In 1980, former Texas Governor John Connally spent $11 million—the equivalent of $29 million in today’s money—to run for the Republican presidential nomination. He won no primaries, earned just one delegate and spent the rest of his life clawing his way out of debt.
This made him a punch line, the standard by which Read More
It wasn’t so long ago that critics were predicting the death of the City University of New York. The mayor at the time, Rudolph Giuliani, was insisting on high standards for admission to the system’s senior colleges, outraging some faculty and advocates of higher education’s equivalent of social promotion.
City University did not collapse. Instead, Read More
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is no ordinary criminal. He is a bloodthirsty terrorist who happily took responsibility for the deaths of more than 2,700 people, and who surely is disappointed that the death toll wasn’t higher.
The Obama administration has decided to bring Mohammed to New York to stand Read More
Steve DiBrienza, a former City Councilman known for jousting with former mayor Rudy Giuliani, confirmed he plans to run for his old job again in Brooklyn’s 39th District.
“Yes, I am looking to run for City Council,” he said in a telephone chat.
When asked about his battles with Giuliani, DiBrienza Read More
On a recent weekday afternoon, a handful of policy wonks sat in a corner office adorned with maps and books in the Vanderbilt Street headquarters of the Manhattan Institute discussing a political opportunity presented by the current financial crisis.
“We feel that the moment is here,” said Steve Malanga, an economic Read More
Last week, another element of Mayor Bloomberg’s plan for sustainable transportation was dealt a significant, but by no means fatal setback. A federal judge blocked implementation of the requirement that all of the City’s cabs be powered by hybrid engines. According to The New York Times‘ Sewell Chan: "In his ruling, Judge Read More
At the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Rudy Giuliani set the tone for Governor Sarah Palin and the sharp, well-delivered attack speech that brought her to national prominence. Then, last night, after a poor stretch for Palin highlighted by embarrassing interview performances, Giuliani was back to confidently herald Palin’s return to form.
“I mean, Read More
John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin disagree on at least one thing: the importance of community organizers.
“Of course I respect community organizers,” said McCain, responding to a question about whether he agreed with the evisceration of community organizers at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. (During the convention, Palin and Read More
You may not see much today of Bernard Kerik, the former NYPD Commissioner who was on duty during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but he is staying busy.
I spoke with him by phone yesterday as he was planting 23 flags outside his home to commemorate each of the police officers he lost that day. Read More
In two separate speeches yesterday, Rudy Giuliani lauded the virtues of Sarah Palin’s small-town executive experience.
During an address to the New York delegation at the Marriott hotel in Minneapolis, he said “Sorry Senator [Obama], if the city is not big enough for you–they are probably that group of people who cling to Read More