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Up on the Board: Flight 800, Obama’s approval rating, LIRR track care
The editorial board is fascinated by a push to reopen the investigation of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, which exploded minutes after taking off from JFK Airport, killing all 230 people aboard. An upcoming documentary, to be released July 17, questions the government’s official explanation: faulty switches. We want to watch the documentary before commenting.
We note that President Barack Obama’s approval numbers are down, in the wake of negative news stories involving the IRS, NSA and other administration badness. Board member Alvin Bessent said this sort of second-term jinx hits many presidencies. However, board member Lane Filler quipped that it’s “the second-term suspension of the Constitution jinx.”
Monday’s derailment of an LIRR train raises the question again, who’s responsible for the care of these tracks that are owned by Amtrak? LIRR commuters pay the price in delays. We’re planning to write about this for tomorrow’s paper.
And we’re looking at a wrap-up of the state legislative session for Sunday. As usual, big decisions are coming down to the wire this week.
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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.