When the Twin Towers fell, Elizabeth Greenspan was a 24-year-old graduate student in urban studies in New York City. She was interested in how cities rebuild after catastrophes, like Hiroshima and she began to chronicle Ground Zero while the ruins were still smouldering. Her new book, The Battle For Ground Zero, chronicles the years of struggle and conflict during which New Yorkers fought over what should replace the World Trade Center.
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Saturday September 7, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Saturday December 10, 2011 1:59 pm|
In the summer of 2011, 14 million Americans were unemployed and 16% of the country was officially poor. Student loan debt eclipsed credit card with over $1 trillion outstanding. One in five mortgages was underwater. Our leaders said the economy was recovering from the recession caused by the financial crisis, but their soothing pronouncements seemed to mock the evidence of our senses. On September 17, a group of activists converged on a small concrete plaza in lower Manhattan, determined to Occupy Wall Street.
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Thursday October 27, 2011 11:29 am|
Bunch tells the story of the bridge through the eyes of several vividly drawn characters: A 19-year-old veteran street protester with working class roots and a genius for escaping arrest; a 69-year-old retired lawyer who showed up on impulse after being moved by a play about the final day of Martin Luther King’s life; a painfully shy theater tech who found the movement online; a self-styled branding expert/saxophonist; and a 24-year-old Jewish immigrant from the former Soviet Union, drowning in student debt.
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Saturday November 15, 2008 2:00 pm|
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it’s nice to find that out for yourself. Rumor has it lobbyists will represent anyone for the right price. Anyone? Journalist Ken Silverstein, the author of Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship, wanted to find out for himself.
Lobbyists are notoriously secretive about their work. Obviously, they weren’t going to divulgue their high-priced secrets to a report. So Silverstein contrived a simple but elegant ruse to get into the inner sanctums of the Washington lobby establishment: posing as a potential client.
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Monday November 3, 2008 10:06 am|
A mercenary firm in Oregon offered to provide “security” on election day in case voters “get out of control,” Danger Room reports
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Wednesday October 29, 2008 7:30 pm|
Al Franken has been the target of some of the ugliest political ads of 2008, courtesy of the Republican National Senatorial Committee. This one really takes the cake. The voiceover claims that Franken “humiliates minorities”, “demeans women”, “writes pornography”, and “laughs at the disabled,” amongst other defects.
Life imitates art, I guess. Here’s a transcript of a Saturday Night Live sketch from the 1990s featuring Al Franken as a political analyst discussing negative ads on the fake news broadcast “Weekend Update with Norm MacDonald”:
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Wednesday October 29, 2008 1:50 pm|
The Hill reports Joe Lieberman’s days as chair of the powerful Homeland Security Committee may be numbered as senate Democrats plan a massive reshuffle in the event of an Obama victory and significant Democratic senate pick ups. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii would probably take over from Lieberman as chair of the Homeland Security Committee.
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Friday October 24, 2008 3:30 pm|
The hoaxster who scratched a “B” into her own cheek and claimed that a fictional black Obama-supporting thug did it now blames the media for blowing her politically-motivated hate crime into a political firestorm: “She just opened up and said she wanted to tell the truth,” Bryant said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “She was upset with the media for blowing this into a political firestorm.”
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Monday October 20, 2008 9:30 pm|
Two years ago, South Dakota voters rejected a near-total ban on abortion in their state. On November 4th, they will vote on a slightly less extreme version same bill. The bill would outlaw all abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life or health of the mother was at stake.
|By: Lindsay Beyerstein Sunday October 19, 2008 11:33 am|
Young Political Majors is a GOP-linked consulting firm that has been accused of tricking California voters in to registering as Republicans under the guise of signing a petition to get tough on child molesters. Maybe YPM signature gatherers are just doing what ACORN reps probably did–artificially inflating their registration totals in order to get paid.