Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

Feature: Victims of Sandy struggle to put their lives back together
Superstorm Then And Now, Breezy Point, NY / AP

One year ago Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast leaving an unparalleled path of destruction in its wake. The nation’s second-costliest storm affected millions across two dozen states, and today many are still dealing with the storm’s aftermath.

Many towns in New York and New Jersey continue to show Sandy’s effects, and their recovery is far from complete. A drive through towns such as Union Beach, Sea Bright and Highlands show some homes still in disrepair, many empty lots where homes once stood, and businesses shuttered or listed for sale.

Medieval Times

Column: ‘Vanity Fair’ and the New Feudalism
Zuckerberg, Bezos, Musk, Bloomberg / AP

Looking for a distraction from the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate? I urge you to read Vanity Fair’s latest advertisement for “The New Establishment,” a list of “50 Titans Disrupting Media, Technology, and Culture,” the century-old magazine’s annual mash-note to the rich and powerful and self-satisfied. These disrupters innovate technologies, set the trends, define the limits of acceptable conversation in culture and politics and society, and pour money into the network of liberal foundations and Democratic campaigns around which our world is increasingly organized. They are the winners in the cognitive lottery that is the New Economy, the men and women creating and shaping, by accident and by design, the “New Feudalism” described so well by Joel Kotkin in The Daily Beast. It’s good to know their names.

Judicial Watch Sues Michael Bloomberg for Gun Records

Suit seeks communications between Office of the Mayor, head of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Joe Biden
Michael Bloomberg / AP

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit last week against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office seeking communications between the office and Bloomberg’s gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Colorado Voters Recall Pro-Gun Control Senators

Bloomberg hardest hit
Michael Bloomberg, John Morse, Angela Giron / Wikimedia Commons

Colorado voters ousted two of their Democratic state senators Tuesday night in a stinging loss for the gun-control advocates who poured more than $2 million into the state’s first-ever recall election, such as New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

NYC Taxpayers to Fund Renewed Gun Control Push

Adviser to Bloomberg and his gun control group reveals lobbying plans
AP

The taxpayers of the city of New York will help finance a renewed push to enact gun control measures at the state and federal level, according to a city employee involved in the effort.