One of the highest ranking members in the United States Senate is calling for a big change in the way we run our elections. In a New York Times Op-ed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blamed partisan primaries for much of the polarization and gridlock in Washington right now. So he is calling for a national movement to replace it with a top two primary system.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 22, 2014 7:50 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 14, 2014 1:18 pm|
A four-month investigation by the New York Times has uncovered a regular pattern of prison officers at Rikers Island committing brutal attacks against inmates in the New York prison. The investigation found that the vast majority of inmates who are attacked are mentally ill and in handcuffs when abused by officers.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday June 23, 2014 10:43 am|
Yesterday the New York Times ran a lengthy (and welcome) editorial urging Congress to act on sentencing reform, and lamented that they probably aren’t going to pass either the Smarter Sentencing Act or the Recidivisim Reduction and Public Safety Act this summer. But anyone who thought Congress would take up an issue like sentencing reform right before an election is smoking crack.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 4, 2014 10:56 am|
Armed with what can only be described as willful ignorance, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd went to Colorado to sample some marijuana edibles. She chose to follow none of the basic advice you can find after a two minute web search, took way too much, and proceeded to have a very bad time.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 2, 2014 4:10 pm|
The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from New York Times reporter James Risen, who has fought to protect his confidential sources as President Barack Obama’s administration insists on forcing him to testify in a leak prosecution.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 2, 2014 2:17 pm|
I’m very disappointed in the New York Times. It seems the editors assigned a reporter to create a story with the catchy headline, “After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High.” Despite the reporter’s failure to find any solid evidence to justify the title, it was nonetheless retained as click-bait.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 28, 2014 9:50 am|
Holder made no such hint. The position of President Barack Obama’s administration is that they are not prosecuting Risen. The administration also probably expects him to cooperate in the leak prosecution and not resist—or, in other words, they expect Risen to “do his job.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 16, 2014 10:00 am|
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been fired and replaced by Dean Baquet, who was managing editor at the Times. But how will he defend the right to publish when confronted by opposition from government officials?
|By: Anthony Noel Wednesday May 14, 2014 7:15 pm|
From the “Love Me I’m A Liberal” department:
The New Yorker is reporting that today’s firing of The New York Times’ first female Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, occurred because she was “pushy” with the paper’s masters er, CEO and owner.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday May 9, 2014 1:23 pm|
Will a well-meaning social media campaign to rescue kidnapped girls result in military action and, as a result, more blowback against the United States? Could our intervention in Nigeria make Boko Haram stronger?
In recent days, Americans have become aware of the 276 kidnapped Muslim schoolgirls, taken at gunpoint from their classroom in Nigeria by the militant Boko Haram movement.