Subject:

John Sweeney

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2012

    "Tom Cruise Worships David Miscavige Like a God": The John Brousseau Story, Part Two

    Yesterday, we published the first part of our conversation with John Brousseau, a 32-year veteran of Scientology's "Sea Org" who escaped from the church's International Base east of Los Angeles in 2010. In our first part, Brousseau described his work in the Tom Cruise household with Katie Holmes an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Shamed Former Congressman John Sweeney's Back! And He Wants George Maragos' Money

    If you're running for one of the highest political offices in the country, you'd probably be advised to avoid certain unsavory characters who could potentially derail your campaign. You might want to avoid hiring a former congressman who was arrested for DUI (twice) and "had a woman on his lap when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Mike Rinder on "The Hole," Indoctrination, Confessions, and His Ultimate Escape

    For years, Mike Rinder was the Church of Scientology's chief spokesman and executive director of the Office of Special Affairs, its intelligence wing. In 2007, his defection was among the most surprising in an exodus of high-ranking officials from the church. Since then, he's given several interview ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Scientology in Crisis: Debbie Cook's Transformation from Enforcer to Whistleblower

    Debbie Cook and her husband Wayne Baumgarten, Christmas 2010​Most of the press reporting on Debbie Cook so far has focused on her past as a high-ranking executive in the Church of Scientology and her sudden transformation this week into a whistleblower trying to rally her fellow church members ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology: The Readers Poll!

    ​You've watched us reveal all but the top five entries in our big countdown, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- now it's your turn to vote for your own list! Here's the link you've been waiting for -- now go and tell us who you think is doing the most to contribute to the Church of Sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Tedisco-Murphy Tied, In Court; Former Rep Gets 2nd DWI

    The unofficial results of last week's NY-20 Congressional race after machine recanvassing is a tie -- Murphy 77225, Tedisco 77225. There's some caviling over this, but it doesn't matter -- the paper ballots, domestic and imported, are still to be examined, pending a court challenge -- surely not the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    GOP Congressman Apologizes for Obscene Anti-Union Video

    It's getting so you can't even make a bleeping joke in politics anymore. GOP House Whip Eric Cantor, angry about an ad from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that unfavorably mentions him as an opponent of the stimulus, forwarded to a reporter at the liberal Talking P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Kirsten Gillibrand nabs Senate seat

    Upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is packing her NRA-approved guns and heading to D.C. to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, according to various media outlets. Other Democrats may not like it, but they can blame Caroline Kennedy, the princess who turned her own coach into a pumpkin. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Barrett: Did Paterson Consider the Bruno Connection to Gillibrand's Dad?

    A remarkably untimely cloud hangs over Governor David Paterson's apparent selection of Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Hillary Clinton as junior senator of New York.Federal prosecutors, according to numerous news accounts, are poised to indict former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Wayne Barrett: Is Gillibrand Too Republican to Replace Clinton?

    Now that Caroline Kennedy has dropped out, the new frontrunner for Hillary Clinton's senate seat is upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic hero for capturing a Republican-majority district in 2006. Camera crews are now posted outside her home in Hudson, New York, and she is reportedl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Jason Beghe to Scientology Mouthpiece Tommy Davis: 'You're Losing Your Soul'

    Scientology defector Jason Beghe on Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis: "You see the eyes, the lying that he's doing. Anybody can see that this guy is not clean. It's clear as day." Last week, John Roberts of CNN grilled Tommy Davis, a Scientology spokesman, who was predictably evasive about what L. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2006
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    June 16, 2006

    Oh, What a Wonderful War!

    U.S. troops examine a suspected mobile biological weapons lab, like the ones Colin Powell said we'd find and Charles Duelfer said we didn't. (DOD) The House of Representatives this morning voted to pass a resolution that "declares that it is not in the national security interest of the United State ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2006

    Rudy's Bank Balance

    One thing you have to say about Mayor Giuliani: He liked really big sandwiches. (City archives) Word that Rudolph W. Giuliani's PAC is raising money tonight led Power Plays to the former hizzoner's filings with the Federal Election Commission, which reveal that as of April 30, Rudy's Solutions Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2005

    Labor Bigs Hit NYU

    Striking NYU grad assistants and backers rally on Friday (Photo: Holly Northrop/hnorthrop.com) In a show of labor unity, an array of the nation's most powerful union leaders-representing both sides of the split that divided organized labor this summer-rallied in support of striking New York Universi ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2005

    The Nerds Are Pissed

    New York University opts for war with its best and brightest

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2005

    Mike's Labor Love Fest

    Mayor Bloomberg wears the union label at Saturday's Labor Day parade. What a difference incumbency makes. Four years ago, then-candidate Michael Bloomberg showed up at the city's post-Labor Day parade and was greeted like a mosquito at a barbecue, a nuisance to be slapped away. But there he was S ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2005

    Union Gap

    At AFL-CIO, a splitting issue for the nation's biggest labor organizations

  • News

    September 7, 2004

    Burning for Bush

    Misled over air quality, shortchanged in federal funding, union wants four more years

  • News

    August 31, 2004

    Labor's Beef with Bush

    In the brave new world of outsourcing, you get to train your own replacement worker

  • News

    March 18, 2003

    Illness as Metaphor

    Labor Groups Consider Calling in Sick to Protest War With Iraq

  • News

    February 18, 2003

    Labor's 'No' to War

    A New Generation of Leaders Makes a Different Choice

  • News

    October 29, 2002

    The Usual Suspects—and Beyond

    100,000 Flood Washington for What May Be the Biggest American Antiwar March Since Viet Nam

  • News

    April 30, 2002

    Labor in Mourning

    Seven Months Later, Unions Raise the 9-11 Flag

  • News

    February 5, 2002

    Global Witness

    Labor Presents Its Case to WEF

  • News

    January 22, 2002
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    December 25, 2001

    Why Doves Must Fly

    Now That We've Lost the Anti-War, We Need the Peace Movement More Than Ever

  • News

    December 25, 2001

    Waiting for Labor to Rise

    Can Unions Seize the Post-9-11 Moment?

  • News

    November 20, 2001

    The Reflective Rudy

    His Honor Relishes Resurrection, Plots Future Stardom

  • News

    July 10, 2001

    Rescuing Martin Luther King Jr.

    A Craving for Equal Justice

  • Books

    January 30, 2001
  • News

    January 23, 2001

    New York’s Bush Boys

    Pataki, Sweeney, Powers, Fossella to Prosper in Dubya Reign

  • News

    January 16, 2001
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    December 19, 2000

    The Five Worst Republican Outrages

    Remembering How a President Who Promised to Unify a Nation Fixed an Election

  • News

    November 28, 2000

    Working Papers

    Domino’s Strikers Again Choose the Cold Over Surrender, While Labor Celebrates Some Victories and a Painter-Hero

  • Specials

    November 28, 2000
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    November 14, 2000

    Dark Victory

    To Grow the Greens, Nader Must Move the party to the right

  • Specials

    November 14, 2000
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    October 24, 2000
  • News

    October 10, 2000

    Graduate Studies

    AFL-CIO Chief Sweeney Rallies NYU's Organizers

  • News

    August 15, 2000

    Surfing Up Democracy

    Blue Dog Dems—and Their Corporate Sponsors—Hear It From the Beach

  • News

    August 8, 2000
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    August 1, 2000

    Chasing the Rat

    A Wealthy Union’s Tactics Infuriate Its Rivals

  • News

    July 25, 2000

    Hell-Raising in Philly

    An Activist’s Guide to Protests Outside the Republican Convention

  • News

    July 18, 2000

    Don't Mourn—Reorganize!

    Unlikely Alliances With Activists and Immigrants Help Unions Stage a Comeback

  • News

    June 20, 2000

    Black Slaves Not News in New York

    ‘Running, I Can Smell the Horses’

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    May 30, 2000
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    May 2, 2000
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    April 25, 2000

    Sweet and Sour

    Up and Down on the Domino Sugar Picket Line

  • News

    April 11, 2000

    Faculty Showdown

    Insurgents Seek Leadership of CUNY Union

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