Politics and Such

The Logic of a January Fiscal Cliff Deal

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 17:08

Since November 6, the center of the tax debate has moved left with remarkable speed. Last year, Republicans threatened to harm the credit rating of the United States — forever! — rather than accept President Obama’s plan to raise a mere $80 billion a year while cutting tax rates. Now ... More »

Middlefetus and the Nine Other Most Famous Fetuses of All Time

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:30

Already, after a day or so, more news coverage has been devoted to the Royal Fetus than most people will receive over the course of their entire lives. In fact, considering the growth of online media and how far the celebrity-baby-industrial complex has progressed in recent years, it will likely ... More »

Mitt Romney Spotted at Costco Despite Wearing a Hat and Sunglasses

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 16:19
The cataloguing of Mitt Romney's unfathomably boring post-election life continues. ... More »

Subway Push Suspect in NYPD Custody [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 15:52

Police are questioning the man they believe fatally pushed 58-year-old Ki Suk Han onto the subway tracks yesterday afternoon in front of multiple witnesses. Han was seen arguing with someone on the 49th Street Q train platform when bystanders said the suspect "just grabbed [Han] and launched him — just ... More »

Anderson Cooper Was Temporarily Blinded by Light and Water [Update]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:17

Intrepid newsman Anderson Cooper is out there fighting the elements for a story. "Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment," he tweeted today, along with a semi-pathetic selfie of him sporting an eye patch. "UV light bouncing off water," he explained. "Much better now." His adoring, worried fans responded with ... More »

The Hidden Cost of Boring Banking

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 14:02

After the financial crisis, the conventional wisdom was that too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks should do less exotic and risky stuff — less packaging and trading of CDOs, CDSs, rate swaps, and other complex derivatives — and get back to the kind of "plain" things bankers did in the old days: ... More »

Bloomberg Assures Christine Quinn He’s Not Into Hillary Clinton for Mayor

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 13:42

Michael Bloomberg got a tad defensive this morning when asked about a report claiming he called Hillary Clinton and encouraged her to run for mayor in 2013, despite his long-assumed allegiance to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. "Why do you think I encouraged Hillary Clinton to run for mayor?" Bloomberg ... More »

Hearst’s Lawyers Now E-mailing Former Unpaid Interns

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 12:06

Hearst's legal counsel is currently preparing to defend itself against the infamous class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year by Diana Wang, a former intern at Harper's Bazaar who has accused the company of violating federal and state labor laws by requiring interns to work for free. Last Friday, a number ... More »

New York Post Cover Shows Seconds Before Subway Death

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 11:47

The man pushed in front of a Q train yesterday has been identified as 58-year-old Queens father Ki Suk Han. Along with the headline "DOOMED," he can be seen on the cover of today's New York Post struggling to climb from the tracks back onto the platform as bystanders look ... More »

Wall Street’s Elizabeth Warren Nightmare Is Coming True

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 10:47

It's a sad day on Wall Street: Elizabeth Warren, the financial industry's least-favorite senator-elect, has been assured a seat on the Senate's powerful Banking Committee, according to four sources cited anonymously by the Huffington Post. Big banks spent millions of dollars and thousands of lobbyist hours trying to avoid this ... More »

That Barefoot Homeless Man Has an Apartment, Might Live in It

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 10:20

Jeffrey Hillman, the barefoot homeless man who captivated a nation (specifically, the United States of America), is, it turns out, not actually homeless. As the Daily News reports, Hillman has "an apartment in the Bronx paid for through a combination of federal Section 8 rent vouchers and Social Security disability ... More »

Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio Rebranding Selves

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 10:13

Politico has a big story today about the efforts of Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan to rebrand themselves as the solution to their party's unpopularity (as opposed to, say, fierce advocates of the policies that are themselves the cause of the party's unpopularity.) Politico is the perfect journalistic outfit to ... More »

Cooper Union Kids Occupy Clock Tower for Free Tuition

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 09:12

Eleven Cooper Union students and one journalist have barricaded themselves inside of the school's Foundation Building to protest a plan that could charge students tuition for the first time in more than a century.* The East Village college agreed this year to start taking money from graduate students, while current ... More »

Jon Stewart Rips Into Fox News’ ‘War on Christmas’

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 04:02

Despite the fact that Christmas Day gobbled up Thanksgiving this year, Fox News continues its war on the "War on Christmas," Jon Stewart pointed out on The Daily Show last night. As further testament to the long-standing, even "prehistoric" exaltation of Christmas, Stewart called attention to The Flintstones. "That's right," ... More »

Sandy Was Great for Business at Hospitals That Stayed Open

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 03:48

One silver lining in the New York Times story about crippling overcrowding at the hospitals that stayed open following Hurricane Sandy: It's been quite the moneymaker. "On the Upper East Side, the storm has helped Lenox Hill Hospital, which has a history of financial problems. It took two or three ... More »

Washington Is Lousy With Aid-Seeking Governors This Week

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 02:43

After wondering aloud about his absence last week, federal lawmakers got their visit from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, and they'll get another from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday as the governors start the heavy lobbying to get aid to their storm-hit states. Cuomo has said ... More »

Roger Ailes Tried to Draft Petraeus Into Running for President

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 02:15

In a 2011 New York cover story on Roger Ailes, Gabriel Sherman reported that in the run up to the election the Fox News chief "fell hard" for Chris Christie, and "hoped that David Petraeus would run for president." Encouraging Christie to run was as simple as picking up the ... More »

Wintour Has Competition for the Ambassador Posts She Claims She Doesn’t Want

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 00:56

Vogue editor Anna Wintour has long been rumored to be angling for an ambassador job, and on Monday Bloomberg started up the speculation again, reporting the Obama administration is considering Wintour for a post in London or possibly Paris. But she's got competition: Obama's campaign finance chair Matthew Barzun, who ... More »

GOP Claims to Offer ‘Middle Ground’ in Fiscal Cliff Counterproposal

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 00:20

Last week the Republicans claimed they were highly offended by President Obama's fiscal cliff proposal, which John Boehner has been referring to as the president's "la-la-land offer," so on Monday they made a counteroffer that's closer to the middle ground, or at least meant to appear that way. “We could ... More »

Dick Armey Marches Away From FreedomWorks

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 00:10

Dick Armey has resigned with a vengeance as chairman of the Tea Party organizing group FreedomWorks, demanding that the nonprofit immediately remove his name, signature, and image from all its web properties and promotional materials, and pay him up through the end of the month. He wouldn't give a specific ... More »
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