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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



TSA

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



Rep. Charles Rangel via Flickr (CC-BY)

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


NY 9 Million Cosmetic Surgery

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Love Thy Neighbor

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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



cnn.com

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.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


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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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AP / Frank Franklin II

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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U.S. Government via nytimes.com

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



AP / Gregory Bull

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.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Henny Ray Abrams

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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Center for American Progress

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



Flickr / guldfisken (CC-BY)

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


Weiner
Wikimedia Commons / Thomas Good

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


NYC’s Jihad Against Debbie Almontaser

She was the founding principal of the first Arabic-language public school in the United States, until a campaign of hate forced her out.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


Feckless on Ethics

Sometimes I think I’ve gotten too cynical after so many years in Washington. Then I remember the House Ethics Committee.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Domestic Violence: A Pre-Existing Condition?

March is Women’s History Month, recognizing women’s central role in society. Unfortunately, violence against women is epidemic in the United States and around the world.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Richard Drew

Paterson Bows Out of N.Y. Governor Race

New York Gov. David Paterson, who took the state’s top post after Eliot Spitzer stepped down amid a prostitution scandal in March 2008, announced Friday that he won’t continue his campaign for election this November—a development that comes as Paterson is caught up in a scandal of his own. Now, who’s up for the job?

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
World Economic Forum / Remy Steinegger

Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Heart Problem

The former president was hospitalized in New York because of a problem with his heart, according to multiple reports. Clinton, who is 63, had major heart surgery in 2004. He is believed to have received a stent Thursday. Update

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Joe Shlabotnik

All the News That’s Fit to Charge For

The New York Times’ website may get more traffic than just about any other news site in the country, but the paper is still struggling to pay its bills and announced Wednesday that it will move to a metered pay model. ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Harold Ford Jr.
AP / Alex Brandon

Does Harold Ford Jr.’s Race Matter?

New Yorkers, beware. It seems that former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., a transplant from Tennessee, has upset people again. Ford, an executive at Merrill Lynch and a New York University lecturer who might be seeking to unseat fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in a race for the U.S. Senate, has made a very bold statement about his identity.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Pictures of No-Pants Subway Riders

Professional prankster group Improv Everywhere’s “No Pants Subway Ride” is one cultural trend that appears to be taking off. Despite a frigid winter, participants in as many as 43 cities around the world commuted in their underwear, and we’ve got photos to prove it.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / CarbonNYC

N.Y. Senate Votes Against Same-Sex Marriage Bill

New York wasn’t able to go as far as even Iowa, as the New York State Senate shot down a bill Wednesday that would have made same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State. Not one Republican in the Albany chamber supported the bill, which was beaten by a vote of 38 to 24.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Battlefield in the War of Ideas

If killing a terrorist in Kandahar creates one in Killeen, we’ll never make progress.

Posted on Nov 20, 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)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


Dems Win N.Y. Consolation Prize

They may have lost the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia, but Democrats expanded their majority in the House of Representatives by one seat Tuesday. Bill Owens won a surprise victory after a bizarre race that saw a third-party conservative candidate drive the Republican in this staunchly GOP district out of the running and into the arms of the Democrats.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Archive / 2004

Bill Clinton vs. George W. Bush

Bubba will battle the Decider in a debate at Radio City Music Hall. MSG Entertainment is billing its salty showdown as “the hottest ticket in political history.” How hot? It’s $60 to $1,250, depending on how close you want to get. Don’t expect fireworks—ex-presidents tend to be chummy and WJC is practically BFFs with W’s daddy. Update

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


GOP Civil War Flares in New York

Judging by the race in upstate New York, conservatives are determined to keep the Republican Party as small and irrelevant as possible.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Rangel’s Portrait of Corruption

The House Democrats who took a majority away from a “culture of corruption” had better start taking the ethics allegations against Rep. Charlie Rangel seriously.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ilkerender

Treasury Foils Cultural Exchange With Cuba

The New York Philharmonic was all set to fly into Cuba and jam, until the Treasury Department decided the patrons footing the bill couldn’t go. That’s pretty insulting to Cuba, considering that the same posse of musicians and rich people was cleared for a trip to North Korea.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


Irving Kristol
AP / The Weekly Standard

Reflections on the ‘Godfather’ of Neoconservatism

It is puzzling that obituary notices of Irving Kristol obviously intended to be positive designate him the “Godfather” of neoconservatism. Likening this group of thinkers and writers to a gang of Mafiosi may or may not be accurate; it is certainly not flattering.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


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