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  • 'Bridgegate' scandal threatens next World Trade Center tower

    World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein speaks at an event to update the public on the pace of development at the site in New YorkBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a guarantee from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure a $1.2 billion construction loan for 3 World Trade Center. On Wednesday, the agency's board will vote on whether to approve that guarantee, part of a deal that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars more to the Port Authority and allow it to foreclose on the $2.4 billion tower if Silverstein cannot pay debt service costs. But Silverstein's deal, even with the concessions to the Port Authority, has become entangled in a fierce debate within the agency over its mission, including whether it should be in the real estate business at all.


  • U.S. top court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

    The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities. The 6-2 vote and the four opinions issued by justices in the majority revealed divisions on the court as to the legal rationale in rejecting civil rights groups' challenge to the ban. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote the sole dissenting opinion, read excerpts from the bench, calling the decision a blow to "historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights." The court emphasized that it was not deciding the larger and divisive question of whether affirmative action admission policies can be lawful. But the decision made it clear that voter-approved affirmative action bans can withstand legal challenges.


  • Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins

    President Obama watches South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe move to their seats at the opposite ends of the tableBy Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. The reassuring remarks aimed at Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China's state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States "myopic", demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour. Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday at the start of a four-nation trip that comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbor North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test.


  • U.S. steps up trade pressure on Japan ahead of Obama visit

    United States Trade Representative Froman visits the new facility for Atlas Devices in BostonBy Antoni Slodkowski and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States put last-minute pressure on Japan to compromise in tough trade talks on Wednesday, shortly before President Barack Obama was to arrive for a state visit. The two-way talks - focusing on Japan's agricultural market and both countries' car markets - are key to reaching a multilateral trade pact that is central to Obama's strategic shift towards Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has touted the broader trade deal as vital for growth in the world's third biggest economy. "This a moment for Japan to take an elevated view and to choose a bold path of economic renewal, revitalization and regional leadership," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters after negotiating with Economy Minister Akira Amari ahead of Obama's evening arrival.


  • California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students

    California Republican gubernatorial candidate Kashkari poses after touring the Robinson Helicopter Co. in TorranceBy Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools. Kashkari's proposal would waive tuition for students pursuing a four-year degree in any science, technology, electronics, or math subject in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings after graduation. It came as Kashkari, trailing a distant third in recent polls behind incumbent Jerry Brown and Republican Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly, is struggling to add momentum to his campaign before the June primary.


  • Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks Good

    Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks GoodThe tempest over his projection that Republicans will take the Senate forgets probability isn’t prediction and that the White House party usually loses in its sixth year.


  • Yes, Lincoln Would’ve Done ‘Ferns’

    Yes, Lincoln Would’ve Done ‘Ferns’Bill O’Reilly attacked President Obama for making a viral video, saying the Great Emancipator wouldn’t stoop so low. History proves the opposite.


  • For Obama and Boehner, just maybe, a way forward

    Boehner & Obama in the Oval OfficeThe latest snowfall was a bigger story in Washington this week than Tuesday’s private meeting between the estranged president and House speaker — their first in more than a year. Since Barack Obama recently signaled he has all but given up on legislating with Republicans, and since John Boehner has flat out said he can’t trust the president, the assumption in Washington is that the chances for big legislation anytime soon are basically zero, whether the White House breaks out the good china or not.


  • John Kerry finds his calling

    U.S. Secretary of State John KerryTen years ago this week, John Kerry barely held off John Edwards in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary, prolonging for another few weeks his plodding, uninspiring march to the party’s presidential nomination. Kerry went on to lose an eminently winnable election, after which most Democrats in Washington expected him to disappear, like Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis.


  • In New York, real populism and real choices

    NY Cuomo di BlasioDemocrats in Washington don’t have to worry much about the kind of fratricidal disorder that plagues the modern Republican Party. But neither should they take too lightly the intraparty breach that seems to be widening in New York, where the mayor of the nation’s biggest city is staring down the governor of its third largest state.


  • Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

    President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a trip to Japan Wednesday with a close-up look at the art of sushi making at a tiny Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations and a hefty price tag.


  • Pro-Russian insurgents hold US journalist captive

    In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."


  • Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

    President Barack Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hyeTOKYO (AP) — Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission.


  • Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been seen since early Tuesday.
  • Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist hostage

    In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive.


  • Washington Insiders Say Chris Christie Won 2013 After a whirlwind year of crippling partisanship, bungled policy rollouts, and a government shutdown, most public figures are leaving this year with quite a few more chips to their image than they had in January. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—a growing puzzle for Democrats and continuing headache for his fellow Republicans—emerged as the winner of 2013 on the political stage, according to a National Journal Political Insiders poll. Sixty percent of Democrats said Christie had the best 2013 of political figures, while 71 percent of Republicans said the same. The runners-up were barely any competition, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton scoring 24 percent from Democrats and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pulling a mere 11 percent from GOP insiders.
  • Sorry Pope Francis, 2013 Was the Year of Quinoa This year has seen tanking approval ratings for just about everybody in Washington, thanks to bungled policy initiatives, stalled legislation, and a government shutdown. It's quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain, at least according to the United Nations. In February, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization declared 2013 the international year of quinoa, not for the grain's place in Western society as a healthy, even upscale ingredient that's tough to pronounce, but for its impact on food security around the world. The price of quinoa, often called "the miracle grain of the Andes" for its origins, has tripled since 2006, The Guardianreported early this year.
  • 2013 Was Actually the Year of Quinoa Between bungled or stalled policy initiatives and a government shutdown, moving the needle on progress on either side proved nearly impossible. According to the United Nations, 2013 was the year of quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain. In February, the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization declared 2013 the international year of quinoa, not for the grain's place in Western society as a healthy, even upscale ingredient that's tough to pronounce, but for its impact on food security around the world. The price of quinoa, often called "the miracle grain of the Andes" for its origins, has tripled since 2006, The Guardianreported early this year.
  • Republican Insiders to Tea Party: You're Not Helping Us For Republicans, the group is something akin to a flesh-eating virus that threatens to chomp away at the GOP. The civil war between establishment and tea-party Republicans intensified this week when House Speaker John Boehner slammed outside conservative groups for "ridiculous" pushback against the bipartisan budget agreement, which cleared his chamber Thursday. Sixty-five percent of Republican influencers on the Hill called tea-party challengers to Republican lawmakers "very unhelpful" to the GOP, according to a National JournalPolitical Insiders poll published Friday. Their presence on the campaign trail leads to further splintering of the Grand Old Party, whose widening rift between establishment and tea-party members has not gone unnoticed by both Democratic opponents and the general public.
  • Republican Look-Alike Sites Mocking Democrats May Violate Rules The National Republican Congressional Committee proudly launched a faux campaign website for Democratic candidate Domenic Recchia this week, mocking him as a "career politician … asking for your vote." They even bought Google ads to direct New Yorkers to www.domenic-recchia.com, designed at first glance to look like it could be Recchia's own, down to the same yellow star replacing the dot in the 'i' of his last name. The problem is such a look-alike site, with a banner blaring "Domenic Recchia for Congress," may violate Federal Election Commission regulations for confusing the public, election lawyers say. (Screengrab) "This doesn't even strike me as a close call," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog group. The Recchia site is just the latest in a series of mocking microsites the NRCC has put online to attack, taunt, and otherwise annoy Democratic congressional candidates from Montana to New York to West Virginia.
  • Young Money Talks an Old-School Game in Washington

    Young Money Talks an Old-School Game in WashingtonThe heir to a billion-dollar hotel fortune, Patrick Gage, is an avowed warrior in the global fight against human trafficking. But ask him out for a beer to talk about it and he would, by the letter of the law, be compelled to turn down...


  • Obama: 8 Million Health Care Sign-Ups a Boon for Democrats President Obama has many times declared victory for the Affordable Care Act, most recently with the announcement earlier this month that 7 million people have signed up in the law’s inaugural year. Today, with a slight grin, he added a big exclamation point. Now, 8...
  • Obama Tells Wounded Warriors They Are 'Inspiration'

    Obama Tells Wounded Warriors They Are 'Inspiration'President Obama welcomed Wounded Warriors on their Ride to the White House today calling the participants “an incredible inspiration to me and to our country.” “Biking nearly 60 miles in three days would be a challenge for anybody, but for all of you, this is...


  • Why America Needs Mary Cheney

    Why America Needs Mary CheneyMary, the proud Republican lesbian sister who emerged from Liz’s Senate debacle looking like a total ass-kicker, is a behind-the-scenes operator—but it’s time for her to run for office.


  • Who Should Watch the Watchmen

    Who Should Watch the WatchmenOversight today focuses on whether agencies like the NSA break the rules, but we need to ask if the rules themselves should be reconsidered.


  • Fargo’s Breakout Star

    Fargo’s Breakout StarAllison Tolman was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know.


  • How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

    How to Make Doctors IrrelevantAfter a simple, modified Paleo diet reversed her multiple sclerosis, one doctor is exposing health care and big pharma’s dirty secret: Prescriptions don’t make you well.


  • MIA in the War on Cancer

    Why America Needs Mary CheneyBig Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments. The result, one researcher says: ‘If we’re winning the war on cancer, we’re not winning that fast.’


  • Affirmative Action on the Ropes

    Affirmative Action on the RopesBy upholding Michigan’s ban on race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court chips away at the idea that diversity is good for all and worth promoting via special treatment.


  • The Global Black Box Scandal

    The Global Black Box ScandalThe airline industry installs Wi-Fi to make money from passengers but complains it’s too expensive to put satellite uplinks inside the same planes.


  • The Surreal Genius of ‘NYC Prep’

    The Surreal Genius of ‘NYC Prep’With its eye-roll-worthy forced dialogue, awkward interactions, and actually adolescent stars, ‘NYC Prep’ ploddingly, painfully, approaches something ‘Gossip Girl’ never could—reality.


  • The Long Flight to Afghanistan

    The Long Flight to AfghanistanOn his way to Afghanistan, an officer is surprised by a strange sight at a layover in the middle of the night.


  • Liberals’ Red State Death Wish

    Liberals’ Red State Death WishWill liberals support a quartet of Democrat senators from red states for reelection who have strayed from the party’s progressive base on issues like gun control and Social Security?


  • How to Power Up Without Eating

    How to Power Up Without EatingFeel foggy after a big lunch? It might be time to trade in your normal routine for a lunchtime run.


  • ‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

    ‘New Russia’ Rises in OdessaDemonstrators in Ukraine’s most important port, inspired by Putin, want to declare it part of ‘New Russia.’


  • Marisa Tomei Gets Real

    Marisa Tomei Gets RealIn a candid interview, the Oscar winner discusses her hit Broadway play, the thrill of working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the changing face of New York.


  • French Auto-Racer Turns Nazi Spy

    French Auto-Racer Turns Nazi SpyFrancine Prose’s absorbing new novel tackles Europe between the wars, concentrating on a real-life cross-dressing former athlete who cast her lot with Hitler.


  • Why the Tea Party Won’t Go Away

    Why the Tea Party Won’t Go AwayMatt Kibbe’s autobiographical manifesto sheds considerable light—not all of it intentional—on the curious staying power of the Tea Party.


  • The Wonky Elite’s False Prophet

    The Wonky Elite’s False ProphetThomas Piketty and his ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ are white hot, but he’s no ‘Tocqueville for Today’—and he and his fan club have Tocqueville all wrong.


  • Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

    Hopelessly Devoted to HillaryThey’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.


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