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Mr. Big Takes a Perp Walk

At the time of the reported incident on Saturday, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was resident in a $3,000-a-night luxury suite at a posh Midtown Manhattan hotel. I didn’t think this was how socialists were supposed to roll.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



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No Bail for IMF Chief

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested this weekend after a maid at his New York hotel accused him of sexual assault, will remain in jail. In her decision to deny bail, the judge cited the fact that he was taken into custody while attempting to leave the country. Another woman has since accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE


Tony Kushner and the Angels of Dissent

Tony Kushner will be receiving an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. This shouldn’t be big news.

Posted on May 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Throw Out the Money Changers

These are remarks Chris Hedges made in Union Square in New York City last Friday during a protest outside a branch office of the Bank of America.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Ready ... Fire ... Aim!

In his latest self-revelatory essay, our resident genius cartoonist tells a tale of triumph over the oppressive forces of consumerism—or at least the security chief at Barnes & Noble. Call it an origin story, as this incident freed the author to fully become the inimitable Mr. Fish.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE    



AP / Reed Saxon

This Is What Resistance Looks Like

The phrase consent of the governed has been turned into a cruel joke. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs. Civil disobedience is the only tool we have left.

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Whose Side Is the New York Times On, Part 2

State personal income in New York in 2009 was $908 billion. Thus a flat tax of less than 1 percent would close the deficit entirely, without any spending cuts.

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Parents Behaving Badly

Lawsuit Mom Nicole Imprescia took a quintessentially American approach to raising her child. First, she paid someone else to handle the work for her. Then she sued to get the money back.

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Whose Side Is The New York Times On?

As if dealing with the many known enemies of government workers is not enough, state employees in New York now also have to contend with the old gray lady herself, The New York Times. (more)

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


How Not to Fight Terrorism

Stigmatizing Muslims and their faith may win airtime for Rep. Peter King and draw cameras to his committee, but it does nothing to advance the security of the United States.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


The American Inquisition of 2011

Rep. Peter King is about to convene hearings whose premise offends our nation’s founding ideals and whose targets are law-abiding members of a religious minority. King has decided to investigate Islam.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Christine Yvette Lewis and Domestic Workers United

You may have caught sight of Christine Yvette Lewis setting Stephen Colbert straight with lines such as “Woman’s work is real work and it should be compensated.” Lewis is a working nanny and member of Domestic Workers United, a group that organizes the “invisible work force” of in-home cleaners and caregivers.

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Chinese Workers Are Not the Enemy

American workers need jobs and access to the Chinese market, and Chinese workers need jobs and technology. Volvo provides a model of how we can make both sides happy. (more)

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE


Blizzard a Case of God-Blocking, Robertson Says

The Rev. Pat Robertson sparked controversy in Sunday’s broadcast of his “700 Club” program when he claimed that God created the blizzard currently battering the Northeast “to punish Americans who were planning to drive to do something gay.”

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A Snow-Filled Glimpse of America’s Future

“Welcome to the New Normal.” Those words should be displayed at New York’s airports as a welcome to bedraggled travelers during the Northeast’s latest “snowpocalypse.”

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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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Labels Aren’t the Problem

The “No Labels” group that held its inaugural meeting this week in the name of the political center fills me with passionate ambivalence.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Steve Martin Too Artsy for This Venue

Apparently New Yorkers just don’t want to hear a banjo-playing comedian talk art. After an hour-long Q-and-A with brainy comedian Steve Martin, who was reportedly too high brow, the 92nd St. YMCA Y in New York felt compelled to offer its audience a refund. (Correction: Earlier, this item, in its headline and text, referred to the YMCA; actually, Martin appeared at a facility of the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association.)

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



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New York Doesn’t Heart Body Scanners

The backlash against the new mandatory screening regime at airports continues. At least one New York City Council member is trying to have body scanners banned from local airports. But does the city have the authority? Says Councilman David Greenfield, “... If the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Congress Convicts Rangel

Rep. Charlie Rangel may as well have stuck around for the full hearing. An ethics subcommittee convicted the veteran lawmaker Tuesday of 11 counts of naughty, having to do with fundraising, cheap rent and taxes. Rangel’s colleagues could decide to give him the boot, but he’s likelier to get off with just a reprimand.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Client 9’: The Rehabilitation of Eliot Spitzer

A confession: I’ve never liked Eliot Spitzer. He has his virtues: He is relentlessly—and not stupidly—articulate. He has the right enemies, be they corporate titans or the endemically corrupt denizens of the New York legislature. He is natty in his well-cut suits (by Hickey-Freeman, as the New York Times informs us).

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Crazy Carl’ and the Limits of Anger

To call Carl Paladino brash and a loudmouth understates the case. The New York Daily News has taken to referring to the Republican nominee for New York governor as “Crazy Carl,” and his latest series of outbursts demonstrated why.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Kathy Willens

New York’s Paladino Hates on Gays

Carl Paladino has made a joke of the New York governor’s race, but on Sunday the tea party candidate showed he could be hateful as well. Speaking to a group of Orthodox Jews just days after it was reported that two teenagers and an adult were tortured nearby in the Bronx for being gay, Paladino said children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking homosexuality is “equally valid.” (continued)

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Life Sentence for Times Square Bomb Plotter

The fate of Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square on May 1, was decided in a Manhattan court Tuesday. The 31-year-old Pakistani-American, who pleaded guilty to 10 charges in June, was sentenced to life in prison ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Preacher Cancels Quran Burning Over ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Claims

The leader of a Florida church says he called off his planned bonfire of Islamic holy books because the imam of the community center to be built near Ground Zero “has agreed to move the location.” However, one of the developers of that project has reported: “We don’t know anything about it.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Ron Paul Condemns ‘Hate and Islamaphobia’

The former presidential candidate says opposition to building a mosque near Ground Zero “is all about hate and Islamaphobia” and that the “justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer.” (Full statement after the jump).

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Mosque Mania Hits New York (Update)

Two rival rallies did a lot of shouting at each other in New York on Sunday, but otherwise kept things civil. Hey, this is America, where everyone has the right to express themselves, eat canned cheese and *gasp* worship as they please. Even Scientologists.

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Howard Dean Explains His ‘Mosque’ Views to Disappointed Glenn Greenwald

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald called Howard Dean’s suggestion that the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero be moved the “worst thing I’ve seen him do.” Here, Dean attempts to explain himself.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Courage and Lower Manhattan

Nothing tests a president like standing up against a wave of fear and prejudice, even at potentially great cost to his own party and prospects.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Howard Dean Sounds Like a Conservative Blogger (Update: Dean Responds)

First Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went all coward on us, now liberal darling Gov. Howard Dean wants the two-blocks-from-Ground-Zero Muslim community center moved. The worst part is, he seems to be getting his facts from Sarah Palin. (continued)

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Mosque-Issippi Burning

Salman Hamdani died on Sept. 11, 2001. The 23-year-old police cadet raced to Ground Zero to save others. His selfless act cost him his life.

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On Conservatives and the ‘Mosque’ Fracas

What’s the deal with the hubbub over the so-called Ground Zero mosque? Clearly, as The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf notes, it has a lot to do with the popular culture-war-themed wedge issues that crop up right around now in each election cycle. 

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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George Steinbrenner’s Evil Empire

The Boss didn’t leave his heirs a baseball team but a financial empire that can never be rivaled, villains you can depend on and a legacy like Sherman’s to Georgia.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich Need a History Lesson

No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque. It is a senseless attack on one of America’s most sacred traditions.

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This Military Contractor Rocks a $100,000 Belt Buckle

David H. Brooks did well enough selling body armor to the military to hire 50 Cent and Aerosmith to play at his daughter’s bat mitzvah. He wore a gem- and diamond-encrusted American flag belt buckle, lest his patriotism come under suspicion. Now he’s on trial for allegedly improperly putting millions on his expense account, for fraud and for insider trading.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Possible Cause of Death: Privatization

When a branch fell from a tree at the Central Park Zoo, killing a 6-month-old baby, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared it “an act of God.” But in all likelihood it was the act of a mayor.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Julie Jacobson

How Baseball Became America vs. the Damn Yankees

Baseball has always proceeded according to the law of the jungle with the Yankees as King Kong, but in the past even they never dominated financially as they do now.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


Our First Line of Defense

The system worked. Authorities responded to the attempted Times Square bombing about as well as anyone possibly could.

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On the Fizzled Times Square Bombing Attempt

A smoking Nissan Pathfinder packed with explosive items set New York law enforcement officials on the trail of the alleged Times Square bomber on Saturday, and by Tuesday a self-described lone plotter by the name of Faisal Shahzad had emerged as the sole suspect.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Marion S. Trikosko

Malcolm X Shooter Set Free

Thomas Hagan, formerly known as Talmadge X Hayer, was the only one of the killers of Malcolm X (above) to cop to the crime. After spending 45 years in jail and on work-release, the contrite Hagan has been paroled.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


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How Bankers Followed the Money Trail That Ousted Eliot Spitzer

Some key details have cropped up, in the form of a 2007 suspicious-activity report filed by North Fork Bank, that show how former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer got busted, and then ousted, for his, er, active involvement in the Emperors Club VIP prostitution ring.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



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George Washington Owes Library $300,000

The first president has accrued 220 years’ worth of late fees on two books he checked out from—and never returned to—a New York library. Washington borrowed “Law of Nations” and a collection of debate transcripts from the British Parliament. He is not expected to repay the debt.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



What’s the Fuss With Badu’s Body?

A new music video by Erykah Badu is causing quite the tizzy. The video, which depicts the songstress walking nude down the street where President John Kennedy was shot in Dallas, has led to a charge of disorderly conduct and an interesting perspective on how we see race.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Democratic Congressman Gets Threatening Letter, White Powder

The health care reform debate has brought a fair share of nutty individuals out of the woodwork, and unfortunately, members of Congress who voted in favor of the recently instated bill might be seen by some who’ve taken leave of their reason as moving targets. Take New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, for example. Updated.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


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