Politics and Such

Cory Booker Still Considering Running Against Chris Christie

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 13:00

The charming mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, is close to a decision on whether he will run against Governor Chris Christie next year. During an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation, Booker said that he is still "absolutely considering" taking on Christie, though he acknowledged that he is also "giving other options ... More »

Mitt Romney Eases Back Into Public Life With Awkward Comment

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 12:15

Recent photos and reports suggest that Mitt Romney just hasn't been himself since losing the election, so it was nice to hear that he has returned to one of his signature routines: saying weird, robotic things. Last night, the former presidential candidate attended a Las Vegas boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan ... More »

You’re Invited to Twitter and Instagram’s Holiday Photo War

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 11:36

Three days ago, Instagram (which, in case you forgot, is owned by Facebook) destroyed everyone's social media lives by disabling the feature that allowed users' photos to display properly on Twitter. Now Twitter is returning fire in the form of its own artsy photo filters (a plan that was first reported by the ... More »

President Obama’s Inaugural Committee Will Accept Corporate Money This Year

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 18:35

President Obama's 2013 inauguration is going to look a bit different from the 2009 version. Four years ago, Obama declined all corporate donations to his inaugural committee, choosing instead to pay for the 1.8 million-attendee, $53 million Washington, D.C. celebration — during which he attended ten balls — with gifts from individual ... More »

Long Island Railroad Will Resume Regular Service on Monday

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 17:35
Forty-two days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, the commuter network is finally returning to normal, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.  ... More »

Convicted Criminal Attempts to Sway Court With E-mails From High-Profile Politicians

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 17:00
Gambino crime family associate Anthony "Tony O" O'Donnell, who is awaiting sentencing on federal charges of shaking down a Manhattan real estate firm, either has a bold sense of humor or a strong belief in the incompetence of New York's justice system (or possibly both.) As part of an effort to limit ... More »

John McAfee Is Ready to Come Home Now

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 15:50

Fallen anti-virus mogul and possible murderer John McAfee seems to have tired of his big, crazy international adventure. "My goal is to get back to America as soon as possible," McAfee told Reuters in a phone call from the Guatemalan detention center where he is being held after unsuccessfully seeking asylum there. "I wish ... More »

D.J.’s Who Pranked Kate Middleton’s Nurse Are Reportedly ‘Shattered’ Over Suicide

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 15:30

Australian radio D.J's Mel Greig and Michael Christian have gone underground following the apparent suicide of 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha, the King Edward VII Hospital nurse who fell for their Kate Middleton-related prank call earlier this week. The pair, who had gleefully promoted the recording of the phone call on Twitter, have shut down their ... More »

Not All Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Are Happy With the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 Cases

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 14:00

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear cases challenging  both California's Proposition 8 marriage amendment and the Defense of Marriage Act. While the Court's decision to evaluate the constitutionality of the laws, which both ban same-sex marriage, was mostly met with enthusiasm by gay rights supporters, some have already started ... More »

Blake Gopnik Laid Off at Newsweek

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 13:12
Also leaving Newsweek/The Daily Beast amid substantial layoffs is art and design critic Blake Gopnik, he confirmed to Daily Intel. Gopnik joined Tina Brown's magazine from the Washington Post in 2010, along with Robin Givhan, the first and only fashion writer to win a Pulitzer Prize. Givhan was let go in ... More »

West Virginia Senator Says MTV Reality Show Buckwild Is Full of ‘Ugly Stereotypes’ About His State

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 12:55

Senator Jo Manchin is a proud West Virginian — and a former governor to boot — which is why he is unhappy with the MTV producers who crept into his state and "preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now are profiting from it" in ... More »

President Obama Asked Congress for $60 Billion for Sandy Relief

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 11:45

That's a fair bit more than the $50 billion request hinted at by the White House earlier this week, but still well short of the $82 billion governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, Chris Christie of New Jersey, and Dan Malloy of Connecticut asked for. Still, the leaders of those ... More »

Charlie Crist Is Now Officially a Democrat

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 11:25

Former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who left the Republican Party in 2010 after a failed senatorial run against Marco Rubio, officially crossed over to the other side while attending a White House Christmas party last night. "Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President @BarackObama!" ... More »

At Least One Subway Disaster Averted This Week

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sat, 12/08/2012 - 10:35

On Monday, Ki Suk Han died after being pushed in front of the Q train, and on Friday a man in his twenties was seriously injured when he jumped onto the L train tracks, so New Yorkers will likely find themselves especially happy to hear that a group of people managed to save a ... More »

Hipster Breakup Dude Wrote a Song About Me

NY Magazine (Intel) - Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:52

Yesterday, I mocked the "unbearably twee" breakup video released by hipster couple Ivory King and Jonathan Mann, the latter of whom produces and releases a new song every single day. Imagine my surprise this evening when I discovered that Mann's latest song is about ... me. In the song, I'm ... More »

Cory Booker Skips Cipriani for More Canned Beans

NY Magazine (Intel) - Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:48

Newark Mayor Cory Booker's well-intentioned publicity stunt, in which he's spending a week eating only on the budget afforded by food stamps, has not been easy, his Twitter account will have you know. On Friday, day four of his self-imposed challenge, Booker announced, "To conserve food + lessen cravings I'm ... More »

My Wanker of the Day Acceptance Speech

NY Magazine (Intel) - Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:38

Yesterday, I argued that, given that Democrats will have to make some budget concessions to the GOP, raising the Medicare retirement age is worth doing. (Summary argument: It carries disproportionate symbolic weight with Republicans, people will still be covered by Obamacare, and it will create a constituency against Republicans' efforts ... More »

Subway Pusher Naeem Davis Was High on Weed

NY Magazine (Intel) - Fri, 12/07/2012 - 16:13

Subway pusher Naeem Davis tells the Post in a jailhouse interview that he never meant to kill Ki Suk Han earlier this week, and blames the voices in his head (he says he's bipolar), Han's own aggression (he allegedly grabbed Davis's arm and threatened to kill him), and marijuana for ... More »

The Search for Underground Wall Street Holiday Parties Begins Now

NY Magazine (Intel) - Fri, 12/07/2012 - 16:03

It's that time of year again — the early-mid-December period when I call Wall Street banks and ask them, "So, are you guys having a holiday party this year?" and then they say, "Nope!" and then mumble something about static on the line and hang up. Wall Street banks used ... More »

NYC Bike Share to Finally Launch in May Despite Hurricane Damage

NY Magazine (Intel) - Fri, 12/07/2012 - 15:50

The long-promised Citi Bike program was originally meant to take off last summer, but was held back by software problems, only to have its equipment flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Despite the obvious curse, the Department of Transpiration announced today that 5,500 bikes at 293 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn will ... More »
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