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The bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon bring out the most devastating emotions: despair, depression, anxiety. But in the days after tragedy, we are usually overwhelmed by evidence that good still exists.
After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for example, came the #26acts #20acts movement started by NBC News correspondent Ann Curry. The goal was for people to...Read more »
After voting against the original superstorm Sandy relief bill, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) came to Wall Street recently to raise money—and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) is howling mad.
“Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” King fumed to The New York Observer’s Politicker. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it—that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the (nerve) to...Read more »
The enormous power of Sandy savagely exposed the flaws of the Long Island Power Authority -- flaws that had been hidden for years by a political establishment that benefited from its cronyism.
LIPA’s vulnerable. The public is demanding change. But do state legislators have the political will to make a bold move? Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told Newsday’s editorial board Thursday that “the moment...Read more »
Two days before Hurricane Sandy made an East Coast landfall, the feds downgraded it to a post-tropical cyclone.
Yes, a cyclone! The kind of thing that carried Dorothy from the prairies of Kansas to the Land of Oz. The kind of thing that thrill-seekers pay money to ride at Coney Island.
But the scientists at the National Hurricane Center knew precisely what they were doing, and from their...Read more »
For many Northeastern Republicans in the House of Representatives, life isn't so easy.
They’re caught in the middle. To have genuine influence, they must go along to get along, often with hard-liners in the party who can seem angry about everything these days -- about government, about the president, about modern life in general. Some play the go-along game better than others.
Rep....Read more »
MISINFORMATION: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
A recent letter to the editor criticized President Barack Obama for his "skepticism" about the National Rifle Association's "proposal to put armed guards in schools," following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The writer claimed there is a precedent -- hailing from Obama's very own Democratic Party. President...Read more »
Why do Americans hate Congress? The question is a bit too obvious, I know, and the reasons may be far too numerous.
There's its penchant for extreme wrestling at the edge of the fiscal abyss with nothing more at stake than, say, the future of the world's economy.
There's the way the House of Representatives arbitrarily stuck a thumb in the eye of states like New York and New Jersey earlier...Read more »
The Senate is on track to approve desperately needed aid for superstorm Sandy, but the fractious House of Representatives could still muck things up. That would be another disaster for the hard-hit region, this one inflicted by the very people elected to help when such epic misfortune strikes.
The Senate is expected to vote on the $60.4-billion aid package late Friday or Saturday. And because...Read more »
So the problem isn’t real guns killing real people. The problem is video games and movies, fake guns killing fake people.
That and, of course, the media, who by publicizing slaughter give shooters a path to notoriety.
So says Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association, who cited mainstream shooting videogames like “Call of Duty,” as well as ones few have ever heard of, like...Read more »
The National Rifle Association ended four days of silence today, releasing its first statement since the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The NRA shut down its Facebook and Twitter pages after the shootings, leaving many wondering how it would respond to the killings. In its statment, the group says that its members were "shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of...Read more »