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Blake Fleetwood was formerly on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic and the Washington Monthly on a number of issues.

He was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York City at the age of three. He graduated from Bard College and did graduate work in political science and comparative politics at Columbia University. He has also taught politics and urban development at New York University.

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Entries by Blake Fleetwood

The Clintons Are Movin' on Down, Slumming It to the Wrong Side of the Tracks

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Bill and Hillary are going to be my neighbors in Amagansett this summer. They arrive tomorrow.

But, they are definitely laying low this August, compared to their fancier digs of years past.

So, this year, the power couple has passed up the posh estates of Lilly Pond Lane and the...

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Let Eastern Ukraine Go

(287) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:20 PM

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land.

Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Russia has already lost most of Eastern Europe, and in the last six months, they lost the loyalty of most of the Ukraine. There are few...

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The Taliban Is Not al-Qaeda, and It's Very Dangerous for the U.S. to Confuse the Two

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 7:58 PM

2014-06-05-Berghdal.pngThe recent release of Taliban prisoners of war from the Guantanamo base in Cuba has whipped up hysteria among the media and politicians alike, both of whom have been all too quick, once again, to equate the Taliban with al-Qaeda.

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Why Didn't the Police Ask About His Guns?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:36 PM


"Chris died because of craven irresponsible politicians and the NRA."

These are the words of the father of Chris Martinez, who was one of six killed by Elliot Rodger in last week's mass shooting in Isla Vista, California.

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Memorial Day: Honor the Peace Seekers

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 6:32 PM


Our highest patriotism on this Memorial Day should not simply be to mourn those Americans who have died fighting in the uniform of our country, but more importantly, we should all vow that unnecessary wars -- like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 6:38 PM


In 1994, through an accident of fate, the newly independent country of Ukraine found itself in possession of the world's third largest nuclear arsenal.

At first, Ukraine planned to keep its nuclear weapons. But, at the insistence of...

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Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Airbnb recently offered to collect $21 million in taxes from its bed and breakfast hosts each year and pass it on to New York City, but local politicians are not too keen on the idea, despite looming budget deficits.

The total potential infusion to city coffers from direct...

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Heli-Skiing Is the Best Drug I Have Ever Taken

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:10 AM


I am floating down on a cloud of my own creation, leaving my mark in symmetrical carved turns on a pristine white landscape of four feet of untracked powder -- a dream world, as close to heaven as...

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Delta Deals the 99 Percent Out: One-percenters Get Twice as Many Miles

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:23 PM


Delta's new airline mileage deal is a deliberate attempt to reward its high-spending customers and take from the unwashed 99 percent -- further widening the gulf between the haves and the have-nots.


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Why The New York Times Is the Best Newspaper in the World

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 8:25 PM


As someone who has often found fault with The New York Times in the past, I can tell you that Ken Kurson's cover story in the Observer today does not reflect the reality of the paper I read every day.

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Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM


Time was when the U.S. was really truly exceptional in many areas -- in the 1950s and 1960s -- after the rest of the world's manufacturing was destroyed in World War II. But in those years, there wasn't much...

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I Love Bloomberg, and I Love de Blasio

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:07 PM

2014-01-06-BloombergDeBlasio.jpgOur new mayor --- the anti-Bloomberg --- is barely sworn in, and already the long knives are out for him. The New York Post headline last Thursday said it all:

"D TRAIN ARRIVES ... and smashes into Bloomberg."

But make no...

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If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

(13) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 5:21 PM

The American dream -- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself -- is gone.

Consider what Ed Miliband, the popular British Labour leader --- and would-be Prime Minister --- said to a conference...

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Why Has the FAA and FCC Been Lying to Us About Cell Phones on Planes?

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:07 PM


For more than 22 years the FAA and the FCC have essentially feeding us an urban myth that cell phone use would crash planes.

Who could question passenger safety?

But it was all a lie.

It was obvious to everyone...

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Ivy League Only: Your Money is No Good Here

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:33 PM


It's common for graduates of Ivy League universities to hold their life to a higher standard.

Apparently, AirBnB just doesn't cut it for the elite searching for discount accommodations. If you graduated from Harvard, you do not want to stay in an apartment...

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'Everyone Else Running for Mayor Is Owned'

(6) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:53 PM

So said John Catsimatidis, the blunt-speaking, bombastic billionaire grocery king, who is running as a liberal Republican for mayor of New York City, at Harvard Club breakfast earlier this week.

By this, he means that the other candidates are beholden to various interest groups and lobbyists for campaign funding...

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Is President Obama Jealous of Edward Snowden?

(9) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 7:30 PM


"I was going to do it, really I was."

This is the essence of President Obama's remarks last week when he announced an overhaul of NSA procedures and the secret courts and secret opinions.

"I called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations...

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I Never Met a Whistleblower I Didn't Like...

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 9:02 PM

In a well-orchestrated effort to get ahead of the story, this week the Obama administration released a trove of secret information about domestic spying and the rules of how the domestic phone records may be accessed and used by intelligence analysts.

And yesterday, the president met with congressional...

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Snowden's Gift to America Bears Fruit and Forces Change

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 3:56 PM

This week an unusual bipartisan effort from 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats almost succeeded in an attempt to cut off funding for the NSA's collection of phone data by 205 "yes" to 217 "no" votes.

But the movement to curb the NSA's secret power over American citizens has...

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Snowden Didn't Blow Up Anything -- Venezuelan President Says

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 3:45 PM


For more than 50 years the U.S. has harbored and trained Cuban exile terrorists who have blown up civilian planes and mounted raids killing innocent civilians and tourists in Havana and other South American countries.

The most famous example of this is Luis Posada...

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