The rap on Chris Christie's aides in Bridgegate is that they crossed the line when they put ordinary citizens at risk for the sake of a petty politica...
The sharp collision between Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio is echoing well beyond the borders of the Empire State. They have staked out sharply conflicting views of how to run an economy, and to the victor will go national credentials as the next wave of Democratic Party leadership.
There's a noisy, boisterous and well-entrenched faction in the GOP that has dug its heels in and will make life miserable for anyone in the GOP that doesn't toe their hard ideological line. As long as that's the case, the GOP's biggest foe in 2014 will remain the GOP.
What better way to celebrate than by hosting your very own Crawley-worthy dinner party? You don't need Mr. Carson, Mrs. Hughes or Mrs. Patmore to help pull this one off, either!
Much of the country kicked off the New Year with heavy snowstorms followed by a blast of frigid cold temperatures. But for 1.3 million Americans, whose unemployment checks have been cut off, this may be the coldest winter of all.
Don't get carried away analyzing the presence of Bill and Hillary Clinton at the de Blasio inauguration. Starting this week, it is de Blasio who is the big show, not the Clintons.
Climate disruption, broadband access and crumbling bridges and roads have an odd thing in common: they have entered the never-never land of conservative denialism -- where they are simply not problems for which the right feels obliged to offer solutions.
Republicans are hoping their resolutions for a 2014 new year will set up a happier 2016. To accomplish this they are making big "old boy" changes. The GOP has accepted they have a woman problem.
It has not been a good year for Rep. Doc Hastings' relentless efforts to gut the Endangered Species Act -- or even a good month, for that matter. And that's a very good thing for every imperiled plant and animal in America waiting to get the protection of the Act.
Pundits are saying this latest stinginess is probably going to hurt the Republican party next November if something isn't done in January. With the election 11 months away, that's cold comfort for people out of work.
It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.
Here on the eve of Christmas, I feel compelled to express what I really think, on behalf of those poor, hungry fellow Americans who have so much less than most of us reading this at this moment.
Contemporary Tea Party Republicans would certainly oppose taxation without representation. Unfortunately, they are also against taxation with representation. And when you get down to it, they don't really like representation.
Unfortunately, the script for this film is never sharp or savvy enough to counteract both the ick factor -- two grandfathers beating each other up in boxing trunks -- and just the simple lackluster quality of it all.
Worst politician: There was no shortage of nominees in this category, as usual. Reince Priebus, Anthony Weiner, Trey Radel and crack-smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford all did their best to claim the title of Worst Politician, in fact.
Summer's street fests and boat tours may be packed away for the season, but winter visitors are awarded with fewer crowds.