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Frankenstorm

In time for its second anniversary, Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst natural disasters in American history, has a pair of new biographies.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



ISIS in Washington

Two Saturdays ago, a friend of a friend mentioned that “given ISIS, maybe neither” New York City nor Washington, D.C. “is such a great place to be right now.” Moments after she left, I had the urge to bolt down the stairs, catch up to her, and say: “Whatever you do, don’t step off the curb. That’s where danger lies in American life. ISIS, not so much.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE


What Will It Take to Save Humanity and the Planet?

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, activist Bill McKibben, journalist Naomi Klein, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and public radio talk show host Brian Lehrer participated in a panel discussion the night before the People’s Climate March in New York City this month.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE



Why We March: Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril

On Sunday, Sept. 21, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE


U.N. Forecasts From the Future Predict Climate Hell

A series of year 2050 weather forecasts imagined by well-known television presenters warns of “floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia” in support of this year’s United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



Staten Island Man’s NYPD Chokehold Death Ruled Homicide

A medical examiner ruled that a police officer’s chokehold on unarmed New York City resident Eric Garner last month caused the 43-year-old man’s death.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



Before and After: Reflections on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, form a pivot point in our history and collective imagination, separating what we recall, however naively, as the relative quiet of the late 20th century from the endless war on terror that still grips and shapes the 21st.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



The Crime of Peaceful Protest

Cecily McMillan—facing the possibility of seven years in prison for elbowing a plainclothes policeman in Zuccotti Park—is the latest victim of a cloaked offensive to destroy activist leaders.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE


Would You Notice Your Mother Dressed as a Homeless Person?

A video campaign by the New York City Rescue Mission shows how invisible the homeless are to pedestrians on American streets.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



NYPD Pressured to Eliminate Controversial Muslim Spying Program (Video)

After the closure of a police unit that indiscriminately investigated American Muslims, civil rights groups want the NYPD to eliminate all traces of the operation.

Posted on Apr 16, 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.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



Will Bill de Blasio End Muslim Surveillance?

The New York City mayor announced Monday that he would act on plans to include Muslim holidays in the public school calendar. Journalist Uzma Kolsy says it’s not enough.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Saving Mr. Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss The New York Times’ call for clemency for Edward Snowden. National Review editor Rich Lowry, providing the perspective from the right, acknowledges that Snowden’s case is “ambiguous,” while insisting he broke the law.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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New York’s Returning Police Boss Targets Stop-and-Frisk Practice

New York City’s newly installed mayor, Bill de Blasio, has tapped Bill Bratton to run the NYPD under his watch, and the returning chief stepped up Thursday with a plan to target and reduce one of the most controversial tactics practiced by the city’s police force.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



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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



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New NYC Police Commissioner Seeks to Continue Stop-and-Frisk

The Los Angeles record of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointee as police commissioner suggests street searches will remain central to policing but possibly improved through better targeting and community relations.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE



Craig Ruttle

Deadly Derailment in New York City

Four people died and 63 were injured when a passenger train crashed in New York City’s Bronx borough Sunday morning after it took a turn at unusually high speeds.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Nuclear Deal With Iran? Electoral Tilting

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s hopes for a deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s enthusiasm for a plan and whether U.S. election results mean the country is leaning left.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘We Are Living in the World Occupy Made’

Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, the national, independent, inequality-focused political coalition sponsored by labor unions that helped elect Bill de Blasio to the position of mayor of New York City, tells “Democracy Now!” about the role Occupy Wall Street played in the latest election.

Posted on Nov 8, 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.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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New York City Opera Files for Bankruptcy

New York City Opera, known for 70 years as the “people’s opera” for its affordable tickets, revealed as much as $10 million in assets and debt in a bankruptcy petition it filed Thursday after years of declining income and a failed fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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A Public Advocate for Mayor of New York?

New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio told Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin magazine that he disapproved of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the Occupy protests and that if he were elected, he would appoint an independent official to monitor the NYPD and lead the effort to strengthen unions.

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Fast Food Workers Super Size Their Walkout

Fast food workers demanding a livable wage of $15 an hour are pushing for a nationwide walkout Aug. 29, leading, fittingly enough, into Labor Day weekend.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE



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NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Tactics Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Monday that controversial “stop-and-frisk” searches—carried out by New York City police officers on predominantly black and Latino residents—are unconstitutional, and ordered that an independent, federal monitor be brought in to oversee reform.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Is Anthony Weiner Still Sexting?

The embattled New York City mayoral candidate was asked Monday whether he has stopped his sexting ways. But instead of issuing a forceful denial, the ex-congressman issued a vague response. 

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Carlos Danger, an Economic Reboot and Insider Trading

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists confront the unavoidable Carlos Danger. How many second chances should a former congressman get? Elsewhere in the country, President Obama tries to declare an economic reboot. Is he part of the problem? Also, the NSA surveillance program lives to see another day.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE


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AP / Steven Senne

Ex.-N.Y. Gov. Spitzer Announces Run for Office

He’s ba-ack! Eliot Spitzer told The New York Times during a telephone interview Sunday night that he was running for New York City comptroller, marking his first bid for political office since he resigned in disgrace amid a prostitution scandal five years ago.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Low Wage Workers in New York City Speak Out

A 25-year-old fast food worker from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn went on record in the newspaper of record to say that life earning just above minimum wage is not desirable for herself or her children.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Bloomberg’s Climate Change Plan Appears Grossly Inadequate

The New York mayor’s $20 billion proposal to protect America’s most populated city from the ravages of global warming seems to ignore the worst predictions of sea level rise reported in the respectable press.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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New York City’s Summers May Heat Up

Cities are liable to heat up much more than open countryside as the climate warms, and in the case of New York City, this could mean a big increase in heat-related deaths.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Anthony Weiner Announces NYC Mayoral Bid (Video)

In an attempt at a political comeback after accidentally sharing his sex life with the world through Twitter, the six-term congressman has decided to run for office again.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



What the Benghazi Emails Reveal, Rove Blames Obama for Scandals, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest sign that Anthony Weiner will enter the New York City mayoral race and televangelist Pat Robertson’s dubious marital advice for women.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


This Scene Coming to NYC’s West Village?

Despite upward of 5,000 complaints filed by locals, a pipeline that would carry fracked gas into New York City via a facility on the banks of the Hudson River is slated for completion in fall 2013.

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Crusades Against Big Banks, NYC Soda Ban Struck Down, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details of a bipartisan agreement on immigration and the reason Donald Trump is willing to help the White House financially.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE


Watch What Happens When Gay Man Confronts Homophobic Preacher on Subway

A passenger refused to sit idly by on a New York City subway over the weekend when a hateful “preacher” went on a rant in which he likened gays to pedophiles and claimed that Michael Jackson died because he was a homosexual.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Ed Koch Never Became President

He was an original, as you must already know. I briefly flirted with the idea that this man could become president of the United States. The first Jewish president and the loudest. He blew his chance, if he really ever had one, in 1982 when he decided to run for governor.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



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New York City Foreclosures Soar

Foreclosures in New York City rose 19 percent last year as filings fell nationally by 3 points, a new report says. Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a meager $1.9 million settlement with a robosigning giant, reports Catherine Curan at the New York Post.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


Ed Koch’s ‘Last Word’

After the former New York City mayor’s death Friday, The New York Times released a candid interview conducted in 2007 that was “not meant to be made public” until he died. Koch had especially harsh words for Mario Cuomo, his opponent in the ugly 1977 mayoral race.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Politics of Debt in America

In 2013, you can’t actually be jailed for not paying your bills, but ingenious corporations, collection agencies, cops, courts and lawyers have devised ways to ensure that debt “delinquents” will end up in jail anyway. With one-third of the states now allowing the jailing of debtors (without necessarily calling it that), it looks ever more like a trend in the making.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Laissez-Faire Aesthetics

In the art world today, hardly anybody is willing to criticize anything, and the old modern rebellion against standards and distinctions has been replaced by a newfangled conviction that anything can go with anything else, writes Jed Perl in his new book, “Magicians & Charlatans.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE


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The New York Times

How Sea Levels Will Rise

The New York Times on Sunday published a series of maps showing coastal and low-lying areas in the United States that could be permanently flooded as sea levels rise in the coming decades and centuries.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Act Now on Global Warming, Experts Urge

Professors at Columbia University pressed lawmakers to take advantage of widespread public interest in global warming after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy before a lifeless economy and the “fiscal cliff” dominate the American political discussion again.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 READ MORE


After Sandy, It’s Occupy to the Rescue

Members of New York City’s Occupy movement are waging an expanding relief effort for tens of thousands of people who remain without heat, power or hot water in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Observers are calling it Occupy’s finest hour.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



Emily Bolevice

Down and Out at Rockaway Beach

Life lurched back into motion as power was restored to all but 5,800 Manhattan residences and businesses over the weekend. But prospects for a return to normalcy after Hurricane Sandy remained dim for some 130,000 people who call the Rockaways home.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: NYC Marathon Protesters

Even the world’s largest marathon was no match for the chorus of objections that erupted after it was revealed the race would go on despite the continued storm rescue and recovery efforts.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 READ MORE


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