Unlike federalism, Parliamentary systems have this strange dose of symbolic gestures that underlie the relationship between the legislature and the executive. An example of this is the no-confidence vote: if Parliament is fed up with the Prime Minister's actions, its members can hold this vote that ... More >>
Shepard Fairey caught quite a bit of flak recently for making an Occupy Wall Street poster in the image of his famous Obama "Hope" design. That kind of thing is anathema to OWS, a movement that prides itself on not aligning with either political party. Fairey has publicly supported the movement; he ... More >>
With the ascension of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and other GOP candidates who don't cotton to this evolution or climate change stuff, people have begun to ask if Republicans and conservatives are actually becoming hostile to science. It doesn't help that one of those people is Repu ... More >>
Celebrity journalist Juan Williams had a good week, on balance. First, he was fired by National Public Radio for remarks he made on Fox -- his other major employer -- about his fear of Muslims on airplanes.
That might seem at first a minus, but Williams was immediately rewarded by Fox with a new $ ... More >>
Steve Rattner, the financier and Democratic fundraiser who served in 2009 as President Obama's car czar, takes some guarded shots at New York's political elite in his yet-to-be-released book, Overhaul.
He paints himself as a victim in the ongoing Securities & Exchange Commission investigati ... More >>
NY1Harry Wilson, the Republican candidate for state comptroller, may not be preparing to turn the extraordinary praise he gets in Steve Rattner's new book, Overhaul, into a TV ad or mailer. But Rattner's remarkable account of Wilson's skillful and tireless contribution to the Obama auto-indus ... More >>
Volcker: He told Obama so.Finally, Barack Obama today unveiled a proposed major curb on Wall Street that would revive the "spirit of Glass-Steagall" — the Depression-era law that would have prevented last year's Wall Street meltdown if it hadn't been abolished during the Clinton administration ... More >>
The White House says the next big item on its long agenda will be a crackdown on shady credit card industry practices that have saddled American consumers with huge debts that can't get out of, White House economic adviser (and former Harvard president) Larry Summers told NBC's meet the press yester ... More >>
None of this backroom deal stuff for Mayor Bloomberg: when he wants something from "the political donor community," he gives them a pre-printed list on a little card. He first came up with the idea for the "pocket reminder" of mayoral priorities in 2006; the New York Sun found it "nifty." Bloomberg ... More >>
The Treasury Department has pushed from Monday to Tuesday its planned announcement of further bank bailout measures, and Obama economic advisor Larry Summers suggested Sunday that some of the banks' devalued assets -- referred to variously as "toxic," "bad," and (at the Times) "contaminating" -- mig ... More >>
Bill Moyers talks with two Times reporters last September about Wall Street's meltdown.
Almost lost amid the usual knee-jerk preaching to the choir that is the 21st century Nation are a couple of excellent stories — one of them scolds Barack Obama for relying on such dubious characters as e ... More >>