Tabloid titan Jimmy Breslin — the cigar-chomping, hard-nosed newspaperman who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Daily News’ columns championing ordinary New Yorkers — has died, according to two friends of his family. He was 86. The cause of death was not immediately released. The curmudgeonly ink-stained wretch — whose velvety and witty writing style uplifted the downtrodden and eviscerated the scoundrels — crafted scores of columns for The News, Newsday, the New York Herald Tribune and New York Journal American. For more than 40 years, James Earl Breslin was a newspaper reporter New Yorkers trusted and clamored to read,
Years ago when I lived on the Upper Eastside, I passed by him as he was walking up 1st Ave., he was eating fries out of a bag, his face covered in grease. He had a nice long life. I hope he died in peace. I did not agree w/his politics at all, but he certainly was an excellent & colorful writer.
I frequently didn´t agree with him, but he sure could turn a phrase. Some of his columns were masterpieces asserting the value of the common man. His column about the man who dug JFK´s grave was unforgettable.
He was a genuine New Yorker, from the outer boroughs, and he was able to talk with everyone from millionaires to mobsters.
Voting machines were reported stolen a day before Georgia’s special congressional election, according to a new report. The equipment was stolen last Saturday evening from a Cobb County precinct manager’s vehicle, Channel 2 Action News said Monday. He did not immediately report the theft. “It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft,” Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement. (Snip) Democrats are casting the race as a referendum on Trump and his administration’s policies, with the party hoping to turn the reliably-red Georgia blue this year. Georgia
Many of the 1,000 people who attended Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s town hall Monday in San Francisco didn’t necessarily disagree with her, they just wanted her to be louder and more aggressive in opposing the Trump administration. (Snip) While Feinstein was dropping Capitol Hill-speak phrases like “an omnibus” — a bill that addresses multiple issues — and a “CR” — continuing resolution, a type of appropriations legislation — audience members were demanding she speak out against the “fascists in the White House” and commit to a single payer health plan. “I’m not there yet” she said on single payer. Many in
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory Sunday night after a majority of Turkish voters appeared to have granted the president sweeping new powers. With more than 99 percent of the ballots counted, 51.34 percent voted "yes" to increase Erdogan´s role -- 24,789,242 votes -- compared with 48.667 percent that cast "no" -- 23,499,390 -- in the 18-article proposal, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. The turnout was 87 percent. (Snip) The prime minister post would be abolished after the 2019 national elections if the referendum passes. Term limits for the president would be changed and Erdogan would be allowed to
President Donald Trump and his family went to church on Easter Sunday, attending services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida. The President and the First Lady were joined by their daughter Tiffany, their son Barron, and Melania Trump’s parents, according to the White House. Donald Trump Jr. and his family were also spotted going into the church. The presidential motorcade passed two children that held signs that said “Happy Easter Mr. President,” according to the White House pool report. According to the White House, the Trumps planned a family brunch and an Easter egg hunt at Mar-a-lago during the
Republican voters in Georgia’s special election have caught up to the hefty advantage that Democrats built in early voting, according to two elections analyses, and are poised to take the lead on Friday. Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign for the suburban Atlanta district was buoyed by early numbers that gave left-leaning voters a sizable lead in the early voting. But that’s all but vanished as the Tuesday election nears and more early voting sites open. One reason the Democratic voter numbers may have stalled: While Democrats appeared to quickly consolidate around Ossoff, the leading contender of five Democrats on the ballot,
Paris — For some time France has been a country that does not like itself. Somewhere on the road from its humiliation in World War II to its disappointment with European integration to its discomfort with globalization, France slid into moroseness. High-speed trains purred; France pouted. Grumbling became a way of life, the response to lost grandeur. Now France seems ready to vent this slow-ripening anger in an election that could see the extreme right return to power for the first time since the 1940s and Europe revert to a turbulence not seen since that epoch. If Marine Le Pen
House Democrats face a recruiting dilemma in 2018 as the liberal backlash to President Trump looks poised to boost progressive candidates in primaries. Democrats are seeing a groundswell of enthusiasm on the left, but that same energy could complicate the calculus in swing seats and districts carried by Trump that Democrats need to take back the House. The party will likely need to strike a delicate balance between finding moderate candidates that best match the political profiles of the target districts on issues like abortion and gun control without alienating its left wing. "I think it may be helpful in
Finally, a major, globally important summit that doesn’t involve our aggressively fearless leader or his restless-finger-syndrome–plagued Twitter feed. Instead, four members of what can only be described as American royalty had some fun in the sun, island-hopping around French Polynesia. There, isn’t that nice? A little dose of virtual vitamin D rather than doomsday proclamations and your Twitter feed full of stale United Airlines jokes? According to the Asbury Park Press via Tahiti Nua TV, former president Barack Obama (just saying his name feels better), Michelle Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks are in the South Pacific enjoying
The good news is that Jon Ossoff is succeeding in making the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District competitive. The bad news is that he’s probably not going to be going to the House of Representatives. According to a newly released poll, the 30-year-old Democrat will likely fall short of the 50 percent vote share in Tuesday’s election he needs to win the race outright. While Ossoff leads the crowded field of mostly Republicans vying to replace Republican Tom Price, who vacated the seat in February to serve as Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary, he is currently only polling at 39 percent “Ossoff
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies on Saturday that are aimed at pressuring President Trump to release his tax returns. The events, which will be held as the tax-filing deadline approaches, are one of a number of protests that have sprung up since Trump´s election, including the women´s march held the day after the inauguration. The marches come eight years after Tea Party rallies on President Obama´s first Tax Day in office. Trump´s tax returns are a long-running controversy from his presidential campaign. In a sharp break with precedent, Trump has refused to release the documents,
Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad deceived United Nations weapons inspectors and still has “hundreds of tonnes” of chemical weapons stockpiled, the country’s former weapons research chief has said. In 2014, Syria said it had handed over all of its chemical weapons to the UN’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). At the time, Barack Obama said the stockpile had been “100 per cent eliminated”. But Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat has told the Telegraph that Assad’s regime did not declare large amounts of sarin and other toxic weapons. “They [the regime] admitted only to 1,300 tonnes, but we knew in reality
An African-American woman filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday, April 10, against Albertsons and its parent company, Safeway, alleging that its managers took no steps to correct or apologize for the actions of a checkout clerk at an Irvine store who incorrectly assumed the woman was on food stamps. (Snip) Deirdre Harris, 42, who filed the lawsuit, said the incident occurred Jan. 27 at the Albertsons at Alton Avenue and Culver Street. Harris said she was trying to pull out a debit card from her phone case to pay for the items, when the checkout clerk asked her if she
They´ve spent the last month quietly recuperating in French Polynesia since leaving the White House earlier this year. But Barack and Michelle Obama interrupted the quiet island life they´ve become accustomed to this weekend with a star-studded jaunt out to sea. The former First Couple joined Bruce Springsteen Tom Hanks and their wives on music mogul David Geffen´s superyacht Rising Sun on Friday, making quite the splash as they arrived at the vessel off the island of Mo´orea in a spruced up speedboat. Once on board, the Obama´s played tourists, posing romantically on the upper deck while they had their
No President in American history has ever golfed more per week than Donald Trump. In his first 12 weeks in office Trump took a staggering 18 golf course trips. That´s unheard of. In his first 12 weeks in office, President Obama didn´t visit a single golf course. By the end of this year, it´s likely that Trump will have golfed more than President Obama has in his entire presidency. And that´s strange. It´s really strange. Because Donald Trump and other conservative pundits seemed to be deeply bothered by the times President Obama went out and golfed. It appeared to genuinely offend
A review of the surveillance material flagged by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes shows no inappropriate action by Susan Rice or any other Obama administration official, Republican and Democratic Congressional aides who have been briefed on the matter told NBC News. (Snip) "I saw no evidence of any wrongdoing," said one U.S. official who reviewed the documents, who would not agree to be identified further. "It was all completely normal." His assessment was shared by a senior Republican aide who had been briefed on the matter but declined to speak on the record. The finding by lawmakers of both parties
Donald J. Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in November came as a shock to the world. Polls, news reports and everything the Clinton campaign was hearing in the final days pointed to her becoming the first female president in American history. In their compelling new book, “Shattered,” the journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that Clinton’s loss suddenly made sense of all the reporting they had been doing for a year and a half — reporting that had turned up all sorts of “foreboding signs” that often seemed at odds, in real time, with indications that Clinton was the favorite
Hillary Clinton phoned Barack Obama on election night after conceding defeat and told him: ‘I’m sorry’. The Democratic Presidential candidate stepped into an anteroom for the conversation to apologize for losing to Donald Trump in a conversation which has never previously been reported. As she took the call Clinton knew she had ‘let her country down’ and that Obama’s legacy lay ‘shattered at Donald Trump’s feet’, a new book reveals. Minutes earlier Clinton had called Trump and suppressed ‘the anger that touched every nerve in her body’ as she conceded. She said: ‘Congratulations, Donald. ‘I’ll be supportive of the country’s success and that means
Variety magazine’s Co-Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller, in a tweet promoting a new specialty issue, asked the public to answer this question about Chelsea Clinton, “How cool does Chelsea Clinton look on our Power of Women, NY, cover? Read her great interview with @RaminSetoodeh in tomorrow’s issue!” (Photos/Tweet) Clinton is one of six women featured individually on separate covers of the Variety specialty issue along with Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Blake Lively, Audra McDonald and Shari Redstone. (Photos/Tweet) The liberal media, working in collusion with her parents former President Bill Clinton and failed presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and their political operatives, is
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore says he’s “on fire” creatively in his “Easter Dinner Reflections” Facebook post. Why? It’s all about “removing a sitting president,” he says in his @mmflint Twitter promo for the Facebook commentary. Moore’s just not sure what the best media vehicle is for him to “take him down." He explains in his “Reflections”: “I think I need to make a movie. Or bring back my weekly series to TV. Or stand on a stage and howl. Or something. Or anything. Or all of it.” Moore ponders his options: "Can a simple movie actually bring down a sitting
Dan Rather said on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning that people are being too quick to praise Donald Trump as presidential for dropping bombs. The most notable example of this in the past two weeks was CNN’s own Fareed Zakaria saying that Trump “became president” in response to the Syria strike. Rather did not mention Zakaria specifically, but he did say, “Dropping bombs, having missile strikes, doesn’t make one presidential.” He said it’s way too early for that kind of rhetoric, because the question really is whether you can “keep the peace” afterwards. Stelter asked Rather if journalists have a tendency
By all accounts, Jared Kushner, the husband of President Trump´s favorite daughter, has become an extraordinarily powerful man in the White House. To formally appoint Kushner a senior adviser, with a top security clearance, the president sought and received a Justice Department opinion declaring the White House exempt from federal anti-nepotism laws. That meant Kushner could have an official White House title to go along with his trusted-member-of-the-family influence.
CNN´s Fareed Zakaria discusses his experience with "Trump derangement syndrome," where people´s hatred and anger towards the president is so intense that it impairs their judgment. He talks about Obama speechwriters attacking Trump for doing exactly what President Obama would have done in Syria. "And then came the strike against Syria. On that issue, Trump appears to have listened carefully to his senior national security professionals, reversed his ealier positions, chosen a calibrated response, and acted swiftly. I supported the strike, and pointed out both in print and on air that Trump was finally being presidential because the action ´seemed
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump enlisted the services of Risa Heller, a New York City public relations figure known for her work with Democrats — including former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) — when they came to Washington to take up their official posts in the Trump White House, according to a report in Buzzfeed. The revelation came amid reports that a New York City set with a history of friendly ties to the Democratic party is gaining traction in President Donald Trump’s White House, much to the
Corruption on Capitol Hill is “worse than you think,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., insists. “When you first get here, you think that you are in some sort of fairy-tale novel,” Buck said. “They wine and dine you and they show you just exactly what it’s like if you play the game. It’s a wonderful life.” Things quickly change, however, if “you don’t play the game.” “If you don’t play the game … it becomes a much less conformable existence here,” Buck said. (Snip) Buck said his book addresses corruption present in government today that he was not prepared for after being elected to