On Sunday afternoon, seven mayoral hopefuls gathered for a forum co-hosted by the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) and the Islamic Center at New York University. Community organizers hailed it as an historic moment. Nearly three weeks after the Boston bombings--and in the heat of the de ... More >>
Amid the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we learned that Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $20,000 dollars to a campaign aimed at helping the mayor of Bridgeport, Conn. gain control over the city's school board. Sound familiar? Well, that's the same level of power Bloomberg exerts over our ... More >>
The Obama administration's efforts to enshrine sweeping 9/11-era rollbacks of civil liberties and constitutional rights as federal law hit a serious roadblock yesterday, as a federal judge struck down clauses of the National Defense Authorization Act as unconstitutional. The offending section of th ... More >>
New York isn't the only Northeastern city with controversial policing practices. Today, the New York Times has a story detailing Philadelphia's stop-and-frisk policy. And while the City of Brotherly Love's decision to implement stop and frisk remains a topic of debate, the municipality's official ... More >>
Monday evening, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Church of Scientology filed a lawsuit Friday in San Antonio against Debbie Cook and her husband Wayne Baumgarten. The lawsuit, which accuses Cook of violating the terms of a non-disclosure agreement when she dared to criticize the leadership of h ... More >>
"I have a clean...and so can you, for just $6.92!"Have you been searching high and low for that "fantastic novelty house warming gift," as Amazon.com puts it? Have you been dreaming of a way to make it so that your "skin appears always fresh," while scrubbing your ass with the face of the man ... More >>
Well, with The Mountaintop having just opened and proving to be a sort of glorified sitcom with some heavy stuff sprinkled in, why not? And this one won't have tap dancing orphans and a big, lovable dog, it turns out.
Interestingly, while NYPD stop and frisks continue to rise, the number of civilian complaints fell last year, according to figures published by the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Police stopped more than 601,000 people in 2010, a jump of 25,000 people over 2009. But complaints about those ... More >>
For all their dithering around "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" over the past two years, President Obama and Congress have been let off the hook. No need to finish off that survey to see how the troops feel about serving with the gays, because federal judge Virginia Phillips has halted all discharges under ... More >>
Ken Mehlman "is the most powerful Republican in history to identify as gay," Marc Ambinder boldly asserts in his lengthy outing of George W. Bush's campaign manager and the onetime head of the Republican National Committee. But will the new convert be welcomed with open arms in the streets of Chels ... More >>
Another police officer secretly tapes his precinct—this time in the Bronx
We wrote earlier about a Variety advertiser who had their lawsuit - which pitted a film producer against the Hollywood trade, who had given said producer's film a bad review while he had an advertising buy in-progress with Variety - tossed out of court. Well! It'd seem that they case is over ... More >>
The frustrating circle-jerk in Albany.
Remember those mooks who piled out of a car in Staten Island on election night and beat up a black guy while yelling "Obama"? Apparently Ali Kamara of Stapleton wasn't the only person they attacked. Later on they knocked down a another man in Port Richmond, and actually rammed Ronald Forte with thei ... More >>
Our Education Mayor remains silent about police abuses of students in public schools
As our civil liberties disappear, where are the Democrats?
Getting over the gay-wedding jitters
8 to 0 Supreme Court decision doesn't end the fight against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Farrakhan Brings It All Back Home
After having ruled public school segregation unconstitutional, the Supreme Court stopped caring
Proposed law seeks to protect New York's liberal laws from right-wing judges The steps of City Hall attract a motley crowd; sitting there all day, it would be possible to see a half-dozen or more press conferences and rallies for myriad causes and campaigns. One day last week Fernando Ferrer appear ... More >>
With Republicans in power, equal protection under the laws will continue to diminish
A story in The New York Times causes an ACLU leader to scurry to create a cover-up
Protesting at the GOP convention? Legal observers have your back.
The spread of racial profiling since 9-11
Test yourselves: How many of you can recognize the nine most powerful Americans?
'No Law Protects Them, No Court May Hear Their Pleas.'
A Bipartisan Groundswell of Rebellion
What the Sodomy Ruling Has Changedand What It Hasn't
A Schedule of Protests in the City
Title IX Was Always About More Than Sports. So Is the Fight.
Activists Focus on the Mounting Costs of War
'Does It Take a Lifetime to Question a Man?'
The Return of the Thought Police
In Battle Over 9-11 Detentions, Feds May Be Hiding More Than Identities
Who's That Next to Us at the Meeting?
Will God Set the Curriculum?
For English Speakers Only?
'It Shouldn't Be Happening Here'
Whos Afraid of John Ashcroft?
The Return of J. Edgar Hoover
Its a Plain Old Censorship Campaign
When Movie Moguls Wage War to Protect Copyright, the First Amendment Ends Up on the Cutting Room Floor
An Expert Analyzes the Prison Population Boom
How a Self-Described 'Grunt' Went From Being Al Sharpton's Lawyer to Defending the Accused Killers of a Manhattan Millionaire
How the former mayor made Al Sharpton kosher and is winning back the hearts of African Americans
'What Was the State of Georgia Doing in Hardwick's Bedroom?'
When Cowardice Paralyzed a Town