Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bharara Has Become Judge Seabury Now It is Time for the Governor to Use the Moreland Act

To Governor Cuomo 

New York Needs A Moreland Commission to Restore to Democracy

Campaign finance reform will not longer fix with is wrong with government.  As U.S. Attorney have already proven in this sick political culture of  New York our elected officials are criminally selling their vote and and corruption public financing of campaigns.  We need ongoing commission at least 5 years that will put our political system on trial to get the bottom of this criminal conspiracy and jail those who have taken advantage of their position.  These bums have gamed out political system to the point that no one reform will change the criminal culture.   In the 1930's the Seabury commission exposed judges, attorneys, police and bail bondsmen who extort money from defendants facing trial.  The people of the state of New York have the same rights to have a commission to expose the political culture corruption.  Everyone in government is trying to find a way to go around, ignore or find some public relations way to keep the system going.  Bharara calls that strategy Groundhog day.  A band aid will not fix this.  Organize crime elected officials are a cancer that is destroying our democracy.

New Yorkers Have A Right to A Corruption Free Government 
The Moreland Act was an act passed by the New York Legislature and signed into law in 1907. It was introduced by Sherman Moreland who was the Republican leader of the legislature. The act allows the governor, in person or through one or more persons appointed by the Governor, to examine management and affairs of any department, board, bureau or commission in the state. Investigators could interview witnesses, administer oaths, hold hearings, and seize any material deemed relevant to the investigator's case. New Yorkers are continuing to lose faith in their state government and elected officials. The governor cannot continue to claim New York is better off today than it has been in years until he exercises his power for the Moreland Commission and rids the Capitol of these corrupt politicians. The investigators then had to use that intelligence to recommend legislative actions.  It is time to drain the swamp of these corrupt politicians.

Today's Arrest

Bharara Albany is a Show Me the Money Culture  . . . Albany Pols Selling Their Votes

NYS Corruption Epidemic
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wasn’t kidding Tuesday when it feels like it’s “Groundhog Day.”

Preet to Legislators: Your colleagues might be snitching on you. Be paranoid. Dont do anything illegal. DN Johnson: "We will continue to pull at every thread." Bronx DA Robert Johnson: "the events of today shake the confidence of citizens... the events today show people who are selfish" * Bharara again railing against Albany's political culture, says too many people are looking the other way. Bharara taking shots at Albany big time. complains how many saw these actions & said nothing. Preet Bharara: what I hope happens is that if you are an elected official or work for one and you see corruption, call the feds or we..Preet, correction, our report said ppl more likely to leave office for corruption rather than die or be redistricted.Preet:

The feds had a mole (Nelson Castro) in Albany's inner workings for four years. Closed-door conferences, fundraisers
"If you are a corrupt official in NY, you have to worry that one of your colleagues is working with us." Preet Bharara: If you are a corrupt official in New York, you have to worry that one of your colleagues is working with us. Bharara: How many bills and budget items were the product of bribery?Bharara: "How many other pending bills were born of bribery? And, worse, how many past bills were born of bribery?""The people of NY should be more than disappointed. They should be angry." - Preet Bharara* lawmakers are "acting as mercenaries" in the corruption culture, Bharara says at Eric Stevenson presser* Bronx Assemblyman Is Accused of Accepting Bribes(NYT) * News columnist Bill Hammond comes up with a depressingly vivid statistic that suggests that U.S. attorney Preet Bharara was correct in describing local political corruption as a systemic problem. New York City "has 43% of New York state's population, but 73% of its crooked officeholders."

Just When You Thought You Had Enough Corruption For the Day

Vito Lopez forms City Council campaign cmt 

He’s In! Vito Lopez Prepares City Council Run(City and State)

A source familiar with Lopez’s plans expects he will indeed run: “(W)e don’t form committees just to play around.”

Is the 4th Amigos Going  Also?
Sen. Diaz aide sentenced to two-to-six years in prison for embezzling $560K (NYP) A top aide to Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz will be doing hard time for embezzling more than a half-million dollars from two charitable groups founded by Diaz,
Another Pol Indictment By US Attorney
Eric A. Stevenson - New York State Assembly - Member SectionMoments ago, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office announced yet another New York State elected official, Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, has been arrested and accused of taking bribes “Stevenson is accused of taking bribes in exchange for official acts, which included drafting, proposing, and agreeing to enact legislation that would benefit the co-defendants’ businesses,”  the release announcing the press conference read. NY Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, 4 others charged with corruption 4 'taking bribes for official acts,' attorney*  Stevenson: ‘Half of Albany’ could be in prison  * A key confidential witness in the federal bribery case filed today against Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson is Sigfredo Gonzalez, who in 2008 unsuccessfully sought the statehouse seat that Stevenson now holds, The Post has learned.* So sad to become fully aware of existence of an Assemblyman upon his indictment. Eric Stevenson, I hardly knew ye:
Wall Street Sheriff who bagged NY's corrupt politicians(NYP)
Stevenson: If Half of the People In Albany On the Take 
Assemblyman Eric Stevenson Is Accused of Taking Bribes(NYT)Feds charge Bronx assemblyman took $20K in scheme to help pals' adult daycare centers(NYP) * Bronx Assemblyman Is Accused of Accepting Bribes(NYT) * BREAKING: Another NYC pol busted! Bronx Assemblyman arrested for taking cash to benefit local business pals(NYDN) * When he ran for reelection last year, Eric Stevenson was cross-endorsed by the Bronx GOP. Of course. 
Silver To Stevenson: Resign(YNN) * These Weren’t Registered Lobbyists(YNN) * In 2nd Alleged Bribe Scheme, a Legislator Was in on the Case(NYT)

Albany is Selling Their Votes Nothing to Do With Campaign Finance Reform
A Organized Sub Culture 
 "Stevenson is accused of taking cash to benefit a business pal interested in getting a lucrative Con Edison contract"  * To better understand Albany scandals, read up on Daniel Elazar's "3 American political subcultures." Seriously. * A bribe to Carl Kruger (finance committee chair, swing vote in Senate majority) makes some pragmatic sense. But a back-bench assemblyman? 

New York Times reporting Assemblyman Nelson Castro will resign, was "Assemblyman 1" in the complaint against Assm. Stevenson bribery case

“ASSEMBLYMAN-1 has been cooperating in this investigation since prior to January 2012. In exchange for that cooperation,” the complaint reads. “ASSEMBLYMAN 1 has agreed, among other things, to continue to cooperate with the USAO and the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office and to resign his office with the New York State Assembly following the arrests of the defendants in this complaint.”* Another New York Politician Arrested for Another Bribery Plot(NY Mag) * Assemblyman Nelson Castro, who was indicted in 2009 & has been cooperating w/ prosecutors, announces he will resign on Monday.* In Other Corruption News: Diaz Aide Sentenced(YNN) * Castro To Resign Monday, Has Been Longtime Informant

Jerk Statement of Today
"Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the government is working better than it has in decades." — David Paterson
Cuomo calls corruption allegations "appalling."Cuomo Calls Corruption Cases ‘Appalling’(YNN)

So how many remaining NY legislators have already been forced into cooperating with prosecutors on cases yet to break?
The BOE and the Arrests

The Department of Investigations Audits
Why is the NYC Department of Investigation doing comptroller type audits of the BOE when they should doing criminal investigations to clean the place up? City report outlines millions wasted by Board of Elections for overstaffing 2011 elections

BOE Head of Machines Illegally Paid by Halloran
Robert Hornak who at the same time he was working at the Board of Elections was illegally getting paid by Councilman Dan Halloran through his consultant company Lexington Public Affairs. It is illegal for BOE employees to run a consultant company.  Hornak is Executive director of Queens County GOP.  His former boss and pal in the Queens GOP party was Vincent Tabone until he quit yesterday after getting arrested the day before

Hornak Also Worked for An Employee of the BOE Who Office Was Raided By the FBI

In April of 2012 True News reported that Hornak was working with Steven Graves who office at the BOE was raided by the FBI as part of their investigation of corruption in the purchase of the new voting machines.Hornak also worked worked with Jay Golub and with accused BOE briber Steven Graves on the Victor Babb City Council Campaign.  Sources: Queens GOP Leader Facing Major Corruption Charges Resigns(NY1)

DOI Going After the Secret Lobbyist Can Start the Clean Up of Corruption at the BOE 
The city’s Board of Elections was notified two years ago that Graves wascaught on tape soliciting a $25,000 “finder’s fee” from a company competing for a $65 million voting machine contract in 2009.  “He was recommending the use of a particular lobbyist,” said one source. “In exchange for that he wanted a finder’s fee.” The lobbyist, who was not identified, was supposed to receive $250,000 a year for five years, the source said. All DOI has to do is expose who was the lobbyist who Graves want to receive the $1.250,000.  The chances are that lobbyist is a BOE lobbyist insider or Queens GOP operator who knows where many of the commissioner who run the board bodies are buried.  Note the sting tapes on Graves were made by the BOE vender not DOI

What About the Sworn Papers Filed in Court by Ragusa to Save His BOE Commissioner?

Is DOI, the DA or the AG investigating if the papers were real or forged?  Robert Hornak the director of machines for the Board of Election testified in sworn statements to the court that  the Queens leadership executive committee members met and voted Nov. 1 to reappoint Stupp, and that on Nov. 3, Ragusa signed a certificate saying so. That information was to have been mailed to the City Clerk and City Council on Nov. 19 -- although apparently neither envelope ever arrived. Hornak sworn statement said he mail the papers to reappoint Stupp on Nov. 19. to the executive committee.Ognibene said the gathering at which the organization members supposedly agreed -- having met at Dante's Caterers on Nov. 1 -- to re-nominate Stupp would have coincided with "GOP night," which is more of a cocktail party than a formal party proceeding. "I don’t know if there was ever a notice" of such a meeting, Ognibene continued. "I think they looked back and said, 'Where we all together where we can say we did this?'"
In 2007 Knew About Savino Involvement In FBI Probe of the BOE Voting Machines
Savino and two Bronx GOP associates, Dawn Sandow and Frank Tosi, were reportedly under investigation in connection with their work at the city Board of Elections. In 2010, Savino and others were subpoenaed in connection with a federal probe into bidding on voting machines.

Anthony Mangone, 37, of Purchase faces up to 45 years in jail when he is sentenced  for conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax evasion.
But his sentence is expected to be a fraction of that in exchange for his cooperation in two ongoing probes in which he is involved  New York City's Board of Elections.

ESS Lobbyists Mangone and Bronx Boss Savino Law Partners
A few years back, the Westchester lawyer Anthony J. Mangone, law partner of Jay Savino, the Bronx Republican leader, earned a cool $100,000 lobbying the board on behalf of a voting machine company, Election Systems and Software. In 2010, the board gave the company a $50 million contract. The next day, federal prosecutors indicted Mr. Mangone in an unrelated bribery case. Mr. Mangone has pleaded guilty and is talking with investigators. Mr. Savino received a subpoena two years ago.Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino, and his deputy and NYC Board of Elections Commissioner J.C. Polanco, were hit with Federal subpoenas, as part of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation into political corruption, in Westchester and in New York City. Here is a compilation of stories that ran in the New York Post, The Daily News and The Gothamist in 2010. According to the Post-”the subpoenas were sent ‘all over the place,’ said one source.” “Another source said Bharara began focusing on the voting-machine contract after indicting Anthony Mangone, a politically connected lawyer, for allegedly bribing a former Yonkers city councilwoman to switch her vote on two development projects. Mangone, who has ties to the Queens Republican Party, was one of several lobbyists hired by ES&S.” Guilty Westchester attorney Anthony Mangone will help feds in two seperate probes(NYDN)* Bronx GOP Chairman Jay Savino will reportedly resign his party post in the near future.

Did the BOE Purchased the New Scanners Because They Were the Best Voting System for NYC or Because The Party Leaders and BOE Commissioners Got the Most Bribes From the Company?
True News Has Confirmed From A Current Top Executive That BOE warehouse employee Phil Ragusa the Grandson of the Queens GOP leader is on the payroll of ES&S as A Paid Consultant. Back on February 20 True News and then the Daily News were unsure were unsure if the Phil Ragusa named on the BOE scanner was the grandson of Queens GOP leader Phil Ragusa. True News has continued its investigation and now because of a insider tipster we are sure. The crimes committed are large and include the robbing of the right to vote and the rights to live in a democracy of every New Yorker

Pay to Play BOE's Lemon Contract
According to True News tipster Phil Ragusa has been paid over 50,000 from ES&S last year in a two month period.  That means that grandson Ragusa was paid from the same voting machine vendor that his grandfather's BOE commission approved after a battle of the lobbyists for which machine the BOE would buy. Grandson Ragusa was paid $1800 by a day by ES&S at the same time we was on the BOE payroll. On one 4 day pay period Grandson Ragusa was paid over $9000 for 4 days work on and hourly rate that would have taken two weeks to reach the $9000 bill,

True News Has Also Learned 
Grandson Phil Ragusa lives in Long Island and use his father address in Queens to quality for the BOE job. According to True News Tipster the address used is his father's Biagio Ragusa.  Who retired in 2012 after 20 years of service at the Queens warehouse, and his son, Phil, ended up getting that job.
NYC Party Leaders Hire Elected Officials to Work in Their Criminal Gangs

Organized Crime Politics
Ballot Corruption by Political Mob Bosses

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 headquarters is the Board of Elections. Political mob bosses soldiers are campaign consultants who also operate as lobbyists and have the same relationship with the voters as Bernie Madoff had to his investors. In this war the 4th estate are enablers of the political mob bosses covering campaigns only as horse race and simply reprinting the candidate’s press releases.  In this swamp culture the political party leaders have become the new gangs of New York. Protect by the DA who need them to get elected.  .NY Political Parties for Sale: Ballot Corruption(True News) * Tammany’s Ballot Control Again and Again (TN) * Organized Crime Politics - Episode Two: The Rigged Election System * The DN argues against a special election, which would enable major party bosses to pick the candidates.  * Bob McManus takes a contrary view to the bribery scandal, saying a public campaign financing system is “foolishly touted as an elixir for New York’s loathsome political culture.”

More on those Arrested

Smith had no chance of winning, he likely had his sights on the Campaign Finance Board’s 6-to-1 fund matching. As a mayoral candidate, he could get a maximum match of $1,050 for each $175 donation.
The Smith Campaign Slush Fund
Smith blew $2M in elex cash (NYP) State Sen. Malcolm Smith blew through more than $2 million in campaign cash over five years — bunking at ritzy hotels, dining at four-star restaurants and even traveling to China, campaign- finance records show.  The lavish spending included a November 2011 junket to China, where Smith and his entourage forked over $1,148 to stay at the Beijing Grand and about $2,500 for other lodgings. That same month, the one-time Democratic Senate leader shelled out more than $1,000 at four of the city’s top steakhouses — Ben Benson’s, Capital Grille, Bobby Van’s and Smith & Wollensky. FBI agents yesterday served a subpoena on Smith’s Queens office as the senator stayed out of sight.*The king of Queens graft(NYP Ed) Smith has been linked to so many dubious schemes the FBI must have had an entire branch on his tail: Bid-rigging for the Aqueduct racino. Co-founding a Katrina charity that saw nearly $30,000 vanish. Diverting campaign funds for lavish personal trips and meals. Even opening (and then ruining) a Queens charter school in what appears to be a plot to boost home sales for a developer and big-time donor.*Following his arrest on Tuesday, Smith was stripped of his chairmanships and other perks of office by state Sen. Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, meaning that Smith’s staff will be punished by extension, the Times-Union reports: * Jim Dwyer: “You could drag Malcolm A. Smith out of bed at 6 in the morning, and he’d still look like a million dollars.”

Dan Halloran's foes get the last laugh(NYDN)*  Three donors to Councilman Dan Halloran, who appear to be the "straw donors" described in a federal complaint against him, also gave heavily weeks earlier to alleged co-conspirator Sen. Malcolm Smith, Crain's Insider reports * At a press conference yesterday, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin defiantly refused calls to leave office and vowed to “restore my good name” in the face of corruption and bribery charges against her and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret, The Journal News reports:

Smith and Halloran Never Google The Informer
If they Did They Would Have Detective Something Was Not Kosher
Shoulda known he was trouble (NYP)They should have just Googled the guy. A simple Web search would have shown state Sen. Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran that they were getting into bed with a shady developer who lost a $126 million lawsuit overScandal Suggests Narrower Corruption Law Still Survived (NYT) * Case Spurred Bribery Probe(WSJ) * Ballot Bribe Informant Is Developer in $113M Debt: Sour(NBC)

Savino Not A Bronx Resident Says Ne Needed Money to Pay the Rent
Bronx GOP boss adds to list of corruption(NYDN)Joseph (Jay) Savino, the chairman of the Bronx County Republican Committee, took a $15,000 bribe in a plot to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith on the ballot for New York City mayor. He also doesn't live in the Bronx, was subpoenaed in connection with a federal probe into bidding on voting machines and has dined out on Bronx GOP funds.Savino, the chairman of the Bronx County Republican Committee, maintains a Bronx voting address but is listed in the federal complaint unsealed Tuesday as living in Rockland County.* Through the arrest of Bronx Republican Party Chairman Joseph Savino, federal investigators brought attention to an organization that operates on the margins of city politics, with the County doing little to advance Republican politics in New York City, the Journal writes:* Manhattan GOP Chair Isaacs Is Disappointed In Smith, Blasts McDonald. The McDonald part is interesting * Bronx Republican Party: ineffectual yet powerful and also, allegedly, corrupt:   * The New York County Republican Party had a somewhat awkward fundraiser last night where chair Dan Isaacs began the evening by reading a statement assuring the audience he wasn’t about to be arrested. “We have to have people representing our citizens that are honest people, and they’re not just in it to, how do you say it? Glom our money,” mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis said at the event. While another hopeful, George McDonald, simply said, “I’m happy to be running as an outsider.” 

The Only Power GOP Leaders Have Now is to Make Money Off of Ballot Acess
Savino's Double Dipping Bribe
The party boss ended up allegedly taking just $15,000 in cash from an undercover agent on Feb. 14, $10,000 less than Queens GOP boss Vincent Tabone.Not that Savino actually supported Smith. Having backed former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion for weeks, Savino switched camps on Feb. 20 — less than a week after the alleged $15,000 payment — and endorsed ex-MTA chairman Joe Lhota for mayor. Savino himself was a top aide under GOP state Sen. Guy Velella when, in 2004, the longtime Bronx power broker pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for state contracts and housing subsidies. Savino took over the Bronx GOP when Velella went to jail.Savino, an Iona Preparatory School and Iona College graduate, was quite clear about what he wanted from Smith, according to the corruption complaint: $25,000 in an envelope in exchange for his support. “Everyone has to pay their mortgage,” Savino said, according to the complaint.

More Rot in Albany(NYT Ed) A convoluted bribery plot over a spot on the New York City mayoral ballot exposes the worst in the state’s political culture.The Times writes that now is not the time to give up on cleaning up Albany, and a good start would be repealing the law that give party leaders the right to allow outsiders to run in primaries in New York City* The NYT suggests some changes to prevent this from happening again, and calls for the resignation of elected officials ensnared in this mess, “starting with the sleaze-spattered Mr. Smith.”

The Arrests: Mayoral Race

Hitting Quinn On Member Items and Term Limits
Fellow Dems team up vs. Quinn at debate Democratic mayoral hopefuls piled on front-runner Christine Quinn last night over term limits at a candidate forum, in one of the liveliest exchanges yet in the race.* A wiretap conversation of New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran boasting that he could extract thousands of dollars from the Council for bribes resurrected questions of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s oversight of the City Council earmark program, The New York Times reports:  * NYC Mayoral Candidates Spar After Ballot Bribe Scandal(NBC)* Quinn defended the current system of distributing member items. [Dana Rubinstein]

More on the Debate
“What happened before was a disgrace and it is a mark on the city of New York,” said former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, who ran unsuccessfully in 2009 against Mayor Bloomberg after Quinn pushed through an extension to the term-limits law so Hizzoner could run for a third term. De Blasio, who fought the term-limits extension in 2008, said he had supported only the notion of changing term limits after an open review, which never took place. “Democracy got suspended in our town in 2008,” he zinged at the debate last night.*New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio seized upon the arrest of Halloran as a reason to end the controversial City Council member items system, while other Democratic mayoral candidates called for the funding system to be reformed, the New York Daily News reports:* The scandal has revived questions about NYC Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Chris Quinn’s oversight over the controversial earmark program. More here.

Lhota Demands IG for the City Council In Response for Quinn Bill for NYPD IG
Lhota: City Council Needs Its Own Inspector General (WSJ)* Plaintiffs Try To Highlight Stop-And-Frisk Bias With Expert Witness(NY1) * GOP Mayoral Candidates Say Scandal Won't Derail Their Bids(NY1) * NYC GOP mayoral candidate Joe Lhota won’t participate in debates with the Democratic candidates until after the September primary, assuming he wins. 

NYS Budget

In the Times-Union, former Gov. David Paterson praises Cuomo for passing a third consecutive on-time budget and lauds the budget for being “smart, bold, and progressive”:* Cuomo touted the 2013-14 budget in Central New York, saying the region will see an overall funding boost of $150 million.

Thruway Layoffs
More than 200 state Thruway workers lost their jobs yesterday after agency and union officials were unable to agree on money-saving concessions.

Cuomo again defended the SAFE Act, telling the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorial board: “I don’t believe I was fast. I believe I was incredibly slow.”  


Twenty new schools will open in Bronx next school year(NYDN)
The New York City Department of Education’s most prominent parent activist found herself in an uncomfortable position Wednesday – defending her surprising decision to send her children to private school.


South Ferry station reopens today(NYP) * Wipeout of Pier Is Blow to Town's Surf Scene(WSJ) * MTA to Restore No. 1 Train Service to South Ferry(WSJ) * Subway Service To Old South Ferry Station To Be Restored Thursday * Post-Sandy Coney Island Construction Unnerves Residents(NBC)

Evicted Pier 17 shops face final summer at Seaport(AMNT)


Dolan welcomes release of Milwaukee deposition documents (NYP)MILWAUKEE — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he welcomes the upcoming release of documents related to sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee* Archdiocese Of Milwaukee To Release Dolan Testimony, Other Documents In Child Sex Abuse Scandal(NY1)


Looking forward to a final year of nasty NBC jabs by Jay Leno before Fallon takes over 'Tonight'(NYP)* Comic reliever as Jay exits Fallon to take over ‘Tonight’* The Late-Night Wars Can Finally Declare a Winner: David Letterman(NY Mag)* "Tonight Show" To Return To NYC When Jimmy Fallon Becomes …(NY1)

Big Apple is becoming the new Hollywood for A-list TV production: Report (AMNY)


Roger Ebert, Film Critic, Dies at 70(NYT)
Roger and Gene together again. End of an era.


Obama takes tough gun fight to Colorado(NYP)
Upstart Group Pushes Harder Than the N.R.A.(NYT)Although dwarfed by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, a pro-gun lobbying group, has grown in influence since the debate over gun control has surged.* Lawmakers in Connecticut Approve Gun Limits Bill * Gun Curbs Lose Ground in States(WSJ)
* Conn. Lawmakers Pass Gun-Control Bill(WSJ) * Maloney To Continue Push For Gun Legislation Despite Death Threats(NY1) * Rep. Carolyn Maloney vowed to continue fighting for gun control legislation, a day after receiving death threats for her support of legislation to require liability insurance for gun owners, Newsday writes: * Connecticut Governor Signs Gun Measures(NYT)


President Giving Back 5% of Salary(WSJ)
Schools Push Curriculum of Propaganda - George Will, Washington Post
Ben Carson: He Wears the Mask - Ta-Nehisi Coates, New York Times
Can Republicans Dig Out of Their Hole? - Roger Simon, Politico
After 2012, Republican Woes Overstated - Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
ObamaCare Continues to Unravel - Philip Klein, Washington Examiner
Gun Control Can Come With Love - Jimmy & Nelba Greene, USA Today
The NRA Is Beating Obama on Gun Control - Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast
The Gun Debate: What Liberals Leave Out - Larry Elder, Townhall
Obama Gives Hollywood a Pass - Campbell Brown, Wall Street Journal
Keystone XL: The Pipeline to Disaster - James Hansen, Los Angeles Times
Global Warming: End of an Illusion - Robert Tracinski, RealClearMarkets
Maryland Becomes a Liberal Paradise - Thomas Schaller, Baltimore Sun
How the IRS Hurts Mothers - Lilian Faulhaber, New York Times
Is Disability the New Welfare? - Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times
Financial Reform Is Coming to America - Barney Frank, Financial Times
Too Big to Fail and the False Prophets of Capitalism - Bill Frezza, Forbes
Gabriel Sherman a Window Into Shoddy "Journalism" - Pat Caddell, FOX

North Korea's Twitter and Flickr accounts hacked(NYP)Hillary Clinton Got a Book Deal(NY Mag)
Atlanta Test Scores: Cheating Is Cheating - Los Angeles Times
Obama's Chump Change - New York Daily News
Congress Can Still Mess Up Immigration Reform - Bloomberg
Exit Jim Hansen: NASA's Hot-Air Scientist Cashes In - Washington Times
Clues to look for to determine whether Hillary 2016 is indeed a reality. 

Law and Order

Last year 419 people got murdered in New York City, the lowest number in more than half a century.

Police Surveillance May Earn Money for City(NYT) Microsoft, which developed the Domain Awareness System with the New York Police Department, says it is actively negotiating with a number of prospective buyers.

Stop, frisk hype exposed(NYDN) The star witness in the federal case against the NYPD testified Wednesday that as far as he could determine, the cops have hardly ever abused the rights of people who have been stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked.* Did the prosecution's star witness, Columbia professor Jeffrey Fagan, just blow up the case against the NYPD and its stop-and-frisk policy? [Daily News] * Video: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly defended his department's stop-and-frisk strategy without saying the word "frisk." [Azi Paybarah]

Question Lingers as Man Is Sentenced in Fatal Brooklyn Fire(NYT)

63 Gang Members Are Indicted in East Harlem Shootings(NYT)

Cops arrest ex-con in rape spree(NYDN)
Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime At Greenwich Village(NY1)
Police Arrest Suspect In Alleged String Of Bronx Sexual (NY1)

City Police Officer Charged In Connection With Alleged Conspiracy To Rob Drug Dealers(NY1)
NYC police operation aims to prevent car theft(WSJ)
For the second time in a case stemming from Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, NYC lawyers are not stepping forward to defend a police commander accused of mistreating protesters. 
Police Search For Suspect In Alleged Brooklyn Forcible Touching Incidents (NY1)
NY1 Online: Journalist Examines Prosecutorial Misconduct In NYC
Bronx community leader working with NYPD to form peace  (NYDN)
Off-Duty NYPD Officer Arrested at JFK Airport: Official (NBC)
Frat house animal (NYP) A frat boy caught on video allegedly beating and robbing a woman in a Brooklyn subway station was easy to catch — he was wearing a hoodie with the fraternity’s Greek letters and his nickname
Officer Charged in Robberies of Drug Dealers(NYT)
Mentally Ill, but Insanity Plea Is Long Shot(NYT)
Violent fiend busted after 4 alleged sex assaults in Bronx(NYP)
CDC: Percentage Of NYC Teens Carrying Guns At All-Time Low
Manhattan DA recommends decade in jail for man who posed as correx officer to sneak into jails(NYP)
Cops arrest gas station heist suspects(NYDN)
SEE: Footage shows Crown Heights shooting spree, suspect (NYDN)
Man Charged In Beating, Robbery Of Woman On Stairs At Brooklyn(WABC)
Video Captures Man Stealing Woman's Laundry(NBC)
NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Helping Group Rob Drug(WABC)
NYPD cop arrested at JFK on robbery, drug charge
Crown Heights Shooting Spree in Broad Daylight 
63 indicted in NYC gangs crackdown: Authorities say 63 people have been indicted in a crackdown against three ...
Brooklyn carpenter confesses to dicing up his roommate with kitchen tools - but not murder(NYP)