Extrajudicial killings over minor offenses like broken taillights and bootleg CD sales will doubtless continue, because our nation resents being shown the evidence that black lives are deemed expendable.
The horrors of the past few days in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas ring across America like the "fire bell in the night" that Thomas Jefferson said "awakened and filled [him] with terror" in 1820.
In New York Post land, down is up and up is down. In America, who exactly is being made to "feel awful about their race" and who is "rewarded with treats and other privileges?"
This has been a week that could easily lead one to despair. On Tuesday, a graphic video showed the killing of an African-American man, Alton Sterling, by police in Baton Rouge. On Wednesday, police fatally shot another African-American man, Philando Castile, after pulling him over for a broken taillight outside of St. Paul -- unforgettably and heartbreakingly broadcast on Facebook Live by Castile's girlfriend. Then, the next evening, came the appalling murders of five Dallas police officers. This is a time when the common bonds that hold our society together are under attack and it can feel like these bonds are fraying. But the answer is not to further unravel these bonds and sow division, as the New York Post did with its headline declaring a "Civil War." No, this is not civil war: It is possible to be both outraged by racial discrimination by law enforcement and to support the protection of our police officers. Indeed, that's the position held by the vast majority of Americans of all races. As Trevor Noah put it on The Daily Show, "You can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is what we should all be." In the face of these tragedies and the corrupting forces that seek to divide us, our first response must be to strengthen the common values that bind us.
The day after the Orlando massacre, the New York Daily News and the New York Post ran front-page headlines that couldn't be more different.
Bill de Blasio could well be the most mired mayor in New York City history. As the subject of multiple investigations at the state and federal level, he's not just tabloid fodder.
Will the Smith family be blessed or cursed by their "divine intervention?" God only knows.
But what does Ivana think? In response to that question, likely asked by no one, the former wife of Donald Trump has weighed in on her ex-husband, why he will be good for the country, and how she advises him on his 2016 campaign.
My advice to Mr. Schneiderman and any other "hopefuls" out there raising money right now and vying for Governor Cuomo's job in 2018, is to distance yourself as far from de Blasio as possible...he is the political equivalent of skunk spray in an elevator...and nobody likes that.
Every picture tells a story, but sometimes the story waits a long time to be told. Thirty years, in the case of this long-lost photograph.
Why do Republican voters seem to naturally gravitate to celebrities -- most of whom are, shall we say, 'short' on actual knowledge about politics, legislative issues, and global affairs?
Anyone who is pregnant -- celebrity or otherwise -- is doing something very publicly, whether she likes it or not. And singling out any of us, including Kim Kardashian, for a by-the-numbers weight gain commentary is shameful at best.
I probably shouldn't do this, but I'm going to let you in on a secret about the newspaper game: Reporters are childish people. And God bless them for that trait, because it's what sustains that sense of wonder the best ones never lose.
The Kennedy Connection was a cleverly written, suspenseful page turner in the best sense and Shooting for the Stars is its' worthy successor. In this saga, Malloy is thrown into the sleazy, headline-grabbing world of a prime-time TV newsmagazine when he joins forces with a beautiful reporter who has uncovered answers long buried that lead to the solving of a cold case from decades before.
The de Blasio administration, for example, has said that there should be some mental health treatment aspect as a response to rich people complaining about the homeless in their neighborhoods. It's all so very 'progressive' and sophisticated, you see.
The only things that really matter in Republican politics today are name recognition, a degree of celebrity, and the ability to make outrageous statements that appeal to a minority of voters.