The Eight-Day Week
Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm makes a great TV villain.
With his chiseled jaw, pretty eyes and growing record of unsavory behavior, he recalls the deliciously conniving Dr. Michael Mancini of Melrose Place.
But if Grimm wants lessons about handling the media, he should reach across the aisle to his fellow New York City representative, Charlie Rangel. As a gossip columnist, I investigated tips that the longtime Harlem congressman was keeping company in DC with a woman who was not his wife.
To engage with Mr. Rangel on the subject—really, to be managed by him—was one of the great pleasures of my professional career. It also prompted my favorite-ever quote from a public figure implicated in infidelity.
Wednesday, August 3
The Ultimate Art Machine
Is the Guggenheim the Shake Shack of museums? Locations, locations, locations! Not content with outposts in the Basque Country and the United Arab Emirates (as well as the now-shuttered Las Vegas outpost, which seems in retrospect a bit of an overreach…to Read More
This time of year, we tend to focus our attention on vacation homes on the East End of Long Island. But the most notable vacation home sale of the season may have just happened down south, on a very different island. Morally bankrupt Congressman Charles Rangel has sold his decades-old beach retreat in the Read More
From the Paper
This week marks the 8th anniversary of the War in Iraq, and Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel commemorated the occasion by asking Congress to reinstitute the military draft.
This marks the fourth time that Rangel, a proud Korean War vet, has submitted legislation that would require all Americans to sign up for the draft after turning Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday morning, the day after he convened his first sensational House hearing on the question of Muslim radicalism, Peter King lumbered into his office on the third floor of the Cannon Building, hung his suit jacket on a bookcase and sat down to read the morning papers.
He plucked the New Read More
Step Aside, MLK
The way Charlie Rangel interprets the events in Wisconsin, Republicans would like to get rid of unions altogether.
“There’s no question about it,” Rangel told Brother Bill from the Voice of Harlem. “This is not been the first time that we had heard that the Teabag Party–or the Tea Party–rather and some of the Republicans Read More
Nearly half a century ago, Martin Luther King used the pulpit to issue a far-reaching call for social justice. Clergy and public officials laid claim to this legacy at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church last night, where they enjoined the city council to pass a bill guaranteeing a living wage for employees of development projects Read More
When the Congress reconvenes next week, one of the more closely-watched agenda items will the censure vote of Charlie Rangel. If Rangel is censured, it will mark the first time since 1983 that a member of Congress has faced the punishment.
Unless he cuts a deal beforehand, Rangel is widely expected to be censured, especially Read More
Yesterday, Charlie Rangel broke down and wept before the House Ethics committee that would decide his fate. Hard as it is to believe now that he sits in this diminished state, but Charlie Rangel was once one of the most powerful people in New York State, if not the nation. He has presided over Harlem Read More
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele campaigned in Harlem today for congressional candidate Michel Faulkner, stressing the image of the new Republican Party as the people’s party.
“A lot of times we talk of our party in terms of the Grand Old Party,” Steele said at the event. “And there’s a lot that’s grand, there’s Read More