The FBI has added former Black Panther and former member of the Black Liberation Army, Assata Shakur, to its “most wanted terrorist” list. The decision is political and clearly aimed at the Cuban government, which granted political asylum to her after she escaped from prison in 1979. It also is an escalation of the government’s demonization of her for continuing to openly espouse radical political views, while in exile outside of the United States.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 4, 2013 10:40 am|
|By: DSWright Saturday May 4, 2013 7:54 am|
Embattled East Orange New Jersey Mayor Robert Bowser has an interesting theory. In a press conference on Friday Mayor Bowser told reporters that his admission of a sexual affair with a subordinate in a sexual harassment deposition is a private issue and belongs between him and his wife. The mayor read a prepared statement and refused to answer any questions as a spokesman referred reporters to a written form of the statement the mayor gave and the contact information for the mayor’s lawyer.
But is this a reasonable assertion?
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:45 am|
One of the only important elections taking place this year is the New Jersey gubernatorial race, and at this point it doesn’t look like much of a contest. Incumbent Chris Christie (R) is currently in an extremely strong position as he seeks another term according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday December 15, 2012 7:53 am|
In late November, while other parts of New Jersey were recovering from the superstorm, the quiet town of Paulsboro was blindsided by a very unnatural disaster. A train derailed while crossing a local bridge, sending freight cars tumbling into the water below and releasing a toxic swirl of the flammable gas known as vinyl chloride, used to make PVC plastics. In the following days, chaos ensued as residents hurriedly evacuated. Authorities struggled to manage the emergency respons, leaving people confused and frustrated by a lack of official communicationabout hazards.
Though the derailment came as a shock to residents, this was an accident waiting to happen.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 13, 2012 2:45 pm|
While waiting around for fiscal slope negotiations to conclude, Congress has bided its time with legislation seemingly timed for the holiday travel season. The House gave final approval to a bill that would give the TSA more leeway when screening checked baggage from international airports that is going on to a separate flight in the US. Many passengers will not have to re-check baggage for their connecting flight. The Senate also passed a bill that would route clothing left behind at security checkpoints to homeless military veterans.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 5, 2012 11:45 am|
For a Congress spending every waking minute talking about deficits, they sure know how to spend gobs of money above and beyond requested budgets – as long as it goes to the hands of defense contractors. The Senate version of the defense authorization bill costs $631 billion. This is $17 billion more than the Pentagon asked for. It passed 98-0. It now goes to a conference with the bill passed by the GOP-led House, which costs $3 billion MORE. The White House threatened to veto the bill over the budget overages, which is just adorable.
|By: Pam Spaulding Saturday December 1, 2012 6:00 pm|
There are weddings for all now at West Point’s Cadet Chapel.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 30, 2012 5:26 pm|
PPP has some new polling out that shows how much better Newark Mayor Cory Booker would do if he waited to run for Senate in 2014 instead of running against Christie in 2013 for governor, but the same basic dynamic likely applies to every high profile potential Democratic candidate in the state.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 29, 2012 12:22 pm|
Joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revised his estimate upward in asking for disaster relief funds to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, seeking $36.8 billion.
It remains a longshot, which is really stunning.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:25 am|
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has always had a relatively good job approval rating throughout most of his term, but since Hurricane Sandy it has reached almost historic heights. New Jersey voters overwhelming have a positive opinion of how Christie has handled the crisis.