Mayor Bill de Blasio is pleased that his new law department has agreed to pay out $18 million to settle various lawsuits stemming from the 2004 Republican National Convention, where many alleged they were illegally arrested by the NYPD.
“I’ll simply say I’m glad the case is settled,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters this afternoon, speaking at a press conference outlining his plan to reduce traffic fatalities. “I have spoken before about my concerns about how that situation was handled at the time and I’m glad we’re moving forward.”
So you’re at the Republican convention in Tampa, and between the oppressive heat, terrible food and lack of indoor smoking areas (What is this, Canada?!) you’re thinking of just ending it all by throwing yourself between Artur Davis and a superlative.
The one thing they don’t tell you about the RNC in the lame-stream media is how much fun all these guys have! It’s basically a week of comedy routines involving pretty transparently racist/sexist/homophobic humor; like a Dane Cook and Daniel Tosh special that just never ends.
Case in point: who knew that Karl Rove, former political strategist to President George W. Bush, was so good* at impressions? During today’s live interview with Politico’s Mike Allen, Mr. Rove did his best Ragin’ Cajun voice, which could give Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader’s James Carville routine a run for its money.
The mayor of Tampa has declared that he’s prepared to evacuate the city during the Republican National Convention if Tropical Storm Isaac grows stronger–how could the GOP have chosen Florida during hurricane season for their big to-do? Worth remembering that the other two finalist cities for the convention were both hot, dry Western Read More
When the Bush administration brokered JPMorgan’s March takeover of Bear Stearns, it stirred many questions, not least: Should the government be in the business of bailing out big business, especially when it involves billions in public money?
Apparently, the Republican Party doesn’t think so. Here’s an excerpt from the section about housing in the Read More
ST. PAUL—The pomp in St. Paul today may have been blown aside by Hurricane Gustav, but the Republicans have passed their party platform for the next four years, spelling out the G.O.P’s approach to a huge array of issues. Among those issues is housing, for which the Republicans want to further emphasize homeownership. Read More
ST. PAUL—With Hurricane Gustav slamming into the Gulf Coast today, the schedule here at the Republican National Convention has been upended today and official events have been canceled. But lobbying, even for the property insurance industry (which will surely be paying out a fair amount of claims in coming months), goes on.
We bumped into Read More