Were it not for a previous engagement with the Almighty, there’s not an icicle’s chance in hell or heaven that Ed Koch would have missed this party. Movers, shakers, machers and ordinary schmoes from the dreaded outer boroughs risked pain and frostbite to stand on the frigid Upper East Side for a chance to schmooze and say goodbye. A former president, a disgraced ex-governor, political sworn enemies and lifelong allies. A secretary. A laborer. An ex-police employee. All were welcome, and Koch would have loved every minute of it. For these were Koch’s peeps who came to Temple Emanu-El
The Obama administration will sue Texas to block its voter ID law, the Justice Department said on Thursday. The lawsuit will challenge the law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or language. Texas moved swiftly to implement its voter ID law after the Supreme Court in June struck down a requirement that states with a history of racial discrimination seek permission from the federal government to change their voting laws. Texas was subject to that process, known as “preclearance.” “Today’s action marks another step forward in the Justice Department’s
A new poll done for Republican members of Congress has found huge public opposition, and solid opposition among Republicans, to the idea of shutting down the government over the issue of funding Obamacare. In a national survey of 1,000 registered voters done July 31 and August 1, the question, from pollster David Winston, said, “Some members of Congress have proposed shutting down the government as a way to defund the president’s health care law” and asked respondents whether they favored or opposed that plan. Overall, 71 percent of those surveyed opposed a shutdown, while 23 percent favored a shutdown. Among
All across the country, people are gearing up for festivities that will mark the first annual “Joe Wilson Day.” Please let me be clear, this is not a day aimed at honoring the ambitious Joe Wilson who at last report was married to the glamorous Valerie Plame. No, here we are talking about the genuinely honorable Joe Wilson, Republican Congressman of South Carolina. Joe Wilson Day will acknowledge and applaud the Congressman’s bold declaration of the truth about our president, Barack Obama. Four years ago next month, at Mr. Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress on his health care
As Scott has noted, Secretary of State Kerry has reinstated all four of the State Department employees placed on administrative leave after the ARB investigation of the Benghazi fiasco. All four have been reassigned to positions within the Department. I have no quarrel with Kerry’s decision.(Snip) Kerry hopes, I assume, that his decision puts the Benghazi matter behind him personally, if not the administration. But there is still a loose end. His name is Gregory Hicks. Hicks, you will recall, is the former deputy ambassador to Libya who criticized the State Department’s handling of the Benghazi matter before a House
That was fast. Two days ago, we wondered if President Obama would embarrass Gov. Cuomo during an upstate tour beginning tomorrow. Specifically, we wondered how Cuomo would react to Obama’s boasts about the increase in natural-gas production on his watch — now a stock reference in his speeches about the middle class — made possible in part by the administration’s embrace of fracking. We now have our answer: Cuomo isn’t going to give the president the chance, because the governor has made plans to vamoose before President Obama starts talking. After greeting the president when he arrives in Buffalo, Cuomo will skip the
For all the talk of a war inside the GOP, only a few seem to have noticed the fissures in a Democratic Party that’s preparing to find its successor to President Obama and mount a campaign for another four or eight years of Democratic domination. Many in the party think they’ve found their gal in Hillary Clinton. Already the battles are beginning to brew, though, simmering just below the surface. But they’re not just between Hillary and the other Democrats who’d like to run for President, but also between the heiress to the Oval Office throne and the man whose legacy she’ll
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has hired a lawyer in the ongoing congressional investigation into her use of private and secret email addresses to conduct official business. Jackson, who announced her resignation from the EPA in December amid a congressional probe, hired lawyer Barry Coburn from the D.C. firm Coburn & Greenbaum, according to a source. Jackson now works for Apple as the tech giant’s top environmental officer. When reached by phone, Coburn said he would call this reporter back “ASAP.” As of press time, he has not. The hire comes shortly after it was revealed that Jackson used her home email
A Department of Homeland Security employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meet Ayo Kimathi, a.k.a. “the Irritated Genie," who told his bosses at the DHS that his anti-white, anti-gay site, "War is on the Horizon," was just an entertainment site that sells concert and lecture videos. You see, DHS employees, even those with office jobs like Kimathi´s, have to get outside
With the images of slaughter coming out of Syria and fresh evidence that the Assad regime may be using chemical weapons on its own citizens, it’s worth revisiting the case for intervention in Libya that Barack Obama made on March 28, 2011. At the time he spoke, Amnesty International reported that “hundreds and hundreds” had been killed in Libya. Others put the death toll at nearly 1,000. The United Nations—always more effective at counting deaths than at preventing them—puts the death toll in Syria above 100,000.
Not everyone is as apparently obsessed with writing vitriol about the Clintons as Maureen Dowd, the New York Times´s op-ed columnist. For example, last Saturday, Dowd compared the Clintons to the self-destructive cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. Her first example of "little explosions" for which she holds the Clintons responsible — I am not making this up — is the tragic and painful experience of Huma Abedin, caused by the conduct of her husband, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, whom she loves and forgives. Go figure. At least it can be said that Ms. Dowd writes opinion on
Bradley Manning is not Edward Snowden and he is most definitely not a hero. Let’s get that straight, for starters. Manning is not a whistleblower motivated by either ideology or principle. He did not deliberately and methodically set out to expose a discrete government program that he had come to believe was unconstitutional. Instead, he simply spilled every secret he knew, the equivalent of screaming as loud as he could in the hope that all that noise would bring with it some attention. After he leaked the documents, Manning did not flee to Hong Kong or Russia. He failed to
If Republicans kill immigration reform, could it result in a 2014 cycle that sees uncommonly high Latino turnout for a midterm election — high enough to possibly tip the House to Democrats? Nope. One way to try to understand the situation is with this question: How many GOP-held House districts vulnerable to changing sides have large enough Latino populations to ensure that high Latino turnout in 2014 could swing the outcome? As it turns out, not too many. A grand total of eight, and that’s if you include multiple races that Democrats are all but certainly not going to win. Given that Dems need
Three teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killing of a white college student in Duncan, Oklahoma, and part of the story is what didn´t happen. There was no saturation cable TV coverage, no press conference featuring Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, and no statement from the Oval Office. The death of Christopher Lane, while as troubling as that of Trayvon Martin, will not become a national touchstone of racial and cultural debate or reflection. But maybe it should. A 22-year-old Australian from Melbourne, Lane was attending East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, to pursue his dream of playing that American pastime,
Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the Army private wrote in a statement read on TODAY Thursday. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.” Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday after having been found guilty of 20 charges ranging from espionage to theft for leaking
In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday night, according to local reports, World War II veteran and Battle of Okinawa survivor Delbert Belton was beaten by two African American teenagers described as between the ages of 16 and 19. Belton passed away Thursday morning of head injuries. Belton, 89, was shot in the leg at Okinawa. He was confronted in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, when the two suspects jumped him, beat him, and left him to die. One is described as heavy and wearing black clothing, and the other is described as six feet
More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare´s passage include just two described as ´consumer safety´ officers, but 86 tasked with ´criminal investigating´ – indicating that the agency is building an army of detectives to sleuth out violations of a law that many in Congress who supported it still find confusing. On the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, HHS received authority from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to make as many as 1,814 new hires under an emergency ´Direct Hiring
Christopher Lane was gunned down in cold blood – shot in the back as he jogged alongside a road in Duncan, Okla. His alleged attackers were teenagers who told police they were bored and killed the college athlete for “the fun of it.” The 22-year-old was attending school at East Central University – an Australian native who played baseball. Good Samaritans saw the shooting and immediately rushed to offer aid. One person called 911. Another tried to administer CPR. But it was too late. The young athlete with a promising future lingered for several minutes – gasping for air. And then he
Chris Lane is the Australian college student and baseball player who was murdered while jogging along a street in Duncan, Oklahoma. The perpetrators were three teenagers who were bored and decided to murder someone just for fun. They saw Lane running by, got in a car, drove behind him and shot him in the back. Two of the bored teenagers, Chancey Luna and James Edwards, have been charged with first degree murder:(Snip for photos)Their confederate Michael Jones is charged with being an accessory after the fact. Apparently Jones was driving the car, while Luna pulled the trigger on a .22
The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23.The event, described in an invitation by White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan as a session focused on “issues of importance to the bisexual community,” was first reported Thursday by the Washington Blade. “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health and bullying,” Raghavan wrote.
Emboldened by an outpouring of support on social media, low-wage fast-food and retail workers from eight cities who have staged walkouts this year are calling for a national day of strikes Aug. 29. The workers — who are backed by local community groups and national unions and have held one-day walkouts in cities such as New York, St. Louis and Detroit — say they have received pledges of support from workers in dozens of cities across the country. The workers are calling for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Organizers of the walkout say
MSNBC host Chris Matthews went off on Tuesday about what he characterized as a variety of efforts by Republicans and conservatives to “delegitimize” President Barack Obama. Among the efforts he cited to prove this case are Republicans calling Obama “a liberal leader,” or simply “Obama,” instead of “The President of the United States.” Addressing Bush’s Brain author Wayne Slater, Matthews tore into what he saw as GOP efforts to ensure that the president’s legacy is a mixed one. “It seems there’s a very interesting compelling continuing effort to delegitimize this president,” Matthews insisted. “People on the right say he’s a disaster, which
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged two teenagers accused of gunning down an Australian student in Oklahoma for the “fun of it” with first-degree murder, and a third teen with being an accessory. Officials say 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who was visiting the U.S. on a baseball scholarship at East Central University, was jogging along a road in Duncan, Okla., after visiting his girlfriend on Friday when he was shot in the back, allegedly by the teens.
GARY | A female student was beaten when four adults attempted to rob a group of school children at the bus stop in Gary at 7 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The girl was among seven Lake Ridge Middle School students waiting at the bus stop near the intersection of 24th Avenue and Gerry Street. The victim said the four adults -- two males and two females -- exited the car and demanded cellphones and money. "I told them I don´t have a cellphone, and I don´t have any money," she said as she described the event following the school day.
An 88-year-old veteran is dead after he was attacked Wednesday night in North Spokane. The victim, Delbert Belton, was a World War II veteran living in Spokane, according to his family. Spokane Police said in a news release that they responded to a call of an assault at the Eagles Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood. When they got there, they found Belton in his car with serious injuries to his head. He was taken to a local hospital where he died this morning from his injuries. Belton, who was called “Shorty,” by his friends, fought in the Battle of Okinawa in