Last week's State of the Union address should have been easy innings for rightbloggers: Just talk about how Obama stinks and get back to Benghazi. But the President threw a curve: He alluded, albeit vaguely, to that "income equality" thing the kids are all talking about. It was an obvious trap, but ... More >>
An Upper West Side mom came home to a horror late yesterday. She walked into her West 75th Street apartment and found her two young children stabbed to death in the bathtub with a kitchen knife. Their nanny, who then tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrists, has been arrested in the murders. ... More >>
Brooklyn takes over today's spotlight with two 19- year old, first-time Olympians from the borough. Both have some of the most striking physical appearances out of the roster of the US fencing team as one is the only black woman and the other has been dubbed a "red-headed hipster".
Wednesday at City Hall in a news conference, Mayor Bloomberg announced his plans to ban sugar-bearing beverages - including sports drinks, sodas, and energy drinks - over 16 ounces. This ban, which won't go into effect until March, must first be approved by the city's Department of Health and Mental ... More >>
Gene Simmons reportedly said so on CNBC, though I'm not sure how renowned an expert he is in forensics. And while Simmons meant he thinks Whitney literally offed herself in the tub, that other noted death pundit, Bill O'Reilly, feels Whitney simply wanted to extinguish herself in the long run.
When last we left our heroes, the 2012 Republican Presidential challengers, they were inevitably folding to Mitt the Man Whose Turn It Is. Then Newt Gingrich -- or, excuse us, a Newt Gingrich Super-PAC to which he is not connected -- decided to go out swinging with a little film that portrayed Romne ... More >>
Newt Gingrich thinks Barack Obama is a bad president -- for helping more poor Americans eat. Thing is, Obama isn't exactly responsible for recent, record-setting numbers of food-stamp beneficiaries. Gingrich, who wants to run on the Republican ticket in the 2012 presidential election, has ... More >>
Eric Asimov finds himself rather underwhelmed by New Zealand Pinot Noirs. [NY Times] Fast-food chains like Starbucks and Burger King have started serving booze, but others say it's not worth the hassle. [NY Times] A roundup of spots to celebrate Oktoberfest includes Zum Schneider in the Eas ... More >>
"I'll take one of these, and throw in a yin yang while you're at it."Sick of waiting until after the Islanders-Predators game to get that tattoo of Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes pissing on a Rangers logo? Now you don't have to wait! CNBC's Darren Rovell reports Long Island tattoo chain Tattoo ... More >>
viaWe always love to say that "tragedy brings out the best in people." Unfortunately, that's not always the case. As we documented earlier, people flocked to Twitter and Facebook in droves to celebrate the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which have been responsible for thousands u ... More >>
As long speculated, Julian Assange's WikiLeaks will release classified documents from Bank of America, in a break from harassing international governments. The confirmation of the target comes via John Carney's NetNet blog at CNBC.com, where he sources an anonymous "person who has close conta ... More >>
Back in the day...Myspace, the News Corp.-owned social network of yesterday, will layoff between a third and half of its approximately 1,100 employees, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, again reigniting chatter about the company's epic failure since a 2005 acquisi ... More >>
A Canadian biotechnology company has come up with a genetically modified apple that doesn't brown after slicing and is trying to sell it to the U.S. [Yahoo News!] Restaurants like Blue Smoke and Bar Breton, and chains like P.F. Chang's and Chipotle, are offering gluten-free menu options. [Bl ... More >>
Suddenly out of gold, and out of reach of your trusty gold bullion dealer? In America, these problems get fixed once they get realized. And apparently the problem has been realized. Las Vegas and Florida will get these awesome, or awesomely terrifying, ATMs that dispense gold bars ranging in ... More >>
Locally, we've seen some pretty intense media cannings take place, specifically at the New York Daily News, which also goes without mentioning Katy Perry being booted off Sesame Street. Well, this morning, news went wide of two more big ones: CNN president Jon Klein is out, and NBC-Universal ... More >>
This afternoon, we published our own theory on the potential financial voodoo that would ensue after the cast of Jersey Shore rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange: The Guido Effect. "Brilliant!" noted the New York Observer. Flavorwire wondered if it was "too late to invest" in ... More >>
Viacom CEO Sumner "Get Off My Lawn" Redstone.So, have you heard about that time Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone left a voicemail for Daily Beast reporter Peter Lauria, attempting to bribe Lauria into giving up sources? It was pretty classic. Even better, it ended with another reporter telling Laur ... More >>
via New York TimesWhy is the Obama White House so pestered by pestilence? Last year, there was the fly that Obama killed during an interview with John Harwood for CNBC and the Times, an act which drew the perhaps displaced anger of many an insect-lover. (Have you ever been tortured by a buzzi ... More >>
Monolith-helming corporate magnates not withstanding, as far as NYC media types go, Laurel Touby is loaded. She can and will stunt on you. The former freelance writer founded MediaBistro -- that website with the jobs and the pricy seminars for people who don't actually get paid to write and t ... More >>
When "infamously gluttonous" Mario Batali jumps on the Meatless Mondays bandwagon, you know the campaign has legs. [Washington Post] The trend toward over-the-top fatty, carb-heavy foods may be fueled in part by chefs who smoke weed and the munchies marijuana induces. [NY Times] P.F. Chang' ... More >>
D'oh!If you've been anywhere near the news you know the Dow just went batshit crazy, falling 1,000 points in about 15 minutes. Early speculation was that the plunge was due to investors freaking out about Greece's debt problems, which have the potential to hinder global economic recovery. B ... More >>
How a governor threw himself out of the game
On the heels of Scott Brown's big win, Larry Kudlow, the CNBC rudderless anchor, is apparently considering a senate run against New York's Chuck Schumer, pushed by GOP and Tea Party allies and admirers. It would make Schumer the only incumbent known to be facing two reformed cokeheads in th ... More >>
Twitpic via. Guy walked the wrong way through security at Newark Airport, and shut the place down for six hours. The breach was discovered around in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International around 5:20 p.m. yesterday evening, and flights didn't start rolling again till around midnight. ... More >>
In which we prowl the city sampling today's take on the most classic cocktail
It's no surprise that the inevitably leaked (and even more predictably TMZ-obtained) audio of President Obama calling Kanye West a "jackass"--off the record, to CNBC, which didn't keep ABC's Terry Moran from hearing about it and tweeting it, then deleting it and apologizing, much much too lat ... More >>
We thought he looked shaky in early rounds, but it seems Vanity Fair intern Thomas Kaplan has made it through a second day locked in a small room (he calls it a closet) watching cable news -- specifically CNBC, today. "5 p.m.--done!" he tweets. "Your screaming couldn't break me, CNBC! I will be back ... More >>
[HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart Asset]Your Monday New York headlines...Ex-police officer fired for corruption is suspected of killing his Brooklyn girlfriend, wounding another yesterday.Brooklyn teenager, 17, chases troublemakers from a party, drops dead of a heart attack.Father picks up Pace ... More >>
"The NFL is this close to being the Taliban." A few weeks ago, Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Impressed by his sagacity--or at least his insights into Family Ties and José Canseco--we decided to ask him a few more. So below, more of Willie's vi ... More >>
Rightbloggers had a big project last week: A series of "tea parties" across the country to protest Obama and his stimulus bill, inspired by comments by CNBC's Rick Santelli (and, it has been suggested, by some rightwing pressure groups). The results were not a great success, at least in the object ... More >>
One of the anti-Obama "tea parties," inspired by a rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli and encouraged by prominent rightwing bloggers, was held in City Hall Park today between 2 and 3 p.m. The event drew between 200 and 250 highly enthusiastic supporters. A series of speakers drawn from the crowd denounced ... More >>
This video of Joaquin Phoenix getting booed for not signing autographs may explain why he was so crazed and morose on the Letterman show. Phoenix should learn that it helps to cultivate a favorable impression with fans; then you can do whatever you want. For example, Mickey Mantle always found time ... More >>
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Hot off the video wire: CNBC's report on Erdogan walking out on Davos debate Veering off-topic from the global meltdown, Turkey's prime minister had his own meltdown today at Davos. See the CNBC video above and then read this BBC report, which captures only a bare hint of the full explosion: Turk ... More >>
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