Antonin Scalia Has a Civil Liberties Debate in Brooklyn

Antonin Scalia. (Photo: Getty)
Antonin Scalia. (Photo: Getty)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last night weighed in on some of the most heated civil liberties debates in the country, including the legality of mass surveillance programs.

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‘Chronically Tardy’ de Blasio Dismisses Lateness Complaints as ‘Noise’

Bill de Blasio walking to yesterday's event. (Photo: Rob Bennett: NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio walking to yesterday’s event. (Photo: Rob Bennett: NYC Mayor’s Office)

He’s going to show up when he’s good and ready.

A day after showing up 45 minutes late to a press conference and facing constant griping from reporters pressed to meet deadlines after his belated events, Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon labeled the complaints as just “noise.”  Continue reading “‘Chronically Tardy’ de Blasio Dismisses Lateness Complaints as ‘Noise’”

Senator Squadron Moonlights as Oprah Book Reviewer

The latest O.
The latest O.

Brooklyn State Senator Daniel Squadron spends a lot of his time drafting and negotiating legislation in Albany. But he also has other hobbies.

In the April edition of O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, Mr. Squadron reviews March: Book One, the graphic novel by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader. Continue reading “Senator Squadron Moonlights as Oprah Book Reviewer”

Morning Read: ‘The Pungent Sauce of Politics’

Photo evidence of the sitting boy at yesterday's press conference. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Photo evidence of the sitting boy at yesterday’s press conference. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Headline of the Week: “Sit happens! Kid can’t ‘stand’ wait for chronically-late de Blasio.”

The New York Post reports Bill de Blasio “met his match Thursday in little Jael Jesus Ramirez. Oblivious to protocol, the 4-year-old plunked himself down on the floor for a breather after the mayor arrived 45 minutes late to his very first bill signing. The adults standing near the podium didn’t have that luxury.” Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘The Pungent Sauce of Politics’”

Bill de Blasio Calls Teen’s WTC Climb ‘Shocking’

Today's New York Post cover with the story.
Today’s New York Post cover.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not pleased that a 16-year-old New Jersey teen was reportedly able to scale 1 World Trade Center this weekend.

Asked about the story, reported on the front page of today’s New York Post, Mr. de Blasio labeled the incident “shocking and troubling” given the amount of security present at the site. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Calls Teen’s WTC Climb ‘Shocking’”

Bernie Madoff Isn’t a Fan of Bill de Blasio’s Wealth ‘Redistribution’ Tactics

Bernie Madoff. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)
Bernie Madoff. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)

Bernie Madoff, the convicted operator of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars, apparently hasn’t been swept up by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s populist rhetoric.

In a Politico interview at a North Carolina medium-security prison last week, Mr. Madoff gave a series of colorful answers when asked about Mr. de Blasio and other politicians. Continue reading “Bernie Madoff Isn’t a Fan of Bill de Blasio’s Wealth ‘Redistribution’ Tactics”

Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress

Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)
Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her foreign policy record to a pro-Israel group in Manhattan tonight and advocated for a nuanced–but tough–approach to Iran as tensions in the Middle East remain high.

Ms. Clinton, who is viewed as a presidential front-runner in 2016, nevertheless advocated for an unabashedly Israel-oriented approach to the region. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress”