Politics and Such

Runaway Zebra and Pony Are Cruelly Torn Apart

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 21:36

Casper and Razzi, the pony and zebra pair, are paying the consequences for yesterday's unauthorized jaunt through the streets of Staten Island. Their adventure caught the authorities' attention, since zebras can only be kept in zoos or petting zoos, and no permits have been issued in the area. However, when ... More »

Republican Slips Right Through Grover Norquist–Pledge Loophole

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 17:53

New York representative Chris Gibson has explained away his broken promise to anti-tax king Grover Norquist on the grounds of a glorious technicality brought on by redistricting: "The Congressman signed the pledge as a candidate in 2010 for the 20th Congressional District," his spokeswoman said today. "Regarding the pledge moving ... More »

Bo Obama Wears a Santa Hat, Inspects the White House

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 17:43

The White House posted an adorable video of First Dog Bo "inspecting" the holiday decorations today. What a good boy he is, sitting right where he's supposed to and posing with a Santa hat atop his furry head! Watch and your heart will grow three sizes. ... More »

NYC Paying $1 Million for Empty Hotel Rooms After Sandy

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 17:02

The housing mess caused by Hurricane Sandy continues a month later, with more than 1,000 people still homeless and the city's plan to take care of them racking up a big bill, The Wall Street Journal reports today. Following the closing of temporary shelters, victims have been spread out at ... More »

Mitt Romney Welcomed to White House by Heckler, White Turkey Chili

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 15:58

Second-place president Mitt Romney grinned uneasily in the Oval Office today after joining Barack Obama for what was certain to be an awkward lunch. "Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years," says the official statement. "They pledged ... More »

The Fixers: How Fix the Debt Won Over Wall Street and Built a Fiscal Cliff Army

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 15:54

“You meet people, and you’re all trying to work on something together. It’s its own little think-tank." “The beautiful thing about this is that, when you get a room full of incredibly bright people with compelling ideas together in a room, something good comes of that.” “We would lose people ... More »

Daily News Editor Colin Myler Hit in Leveson Inquiry Report [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 15:37

The coverage of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into phone hacking by the British press, released on Thursday, have focused on its findings of pervasive misdeeds, especially at Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World, and its recommendation that a powerful new government watchdog is necessary to prevent future abuses. Lost ... More »

Evidence From Osama bin Laden’s Computer to Be Used in Bradley Manning Case

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 14:31

Pretrial hearings in the case against accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning are underway, and prosecutors are planning to use newly declassified evidence from the computer of Osama bin Laden in the case against accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, according to Washington Post researcher Julie Tate. What on earth could that ... More »

What Do Republicans Want?

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 13:20

This morning, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei scooped everybody with a big, exclusive report on the likely budget deal between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner. But when you looked closely at the details of the “agreement,” there is this giant hole: Taxes will go up just shy of $1.2 ... More »

Do Not Promise a $1 Million Reward With No Intention of Paying Up

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 12:54

Offering a $1 million reward for the return of a stolen laptop and hard drive may seem insane in retrospect, but there are no take-backs. Singer/producer Ryan Leslie (who is not primarily a "rapper," despite what the New York Post would have you believe) has been ordered by a Manhattan ... More »

‘Off-Duty’ Taxi Light Will No Longer Let You Down

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 12:20

That beacon of false hope in the distance — the somewhat complicated, two-part light system atop taxis — has been banned in favor of a single "on" or "off" signal that should be installed by early 2013. Drunk people of the night now have one less reason to get irrationally ... More »

Jeff Zucker Promises to Love CNN Almost As Much As the Miami Dolphins, Gets Donald Trump Stamp of Approval

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 11:35

As expected, CNN has named former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker as its new president, beginning in earnest the network's attempt to compete again in the cable news Colosseum. ("Ailes on one side, Zucker on the other: Game on," MSNBC president Phil Griffin told the Times.) Of his return to news, ... More »

In Defense of the Deficit Scolds

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 10:50

I’ve had plenty of good sport with Pete Peterson, the larger family of Pete Peterson–financed anti-deficit organizations, and various affiliated lobbyists thereto, but I think some of the liberal backlash against the deficit scold community is getting out of hand. Matthew Yglesias recently referred to Maya MacGuineas, a leading spokesperson ... More »

NYPD Officer Caught On-Camera Doing Really Nice Thing

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 09:37

For once, the NYPD has a viral hit that it can be proud of. On Tuesday, the department posted a picture taken by a tourist from Arizona showing an anonymous officer helping a barefoot homeless man put on boots. "The officer said, 'I have these size 12 boots for you, ... More »

MTA Could Be Stuck With Nearly $1 Billion Tab for Sandy, But Riders Won’t Feel It

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 09:24

The MTA estimates that it will take $4.75 billion to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and while Governor Cuomo says he'll ask FEMA to cover 100 percent of the costs, the agency may still come up short. FEMA is only required to pay for 75 percent of the ... More »

Bill Clinton Will Hang Out With You, for a Price

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 09:24

Did you think that once the election was over Bill Clinton would stop inviting you to hang out with him? He'll be hurt when he hears that. He wasn't sending those overly familiar e-mails just because he wanted you to vote Obama — he also needs you to help pay ... More »

David Petraeus Writes Buddy to Admit He ‘Screwed Up Royally’

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 08:58

Disgraced former CIA chief David Petraeus is sticking to handwritten letters after his e-mail habits, along with those of his lover/biographer Paula Broadwell, hurried along the crumbling of his career. "I screwed up royally," Petraeus reportedly wrote to his friend, retired Brigadier General James Shelton, in a longhand apology note ... More »

Lindsay Lohan Arrested for Nightclub Assault

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 08:54

Lindsay Lohan was arrested outside Chelsea nightclub Avenue around 4 a.m. this morning after she allegedly punched a woman. According to TMZ, the woman was not giving Lohan enough space in her booth at the club. Kindergarteners who use violence to settle similar frustrations are typically put in time out; ... More »

People’s Daily Editors Are a Bunch of Spoilsports

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 02:01

China's official Communist Party news site People's Daily Online has apparently grown tired of being the world's laughingstock and taken down its story and 55-image slide show of Kim Jong-un, which it had been celebrating as the sexiest man alive — based on an Onion article. ... More »

‘Gifts’ Remark Costs Romney Another Supporter, One Facial Tattoo

NY Magazine (Intel) - Thu, 11/29/2012 - 01:56

Since the election Mitt Romney has seen Republicans turn their backs on him and watched Facebook friends abandon him by the thousands, but nothing hurts quite as much as this (for everyone involved): 30-year-old Eric Hartsburg of Indiana is removing the Romney/Ryan logo tattooed on his face. Hartsburg had vowed ... More »

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