Congrats to the New York Times for its scoop on the “new Democratic strategy” of lashing out at Charles and David Koch, libertarian philanthropists who, according to the Times, “look genial enough.”
What makes this year’s effort to villainize the Koch brothers a “new” strategy for Democrats is unclear, but this is the New York Times we’re talking about, so they must be on to something, especially considering their piece is a pretty transparent ripoff of this Buzzfeed article by Kate Nocera from less than a week ago.
Perhaps there is some nuanced distinction that sets Harry Reid’s latest bout of hysteria apart from the 2010 campaign, when Democrats ran furiously against the Koch brothers and got shellacked on Election Day, losing independents by 15 points. On the other hand, perhaps not.
Maybe it’s the clever new slogan: “The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch.” It’s clever because “Koch” is pronounced “coke,” as in the drug “cocaine,” which is addicting. That’s pretty funny. Credit to Reid’s wife Landra Gould, who reportedly came up with it.
My must read of the day is “Mr. Ryan’s Small Ideas on Poverty,” by the editorial board of the New York Times.
(Reuters) – Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim plans to increase his stake in The New York Times Co by exercising at the end of this year warrants he received when he made a major loan to the newspaper company, according to a report in Bloomberg.
You are an accomplished adult, at the top of your field, working in the heart of the greatest city in the world. Important people answer your emails and phone calls. Yet there is one person in the office who bugs you, whose demeanor you find obnoxious. You want to take a stand, to let this individual know his behavior is uncalled for, imperious, despotic even. And so you do the only thing a mature and levelheaded man in your position can do: You refuse to sit with him at lunch.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) rejected the conclusion made by the New York Times that al Qaeda had no part in the attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans.
The U.S. government is trying to apprehend an al Qaeda terrorist wanted for his role in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans.
The New York Times published a front-page article on Tuesday praising New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s “humble” rowhouse.
A newly hired New York Times columnist is an anti-Israel conspiracy theorist who is so opposed to “normalization” with the Jewish state that he once fought to prevent a think tank from translating his novel into Hebrew.
Via Matt Welch, here is a fascinating story about rent control and bankruptcy. There is much pulling of the heartstrings by New York Times reporter Mireya Navarro and it’s clear how Navarro and the newspaper come down. I’m going to ignore the emotional blackmail* and instead focus on the relevant facts:
Two years ago, [Mary Veronica Santiago] took refuge in bankruptcy, hoping to have her debts wiped away. … The issue, pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is whether a rent-stabilized lease can be treated as an asset in a personal bankruptcy, just like a car or a piece of land, and used to pay off creditors. …
Mrs. Santiago has lived for 50 years in a two-bedroom apartment near Tompkins Square Park, in a neighborhood where unregulated apartments rent for thousands more a month than Mrs. Santiago’s rent of $703. Her main income is a Social Security check and, under normal bankruptcy proceedings, her lawyers said, she would have avoided repaying the $23,000 she owes because she had no assets. …
But as her case was nearing conclusion, her landlord stepped in with an offer to buy her rent-stabilized lease and produce the funds to pay off her debt. …