In Today’s Observer

Jessica Bruder and Ben Smith examine the first blows dealt Jeanine Pirro and note that, behind Sen. Clinton’s stoic refusal to engage her adversary directly, her campaign machine is alive… and kicking.

Phoebe Eaton joins Giff Miller on the campaign trail in Southeast Queens, where his forays – from chatting outside Western Beef to singing amidst the holy rollers – illustrate his role a minority candidate of sorts, looking to “adopt himself out to any ethnic neighborhood that might appreciate his progressive-Democrat intentions.”

And Billy Sternberg writes about his grandfather, Maurice Bloch, a rising star in 1920’s city politics whose career was cut short, and suggests another mystery to deepen the Judge Crater case.