Politics and Such

Rupert Murdoch’s Mother Dead at 103

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 09:01

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, the celebrated Australian philanthropist and mom to a media mogul, has passed away, leaving behind 77 living descendants and a lifetime of charity work. According to an obituary in the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, "Mrs. Murdoch wasn't ostentatious. She once banned a secondhand Rolls-Royce her husband brought ... More »

Despite Terrible Track Record, Sheldon Adelson Will Still Dispense Campaign Cash

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 03:25

Only one of the nine candidates backed by Sheldon Adelson won in the November election, but this hasn't dissuaded the casino magnate from acting as an ATM for the GOP. "I happen to be in a unique business where winning and losing is the basis of the entire business," Adelson ... More »

Tale of the Barefoot Homeless Man Gets More Depressing

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 02:37

Our local papers are officially hellbent on ruining the inspirational story of the officer who bought boots for a barefoot homeless man. It's emerged that Jeffrey Hillman is still barefoot and has a home, and now the Post reports that he also has quite the rap sheet. His arrest history ... More »

Subway Push Suspect Confesses, Shows No Remorse [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 02:15

The man suspected of fatally pushing 58-year-old Ki Suk Han onto the subway tracks on Monday has "made statements implicating himself in the incident," according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Several news outlets have identified him as 30-year-old Naeem Davis, a homeless man who's paid to run errands for street ... More »

The Rockaways Have Seen a 1,020 Percent Increase in Burglaries Since Sandy

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 01:46

We knew post-Sandy theft in Queens's 100th precinct (Rockaways, Breezy Point) was bad, what with the piggy bank burglaries. But a number-crunching story from the New York Daily News includes this startling statistic that shows just how frequent an occurrence it's become: "There were 56 thefts reported in a 28-day span ... More »

Bloomberg May Be Looking for a New Successor, But Not Lhota

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 01:44

Reports that Mayor Bloomberg urged Hillary Clinton to run for mayor in 2013 suggest he might not be thrilled with the current field, but at least Christine Quinn doesn't have to worry about Bloomberg backing Joe Lhota. The New York Times reports that the MTA chief is now "seriously considering" entering ... More »

Furious Over a Book Deal, Armey Stormed Out of FreedomWorks for $8 Million

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 01:24

Dick Armey was so furious over a FreedomWorks colleague's book deal he wanted to resign last summer, but he agreed to stay through November's election in exchange for an $8 million consulting fee, it emerged Tuesday. The Associated Press was first to report the news that Armey had signed a ... More »

Gov. Cuomo’s Christmas Tree Is a ‘Hot Mess’ With a Hot Tiger

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 00:34

The instant online reaction to Sandra Lee's tweeted photo of her and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Christmas tree has been fun to read, if pretty mean. The photo, apparently from inside the couple's Westchester home, only went up a couple hours ago. But already it's been labeled a "hot mess," "terrible," ... More »

Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Blow Up Manhattan Synagogue

NY Magazine (Intel) - Wed, 12/05/2012 - 00:26

Ahmed Ferhani, one of two men arrested in May 2011 for plotting to blow up a synagogue in Manhattan, pleaded guilty to ten charges on Tuesday in a rare state-level terror conviction. Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh were arrested while buying a hand grenade, pistols, and ammunition from a police officer posing ... More »

Ed Koch Is Back in the Hospital

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 23:09

The former mayor has a respiratory infection and is being treated with antibiotics, the Associated Press reports. It's the 87-year-old's second hospitalization in three months after he had a bout of anemia September 5. Get well soon, Ed! ... More »

John McAfee Emerges From ‘Hiding’ to Seek Asylum in Guatemala

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 22:49

If you could call what John McAfee has been doing over the past few weeks "hiding" (what with his blog, his Vice magazine embed, and his CNN interview), then you could say the fallen anti-virus mogul has emerged from hiding to seek asylum in Guatemala after fleeing Belize, where he's ... More »

Half of Republicans Think ACORN Stole the Election From Beyond the Grave

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 18:08

Even though ACORN shut down for good in 2010, a new poll by PPP shows that 49 percent of Republican voters believe that the community organizing group "stole" the 2012 election for President Obama. To be fair, not existing didn't prevent ACORN from assassinating JFK. ... More »

Tech Millionaires Can Whine About Taxes, Too!

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 18:08

One of my favorite things about watching the evolution of Silicon Valley into a full-fledged business hub is seeing the wealthy people in Palo Alto and Menlo Park realize that they are, in fact, wealthy, and therefore have many interests in common with millionaires and billionaires in the rest of ... More »

Fox News Puts Karl Rove on the Bench

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 17:55

The post-election soul searching going on inside the Republican Party is taking place inside Fox News as well. Fox News chief Roger Ailes, a canny marketer and protector of his network’s brand, has been taking steps since November to reposition Fox in the post-election media environment, freshening story lines — ... More »

Arizona Won’t Tell Anybody Where Its Governor Is

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 17:31

Occasionally amusing Arizona governor Jan Brewer is on some sort of secret out-of-state trip for the rest of the week, the details of which her office refuses to divulge. Even the Arizona secretary of State, who is serving as the acting governor until Brewer returns, hasn't been told what the ... More »

Air Conditioner Falls From Crane, Kills Man in the Bronx

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 17:22
A worker in the Bronx was killed today when a 40-foot-long industrial air-conditioning unit fell from a crane outside of Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and crushed him, the Daily News reports, continuing this New York City week of horror. "Everybody was just yelling, 'He's under there! He's under there!'" according to a ... More »

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 »
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