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  • Duck Dynasty Star Kicked Out of Trump Hotel

    08/16/2013 8:01:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 16, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson was kicked out of New York City's Trump International Hotel after a staff member apparently thought he was homeless. Robertson laughed it off and said he was the victim of "facial profiling." Robertson and other members of his family were in New York City promoting the fourth season of their hit A&E reality show. The network put the family up in the swanky hotel across from Central Park. Apparently one Trump International Hotel staff member was not accustomed to seeing a fully bearded guest wearing camouflage pants. "I asked them where the bathroom was and...
  • Man Cleared in New York Rape Plans to Sue After 14 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

    08/16/2013 2:38:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 | Barbara Ross AND Stephen Rex Brown
    A man who served 14 years behind bars for a rape he didn’t commit has finally cleared his name — and now he wants someone to pay. Johnny O’Neal, 54, was convicted in 1984 of raping a woman at knifepoint on the rooftop of the Frederick Douglass Houses on the upper West Side. The Port Jefferson, L.I., man served his sentence and was released in 1998 — but it wasn’t until last month that Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Marcy Kahn dismissed the charges against him. “It made me so happy. I just cried and cried and cried,” O’Neal said Thursday,...
  • Rudy Giuliani to co-host Christie's fundraiser in the Hamptons

    08/16/2013 1:41:45 PM PDT · by ZULU · 17 replies
    New Jersey Politicker ^ | August 16, 2013 | Jeff Goldman
    TRENTON — A fundraiser will be held for Gov. Chris Christie at the Southampton, N.Y., estate of former U.S. ambassador to Brazil Clifford Sobel, according to a report on The $3,800-per person cocktail reception on Aug. 28 will be co-hosted by Nick Loeb, the founder of Onion Crunch, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • Firefighters put out Mahattan's Queensboro Bridge truck fire, but bridge remains closed

    08/16/2013 1:09:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    A massive fire that engulfed a 40-foot long tractor trailer on the Queensboro Bridge Friday morning has been put out, though the key passageway between Queens and Manhattan remains closed. FDNY estimates 60 firefighters responded after a truck on the outbound lower level of the bridge caught fire, WCBS TV reported. The fire was reported at 11:08 a.m. and photos from the scene showed massive flames shooting from the back of the tractor trailer. Heavy, black smoke was seen billowing from the bridge that connects Queens to Manhattan at 59th street.
  • Shadowy Dem Operative Looms Large in Recall Fundraising ( Colorado Gun Grabbers )

    08/16/2013 9:27:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    The most pivotal figure in the Colorado recall election may be an unseen Kentucky woman who’s directing the Democratic fundraising. Julie Wells, the registered agent for more than two dozen groups since 2006 raising and spending millions to benefit Democrats, is also the registered or designated filing agent for at least two committees contributing funds and airing ads on behalf of Democratic state Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse. Her latest group is We Can Do Better, Colorado, which launched a television spot Thursday accusing Republican recall candidates Bernie Herpin and George Rivera of supporting personhood, the Colorado Democratic Party’s...
  • Fire On Manhattan's Queensboro Bridge

    08/16/2013 9:28:26 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    A truck fire on the Queensboro Bridge has shut down traffic in both directions. FDNY was called to the lower level of the bridge at 11:08 a.m. for an all-hands, vehicle fire, fire officials told the Daily News.
  • Republicans Avoiding August Town Halls

    08/16/2013 2:51:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 15, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Republican lawmakers are running away from town halls in August. In a New York Times piece about the frustrations of one citizen activist in Texas, some prominent Republicans who have not held an August town hall are listed. They include: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL); Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK); Rep. John Kline (R-MN); Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX); Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chair of the House Rules Committee; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who has "not announced any town halls but did participate in them in 2009."
  • Ron Paul on Eliot Spitzer: He acted badly but didn't deserve this

    03/15/2008 9:13:01 AM PDT · by pissant · 345 replies · 4,343+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/14/08 | Staff/Ron Paul
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), he of the quixotic GOP presidential campaign and unique policy positions, is never one to be shy about his opinions. Take the case of fallen New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), whose political career fell apart this week after his liaisons with high-priced call girls became public. Spitzer resigned his office effective Monday. Most politicians from both sides of the aisle publicly (at least) offered condolences for Spitzer and his poor family, including his three daughters, but didn't — of course — defend Spitzer's atrocious behavior. But for Paul, Spitzer's downfall at the hands of a...
  • 2016 President: Republican Outsiders Rising (From Sabato's Crystal Ball)

    08/15/2013 8:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Center For Politics ^ | 08/14/2013 | Larry Sabato
    Our most recent rating of Republican presidential contenders features a top tier of three notably different candidates: A Midwestern governor (Scott Walker) who is known best by the activists who will help decide the nomination; a leading national figure (Chris Christie) who has irked conservatives; and a firebrand senator (Rand Paul) with devoted supporters who would shake up the party’s platform and, perhaps, identity.Chart 1: Updated Crystal Ball Republican presidential rankings First Tier Candidate Key Advantages Key Disadvantages Since Last Update Scott WalkerGovernor, WI •Midwest GOP gov. in Obama state •Heroic conservative credentials •Shown political durability •Too bland? Next Pawlenty?...
  • How Government Violates the Fourth Amendment Rights of Renters (Rochester, NY)

    08/14/2013 8:30:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | August 14, 2013 | Dan Wang
    In Rochester, New York, renting rather than buying a home is enough cause for a search warrant. Florine and Walter Nelson are grandparents who have lived in Rochester for over 30 years. For nearly a third of that time, they have resisted the efforts of city officials to inspect their home on the basis that they are renters rather than buyers. Since 2005, the city has steadily escalated its efforts to enter their house, by charging them with contempt and attempting to use “administrative” search warrants to conduct suspicionless searches.The Nelsons and other renters claim that the city is violating...
  • Will Homeschooling's Success Be Impacted By Common Core?

    08/14/2013 6:54:59 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2013, | Dr. Susan Berry
    Parents and educators in New York were shocked last week when student test scores plummeted following the state’s adoption of the Common Core national standards. Even prior to the adoption of the new standards, however, test results were, to many, still unacceptable, suggesting that despite billions of dollars of taxpayer funding, American students have little to show for it.
  • The New York Times takes down the Clinton Foundation. This could be devastating for Bill and Hillary

    08/14/2013 11:52:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/14/2013 | Tim Stanley
    Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh? Today it runs with a fascinating takedown of the Clinton Foundation – that vast vanity project that conservatives are wary of criticising for being seen to attack a body that tries to do good. But the liberal NYT has no such scruples. The killer quote is this: "For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts of...
  • MSNBC Map Puts Every City in the Wrong Spot

    08/14/2013 12:17:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/14/3013 | Dan Amira
    There are four cities on this map of President Obama's upcoming bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania, which was shown on MSNBC's Martin Bashir yesterday afternoon. And all four cities are in the wrong place. They're not even close! Here's where those cities are actually located: Bashir later called the errors an "honest geographic mistake" (obviously?), but he doesn't explain how this map turned out so terribly inaccurate. Did they literally just guess? You shouldn't just guess.
  • New Poll Suggests That de Blasio Is Now First Among Voters (NYC Mayor)

    08/13/2013 1:12:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/13/13 | DAVID W. CHEN
    In a jolt to the Democratic campaign for mayor, a new poll suggests that Bill de Blasio, the most liberal of the leading candidates, has vaulted into first place among likely voters. With one month to go until the Sept. 10 primary, Mr. de Blasio has now passed Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who had led in most polls for months, although her lead had already narrowed. Until a month or so ago, Mr. de Blasio had been mired in fourth place, about 10 points behind Ms. Quinn. He was then overtaken by former Representative Anthony D. Weiner,...
  • Anthony Weiner documentary could be in the works

    08/13/2013 4:44:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Anthony Weiner, the beleaguered sexting scandal-plagued New York City mayoral candidate, may be trying to boost his poll numbers with a new documentary about his campaign. The New York Post reported that MTV filmmaker Josh Kreigman — who also used to work as Mr. Weiner’s congressional district director — has been following the candidate around his campaign trail, filming and recording every step of the way. He rides with the candidate. Meanwhile, Mr. Weiner always carried a black microphone box in his back pocket, The Post said. Campaign officials are coy about the taping, saying only that it’s not for...
  • NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' practice unconstitutional, judge rules

    08/12/2013 2:37:27 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled on Monday the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" crime-fighting tactic was unconstitutional, dealing a stinging rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who vowed to appeal the ruling. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin called it "indirect racial profiling" because it targeted racially defined groups, resulting in the disproportionate and discriminatory stopping of tens of thousands of blacks and Hispanics while the city's highest officials "turned a blind eye," she said. "No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in her...
  • Judge in ‘stop-and-frisk’ case cites Trayvon Martin’s death

    08/12/2013 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies ^ | August 12, 2013 | Adam Serwer
    <p>The judge who ruled that New York’s “stop-and-frisk” practice violated the Constitutional rights of the city’s citizens seemed to have had Trayvon Martin on her mind.</p> <p>Judge Shira Scheindlin references his death three times in her ruling in which she found the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy amounted to racial profiling. Scheindlin refers to Martin as “a black teenager” in the body of the opinion, but then cites his name in the footnotes as she quotes directly from three sources, including President Obama’s remarks following the verdict. She references Martin as a touchstone for the pain and frustration experienced by black men facing constant suspicion by the authorities.</p>
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EDT,WABC AM,August 12,2013

    08/12/2013 10:21:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
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  • Anthony Weiner aims to be top banana at Dominican Day parade in New York

    08/12/2013 8:35:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8-12-13 | Erin Durkin
    Thousands of spectators decked out with Dominican flags and blowing whistles lined Sixth Ave. for the boisterous annual celebration. Almost every candidate for New York citywide offices showed up to court the large Dominican vote.
  • Breaking: Federal judge rules NYC’s “stop and frisk” unconstitutional

    08/12/2013 8:06:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    A federal court handed a big defeat to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department today, ruling that the controversial “stop and frisk” program infringed on constitutional rights. Judge Shira Scheindlin appointed a federal monitor to oversee the NYPD and “reform” the practice, although that might prove impossible: A federal judge appointed an independent monitor Monday to oversee changes to the New York Police Department’s contentious policy known as stop, question and frisk, a significant judicial rebuke for what the mayor and police commissioner have defended as a life-saving, crime-fighting tool. …Four men had sued saying they were...
  • Suspicious Substance At JFK Turns Out To Be Beauty Supplies

    08/12/2013 4:21:12 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 27 replies
    CBS Local ^ | August 11, 2013
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Two workers were hospitalized after opening a package at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday, but the substance inside – initially feared to be nerve gas – turned out only to be beauty supplies. As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, it was a tense scene at the U.S. Postal Service facility at the eastern edge of the airport Sunday. Port Authority police, the FDNY, and an FBI hazardous response team all rushed to the scene after the workers reported feeling ill. In this post-9/11 world, authorities respond quickly and forcefully out of an abundance of caution,...
  • Does New York City Mayor Bloomberg want to ban e-cigarettes too?

    08/11/2013 8:05:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 9, 2013 | FOX News
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t just want to limit the use of cigarettes – but electronic cigarettes as well. In a newly leaked draft of three tobacco-related bills soon to be voted on by the NYC City Council, the new definition of “tobacco products” under city law would be changed to include e-cigarettes and related components, parts and accessories. If the ordinances pass, the display of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco would be banned in retail stores. Also, while tobacco and menthol flavored e-cigarettes would still be available in retail stores, all other flavored e-cigarettes could only be sold...
  • Charlie’s crackers

    08/11/2013 6:26:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    New York Post (editorial) ^ | August 10, 2013
    Memo to Charlie Rangel: You’re in some pretty uncharted waters if former Gov. David Paterson — son of one of your closest friends and allies — is publicly taking you to task for your racially charged remarks. The hoopla began with a Rangel slam against the Tea Party: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police,” the Harlem congressman told Politico. “They didn’t care about how they looked.” In other words, the Tea Partiers are the heirs of Bull Connor and the segregationists.
  • Schumer Calls For More Research Into Tick-Borne Diseases: Late Summer Is Peak Lyme Disease Season

    08/11/2013 3:49:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    CBS NY ^ | August 11, 2013 | NA
    Late summer is peak Lyme disease season. As a result, Sen. Charles Schumer has urged the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study new and potentially fatal tick-borne illnesses.The New York Democrat has urged the CDC to look into two diseases that have already been found in the state.Schumer noted that New York City and on Long Island lead the state in Lyme disease infections. play Schumer Calls For More Research Into Tick-Borne DiseasesWCBS 880's Monica Miller Reports In addition to Lyme disease, ticks are known to carry Babesiosis, Powassan virus and Borrelia miyamotoi.Schumer said those diseases are...
  • ‘Mad Men’ star John Slattery knocks Christine Quinn for mayor over Soho garage

    08/11/2013 11:05:00 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/11/13 | By KATE BRIQUELET
    ‘Mad Men’ star John Slattery knocks Christine Quinn for mayor over Soho garage By KATE BRIQUELET Christine Quinn made him one Mad Man. Silver-maned “Mad Men” star John Slattery is coming out strong against the mayoral front-runner — all because she approved a 10-story sanitation garage in his Soho neighborhood five years ago. Slattery, 50, and other A-listers spent years campaigning against the city’s $400 million mega-garage on Spring Street near the West Side Highway. But when they presented an alternative plan at a City Council hearing, Quinn not only refused to consider it, she futzed around with her cellphone...
  • Report: Nerve Gas Sickens Postal Inspectors at New York's JFK Airport(Update post 122)

    08/11/2013 10:11:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 122 replies
    WABC-TV via Twitter ^ | Sunday, August 11, 2013
    BREAKING NEWS: Two postal inspectors at JFK Airport sickened by nerve gas after opening package
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 11 August 2013

    08/11/2013 5:17:54 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 11 August 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 11th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Steve King, R-Iowa; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Anu Bhagwati, executive director, Service Women's Action Network.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Peter King, R-N.Y.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency.THIS WEEK (ABC): Edward Snowden's father, Lon; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Donald Trump.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN):...
  • ‘Citi Bikes made me late to work’ (Bloomberg's Bike Share Debacle...)

    05/29/2013 8:40:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Maybe the DOT can write their bosses a late note. Commuters using the city’s bike-share program on its first workday ran into a slew of technical problems — and confusion — that made them tardy for their jobs. There were issues across the system, from Columbus Circle to Brooklyn Heights.
  • The great experiment. Time for Cruz, King or Palin in 2016

    08/10/2013 4:31:09 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | AUG 10,2013 | AZZ SHAW
    So what say we conduct the experiment that could – and I emphasize could here – finally settle the question once and for all. Let’s just nominate somebody who has welded on all three legs of the stool and leaves not a sliver of daylight for the squishiness question. A nominee who will state without ambiguity that we’re going to bomb the crap out of anyone who is actively working against our interests. One who flatly proclaims that there will be no abortions for anyone and new Supreme Court justices will be inclined to overturn Roe v Wade. They will...
  • Gov. Cuomo got $100,000 from developer, then signed law giving it big tax breaks

    08/09/2013 6:31:45 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | AUG 9,2013 | BY KENNETH LOVETT
    Twin $50,000 donations were made to Andrew Cuomo’s campaign by two companies that have the same address as Extell Financial Services, which is part of Extell Development Co. — one of five developers to receive hefty tax relief thanks to a bill signed by the governor two days after the contributions. A top development company donated $100,000 to Gov. Cuomo just days before he signed a bill that quietly showered the firm with lucrative tax breaks. Two corporations tied to Extell Development each contributed $50,000 to Cuomo’s campaign, which recorded the checks on Jan. 28 — the same day the...
  • Democratic Gun Politics In Arkansas Senate Race Are Already Confusing

    08/10/2013 1:15:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | August 8, 2013 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    Sen. Mark Pryor gets an assist from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to save him from Bloomberg’s money, then cuts the ribbon at an ammunition factory. Gun control advocates are fine with the factory thing, but not Gillibrand’s money. Welcome to Arkansas 2014. WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Pryor broke ground at an expanded Remington ammunition factory in his home state of Arkansas Thursday — a gun-friendly move by a gun-friendly Democrat. That’s not normally something that would make much news: Even ardent Democrats in Arkansas are firmly supportive of gun rights. But with pro-gun control Democrats coming to his aid, Pryor’s 2014...
  • Anthony Weiner's donations shrink in wake of sexting scandal

    08/10/2013 12:02:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 10, 2013 | Celeste Katz , Jennifer Fermino and Annie Karni
    Anthony Weiner’s campaign fund-raising has virtually dried up since revelations of a sexting relapse rocked his bid for mayor. Weiner received an average of just $1,897 a day in donations since the new sexting scandal erupted July 23, campaign finance records released Friday show. That’s a trickle of the $16,434 he received each day, on average, in the 50 days after launching his run for mayor on May 22. The records also show that Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, collected no money on his behalf since the new sexting allegations emerged, after she collected nearly $150,000 in the first 50...
  • Bill Ayers: Bringing Down America, Destroying Education ( Common Core )

    08/10/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 15, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    Larry Grathwohl, who had just come back to Cincinnati from Vietnam, was infiltrating the domestic terrorist group Weatherman, the only one to have done so. Larry saved potentially hundreds of lives when he alerted the FBI to a bomb placed near a Detroit police station and a restaurant. Bill Ayers, Education Secretary of Weatherman, told him that in the revolution, lives would have to be sacrificed. ... My interest in Bill Ayers began a few years ago when I learned about his career as a “Distinguished Professor of Education.” In reality he was working to destroy everything that was good...
  • Woodland Park parents stand up against national education standards (Common Core: CO)

    08/10/2013 9:11:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | August 8, 2013 | Carol McGraw
    A group of Woodland Park parents and educators want to get rid of the Common Core Academic Standards that are being implemented in Colorado Schools. Teller County Citizens Against Common Core Standards maintains the new academic guidelines aren't as good as the ones in place. It also argues that the system is unconstitutional because it takes local control away from school districts. It may lobby Woodland Park School District RE-2 and the state to drop out. "We want to get the word out. The standards were just a money carrot for the state to get federal money," ... Among other...
  • New York test scores hint at hard road ahead for Common Core

    08/10/2013 9:20:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Christian Science ^ | August 8, 2013 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    Just 31 percent of the state’s students in grades 3 to 8 were deemed proficient in math and in English language arts (ELA) on the new tests, compared with about 65 percent in math and 55 percent in ELA on last year’s tests. Kentucky, another leading-edge state implementing its own common core tests, experienced similar declines in scores last year. Most of the 45 states that have signed on to the Common Core are waiting until at least 2014-15 to implement common tests that are still in development. For those who support the Common Core, a set of standards for...
  • Misspelled Road Sign Points Way to Popular “Jonse” Beach (Long Island, NY)

    08/10/2013 12:57:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Friday, Aug 9, 2013 | Updated 8:26 PM EDT | NBC/AP
    The misspelling of Jones Beach as “Jonse” on a new sign on Long Island's Robert Moses Parkway is making the rounds on social media. Jeena Belil, of Brookhaven, who saw the misspelled sign on Facebook, told Newsday she was shocked somebody didn't proofread the sign. …
  • Weiner mocks British journalist’s accent in interview, U.K. press declares him a ‘political corpse’

    08/09/2013 5:32:06 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | August 8, 2013 | National Post Staff
    As Anthony Weiner’s campaign New York mayoral campaign struggles in the wake of a sexting scandal, the candidate stirred some controversy on the other side of the Atlantic Thursday by mocking a British reporter’s accent in an interview. “It’s hard to take you seriously,” the 48-year-old Democrat told ITV’s Lucy Watson when she asked him about his motivations. In a follow-up, Watson asks if “anything [would] stop you?” “I just have a feeling I’ve, like, stepped into a Monty Python bit,” Weiner told her, laughing to himself. After posting the video, ITV called the exchange “the latest of a series...
  • WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York City, Lays Off News Department, and Most On-Air Talent

    08/09/2013 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Drango · 62 replies
    Village voice ^ | August 09, 2013 | Tessa Stuart
    Summer Reese, interim executive director of the Pacifica Radio Network, choked up as she announced this afternoon that legendary New York radio station WBAI was laying off its entire news department, and the majority of on-air talent, effective Monday. WBAI, the station where Pacifica's flagship program, Democracy NOW!, was founded, has broadcast on 99.5 since 1960. Andrew Phillips, former general manager of KPFA, Pacifica's Berkeley, California, station, has been appointed interim program director. The station's general manager, Berthold Reimers, and interim development director, Andrea Katz, will also stay on board. "Today I have concluded union negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, regarding proposed...
  • Pay-for-play allegation hits Andrew Cuomo in New York

    08/09/2013 10:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/09/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Has a corruption commission launched by New York governor Andrew Cuomo backfired on his political ambitions? The New York Daily News reports that Cuomo received two donations totaling $100,000 from a developer who stands to reap millions from a tax break signed by Cuomo — two days before he signed the bill: A top development company donated $100,000 to Gov. Cuomo just days before he signed a bill that quietly showered the firm with lucrative tax breaks.Two corporations tied to Extell Development each contributed $50,000 to Cuomo’s campaign, which recorded the checks on Jan. 28 — the same day the...
  • A Revealing Hour in Harlem With Anthony Weiner

    08/09/2013 10:10:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 8-9-13 | Scott Conroy
    NEW YORK -- It was just a few minutes into Anthony Weiner's door-to-door canvass of a Harlem public housing complex Thursday night, and the New York City mayoral candidate was already agitated. As he scanned his staff-prepared list of apartment numbers and corresponding residents' names, the candidate shook his head in disapproval. "This is no good, the way you have this organized," he said to one of two young, female aides who were accompanying him. “This is N.G. -- not great.” A few minutes later, Weiner remained fixated on the quality of his staff’s advance work, voicing his displeasure in...
  • Israeli Ambassador So Furious with a New York Times Story He Wrote a Letter to the Editor

    08/08/2013 12:43:04 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 11 replies
    The Blaze via Yahoo! News ^ | 8/8/13 | Sharona Schwartz
    The New York Times is facing more scrutiny from the pro-Israel community over Middle East-related articles it published this week, prompting the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. to write a letter to the editor complaining about the controversial coverage. This as the paper was forced to issue a correction after a conservative website pointed out an inaccurate key, lead fact in an article.As TheBlaze reported on Tuesday, the venerated newspaper was the target of sweeping criticism after publishing a front page article on Monday that appeared to downplay Palestinian stone-throwing against Israelis, which one youth characterized as a "hobby."The U.S....
  • Members of Cuomo's anti-corruption panel failed to pursue 1,500 criminal referrals from Board of...

    08/08/2013 6:44:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 5, 2013 | Kenneth Lovett
    Members of Cuomo's anti-corruption panel failed to pursue 1,500 criminal referrals from Board of Elections The nine members of Gov. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission who are also sitting district attorneys did not pursue about 1,500 criminal referrals from the board since 2006, the bulk of which were related to campaign finance filings.Philip Kamrass/Albany Times Union Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office did not prosecute 1,356 referrals from the board since 2007. ALBANY — Even as they investigate the state Board of Elections, nine members of Gov. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission who are also sitting district attorneys did not pursue about 1,500...
  • NYC: John 'Cats', GOP-Liberal, helps fund Democrat Cuomo

    08/08/2013 6:16:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Newsday ^ | July 15, 2013 | Dan Janison
    Billionaire businessman and Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and wife Margo contributed $79,000 to the campaign of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo since January, according to the latest state campaign filings. While ‘Cats’ has been self-funding his mayoral effort, it is notable that he’s still a contributor to at least one other candidate as well. Rob Ryan, his spokesman, said “John over the years has supported both Republican and Democratic candidates who have done good things for New York. He’s known the Cuomo family for 30 years.” Margo Catsimatidis was recorded as contributing $50,000 on Jan. 10 to Cuomo 2014...
  • Anti-Frackers Win - Chesapeake Gives Up New York Gas Leases

    08/08/2013 5:36:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/06/2013 | Christopher Helman
    If the people of a state don’t want the royalties and economic growth and jobs and truck traffic that come with oil and gas development, you can’t force it on them. That’s the conclusion made by Chesapeake Energy CHK +0.64%. According to this new story by Reuters, Chesapeake has given up trying to fight against New York’s ban on high-volume fracking and is allowing its leases in the state to expire. The company has no intention of drilling wells in the Marcellus shale formation of New York if it’s not allowed to frack them. Chesapeake had tried to extend many...
  • Kahr announces relocation to Pennsylvania from New York, blames SAFE Act

    08/08/2013 1:01:53 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Kahr Firearms Group announced Wednesday that it will relocate its corporate offices from New York to Pennsylvania, and blames New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act as reason why. “We’re looking for a more friendly environment for our business,” Frank Harris, Kahr’s vice president for sales and marketing, told the Associated Press. “Maybe we could have stayed here and built a plant, but the way the bill was passed left us feeling there were a lot of uncertainties going forward.” Kahr is the first gun company to announce that it will move out of New York. It’s relocating its...
  • Yikes: Mayor Bloomberg Warns New York City Could Have Same Fate as Detroit

    08/08/2013 12:01:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/08/2013 | Katie Pavlich
    After Detroit filed bankruptcy two weeks ago, the attention turned to America's other financially distraught cities. Think Motown is the only major U.S. city in a boatload of financial trouble? Think again. Detroit's bankruptcy filing sent shivers down the spine of municipal bondholders, government employees, and big-city urban residents all over the country. That's because many of the 61 largest U.S. cities are plagued with the same kinds of retirement legacy costs that sent Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy this summer. These cities have amassed $118 billion in unfunded healthcare liabilities. These are legal promises to pay healthcare benefits...
  • NY firearms maker blames new law for move to Pa.

    08/07/2013 6:15:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 77 replies
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- A firearms manufacturer in New York, partially blaming the state's new gun control law, said Wednesday it's moving its corporate offices — and its plans for expansion — to Pennsylvania. Kahr Firearms Group of Pearl River is the first gunmaker to announce it's leaving because of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which was put into law after closed-door negotiations in January. It was the first law in the nation prompted by the killing of 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn., in December. "We're looking for a more friendly environment for our...
  • Bang! Editor fired after publishing gun-owner map

    08/08/2013 11:04:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 08/08/2013
    The editor of the New York newspaper that created a furor by publishing the names and addresses of gun-permit owners suddenly is out of a job. According to the Rockland Times, a competitor to the Gannett-owned Rockland County Journal News, editor Caryn McBride is among the casualties of a recent purge at the Journal News. The report said 17 journalists were among a total of 26 staff members at the Journal News who were let go. It was the Journal News that in 2012 published the names and addresses of all gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties under the...
  • Spitzer-less forum focuses on issues

    08/08/2013 10:39:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Queens Chronicle ^ | 08/08/2013 | Michael Gannon
    Two of the men seeking to be New York City’s next comptroller touted their different backgrounds and experiences in an Aug. 1 forum in Laurelton, each saying his made him more qualified than the other to be the city’s next top financial officer. Democrat Scott Stringer is the Manhattan borough president and also served 13 years in the state Assembly. Republican John Burnett has spent more than 20 years in the financial services industry, including supervisory and management positions at Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch. Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who joined the Democratic campaign just prior to the deadline for...
  • City students' scores take dramatic plunge on new standardized tests (NYC)

    08/08/2013 7:02:26 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 61 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 7, 2013 | Corinne Lestch, Ben Chapman, Jennifer Fermino
    Only about one-third of students from grades 3-8 passed the new math and reading proficiency tests, down from nearly a two-thirds in 2012. The new tests are more closely aligned to academic standards adopted by nearly every other state, but critics say children weren't properly prepared to the roll out. New York students struck out on tougher math and reading exams, posting a giant drop in scores on the high-stakes tests that were just as dire as education officials predicted. Only 31% of New York State students in grades 3 to 8 passed the 2013 math and reading tests, down...