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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.

Posted by Rich Coutinho on April 11, 2013
David Wright

Rich Coutinho goes one-on-one with Mets Captain, David Wright, about his new contract, being the 4th captain in team history and the future of the Mets organization.

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Posted by Rich Coutinho on April 9, 2013
Matt Harvey

For the past 25 years I have sat in baseball press boxes and watched young pitcher after young pitcher walk onto a mound and try to strut their stuff. Some have more talent than others. Some have more desire than others. Some have the intellect to make up for sub-standard stuff. But the true litmus test is on the nights they do not have their best stuff and during those games how they alter their game plan to get themselves to the finish line.

Posted by Rich Coutinho on April 8, 2013
Marlon Byrd

In many ways, the Mets could not have asked for a better first week--winning 4 of 6 with superb starting pitching right throughout the homestand punctuated by a walk -off come from behind win on Sunday. Critics of the Mets might point to the fact the competition was not exactly the '27 Yankees but don't expect the Mets to share that opinion.

Posted by Anthony Figliola on April 5, 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing

The natural gas industry has underestimated the resolve of the environmental activist community in New York state. For the better part of a decade, the state’s gas industry has continued to lose the messaging war while jobs and industry move to nearby Pennsylvania and Ohio. The problem has many causes, not least of which is poor coordination and understanding of the state’s subtleties by the gas industry. In order to reach Gov.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on April 4, 2013
Sketchin Guantanamo

Illustrator and art instructor Janet Hamlin has followed the Guantanamo military tribunals since 2006, paying close attention to what unfolds in the courtroom. Rather than a TV remote, she keeps pencils and pastels within reach to detail what few can observe firsthand. As the only sketch artist covering the trial of a confessed "mastermind" of the Sept. 11 attacks, major media outlets such as CNN, ABC News and The Associated Press, as well as Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report feature Hamlin’s illustrations worldwide.

Posted by Dominic Carter on April 4, 2013

Here in the Federal Courtroom of Judge Shira Scheindlin, week number three has been no better than the first two for the NYPD. One has to wonder out loud, what is the strategy for the nation’s best police force. Something has to give for the City of NY.

Case in point.

Posted by David Laska on April 3, 2013

Congress is on spring break through the end of the week, having balanced our budget, ended partisan bickering once and for all and forged compromise to solve all of our Nation’s problems.

Okay, only the part about “spring break” is true.

But with Congress out of the way and a quarter of 2013 already in the books, it’s a good time to take a look at the mood of our Nation. And with spring finally in the air, you might think that the national mood is ticking up. You’d be wrong.

Posted by Rich Coutinho on April 2, 2013

With Frank Francisco on the disabled list yet again, Mets Manager Terry Collins gave fire-balling Bobby Parnell the closer job early in spring training. Is Parnell ready for this? Rich Coutinho goes one on one with the newly appointed Mets closer to talk about the challenges ahead as he enters the most pressurized of all assignments in the fishbowl that is New York City.



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