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Murli Deora: The Last of India's Tammany Hall Chieftains

Pranay Gupte | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

Murli Deora, who died of cancer at the age of 77 in Mumbai early Monday, was sui generis -- one of a kind, and arguably the last of his kind.

Who Cares About Ethics?

Meredith McGehee | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

This past Sunday, WaPo ran an op-ed, asking whether "a little corruption should matter to voters." The most logical explanation for this reaction is the low expectations that most Americans already have for their public (and especially, elected) officials -- a streak that is as American as apple pie.

Interview With the Man Behind "Museum of Political Corruption" Project

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Wouldn't it be great to have a place where children and adults alike could learn about the sordid history of how American politics really works? If Bruce Rotor has his way, visitors to New York's state capital will indeed have this opportunity, at the "Albany Museum of Political Corruption."

John Morrissey: Saratoga's Irish Visionary

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.19.2013 | New York
Liz O'Connell

When John Morrissey was born in 1831 in Templemore, County Tipperary, the likelihood that in 32 years he would be running an elite race meet in upstate New York was as implausible as a Jules Verne adventure.

One More Koch Story

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.07.2013 | New York
Reese Schonfeld

One of Mayor Koch's greatest successes was putting an end to a Tammany Hall patronage system that rewarded its loyal supporters with judgeships whethe...

'Fiorello!' Succeeds: Will It Move To Broadway?

David Finkle | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There may be two outstanding reasons why in 1960 Fiorello! was only the third musical to nab the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Both reasons are craftily on display in the sparkling Encores! revival at City Center.

Conundrum: How Can Chronic Deficits Be Fixed?

Henry J. Stern | Posted 07.18.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Writing about city government is, to a large extent, writing about the mayor. The City Charter provides for a strong mayor, in direct control of the e...

The Bike Lane Battle of the Bulge

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Epstein

Change, like this diet I am on, is hard. But if you want to make over the city for the better, you need to break up the pavement sometimes and envision the possibilities.

Why Music Should Be Experienced Live

Taryn Haight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Taryn Haight

At the hands of technology and busy schedules it's important to remember just how much depth music can possess when it's being played between people -- rather than through headphones.

Bloomberg of Tammany Hall

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

The gold standard for rich people in politics remains Mayor Michael "Moneybags" Bloomberg, who is busy reviving the politics of Tammany Hall; he sees his opportunities and he buys what he wants.

Cory Booker Is 41 Years Old

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John R. Bohrer

Cory Booker has become cliche: Newark's Savior-in-Progress. An image that's been marching in place for the better part of a decade.

The Corrupt Spectacle of New York's State Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

The corrupt and dysfunctional environment in Albany does not excuse the abuse of power of which the governor, the state police and his top aide have been accused.

Weeping for the Kennedys

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The Kennedys knew how to strive for noble causes, step by step. They would make deals, but only to benefit the best causes.