by on January 8, 2018
The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. The American Museum of Natural History has long been on the front lines of the climate change discussion, as its scientists study the potential damage and its educators try to alert new generations to the dangers of global warming. The depth of that mission is evident in the numerous exhibitions at this Manhattan museum, like the film “Wonders of the Arctic,” which is on view through March 2. “The polar bear has always been the symbo...
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by on September 5, 2018
Supreme Court nominee recruited black law clerks and lamented racism, yet helped develop arguments against affirmative action. Brett Kavanaugh, bottom right, and fellow Yale Law School classmates reunite in Maryland in 1992. ‘You can tell a lot about somebody playing basketball with them, and seeing how they interact with people,’ said Ken Christmas, top left. Assigned in early 2001 to help remake the federal bench with fresh conservative faces, Brett Kavanaugh, then an associate cou...
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by on May 26, 2018
Two years ago Sunday, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump derided US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, hearing a lawsuit against Trump University, for his "Mexican" heritage and complained of being "railroaded" by the legal system. It was shocking, Democrats and Republicans alike condemned Trump's racially intemperate criticism of the Indiana-born judge. Turns out, it was nothing. Over the past 24 months, Trump has scorned judges, derided the American court system, and tramp...
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by on February 26, 2018
In all the talk about gun rights and gun culture, one thing that is left out is the fact that the right to bear arms has become a subject of the right. But the NRA isn’t about gun rights for all Americans. At least not historically. Let’s look at the Mulford Act. Republican California Assemblyman Don Mulford crafted the bill in response to members of the Black Panther Party, and in 1967, it was signed into law by Republican demi-god Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California.  On...
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by on March 16, 2018
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe defended himself after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him from the agency, calling his dismissal an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. “The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong. This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness,” McCabe told The New York Times. Sessions fired McCabe on Friday night after an internal FBI office found that McCabe wasn’t forthcoming during a review by the Justice Department’s ins...
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by on December 29, 2017
Library of Congress The Library of Congress is going to start being more selective about which tweets it decides to save in its archives. Since 2010, the research library for the United States Congress has been archiving all public tweets dating back to Twitter’s launch in 2006. Not anymore. Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress says it will “continue to acquire tweets but will do so on a very selective basis.” “Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic a...
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by on June 22, 2018
A study for the U.N. Human Rights Council has concluded 40 million people in the United States live in poverty -- and more than half of those live in "extreme" or "absolute" poverty. The 20-page report by Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says U.S. policies benefit the rich and exacerbate poverty. A woman is seen in a makeshift shelter beneath the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. A United Nations report delivered Friday said more than 40 milli...
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by on December 25, 2017
Louise Linton and Steve Mnuchin pose at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on Nov. 15, 2017.  Someone sent a package wrapped in holiday gift paper and filled with horse manure that was addressed to United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and placed on a street in Bel-Air, the Los Angeles Police Department said Saturday evening. The package was reported to police after it was discovered in the 900 block of Bel-Air Road, LAPD officials said. LAPD Sgt. R. Briggs described the...
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by on May 30, 2018
Wall Street’s long campaign to chip away at the toughest trading restriction imposed on banks after the financial crisis is finally paying off under President Donald Trump. The Federal Reserve Board, now led by Trump appointees, on Wednesday took the most concrete step yet to roll back the Volcker Rule, which was key to Washington’s efforts to make the industry safer after the 2008 meltdown. Fed governors voted 3-0 to seek comment on proposed changes, kicking off an administrative process...
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by on November 29, 2017
The Google-owned video site faces controversy over inappropriate videos and comments aimed at children -- and major brands have reportedly pulled ads. YouTube is facing another advertiser boycott.  YouTube is trying to clean up its site as it deals with controversies concerning minors on the service.   The Google-owned video site has drawn ire because some videos with children were the target of sexually inappropriate comments. In response, YouTube killed hundreds of accounts and re...
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by on April 16, 2018
In March, Governor Andrew Cuomo stood in front of a public housing building for the first time in recent memory and told reporters that “the residents’ rights have been abused, period.” On the request of the tenants themselves, he had just toured one of the decaying apartments in the Bronx in a building managed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), an institution that has been plagued with budget shortfalls and mismanagement for years. “The unit is crumbling around them, and it is disg...
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by on February 8, 2018
At the final public hearing for the city’s proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning held by the City Council on Wednesday, it was clear that some things had truly changed—and some things really hadn’t—since the first hearing in September 2016, when hundreds of residents marched through the streets and descended on Bronx Community College to oppose the rezoning. In the coming month, councilmembers Fernando Cabrera (left) and Vanessa Gibson, whose districts overlap with the rezoning area, will neg...
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