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Posted by David Laska on May 20, 2013
Obama trifecta

Democrats have coupled identity politics with a strong narrative to build a fashionable but unrepresentative coalition of ethnic minorities, the young and the economically disadvantaged. It’s no coincidence that these are the three most politically misled groups in America.

Posted by Jeanne Zaino on May 20, 2013
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This month, three major institutions -- the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army and the New York State Assembly -- have become embroiled in controversies involving allegations of sexual assault and harassment from powerful individuals within their ranks.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on May 17, 2013
Dance Parade NYC

NOTE: The 2013 Dance Parade New York starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on 21st Street and Broadway. DanceFest follows 3-7 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park. The event is free.

UNITY THROUGH DANCE

Posted by Dominic Carter on May 15, 2013
Bill Thompson

For weeks here in the New York City area folks have asked me, what is Bill Thompson doing?

Is he a candidate for NYC mayor?

Does he really want this or is he just going through the motions?

Where is Thompson's passion?

Well, if Thompson's personality was not so low-key, he might respond with the slogan line of that Kia Sorrento TV commerical: "How you like me now."

Posted by David Laska on May 14, 2013
Casino

New York needs jobs. But New York has a Governor with neither the experience nor the will to do what’s necessary to create jobs.

You might not know it from listening to his sleek, Robert DeNiro-narrated ads, but New York is still the most taxed, most regulated, least economically free state in the Nation.

Sixty years ago, we had 45 seats in Congress. Today, we have 27, and our unemployment rate is nearly a full point above the national rate. Many upstate counties have unemployment rates of over 10%.

Posted by Jeanne Zaino on April 30, 2013
State Legislature

On Tuesday, state Sen. Malcolm Smith and five others paraded by television cameras and journalists on their way into the federal court in White Plains where, one after another, they pleaded not guilty to numerous corruption charges.

Posted by Elyse Seener on April 26, 2013
Gun control

In order to purchase a co-op apartment in Manhattan, you often have to supply a litany of documents, bordering on the absurd, bank statements, pay stubs, letters of recommendation, and a credit check. Once all of your documents have been probed, you typically must sit for an interview with the co-op board. For your troubles, you are then afforded the opportunity to pay exorbitant prices for your little slice of the American dream.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on April 18, 2013

Tina Woods puts a lot of pride in delivering the New York City edition of Natural Awakenings. Often spotted with a stack of magazines in hand and a smile at every stop, she defies what most envision as a typical publisher. "In a day of digital media saturation, it really says a lot that people still love our pages," Woods shares ahead of the New York City Green Festival on Earth Day weekend. "There is still value today in having a concrete tangible service where people pick up the paper and get it sometimes directly from my hands as we deliver ...

Posted by David Laska on April 17, 2013
Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus gets it.

At the Republican National Committee conference in Los Angeles last week, the Chair of the Republican Party spoke about his vision for a future in which the old caricature of the “Grand Old Party” gives way to the new, more inclusive “Growth and Opportunity Party.”

Posted by Dominic Carter on April 17, 2013
Stop and Frisk

It should come as no surprise. The top NYPD official that ran Stop and Frisk supports the high controversial police tactic as an effective law enforcement tool.

Just-retired Chief of Department Joseph Esposito did make a convincing case while testifying recently.

To listen to Esposito, he sounded reasonable, pointing to historic drops in crime in New York. Almost every word out of his mouth was Crime prevention. How much crime the NYPD had avoided due to stop and frisk.

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