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New York is an American biweekly magazine concerned with life, culture, politics, and style generally, and with a particular emphasis on New York City. Founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968 as a competitor to The New Yorker, it was brasher and less polite, and established itself as a cradle of New Journalism. Over time, it became more national in scope, publishing many noteworthy articles on American culture by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Nora Ephron, John Heilemann, Frank Rich, and Rebecca Traister.Source
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Republican Senators Haven’t Represented a Majority of Voters Since 1996

Republican Senators Haven’t Represented a Majority of Voters Since 1996

As we wait for the Senate parliamentarian to if 41 senators will be able to block a minimum-wage increase that a comfortable supports, it’s as good a time as any to be reminded of the non-representative nature of the Senate Republican Conference.Daily Kos Elections has displaying the percentage of the population represented by senators from each party since 1990, along with the percentage of Senate votes each party captured (displayed in three-cycle averages, since only one-third of the Senate is up for reelection every two years):Republican senators haven’t represented a majority of the...

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$15 Minimum Wage Is Dead for Now Thanks to One Unelected Official

$15 Minimum Wage Is Dead for Now Thanks to One Unelected Official

In a fateful and long-awaited ruling, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has that a bill to implement Joe Biden’s COVID stimulus legislation cannot include a boost in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. At this juncture, it’s unclear whether MacDonald’s ruling encompasses any minimum wage hike or only the version promoted by congressional Democrats. But either way it’s a major procedural blow to implementation of Democrats’ plan to pass relief through budget reconciliation since Republican filibusters will almost certainly preclude any minimum-wage hike pursued outside the charmed...

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The Republicans’ Long War to Roll Back the New Deal Is Finally Over

The Republicans’ Long War to Roll Back the New Deal Is Finally Over

The Democratic Party is on the verge of passing an economic-rescue bill twice the size of the one they enacted under Barack Obama. And yet the Republican opposition, which could block any bill by turning just one senator, has invested shockingly little energy in its opposition. While no Republicans seem likely to vote in favor, they have responded with resignation, rather than the paroxysms of outrage they mustered against previous Democratic administrations (and over far more limited measures).Biden’s relief bill is extremely , yes — but this is a result of the GOP’s muted opposition as...

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Bernie Sanders Casts First Democratic Vote Against a Biden Cabinet Nominee

Bernie Sanders Casts First Democratic Vote Against a Biden Cabinet Nominee

Despite fears that an equally divided Senate would cause trouble for Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees, of the nine whose confirmations have arrived on the Senate floor, eight have (all but Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who got 56). The latest, Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, was by an impressive 92-7 vote (unsurprisingly, after he won from the Senate Agriculture Committee). But the Vilsack vote exhibited the first tiny crack in the solid edifice of Democratic unity, as Bernie Sanders joined six right-wing Republicans in opposing the confirmation. It was the first Democratic...

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Ted Cruz Wasn’t the Only Texas Republican Who Left During the Freeze

Ted Cruz Wasn’t the Only Texas Republican Who Left During the Freeze

Texas Senator faced an avalanche of last week when he was seen on a plane heading to the beach destination of Cancún while his state suffered through a massive energy crisis caused by freezing weather. But Cruz wasn’t the state’s only elected Republican to skip town for warmer temperatures, or at least reliable power. Late last week, the Houston Chronicle that state representative Gary Gates flew to Orlando on a private jet after his home lost power. And on Monday, the Dallas Morning News that Texas Attorney General and his wife, state senator Angela Paxton, traveled to Utah last week amid...

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CPAC Cancels Speaker at Conference With the Theme ‘America Uncanceled’

CPAC Cancels Speaker at Conference With the Theme ‘America Uncanceled’

As usual, this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference is a pretty good barometer for the state of the American right. While last year focused on during the early days of the crisis, this year’s official theme, tracks pretty consistently with ’ and obsession with political correctness and the in tech against conservatives.Bu thanks to some of the circling around in the big tent of the Republican coalition, CPAC was unable to provide its attendees a space safe from censorship. On Monday, three days before the conference began, it an appearance from a panelist who “has expressed...

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The New York Mayoral Race Has Become a Zoom Hell

The New York Mayoral Race Has Become a Zoom Hell

By the 90th minute of the Staten Island Democratic Club’s Zoom mayoral forum, Richard Flanagan, a professor of political science at the College of Staten Island and the event’s moderator, was getting confused: Most of the candidates had already left, and the index cards he was using to ask them questions were now all out of order.“The field has thinned,” he announced into his headset from his Bay Ridge home, trying to recover. “I’m told the winner will be the person who stays on until last.”“Don’t say that, Rich!” said Shaun Donovan, a former Cabinet official in the Obama White House. “We...

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WATCH: Terrifying Video of United 328’s In-Flight Engine Failure

WATCH: Terrifying Video of United 328’s In-Flight Engine Failure

A United Airlines flight bound for Honolulu experienced an engine failure and had to return to Denver International Airport shortly after takeoff on Saturday afternoon. Flight 328 landed safely , but footage of the in-flight fire and the engine debris which fell off the Boeing 777-200 amid the emergency illustrates what a harrowing experience it must have been for the flight’s 231 passengers and 10 crew members, as well as witnesses down below.(Update: Aviation expert and Intelligencer contributor Jeff Wise , pointing out that the aircraft was the third oldest 777 currently in operation,...

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An Ex-KGB Agent Says Trump Was a Russian Asset Since 1987. Does it Matter?

An Ex-KGB Agent Says Trump Was a Russian Asset Since 1987. Does it Matter?

In 2018, I became either famous or notorious — depending on your point of view — for writing a speculating that Russia had secret leverage over Trump (which turned out to be correct). The story’s most controversial suggestion was that it was plausible, though hardly certain, that Russia’s influence over Trump might even date back as far as 1987.Here is what I wrote in that controversial section:During the Soviet era, Russian intelligence cast a wide net to gain leverage over influential figures abroad. (The practice continues to this day.) The Russians would lure or entrap not only...

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Jonathan Chait
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AOC Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ of Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal

AOC Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ of Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joining her fellow New York Democrats in calling for an investigation into how Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration handled the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes.In a released Friday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic. Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor’s remarks warrant a full investigation.”In recent days, Cuomo has been under fire following that his...

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An Ex-KGB Agent Says Trump Was a Russian Asset Since 1987. Does it Matter?

An Ex-KGB Agent Says Trump Was a Russian Asset Since 1987. Does it Matter?

In 2018, I became either famous or notorious — depending on your point of view — for writing a speculating that Russia had secret leverage over Trump (which turned out to be correct). The story’s most controversial suggestion was that it was plausible, though hardly certain, that Russia’s influence over Trump might even date back as far as 1987.Here is what I wrote in that controversial section:During the Soviet era, Russian intelligence cast a wide net to gain leverage over influential figures abroad. (The practice continues to this day.) The Russians would lure or entrap not only...

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Jonathan Chait
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AOC Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ of Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal

AOC Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ of Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joining her fellow New York Democrats in calling for an investigation into how Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration handled the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes.In a released Friday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic. Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor’s remarks warrant a full investigation.”In recent days, Cuomo has been under fire following that his...

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Nia Prater
Feb 19
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How Biden’s Coronavirus Plan Will Fill the Holes in Obamacare

How Biden’s Coronavirus Plan Will Fill the Holes in Obamacare

Democrats have spent the past 11 years beating back Republican efforts to dismantle, , or sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Over time, the issue has transformed from a Democratic political liability to an advantage. And now that the Democrats control the federal government again, they are moving into a new stage of expanding the law.Obamacare has two major flaws that have hampered its ability to cover the uninsured. One was created by Senate Democrats, and the other was created by Chief Justice John Roberts. The coronavirus-relief legislation begins to fix both these flaws. If it is signed...

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Jonathan Chait
Feb 19
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Ted Cruz Abandons Millions of Freezing Texans and His Poodle, Snowflake

Ted Cruz Abandons Millions of Freezing Texans and His Poodle, Snowflake

After jaunting off to Cancún with his family Wednesday night, explained that he was merely escorting his teenage girls on a vacation trip with their friends. In an apparent bid for sympathy, he noted that, , “our family lost heat and water.” Cynics immediately cast doubt on this claim, so this afternoon I decided to check out the senator’s power situation for myself. Supplied with Cruz’s address by a knowledgeable friend, I drove the fifteen minutes from my Houston apartment to the uber-rich River Oaks neighborhood where Cruz lives.From the street, Cruz’s white, Colonial Revival–style...

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Michael Hardy
Feb 19
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Ted Cruz Abandons Millions of Freezing Texans and His Poodle, Snowflake

Ted Cruz Abandons Millions of Freezing Texans and His Poodle, Snowflake

After jaunting off to Cancún with his family Wednesday night, explained that he was merely escorting his teenage girls on a vacation trip with their friends. In an apparent bid for sympathy, he noted that, , “our family lost heat and water.” Cynics immediately cast doubt on this claim, so this afternoon I decided to check out the senator’s power situation for myself. Supplied with Cruz’s address by a knowledgeable friend, I drove the fifteen minutes from my Houston apartment to the uber-rich River Oaks neighborhood where Cruz lives.From the street, Cruz’s white, Colonial Revival-style...

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Michael Hardy
Feb 19
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Officials Say Texas Was ‘Seconds and Minutes’ Away From Monthslong Blackout

Officials Say Texas Was ‘Seconds and Minutes’ Away From Monthslong Blackout

As the freezing weather that left this week subsides, the head of the power grid covering most of the state revealed just how close it came to a . In an with the Texas Tribune, Bill Magness, the president of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said that if the utility did not cut power on Monday, the amount of energy going offline due to the storm, combined with a surge in demand amid the intense cold, could have caused widespread blackouts lasting for months, leaving the state in an “indeterminately long” crisis.“It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure] given the amount of...

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Matt Stieb
Feb 18
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America’s Brittle Infrastructure Is on Display in Texas

America’s Brittle Infrastructure Is on Display in Texas

As debilitating power outages stretch on in Texas, I spoke with New York editor-at-large David Wallace-Wells about what the dire situation signifies about our extreme-weather future — political point-scoring aside.Ben Hart: As Texas experiences extremely this week, the state’s electrical grid is straining. Millions have been without power, and some power companies have ordered rolling blackouts to manage demand. Public officials don’t seem to have a good handle on when the lights will go back on. To your eye, does what’s happening look like more of a Texas-specific problem — the state...

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Benjamin Hart
Feb 17
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Trump’s Popularity Among Republicans Is on the Rise

Trump’s Popularity Among Republicans Is on the Rise

Just when you thought it was safe to read about politics without constant references to Donald Trump or to polls, Politico and Morning Consult have some news for you, per this : “Trump Emerges From Impeachment Trial With Sturdy Backing From GOP Voters.”I am very aware that we don’t know what the 45th president will do going forward or how well his legacy will wear on his party or the country. It’s also crazy early — and for many horse-race-weary people, painfully early — to talk about what might happen in the 2024 presidential cycle. All in all, most people reading my words likely want...

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Ed Kilgore
Feb 16
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How to Coup-Proof America

How to Coup-Proof America

After the , we now confront the Republican Party we have — not the one we want or the nation needs, not the one we grew up with, not the one moored to conservative principles or moral judgment or even shame. Any senator who voted to acquit the former president in the face of the overwhelming case against him is a senator who today appears committed, even after the deadly Capitol insurrection, to undermining democratic rule — and Democratic rule. Once Republicans , once they decided to win elections by trying to ensure that fewer citizens could vote, they were ready to be led by Trump.In at...

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Andrew Cohen
Feb 16
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Why Is Eric Adams Getting Snubbed by the Black Political Establishment?

Why Is Eric Adams Getting Snubbed by the Black Political Establishment?

Eric Adams has spent 14 years in office, the last seven as the , and is the leading Black candidate in the New York City mayor’s race. Black voters will likely make up more than 30 percent of the Democratic electorate, but a big question hanging over the Adams campaign — which has raised millions of dollars — is whether he can lock down support from the city’s most powerful Black leaders. Or whether he’s even trying.The race itself is shaping up to be the most volatile in years; not only is this the first time the primary will be held in June, three months earlier than usual, but it is also...

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Feb 2
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Nancy Pelosi Vows to Launch ‘9/11-Type Commission’ to Investigate Capitol Riot

Nancy Pelosi Vows to Launch ‘9/11-Type Commission’ to Investigate Capitol Riot

House Speaker announced Monday that she would pursue a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the on the Capitol on January 6. In a to members of Congress, Pelosi stated that an outside, independent commission would be necessary to “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack” which killed five and the peaceful transition of power.The announcement of the plan comes two days after the acquittal of former President Donald Trump in his second Senate impeachment trial on one count of inciting an insurrection, and in the midst of a...

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Feb 16
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‘It’s Everyone Against Andrew Yang’

‘It’s Everyone Against Andrew Yang’

After announcing at a press conference by Columbia that he was running for mayor, Andrew Yang took a walk through Harlem with Ritchie Torres, a 32-year-old freshman congressman. Torres is the first Afro-Latino member of Congress and is widely considered a comer, and so his support was something of a coup for Yang, whose entrance into the race had been marred by the revelation that he had not only decamped for New Paltz in the midst of the COVID crisis but had given an on the eve of his announcement from his second home in which he suggested that it would have been nearly impossible to...

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David Freedlander
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What Happens to Trump’s Wall Now?

What Happens to Trump’s Wall Now?

Last September, 73-year-old Juan Vargas was hospitalized with the coronavirus at Laredo Medical Center in south Texas, and it was not looking good. “We all thought he was going to die,” says his son Jerry. “We were getting ready for basically that.”To avoid a potential legal quagmire if things turned for the worse, the elder Vargas signed an agreement with the federal government that the family had been fighting for over a year: Juan agreed to allow the Army Corps of Engineers right of entry to their ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border, paving the way for the construction of President Trump’s...

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Matt Stieb
Feb 14
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Remote Students Are ‘Just Having Different Learning Experiences’?

Remote Students Are ‘Just Having Different Learning Experiences’?

This week, the reported on findings that confirm the city’s Black, Asian American, and Latino children are suffering enormous academic setbacks by relying on remote learning. Presented with this harrowing data, the city’s school school-board president, Gabriela Lopez, blithely waved it off. “They are learning more about their families and their cultures, spending more time with each other,” Lopez told the . “They’re just having different learning experiences than the ones we currently measure, and the loss is a comparison to a time when we were in a different space.” It’s just a different...

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Jonathan Chait
Feb 4
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Republican Senators Are Asking the Courts to Take Care of Trump for Them

Republican Senators Are Asking the Courts to Take Care of Trump for Them

Donald Trump limped his way to acquittal in his second , with 57 senators voting to convict him of inciting insurrection. But it is an ominous sign that not only did many of the senators who did vote to acquit base their position on a technicality — Trump was supposedly ineligible for impeachment as an ex-officeholder, as opposed to not guilty of the crime — they conspicuously pointed toward the court system as a venue for further prosecution.“The ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked,” said Republican senator Thom Tillis, who...

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Feb 13
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