It was a strange July morning in Lower Manhattan, and getting stranger by the minute. On the Brooklyn Bridge, sometime during the night, someone had swapped all the American flags for bleached white ones. As police and reporters swarmed the bridge, less than a mile away, in front of the 150-year-old ... More >>
[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature] Last week's Hobby Lobby decision at the Supreme Court was contentious, as you probably noticed. For liberals, it was an egregious misreading of the competing interests at stake, and suggested for-profit companies can use possibl ... More >>
Brooklyn has spoken: former police officer and state senator Eric Adams will succeed Marty Markowitz as borough president. Adams has said the latter turned Brooklyn "from the ugly duckling to a beautiful swan." Election day brought fresh blood to Brooklyn: Ken Thompson beat incumbent Charles Hynes ... More >>
Manhattan voters went with what they know this election. Gale Brewer, who has been a city council member representing the Upper East Side since 2003, will be taking over as borough president when Scott Stringer heads to the comptroller's office in January. Sitting district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. w ... More >>
Obama's coming up for reelection, and gas prices and unemployment are high. So why do rightbloggers concentrate instead on cultural issues like abortion, contraception and Rush Limbaugh's opinion of Sandra Fluke? Some think it's because they're bunch of misogynists*. We think it's because they h ... More >>
When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his radio show Feb. 29, it sure seemed like the end of an era might be upon us. Public outcry prompted sponsors to pull support from the show, leaving many to wonder whether the conservative stalwart would ... More >>
Months ago, rightbloggers were celebrating the rise of Herman Cain. Then they grew restless, and moved on to Michele Bachman, Rick Perry, and Chris Christie, each of whom disappointed. Now Cain is back, hilariously leading in some GOP Presidential polls and winning some straw polls, too. Cain is pr ... More >>
On the 10th anniversary weekend of the September 11 attacks, every single living American blogger wrote a 9/11 memorial post. (Those who did not have been drummed out of the union.) Rightbloggers' 9/11 posts are always interesting, so we figured they'd be extra-good for 9/11 X. We were not disappo ... More >>
Though she's heretofore stopped short of calling for Anthony Weiner to resign, Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi is changing her tune in light of allegations that Weiner corresponded with a teenage girl online. She and other top Democrats -- Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debb ... More >>
The new Albany legislative session opens this morning with yet another rebellion in the ranks. This one comes from a quartet of Democratic state senators who announced this morning, with plenty of tough words, that they're moving away from their party's minority to form an "independent caucu ... 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 >>
Long, bitter experience -- and long, bitter comments at this blog -- have taught us that if there's anything conservatives hate more than Big Gummint and homosexuals, it's someone making fun of them. The outrage that Boss Tweed expressed over "them damned pictures" of himself drawn by Thomas Nast is ... More >>
Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday was part religious revival, part group therapy session. "Pray on your knees," Beck roared like a TV evangelist, and he warned that the country was "at a crossroads... we must advance or perish. I choose advance!" Sarah Palin generously extended her ... More >>
Every one of New York's 26 Democrats in the House voted for a budget amendment last week that President Obama had already threatened to veto. A New York Times editorial this morning blasted the amendment, which passed by a 239 to 182 vote, without even fingering the special interests that produced ... More >>
Last week's NY-23 race, hilarious while in progress, gets a pretty funny sidebar in the Washington Post's follow-up with Dede Scozzafava, who was hounded out of the race by national conservatives and whose endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens probably won him the election. The Post says durin ... More >>
Howard Wolfson is now the face of Mike Bloomberg 2009. Most of us have known him for years as not only the face of Hillary Clinton but also the "senior communications strategist for the Democratic National Committee" and even a key consultant to the state Democratic Party. Wolfson is as skilled an ... More >>
Let's see what our friends the rightbloggers are up to. How about RedState, the diehard get-out-the-vote site that's been pimping the Democrats' reliance on Black Panther muscle to win Pennsylvania? Ah, they've found another conspiracy: "Liberals Knew the Outcome in Advance." What, did they get it ... More >>
We've had a lot of posts at Runnin' Scared about Anonymous, the guerilla group dedicated to exposing Scientology. So we were surprised -- in a way -- when, after an Anon allegedly hacked Sarah Palin's email, conservative websites started calling Anonymous a bunch of liberals. "Left Wing Group Hacks ... More >>
As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama romanced major donors of Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, potential first lady Michelle Obama appeared in New York City to facilitate post-primary healing among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender c ... More >>
The Post has a ton of fun with Sen. Hillary Clinton's photo-op visit to Mount Rushmore yesterday. First, the front page takes the opportunity to be puntastic not once, but twice with its "ROCK BOTTOM" banner and the clever subhead, "Hill at Rushmore as Dems deal her monumental blow." Inside, the "MT ... More >>
Looks like there's gonna be one less superdelegate for the Democratic candidates to fight over. As a Democratic governor, Eliot Spitzer was given “superdelegate” status, allowing him to pledge an independent vote at the Democratic National Convention, one that he had promised to Senator Clinton ... More >>
Obama's strategy makes her spurn Bill's Cuban advances and embrace Bush and the GOP's anti-Castro right.
Stephen Duncombe explains why the left should indulge Americans' fantasies
"Do you support Congressional Democrats using filibusters and other tactics to block the most extreme Republican legislation or the worst of President Bush's judicial nominees?" So asks the 2006 New Directions Survey sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to targeted Democratic vote ... More >>
The veteran congressman who wants troops out of Iraq
New Brooklyn Democratic party chief Vito Lopez (the tall guy without the hat) looms behind Mayor Mike at a mayoral housing press conference this month. (nyc.gov). The new leader of the city's largest Democratic organization had a tough time saying the name of his own party's standard bearer last ni ... More >>
Hurting at home, Freddy Ferrer turns to national stars for help
At least Ralph Nader will be happy
Democrats Are Ignoring Black Issues in Their Push for the White House. The Surprise Is Who Couldn't Care Less.
Can Progressives Love a Military Man?
Alterman and Gans Skewer Media Shibboleths
Leftists Who Love the War Too Much
Ray Harding's Strategy for Liberal Party Survival
GOP Uses Public Pots of Gold to Entice Converts
What Does the Democratic Party Stand For?
Politics Beyond Rhetoric
His Private Life Is None of Our Business. His Public Life Certainly Is.
To Grow the Greens, Nader Must Move the party to the right
Bipartisan Dismal Choices
The Incumbent Protection Society Musters Its Forces
The Disintegrating Democrats
Al Gore, Corporate Pawn
The Radical Right Got Wired Fast. When Will Progressives Catch Up?
The Great Liberal Hope from Wall Street
The Left Reconsiders Its Relationship to Clinton and Comes Out Swinging Especially at Christopher Hitchens
Paul Wellstone Struts His Presidential Stuff on New York's Stage and Receives Mixed Reviews