Politics and Such

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John McAfee May Be in Guatemala for Months

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 02:45

Though the Guatemalan government initially said that John McAfee would be quickly shipped back to Belize, he's managed to buy himself some time. Reuters reports that McAfee's lawyers have filed a request to allow him to stay in the country until a court rules on his appeals against deportation, which ... More »

Undercover NYPD Detectives Fatally Shoot Man Brandishing Pellet Gun

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 01:40

Two plainclothes NYPD detectives shot and killed a man in Ridgewood, Queens on Saturday night because they believed he was pointing a semiautomatic pistol at them. According to the New York Times, the officers were handcuffing Nolan Rivera, a suspect in a narcotics bust, when he yelled, “They’re cops, you ... More »

Obama Meets Psy, Refrains From Doing Horse Dance

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:35

On Friday the nation was shocked to learn that galloping on an invisible horse isn't the most questionable performance choice Psy has ever made. Though the Korean pop star quickly issued an apology, this put the White House in a difficult spot, as he was set to perform at the ... More »

Some of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Legal Troubles May Be Over

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:05

Though lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn insisted last month that he hadn't agreed to pay former Sofitel Hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo $6 million to settle her civil suit, the case may come to an end tomorrow. The judge in the case has ordered an interpreter for Diallo at a hearing scheduled ... More »

Bloomberg May Still Have His Eye on the Financial Times

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 22:10

Rumors about either Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters buying the Financial Times Group, including the paper and a half interest in The Economist, have been circulating for months, and now three people close to Mayor Bloomberg tell the New York Times that he's still seriously considering making a bid for the ... More »

Davidson: The Subtle Greatness of Grand Central May Get Trampled by Midtown Rezoning

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 21:00

A few decades from now, when we can spot only the tip of the Chrysler Building’s spire over the top of its neighboring glass behemoths, we’ll think back to the final year of the Bloomberg era, when the cap on Manhattan’s silhouette blew off. After rezoning more than a third ... More »

President Obama and John Boehner Meet to Discuss Fiscal Cliff Negotiations as More Republicans Call for Cooperation

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 17:35

President Obama and John Boehner cancelled their Sunday brunch plans and instead sat down at the White House for a one-on-one discussion  the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations. The details of the meeting — their first since Obama was reelected — are nonexistent. In a rare show of solidarity, their spokespeople released identical ... More »

Hillary Clinton’s Life Might Look a Little Boring for a While

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 16:00

The other day, some Irish reporters asked Hillary Clinton the only question anyone seems to ask her these days: Does she plan to run for president in 2016? After claiming that she was too busy to even think about the issue, she offered up a variation on what has become her standard ... More »

Harvey Weinstein’s Dogs Annoy His Neighbors and He Doesn’t Care

NY Magazine (Intel) - Sun, 12/09/2012 - 14:30

According to some people living in the vicinity of Weinstein's Bank Street townhouse, Rocky and Myrtle start barking every day at around 8 a.m., and they do not stop. 311 calls have been made, signs "urging peace and quiet" have been posted, and former New York Times food critic Mimi ... More »

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 »
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