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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.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jason DeCrow

Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later

The Occupy movement is celebrating its first anniversary Monday with a full slate of protests and a side of party hats. At least 100 arrests have been reported thus far.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE


Gotcha









Posted on Sep 13, 2012 ENLARGE



Campaigns Pause for 9/11, Zadroga Act Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings on the 11th anniversary of the September terrorist attacks, including what President Obama and Mitt Romney did to remember the day.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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N.Y. Probes Bain Capital’s Tax Strategy

Questions about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital are not likely to go away any time soon, especially now that it’s been revealed that Bain is among a number of major private equity firms under investigation by the New York state attorney general’s office for tax-related reasons.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Bullied Bus Monitor Starts Anti-Bullying Foundation

Karen Klein, the bus monitor who was at the center of a heartbreaking video that showed her being mercilessly bullied by a group of New York schoolchildren, is starting an organization to help others.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



Photo by Gage Skidmore

Major Endorsement for Romney, Florida Voter Purge Over and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an endorsement from Rand Paul (above), Obama’s “gift” to Republicans and Jon Stewart’s take on efforts in New York to criminalize soda and decriminalize pot.

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 READ MORE


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A Rare Admission That Money Trumps Everything Else

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using his power to undermine a popular proposal to increase the minimum wage.

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Peter Kramer

RFK Jr.’s Estranged Wife Found Dead

Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of prominent environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., became the Kennedy clan’s latest tragedy when she was found dead Wednesday in a barn behind their home in Bedford, N.Y. A medical examiner confirmed that the 52-year-old died from asphyxiation by hanging.

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Rep. Owens Will Reimburse Cost of Taiwan Trip

The congressman who last year took a $22,000 four-day trip to Taiwan organized by lobbyists said Friday that he will personally reimburse the university that paid for the trip.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE


Project Glass: See the World Through Google’s Eyes

We still know very little about Google’s plan to take its services directly to the face, but from this promotional video we can determine that layabout New Yorkers need a lot of help managing their mid-afternoon jaunts.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



Time Out: Let’s Talk About Race

A mistake on Time magazine’s latest cover has opened a nationwide conversation about race and ethnicity; Rick Santorum belittles American public education, calling it an “anachronism”; is the U.S. finally done with Afghanistan? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



Inside a Foxconn Factory

A look inside Foxconn gives us a new perspective on workers’ conditions; one solution to the “right to be forgotten” dilemma may be to implement mandatory online insurance; meanwhile, a Columbia grad in New York has been converting pay phone booths into libraries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


Occupy Fashion Week

Fashionistas are a funny lot, sometimes unintentionally so, and often given to talking about the rag trade and all things stylish in highfalutin’ terms. Here we have some from that set—and a couple of outliers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—holding forth about the nuanced relationship between fashion and OWS.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Fracking Gets Its Own Occupy Movement

While most anti-fracking activists have been responding to harms already done, New York state’s resistance movement has been waging a battle to keep harm at bay.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE


The Homeless, Wrinkles and All

Life for most of us can be carefully—if unintentionally—structured to avoid confrontation with the sea of human misery, despair and hopelessness around us. Whatever his intention, British photographer Lee Jeffries is interrupting the arrangement.

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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America’s Gayest Cities, c. 2012

Just how g-a-y is SLC? Well, it’s actually The Advocate’s surprise winner atop this year’s “Gayest Cities in America” list. Clearly, the GLBTQ-targeted mag’s editors were looking to depart a bit from usual suspects such as San Francisco and New York and declared that Utah’s capital “has earned its queer cred.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE


Occupy Wall Street Makes a Film

In keeping with the democratic spirit of Occupy Wall Street, film-savvy Occupiers are pulling from massive amounts of footage shot by journalists and activists to produce a sleek-looking film that chronicles the movement’s early days. Here’s a preliminary trailer and a request for the donations needed to make it happen.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Rupert Murdoch Is on Twitter and It’s Weird

During his first few days on the social network, the mogul promoted “We Bought a Zoo,” told Iowans to consider Rick Santorum, praised President Obama (“decision on terrorist detention very courageous - and dead right!”) and called education America’s “absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.” (more)

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE


Ever See a Bishop Scale a Fence?

Faith leaders, artists and activists come together to seize new territory for the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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



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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









Posted on Nov 17, 2011 ENLARGE



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



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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



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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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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



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



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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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









Posted on Aug 27, 2011 ENLARGE



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



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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


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