The Murder of Eric Garner and the Failure of Justice

As others have noted, while there may have been some reason not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have refrained from indicting Daniel Pantaleo for the murder--yes, the murder--of Eric Garner. And why was Garner murdered? For selling "loose" or untaxed cigarettes. "Appalling" does …

Yes, Police Brutality Is a Problem

And yes, everyone should be denouncing police brutality, including conservatives who have traditionally supported the police. Failing to do so might result in perpetuating conditions that might allow you to get put in a chokehold for grilling in front of your house--even if you are a woman who is seven months pregnant and a threat to …

Some Sanity in New York

The nanny-state suffers a blow: The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead. The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and dashing the hopes of health advocates who have urged state and local governments to curb the consumption …

Speaking of Bill de Blasio . . .

This is unconscionable: Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right …

The de Blasio Administration: Where Ideology Trumps Competence

Let me start this post by being fair to Bill de Blasio: He won the election, his political philosophy got affirmed in the process, and as a consequence, he has the right to hire people who share that philosophy. That having been written, it would be nice if he would balance out ideological hiring with …

How Bill de Blasio Addresses Inequality

Andrew Rotherham and Richard Whitmire discuss the fissure that has occurred within the Democratic party regarding the issue of education reform. There is a Bill de Blasio camp when it comes to education policy, and the duo describe that camp's "contribution" to the formulation and implementation of principles and programs that shape how kids are …

Man of the People

Behold Bill de Blasio's common touch: Despite repeatedly promising this morning that he’d take questions about the controversy surrounding his caravan breaking multiple traffic laws, Mayor Bill de Blasio shut down questions on the topic at an unrelated press conference this evening. Before walking away as reporters shouted questions at him, Mr. de Blasio read a brief …