ....

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

Murdoch Loses $27 Million Contract With N.Y. Schools

In the long wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, New York state has scrapped a controversial $27 million deal between Rupert Murdoch’s Wireless Generation subsidiary and the state’s Education Department. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE


Hurricane Irene

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Posted on Aug 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Steve Helber

5.9 Earthquake Rattles the East Coast

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon. The epicenter was in Virginia but shaking was felt as far away as New York, Ohio and the Carolinas. Updated

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



World Trade Organization (CC-BY-ND)

DA Seeks to Drop Charges Against DSK

Prosecutors have filed to dismiss all charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, writing that his alleged victim “has not been truthful on matters great and small.” Strauss-Kahn was accused—and virtually convicted by many news reports—of attempted rape in May.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



World Trade Organization (CC-BY-ND)

Prosecutors Are Expected to Drop Strauss-Kahn Charges

Multiple sources are reporting that at a hearing Tuesday prosecutors are likely to drop some or all of the charges against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of attempting to rape a maid at a New York hotel. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Julie Jacobson

The American Scream: Going Hoarse Without Speaking

It is clear that nowhere in American commercial life, save perhaps the graveyard, is there a space not polluted by electronic voices.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / badjonni

Bin Laden Was Planning 9/11 Anniversary Attack

Documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound indicate that the head of al-Qaida was plotting an attack to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The records contained names of possible operatives, but little else that was useful, according to Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Marion Doss

Human Rights Watch: Prosecute the Bush War Criminals

A U.S.-based human rights group published a report Tuesday calling on foreign governments to prosecute George W. Bush and some of his chief officials in light of a growing body of evidence of war crimes. (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Ella's Dad

What Does the Bible Say About Marriage?

Following the legalization of gay marriage in New York last month, people using religion to justify their bigotry have cried loud and hard about the chaos that’s sure to descend upon the U.S. for the defilement of what they call one of Christianity’s most sacred institutions. Fortunately, some of the Bible’s more intellectually honest students are speaking up. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE


Statue of Equal Rights

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Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE


Pat Robertson Opposes Gay Marriage, Shocking No One

Would you believe Pat Robertson made a reference to the biblical cautionary tale about the city of Sodom while discussing the recent passage of legislation allowing gay marriage in New York state? And also, God’s going to destroy America on account of same. The end.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / mediacutts

Disappointment in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples suffered a bitter legislative defeat in Rhode Island on Wednesday night when a bill allowing only civil unions—but not marriage—passed the state Senate, less than one week after New York granted gays and lesbians the right to marry. (more)

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Innocent and Executed

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Argentina’s bloody past and New York’s historic gay marriage moment. Also, actor and activist Mike Farrell talks about death penalty injustice. Plus, Robert and Peter Scheer celebrate (sort of) Justice Scalia.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE


Innocent and Executed

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Argentina’s bloody past and New York’s historic gay marriage moment. Also, actor and activist Mike Farrell talks about death penalty injustice. Plus, Robert and Peter Scheer celebrate (sort of) Justice Scalia. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Louis Lanzano

Gay Marriage: From Stonewall to Albany

New York’s action last week signifies more than just one more state added to the list of those permitting same-sex marriage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / David CC-BY-NC-ND

Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Stinging Mad

Among the many landmarks of the turbulent decade of the 1960s, few have achieved the fame and symbolic resonance of events that began as a fairly routine example of police harassment on a hot June night in 1969.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / wallyg

N.Y. Religious Groups Exempt From Gay Rights Legislation

Language protecting New York churches, synagogues and other religious institutions from lawsuit and penalty upon refusal to perform same-sex marriages was one of the key amendments that won Republican support for Friday’s historic gay rights legislation. (more)

Posted on Jun 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Groll

N.Y. Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill

After weeks of heavy campaigning by supporters and opponents, and after days with the vote hanging in the balance, the New York Senate finally passed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

On Gay Rights, Obama Is a Tease

While asking wealthy New York gays for their money at a fundraiser Thursday, the president gave a big thumbs-up to the state’s lawmakers who are toiling to legalize gay marriage. He failed to mention, however, that he still opposes gay marriage. (more)

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / DJOtaku

Hustler Publisher Offers Weiner a Job

Anthony Weiner was forced to the bench in the congressional arena earlier this week, but he appears to have a more lucrative and less prudish opportunity to get back in the fight, this time for pornography mogul, free speech advocate and hammerer of sexual hypocrites Larry Flynt. (more)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



nysenate.gov

Gay Marriage Vote Down to the Wire in N.Y. State

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a special trip to Albany on Thursday to try to persuade GOP state senators to vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage, but by the end of the business day the issue was still undecided. Above, state Sen. Mark Grisanti, potentially a key political figure in the matter.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Rep. Weiner Resigns

Rep. Anthony Weiner followed the political playbook closely in dealing with his own sexting scandal: First, deny all wrongdoing. If that doesn’t work, start making vague concessions and/or backroom deals. Next, hold news conference, apologize completely and go to rehab.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE


Unsold Hot Dogs

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Flickr / Step It Up 2007

Weiner Gets No Pity From His Party

Following U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s tearful televised admission Monday that he sent lewd photographs to several women over the Internet, top Democrats in Congress are seeking to put as much daylight as possible between themselves and their colleague from New York. (more)

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


Weiner Apologizes

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AP via The Washington Post

Weiner Fesses Up, Says He Won’t Step Down

Another high-profile politician has learned about the perils of conducting a career—or, in this case, extracurricular activities—with the aid of modern technology. Yes, Rep. Anthony Weiner did send that risqué tweet, he admitted Monday, and it wasn’t the only one.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


From Wisconsin to Florida, Strong Winds of Political Remorse

Still spinning in the vortex of the May 24 tornado in New York’s 26th Congressional District, Republican leaders insist that Democrat Kathy Hochul’s upset victory on their party’s turf was meaningless.

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE


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