It's endorsement season in the crowded race to replace longtime Congressman Gary Ackerman -- who surprised folks last month with the announcement that he would be retiring. You sometimes wonder how much these endorsements really matter -- but at least they offer us some insight into the kinds of d ... More >>
On last night's Daily Show, host Jon Stewart absolutely eviscerated the amendment proposed to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Law, which says that before first responders receive medical benefits, they must first be screened by the F.B.I. to assure they're not terrorists.
The new 9/11 health bill requires "tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake" to prove to the government that they're not terrorists before they can receive medical care, ... More >>
We've been following Don't Ask, Don't Tell since Senator Barack Obama was campaigning on its repeal. After all these years, watching the ceremony in which he kicked it to the curb, in person, was a special kind of early Christmas gift. The event was not held at the White House, but in an aud ... More >>
At this point, saying that science has yet to directly link 9/11 exposure to the wide range of ailments suffered by Ground Zero workers is like poking a gorilla in the eye with a stick or commanding a boulder to stop rolling downhill. After all, the city is ready to fork over more than $600 ... More >>
Sorting solid claims about the 9/11 toxic cloud from the obscuring haze of uncertainty
A few years ago, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association placed ads in subway cars that depicted a uniformed police officer laying face down next to his squad car, obviously dead or dying. The purpose was to dramatize the risks of the job. In terms of losing one's life, it's debatable how perilous it ... More >>