Saturday, August 25, 2012

30 Years Biggest Albany Corruption Story

Yesterday Was St Valentine's Day for the Lopez Gang,Today is St Valentine's Day for the Silver Gang
Breaking Big  

Albany Armageddon The Horror of It All
Vito's Used Public Fund For Early Sexual Harassment Settlement
Silver Part of the Cover-Up
Breaking Sunday NYT Sunday Before Censure, a Hushed Settlement Against Assemblyman(NYT) The previous accusation against Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, who is also the head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, was settled earlier this year at least in part with public funds, a confidentiality agreement and a mandatory sexual harassment workshop
Silver Settled A Lopez Sexual Harassment Case With Gloria Allred - Calling Geraldo

Vito's Sexual Harassment Fixer
"Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver quietly settled at least one sexual harassment accusation against a powerful Brooklyn assemblyman before censuring him on Friday for sexually harassing two other female employees, people with knowledge of the agreement said." NYT 

*** How Many Other Sexual Harassment Cover-Ups? Where is JCOPE?
One claim against Vito Lopez reportedly settled secretl (NYDN)

‘political death’ of lopez‘political death’ of lopez(NYP) * Lawmaker Is Censured Over Sexual Harassment(NYT) * Lawmaker Censured on Sexual Harassment(WSJ) * Vito Lopez, Powerful Brooklyn Democrat, Faces Sexual Harassment Claims(WSJ) * Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez Slammed for Sexual Harassment(NY Mag)
NY Daily News Says Vito Must Go Legislature is no place for a sexual predator  Brooklyn boss Vito Lopez must disprove sex charges or quit * ‘Horndog’ Vito staffers: Always dress down!(NYP) * Vito Lopez faces cascade of calls to resign after sex harass(NYDN) * Living in a Post-Vito World(Prospect Heights Patch) * Angelo Falcón took a look at the post-Vito Lopez era and what it means for Latino politics.* Times: Assembly Speaker Settled Previous Harassment Claim Against Vito Lopez(NY1)Cuomo Calls for Censured Brooklyn Assemblyman to Resign(NYT)
* Cuomo joins chorus calling for Lopez to resignNYDN) * Sheldon Silver Actually Settled Other Sexual Harassment Case Against Vito Lopez (Gothamist)

Leading From Behind
re: allegations against Vito Lopez: "... if they are true, he must resign.”* While the Daily News questioned the timing of Shelly Silver’s censure of Vito Lopez Friday. * A Republican called on Lopez to step down.

Cuomo: It is Not Your Night Anymore Vito Lopez
Cuomo calls for Vito Lopez to resign in wake of censure for sexually harassing female staffers(NYP) * Gov. Cuomo has added his voice to a group of influential elected officials calling on Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign following his censure for sexually harassing two former female staffers   * Gov. Cuomo calls for resignation of Assemblyman Vito Lopez: Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined other lawmakers in ... 

Huntley Up Next to Be Indicted, But She is Not Concerned 
Says the Member of the Senate Ethic Committee
Senator Shirley Huntley, a Queens Democrat, tells reporters she expects to be arrested Monday. Does not specify charges. Sexually harassing Assemblymen, non-profit-rigging state senators--Albany returning to old normal? * State senator set to turn self in following investigation into nonprofits(NYP)  * State Sen. Huntley Tells Supporters That She Expects To Be Arrested(NY1)* Sen. Huntley: I expect to be arrested, but not concerned(NYDN) * Queens Democrat Shirley Huntley Calls Press Conference, (WCBS) * State Sen. Huntley set to be arrested over charity money(NYP) * State Senator From Queens Is Warning of Her Arrest(NYT)* Shirley Huntley’s lawyer thinks the timing of her upcoming arrest — right before an election — “is a little suspect.”* Expecting Arrest, State Senator Huntley Does Not Back Out Of Race For Re-Election(NY1) * Queens State Senator Says She Will Be Arrested Monday(NY Mag)

NYT Still Has Not Written About Naomi Rivera But the NYP Did A Great Job Today?
Combined Huntley and Lopez in A Story Today

Government Funded Lobbyists, Inc- $24 Million
Booty and Campaign Money Also
Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx.(NYP) The dating life of Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera has shed light on a web of Latino nonprofits in The Bronx — groups that benefit a close-knit network of political insiders as much as the community. She installed a boyfriend, Vincent Pinela, as head of the Bronx Council for Economic Development, a taxpayer-funded nonprofit he admits being unqualified to run. He alleges she used the group to fund their dates and her campaign.
But the council is only one nonprofit of many organized under the Hispanic Federation, which has taken in $24 million in taxpayer money since 1998.  Roberto Ramirez (left) and Luis Miranda have ties to a nonprofit that helps run the group where Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera hired a beau. The federation has ties to almost every Hispanic lawmaker in The Bronx, including Rivera, but primarily benefits two men: political strategist Luis Miranda, who co-founded it and once served as its president, and Roberto Ramirez, a former Bronx Democratic Party boss. The men run a private political consulting firm, the MirRam Group. It’s paid by the Hispanic Federation and is hired by politicians who steer taxpayer money to the nonprofit.
Thompson Campaign Manager is A Partner in the MirRam Group
Eduardo Castell EDUARDO CASTELL brings over 20 years of experience as a campaign professional and government executive. Until the end of last year, Mr. Castell served as Executive Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York. As a member of the Comptroller’s senior staff, he helped manage an agency with a $65 million operating budget, over 700 employees, and a pension portfolio exceeding $100 billion. Mr. Castell served as the chief liaison to federal, state and municipal governments and elected officials.  Every year, the federation throws a fund-raising gala packed with politicians. Its bash at the Waldorf-Astoria last Apri1 brought out mayoral hopefuls City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson and New York Giant Victor Cruz.

NYP Wants Silver To Move As Fast Against Rivera As They Did Against Lopez
Naomi’s next, Shelly(NYP) So, Speaker Shelly Silver can get the ethics machinery moving when he needs to. If Silver can get the Ethics Committee moving to slap down Lopez, why is he dragging his feet over Naomi Rivera?* THE PEREZ NOTES: Rivera has some explaining to do El Diario NY  * The New York Post continued its warpath against Naomi Rivera.

Another Graduate of Albany's Culture of Corruption

Bruno Misses Silver, Disses Spitzer, Praises Cuomo(YNN)



Pedro Espada's Tax Problem


Daughter of Bx. state Sen. busted for keying boyfriend's car: policeDaughter of Bx. state Sen. busted for keying boyfriend's car: police(NYP) The trouble keeps on coming for the children of Bronx pols. NYPD Sgt. Damaris Diaz — the daughter of state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and sister of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. — was arrested yesterday for keying her boyfriend’s car after he told. *State Sen. Ruben Diaz's cop daughter arrested for keying (NYDN)
* Bronx Senator's Daughter Charged With Criminal Mischief (NY1)

Party Leader Lopez is Not Alone In Using His Position For Illegal Activities

In 2009 Lopez candidate David Yassky for comptroller lost to ethically challenged Liu.  In 2010 Lopez candidate  Kathleen M. Rice Nassau DA from AG lost to Schneiderman.  Lopez also lost both of his Surrogate Court Judgeships countywide. Lopez does along with the other county leaders control the NYC Board of Elections which came handy in 2009 to de Blasio when the BOE knocked him off the ballot for petition filing problems. Candidates without de Blasio connections to the BOE stay off the ballot for those type of problems. Congressman Turner won Brooklyn big to beat Turner

Will you love me in December as do in May, Mayor Jimmy Walker (Song) Walker Resigns

Quinn Stop Loving Lopez When Will She Stop His Member Item$?
Quinn had Lopez at her wedding and she said her wedding was not a political event and that she was only inviting Lopez was her friend
  Vito Lopez should immediately resign & step down as chair of the Brooklyn Dem Party. There must be zero tolerance of sexual harassment.Queens Crap: Member item pork is once again shady  The Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council got $873,589, despite having been under scrutiny from federal and state investigators since a probe found it had submitted fraudulent and questionable claims for taxpayer cash. * A judge slammed the breaks on the city’s controversial plan to build housing at Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle Wednesday.  Opponents charge the project favors Hisidics over black and Latinos. A few years back Lopez supported the areas blacks ad Latinos against the Hisidics.* Council grants $600G in earmarks to group caught in Vito Lopez federal corruption investigation(NYDN)
* City Council Speaker Calls On Censured Brooklyn Assemblyman To Resign (NY1)

Liu Has Not Asked For Lopez to Resign
Hospitals Handle Rush of Shooting Victims(WSJ) * Brooklyn Assemblyman Censured For Harassing Female Staffers(NY1)* Brooklyn Dem boss Vito Lopez stripped of leadership post (NYDN) * BK Pol Censured for Sex Harassment(NBC) * Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine(True News) * Vito Lopez and his Hour-of-Power * Vito’s ‘Money Honeys’ get big salaries — subsidized by you (2010, The Brooklyn Paper)

Thompson Expected to Be Endorsed By Lopez for Mayor Has Not Joined In the Call For Lopez to Resign

Pay to Play Lopez Vito power! Lopez got big campaign cash from winning G’point Hospital bidder (Brooklyn Paper) More on Vito's Corruption from True News

Pay to Play Indy Party

Indy Party chief in jam over wife loan The wife of the chairman of the state Independence Party solicited and received a $10,000 business loan from a candidate who got the party's coveted endorsement days later. (NYP) * MacKay and Co. overturned local recommendations in Western NY, favoring incumbents over challengers. * MacKay Under Fire * Frank vs. Frank, Take II * HaggertyGate and Indpendence Party  Frank Morano wants the Board of Elections to investigate the Indy Party.

Pay to Play Liberal Party
The late Ray Harding, former head of NY Liberal party, pleads guilty to taking $800K in pension fund scandal

Pay to Play GOP

Indictment Over Bloomberg Campaign Funds (NYT) *Estelle Cooper, Former Queens Park Administrator, Is Charged With ... * The press see nothing wrong with the sale of New York's political parties to the highest bidder Bloomberg's price for independence: $400G True New has com paired to Organized Crime: Politics Ballot Lines for Sale (True News) * Tammany’s Ballot Control Again and Again (True News)Mike's funny-money mess Manhattan DA Cy Vance has convened a grand jury to investigate a Bloomberg campaign consultant's disposition of $750,000 -- money he received after the mayor donated $1.2 million to the state Independence Party. * Queens GOP  Ragusa, the Queens GOP leader, who is a certified public accountant, says he uncovered financial irregularities in an audit, and reported it to authorities.

Working Families Party

Working Families Party Documents Subpoenaed - * All In The Family Part 1 * Cuomo declines Working Families ballot line - Crain's New York ... * SI DA probes Working Families Party - * New investigation for Working Families Party | Crain's New York ... * Working chutzpah Party(NYP Ed) * WFP RELEASES KAYE REPORT, ENDORSES ITS RECOMMENDATIONS * De Blasio Records Confirm He Misled Conflicts Board | Green for  * U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Working Families Party, and Bill de Blasio ... * Working Families Party back under investigation | Crain's New York ...

Ballot Corruption By Party Bosses
True News has been reporting that ballot lines are for sale for two years while the good government groups have hidden from the issues. Organized Crime Politics Ballot Lines for Sale (TN) * Tammany’s Ballot Control Again and Again (TN) * Organized Crime Politics - Episode Two: The Rigged Election System * Legal Ads Help Keep the Political Machines in Power

Pay to Play Crowley
Queens Crap: Rep. Crowley under investigation *In Queens, Political Center Is in Surrogate's Court - * True News (The Bund): NY Corrupt Party Boss Crowley * True News: Were Have All the Journalist Gone After Newfield * Qns. Rep. Crowley faces Wall St. donation probe (NYP)Corrupt Boss Crowley Control of Judges Issue In - True News

Manhattan Boss Wiped Out Reformers
A Manhattan Surrogate with no talk of reforming the court. How Senator Kennedy tried to reform the Manhattan Surrogate Court * Is the Manhattan Liberal Extinct? Talk the Talk, But No Longer Walk the Walk  Most of the state elected officials in Manhattan have been elected in special election pick by clubs and party leaders * True News: Political Boss Make All the Judges in New York * Wright's wrong - New York Daily News * Your Free Press: 2012 The Manhattan Reform Movement in Ashes

Mike Long Conservative Party Corruption * Staying Alive in the World Wild Wrestling Federation 


The Bronx and Schlein The Real County Leader of the Bronx
True News: Yesterday True News Said Where Are the Investigators? * The Ubiquitous Stanley K. Schlein Testifies At Seabrook Corruption ... * Stanley K. Schlein, the - NEW YORK COURT CORRUPTION * True News: Bloomberg and DOI Commissioner Can Help Restore ... * Bronx Lawyer Is a Power Behind Several Thrones - New York Times * RECENT ALLIES PEDRO ESPADA, STANLEY SCHLEIN HAD ... * Stanley Slime gets Largest Fine ever by Conflict of Interest Board ...* The architect of Gonzalez's promotion was Schlein, a charming and perennially troubled lawyer who has been helping make the big decisions for the Bronx Democratic Party for decades. The general consensus was that Schlein wanted George in the job for a simple reason: He did what Stanley asked him to do. *  A Bronx fixer's scandalous history doesn't bother Yankees or Democrats Schlein was there representing the three renegade Democratic senators who are demanding a fat share of the spoils before they agree to give their own party its long-sought majority in the state senate.  *  In an investigative profile in The Village Voice, Tom Robbins delves into Stanley Schlein's record, not as lawyer to George Steinbrenner, nor as counsel to the Bronx Democratic Party-which he both, fortunately for the new Yankee stadium, serves as. But rather as court-appointed guardian for the incapacitated * Bronx Boss to Select Election Boss (Bronx Political Chatter)

Dems and GOP Run the Corrupt Board of Elections

True News Says Some Old Bull Shit

Throw The Bums Out: Board of Elections Bozos Have to Go!

So As We Were Saying... George Gonzalez Is The New NYC Board Of Elections Chief: Updated

There is an ongoing federal investigation on the selection of bidding process for the selection of the new voting machines that do not work.  Some of the cities top lobbyists and campaign consultants work for those companies.  ES & S the winner has hired powerhouse lobbyists Hank Sheinkopf,  * Head of Board of Elections Fired One Week Before Election (WNYC) * Tammany Hall Board of Election Control Goes On and On (True News) 
 Election Board's "Bungle George" Gonzalez Was Mayor Bloomberg's Baby(Village Voice) *  Voting Machine Smack-Down: Lobbyists Brawl(Village Voice) * *  True News Has Pointed Out the Problem with the Board of Elections Against and Again  * Gonzalez Firing, DOI Investigation, Could Ease Awaited Bloomberg BoE Power Play(CHN)  * True News last year examined how hard it is to change the BOE why not the times. * From True News Tammany Hall Board of Elections Control Goes On and On(History of BOE Corruption) Media discovers problems at BOE * FBI launches probe into Queens GOP, consultants and city Elections ... * Qns. elections official under fire for soliciting money - New York Post


Since 1953 4 Our of 5 of the Brooklyn Bosses Have Had Serious Legal Problems, Only the Black Guy Went to Jail

If the NYT Can Go After David Paterson, John Liu and Michael Grimm Why Can't They Go After the Corrupt Bums That Run Political Parties in NYC?

The News Gangs of New York Have A Party

NY's Organize Crime Political Parties
The leaders of New York’s Political Mob are the City’s party leaders who exist with the Tammany Hall power control template, unchallenged and unaccountable to the voters in New York’s broken down election system. Their soldiers are campaign consultants who also operate as lobbyists and are as accountable to the voters as Bernie Madoff was to his investors. In this war the 4th estate make friends with the soldiers and simply reprinting the lobbyists and candidate’s press releases handed to them. The press coverage of politics is amazingly similar to the SEC reviews of Madoff’s records over the years. New York’s Political Mob Wars

Where Are the Women's Groups Demand For Cover Up of Sexual Harrrasment of Lopez Silver Cover Up?
Hookers and Hypocrites(Queens Crap)  Letter to the Editor (Queens Chronicle): 
Dear Editor:   Recently I have been discussing with Forest Hills residents the efforts to remove the beautiful statue “Civic Virtue” from Kew Gardens and banish it to a cemetery. Two pals pointed out letters written in another community newspaper by people in favor of the move. One was a female lawyer, another the founder of the Center for the Women of New York. The reason I had not come across these letters myself is that I refuse to read this particular publication. Why? A brief glance at the ads in the back of the newspaper is enough to shock and nauseate most women. They are fronts for prostitution in the guise of escort services, party girls and massage parlors. Most advertise Asian women, who might be here illegally and against their will, to perform these services. It is laughable that these two Queens women are outraged about a statue of mythical beings, yet would allow their letters to be published in an anti-woman newspaper. Talk about the height of hypocrisy. Arlene Fava

City shelters in the storm (NYP) Nixed Bx. developer suingThe city is desperately scouring the five boroughs to find space for a record number of homeless — but when officials had a chance a few years ago to open a 400-bed shelter in The Bronx, they took an abrupt pass.
And therein lies a tale, as well as a lawsuit.


NYT Public Editor in His Last Column Says the Paper Has A Liberal Bias
The executive editor of the New York Times is disputing an accusation of liberal bias made by her very own public editor, Arthur Brisbane.  In his final column for the Times, Brisbane wrote that his fellow staffers "share a kind of political and cultural progressivism" that "virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times." Brisbane even argued that Times reporters covered some liberal causes, like gay marriage and the Occupy movement, "more like causes than news subjects." *Success and Risk as The Times Transforms *    NYT's Abramson rebuts Brisbane charge(Politico)

 New Public Editor of the NYT Wants More Public Critiques
The new Times Public Editor sees role as "smart aggregator" and "forum organizer" (which should mean more attention to public critiques)(Atlantic Yards Report)The New York Times will soon have a new Public Editor, its fifth. Not only is Margaret M. Sullivan, for 13 years editor of the Buffalo News, the first woman, she's the first to emphasize the importance of being present for digital conversations. Poynter reported that, in Sullivan's appplication, she emphasized the roles of "smart aggregator” and “forum organizer":

“The criticism and commentary is already going on,” Sullivan said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “I want to centralize it in the [public editor’s] blog.” She said she’ll play the role of “forum organizer” by “inviting commentary and letting people use the [public editor’s online] space as a place to come and discuss. And we’ll use multimedia tools to make that happen.”

Campaign 2013 NY Times Endorses For Judgeships in New York City
NYT Picks Lopez's Judge In Brooklyn
Surrogate Court in Manhattan Rita Mella 
Civil Court, Manhattan 3rd District Olga Statz
Civil Court, Brooklyn 1st District Lara Genovesi
The Times endorsed Lopez’s candidate in a heated race for Civil Court Judge in Brooklyn.* Ballot imbibe-bribe blunder(NYP)Richard Montelione, who’s running for Civil Court judge in Brooklyn, is in hot water after supporters offered a discount on alcohol to anyone who helped put him on the ballot.
 Civil Court, Brooklyn 2nd District Eddie McShan
City Council candidate for the 12th CD Andy King, who is running for the seat formerly held by Larry Seabrook, was on THE PEREZ NOTES 
 GOP rival slams Staten Island state Sen. Diane Savino over Facebook comment (SI Advance)Ms. Malliotakis posted predicting that Republican and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would win the presidential election. Ms. Savino commented beneath it, "...get ready to hand over your shoes and get back in the kitchen! but, don't worry I am sure daddy will take care of all us girls!" * THE PEREZ NOTES: Yen Chou on THE PEREZ NOTES * Ola Alabi and Walter Mosley debated on NY1 and took shots at one another.* Yen Chou’s campaign criticized a rival for not reporting expenditures.* Andy King pitched his candidacy on The Perez Notes.


It's not supposed to be The Plaza!(NYDN)

9/11 school rising from ashes9/11 school rising from ashes(NYP) The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s new 17-story Fiterman Hall will open for classes next month — more than a decade after the old building was destroyed on 9/11.

Fracking Bloomberg
Bloomberg Backs ‘Responsible’ Extraction of Gas and Pays to Help Set Up Rules(NYT) * No Mention of the NYC Watershed in Mayor Bloomberg’s Pro-Fracking Op-Ed(NY Mag) * Bloomberg Endorses Regulated Fracking In Letter

Brooklyn judge wipes out ‘millions’ in credit card debtBrooklyn judge wipes out ‘millions’ in credit card debt(NYP)

W. Indian Parade VIPs getting frozen out(NYP)

2nd Ave Subway Work Goes On
2nd Avenue Station work continues without blasting(Fox 5) * Second Avenue Subway Construction Is Off Schedule, Part XDXCIII(NY Mag)

140 Passengers Stranded Aboard Trains to J.F.K.(NYT)

One Giant Lose For Mankind Our Man on the Moon
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who gave the world 'one giant leap,' was 82(NYP) * Neil Armstrong, 1st Man on Moon, Is Dead(NYT) * Reading the original NYT account of the Moon landing for the first time. What a story.  * Neil Armstrong "was among the greatest of American heroes - not just of his time, but of all time" -President Obama: * 'Man on the moon! Whew! Boy' — Walter Cronkite, July 20, 1969  *Neil Armstrong's Dignified Second Act(The Atlantic) *

Remembering Neil Armstrong, A Man of Profound Skill and Preternatural Calm(Time) * Made ‘Giant Leap’ as First Man on Moon(NYT)* “First Man,” an extraordinary 2005 interview with Neil Armstrong, Ed Bradley, & Walter Cronkite. : * Armstrong Understood: America Must Shoot for the Stars - Chicago ST * Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012. The full New York Times obituary

Train wreck  (NYDN) Short-lived will be the victory celebrated by the suburban politicians who persuaded a Long Island judge to declare unconstitutional a payroll tax that keeps subways, buses and commuter rail lines operating.

Harlem Mom Goes After the NRA
Harlem mom fires at no-show NRA big (NYDN)

Midtown shooting shock as fired designer slays foe; video captures gunman's death(NYP) * Tragic death of rising biz star(NYP) *He kept shooting & shooting & shooting. I couldn’t stop it – I couldn’t do anything’(NYP) * Bloodied gal: ‘I hope I don’t die!’(NYP) * Tourists still hot to visit iconic building(NYP) *
Shoot cop sued city over quotas (NYP) * Long Before Carnage, an Office Grudge Festered(NYT) * Gunman Dies After Killing at Empire State Building(NYT) * Once Again, Landmark Is Backdrop to Violence(NYT) * Decision by 2 Officers to Open Fire in Busy Midtown Leaves Bystanders Wounded(NYT) * Gun Used by Shooter Is Known for Its Deadly Power(NYT) * Arms and the Duck(NYT) * Police Dilemma Over Gun Rules(WSJ)
Murder at a New York Icon(WSJ)Nine Injured Bystanders Expected to Survive(WSJ)Deadly Clash Started in Workplace(WSJ) * NY gunman quiet loner, victim outgoing family man(WSJ) * Wounded Bystanders Caught in Chaotic Crossfire (WSJ) * Nine Wounded After Gunman Kills Former Boss Near Empire State Building(NY1) * Super Says Shooter Followed Same Routine Every Day(NY1) * Steven Ercolino: Beloved dad was a friend to everyone(NYDN) * Is no place safe? (NYDN) * NYPD: Disgruntled Man Kills Former Co-Worker Near Empire(WCBS) * Friends, Neighbors Of Man Killed In Midtown Shooting React (WCBS) * Neighbor: Midtown Shooter Was ‘Nicest Guy,’ But A ‘Little (NYDN) * NY gunman quiet loner, victim outgoing family man(Fox 5) * GRAPHIC VIDEO: cops shoot Midtown gunman(Fox 5) 
* Bystanders caught in crossfire outside Empire State Bui (SI Advance) * Empire State Building shooter was nice guy, neighbor sa (SI Advance) * Midtown Shooting Victim Was Industry Veteran (NBC) * "I Am Going to Kill You," Gunman Vowed in '11(NBC) * Obama Campaign: 'America Doesn't Need A Birther-In-Chief' * Biden Reportedly Skipping Tampa During RNC * Obama’s future could hinge on the health of the European economy — and that explains his near-obsession with it:  *Bystanders’ Wounds in Shooting Caused by New York Police(NYT) * NYPD Gunfire In Empire State Building Shooting Wounded All Nine Bystanders, Says Ray Kelly(Huff Post) * Bystanders’ Shooting Wounds Caused by the Police(NYT) * NYPD: Victims hit by police in ESB shooting(Fox 5) 

* Woman Recalls Feeling Helpless As She Witnessed Her Friend’s(WCBS) * NYPD: Victims hit by police in ESB shooting(Fox 5) *Bystanders Hurt in Manhattan Were Hit by Police Gunfire(NYT) * The NYPD Explains Why Their Bullets Wounded 9 People(The Atlantic) * Realtime tips on how not to report a shooting As journalists started covering chaos at the Empire State Building on social media, some started covering the coverage(Columbia Journalism Review) * Below the Empire State Building(New Yorker) * Eviction was Empire State Building gunman's final straw: police source(NYP) * Experts: Police gunfire that wounded Midtown bystanders 'justified'(NYP) * After Bystanders Take Bullets, Questions on Police Protocol(NYT) * Hero ESB construction worker tells his story(NYDN) * Empire State shooter was a bird-watcher(NYDN) * Social Media Flooded With Posts About Empire State Building Shooting(DNAINFO) * Empire State shooter hit 5 times in head by police bullets (CNN) *Police: Empire State shooter was losing his apartment(NBC)

Tweeting the ESB Shooting 

Social media and breaking news(Fox 5) * Shooting Reactions on Social Media(NBC)

Did Another Notice A 13 Year Old Boy Was Shot Dead

The Making of A President 2012
Breaking Republican convention postponed until Tuesday: 
Sunday Update Romney Team Adopts Harder Message for Last Stretch(NYT) * Libertarian Legion Ready to Accept Torch From Paul(NYT) * On matters of political landscape, Obama and Romney camps agree on an awful lot (Politico) * Romney Turns Focus to Convention(Daily Beast) * Why the GOP gambled on Tampa for its national convention. * Big story in Florida: former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist (now an independent) endorses for president: * Meet the team of strategists working with Todd Akin.* Paul Ryan’s life has changed quite a bit since Romney selected him.* Obama Says Next Term He Will Work Across Party Lines - Ben Feller, AP * Distortions, "Death Panels" & Health Care - Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast * Why Obama's Narrow Lead Is in Jeopardy - Jay Cost, Weekly Standard * Romney's "Big 10" Strategy - George Will, Washington Post * GOP Is a Radicalized Fringe Party - Kathleen Geier, Washington Monthly * The Truth About Obama & Welfare - Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune * U.S. Economy Needs Spending Cuts & Tax Cuts - Louis Woodhill, Forbes * How Ryan Rescued the Presidential Race - Conrad Black, New York Sun * On Foreign Policy, Romney an Enigma - David Ignatius, Washington Post * Election 2012: Electoral Map (No Toss Ups): Obama 303, Romney 235* The Lost Decade of the Middle Class - Washington Examiner * Marco Rubio: Obama can’t run by saying things have gotten better (Wash Post) * Romney's message will be - 'It's not about me feeling your pain, It's about me fixing your pain - I'm about results, not rhetoric'* First Convention Day Is Canceled, but G.O.P. Show Goes On(NYT) * Romney stresses support for women, calls Akin controversy 'damaging'(NYP) * Isaac could hinder GOP chance to define Romney at convention -  *Jeb Bush: GOP Needs To Change ‘Tone’ To Reach ‘Broader Audience’ * Organizers Scrambling to 'Consolidate' the Republican National Convention(NY Mag) * Ron Paul Was Denied a Convention Speech Because He Wouldn't Endorse Mitt* Obama Displays the Leadership We Need - Charlie Crist, Tampa Bay Times * Romney's First 100 Days - David Leonhardt, New York Times * Romney Trending Upwards Heading Into Tampa - Erick Erickson, RedState * Chronicling Mitt Romney's Mendacity - Steve Benen, MSNBC * Ohio (Columbus Dispatch): Romney 45, Obama 45 | Senate Tied Also * What a shortened GOP convention means for Mitt Romney(Wash Post) * Jeb Bush: Obama should "move on," calls it "unbecoming" to keep blaming George W. Bush for economy * MO Senator '12: McCaskill (D) 38.8% Akin (R) 37.3% Gravis Marketing * How Will Party Conventions Affect the Race?(NYT) * Jeb Bush: GOP Needs To Change ‘Tone’ To Reach ‘Broader Audience’

15,000 reporters in Tampa = huge Herman Cain scrums again

Saturday In 2 Events, a Look at How Romney Handled Crisis(NYT) * Dump It on the States(NYT) Even though the states can barely meet their core responsibilities now, Mitt Romney wants to increase their burdens by unloading several federal duties.* Pennsylvania poll: Obama up by 9:(Politicio) * Ann Romney’s Speech Moved to Tuesday(Daily Beast) * Romney and Ryan's Winning Pro-Growth Message - Larry Kudlow, IBD
Starving the Future - Charles Blow, New York Times * You Are Worse Off Than You Were Four Years Ago - Timothy Noah, TNR * Why the Weak Economy Doesn't Doom Obama - Sean Trende, RCP * Romney, Ryan & the Spirit of 1776 - Matthew Continetti, Weekly Standard * Time for Mitt to Come Clean on His Taxes - Colbert King, Washington Post * How to Beat President Obama - James Freeman, Wall Street Journal * Women's Roles: Sizing Up the Conventions - Simendinger & McPike, RCP * Chris Christie Prepares for His Big Moment - Lucy Madison, CBS News *  Racism Plays a Big Part in Our Politics - Jamelle Bouie, American Prospect * Obama & the Anti-Suburban Agenda - Wendell Cox, New Geography * Will We Ever Get Serious About Gun Control? - Amy Sullivan, TNR * Romney Cozies Up to Big Oil - Paul Blumenthal, Huffington Post * 2016: A Powerful Movie - Thomas Sowell, National Review * What Ever Became of George W. Bush? - Kevin Drum, Mother Jones * Romney's Hollow Plan: Dump It on the States - New York Times *  Obama Years Have Been Brutal for Middle Class - Wall Street Journal* Obama Fundraises From Birther Joke(Daily Beast) * Obama promises to protect Medicare from GOP(CBS) * Women's Roles: Sizing Up the GOP, Dem Conventions (RCP) * For Big Givers, Cash and Clout Arrive as One at Convention(NYT) * Lessons Learned, Romney and Ryan Present Single Front(NYT): Gov. Scott withdrawing from all activities, including speech, ahead of -- *How Todd Akin’s Rape Comments Demonstrate How Little the Coastal Media Elite Know Their Far-Flung Readers(Vanity Fair) * Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Added Some Woman-Friendly Language to Their Stump Speeches * How the Gun Industry Got Rich Stoking Fear About Obama(Nation) * Talk About Poverty (#TalkPoverty): Mariana Chilton's Questions for Obama and Romney(Nation) * Michigan media on Romney’s birth certificate ‘joke’ (UPDATED)(Columbia Journalism Review) Some news outlets let it slide—unexplained, unchallenged * As Hurricane Approaches Florida, Romney Calls for Emergency Tax Cuts(New Yorker) * Political Ad of the Week: On The Medicare Offensive(New Yorker) * Schmooze or Loseby Jane Mayer(New Yorker) Can Obama win over the billionaires? * It's Not Obama, It's the Stupid Global Economy(Time) * Obama: Romney Is Locked Into “Extreme Positions”(Slate) *Cain Defends Romney's Birth Certificate Crack(US News) * Ron Paul to Get Video Tribute in Tampa(US News) * Romney Birth Certificate Remark Prompts Obama Fundraising Pitch(Businessweek) * FiveThirtyEight: Aug. 26: Little Momentum in Polls in Advance of Conventions 

Bill Maher And Panel Clash Over Todd Akin’s ‘Mystical Spermicide Theory’

Wall Street Above the Law
Matt Taibbi, Eliot Spitzer Discuss Eric Holder's Failure(Rolling Stone) * No Crime, No Punishment(NYT Ed) The financial crisis is receding, without prosecutions to deter wrongdoing even as a fuller picture is emerging of the range of banks’ reckless and lawless  

Village Voice Leaving Cooper Sq. as Grace Church School Moves in(DNAINFO)

Bronx DA Robert Johnson makes crime victims race the clock(NYDN Ed) Rejecting cases after 24 hours is ducking important part of his job


Questionable charities in with the bin crowdQuestionable charities in with the bin crowd(NYP)

 Subway thug in Charlie Sheen T-shirt sought(NYDN)

‘Slay try’ slap on H20 vendor(NYP)* Livery Passenger Dies From Wounds In Armed Robbery(NY1)
* Police search for rape suspect in West Village(Fox5) * One Man Killed, Another Injured In Bronx Shooting(NY1)

Terrorism  Giving aid to enemies (NYP Ed)Just when it seemed that The Associated Press was done tarring the NYPD, along comes another disingenuous hit on the department’s efforts to keep the city safe from terrorism. “In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.”