Politics and Such

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Three Good Things Mayor Bloomberg Could Do With the FT

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:39

The media world is awash with speculation on the heels of the New York Times' report that Mayor Bloomberg is kicking the tires on the Financial Times, whose "bisque-colored pages" he apparently covets for their short articles and wide international distribution. It's clear that Bloomberg likes the FT and has an ... More »

Grapefruit? More Like Greatfruit.

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

In the annals of baseless, unprovoked Internet attacks, few have approached the temerity of today's Slate anti-grapefruit screed. To writer Katy Waldman, the grapefruit is "unwieldy, disgusting, and in some cases dangerous to eat. It is indisputably the worst fruit anyone has ever put on a plate." As someone who ... More »

NYPD Settlements Now a Bit More Secretive

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

The city has quietly made it more difficult to find out how much it's paying to settle federal lawsuits, the New York Times reports today, with the dollar amount no longer included in public court filings against government agencies including the NYPD. The Law Department has opted not to list ... More »

Video: D.J.’s Behind Middleton Prank Call Give First Interview

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:27

Australian radio D.J's Mel Greig and Michael Christian have spoken out for the first time since the suspected suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse at King Edward VII Hospital who answered their prank call to Kate Middleton last week. Greig and Christian were suspended from their radio show and went into hiding ... More »

Hip Manhattan Neighborhoods Have a Lot of Syphilis

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:24

Because it's better to know and be afraid than to live with your head in the proverbial pillow, the New York City Department of Health is running down sexually transmitted diseases by neighborhood. According to the New York Post, "Nightlife areas such as SoHo, Murray Hill, and the Upper West ... More »

Marco Rubio and the Coming Conservative Revolt

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:21

In the immediate wake of the election, Republicans felt so stunned — in no small part because they had deluded themselves into expecting victory — that it seemed momentarily possible that the party’s long march to the right may halt or even reverse. But the future of the party is ... More »

Monthly MetroCard Set to Rise to $112; or, Why Joe Lhota Is Doomed

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

Less than five years ago, an unlimited monthly MetroCard would set you back just $76. Those halcyon days will seem like a lifetime ago when the MTA board votes on Wednesday on its latest fare-hike package. According to the various reports this morning, a monthly card will go from $104 ... More »

Public Housing ‘Woefully Unprepared’ for Hurricane Sandy

NY Magazine (Intel) - Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:16

A front-page investigation by the New York Times into the government handling of Hurricane Sandy confirms what many people already know: The city wasn't ready to help the thousands left behind in public housing. According to the paper of record, "while the agency moved aggressively before the storm to encourage ... More »

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 »
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