Amidst the celebratory backslapping at the Real Estate Board of New York’s Ingenies on Monday evening, REBNY president Steven Spinola quietly savored an even bigger victory.
In a January 2010 Observer article, he had sounded one of the earliest calls for not holding the 9/11 terror trials in the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Attorney General Read More
PFC Bradley Manning, the solider accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, has been in solitary confinement for the past seven months.
Glenn Greenwald at Salon feels that the conditions of Manning’s detention amount to torture.
“For 23 out of 24 hours every day — for seven straight months and counting — Read More
The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots. They claim to be the deepest believers in our system, the strongest defenders of our Constitution, the most upbeat, bold and courageous Americans anywhere. But now that the government is finally prepared to put the perpetrators of the Read More
Dan Rather, the Category 5 newsman, is on a collision course with Guantánamo Bay.
“When war descends, whether it’s a so-called asymmetrical war or some other kind, we know that innocents get swept up,” said Mr. Rather. “There are, as we speak, 21 detainees still there in Guantánamo who have been cleared and ordered Read More
Jonathan Raban, a British novelist and travel writer surveying the political landscape of the United States from his adopted home of Seattle, wrote some of the sharpest commentary on the presidential election. He continues his run of excellent essays with a canny reading of President Obama’s Inaugural Address in the Jan. 24 Guardian. He Read More
Room 9 bulletin:
Popular City Hall reporter Stephanie Gaskell is quitting her job with the New York Post to go cover the war in Iraq as a freelancer, she told me.
Gaskell, who covered Guantanamo Bay for the AP around 2002, is leaving on Friday night — missing the Inner Circle show! — Read More
At 9:30 a.m., on the City Hall steps, Bill de Blasio marks the anniversary of the Nixmary Brown’s death by announcing recommendations for improving child welfare.
At 10 a.m., the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee discusses the EPA’s cleanup at Ground Zero.
At 11 a.m., the Queens West Development Corporation meets at 633 Third Ave.
At Read More
Not content to rest after his big Times profile today, Hillary Clinton’s opponent Jonathan Tasini will be seeking out like-minded anti-war Democrats to sign his petitions at the Howard Zinn and James Carroll chat at the 92nd Street Y tonight.
According to Tasini’s campaign, he’ll also be looking for signatures in the coming Read More
The newest fall guy for the brass is U. S. Army dog handler Sgt. Michael J. Smith, 24, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Found guilty by a court martial, the young sergeant will spend six months in jail, be demoted and then thrown out of the service with a dishonorable discharge.
According to the Associated Read More
Antonin Scalia, the loudest mouth on the highest bench, has indulged himself again. The idol of the far right has provoked fresh doubts about his temperament—and this time, unfortunately, the rest of the world is likely to notice.
Surely as brilliant as his admirers claim, Justice Scalia’s intellect is too often overshadowed by aggressive bluster Read More