This kind of demagoguery is also the standard. Decades of political campaigns and advertising by criminal-justice officials and others — both aspiring and incumbent — have so codified the idea that crime is best addressed by throwing the book at lawbreakers that it’s rarely questioned. It has launched and sustained many a career; historically, few political contenders lose elections by promising vicious treatment of alleged criminals. (Though there are signs that this sentiment is shifting.) There was a time when de Blasio seemed a poor fit for this type of politics. He ran for mayor as a reformer, harnessing backlash against former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policies into a campaign targeting racial and income inequality. De Blasio’s actions rarely lived up to his rhetoric, but that didn’t stop the NYPD from treating him as if they did. He was scorned widely by police and shown open disrespect by their rank and … [Read more...] about Nobody Knows Why New York’s Murder Rate Has Risen. Bill de Blasio Is Using It to Demagogue.
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The NRA, which is listed as a 501(c)(4) non-profit in New York, filed its own countersuit against Attorney General James’ office on Thursday alleging that their lawsuit is politically-motivated and that they were pushed by top Democratic officials behind the scenes to pursue this legal route. … [Read more...] about New York Attorney General Letitia James ‘Intends To Do The Same’ To NRA As She Did To President’s Foundation
Schools have spent the summer coming up with safety plans, securing protective gear and figuring out how to fit fewer students into classrooms and school buses. Cuomo required all school systems to submit plans detailing their reopening plans, saying that the state would not allow any district with an unsafe plan to bring students back to classrooms. … [Read more...] about Cuomo Clears New York Schools Statewide to Open, Carefully
James is not disregarding the implications of a Democratic official seeking to destroy one of the country’s most powerful conservative groups just before an election. To the contrary, she seems to revel in that image. She knows liberals are thrilled by just the thought of disbanding the NRA. Already, she is being celebrated as a hero by liberals who see no problem in her previously declaring the NRA to be a terrorist organization and now seeking to dissolve it as a fraudulent organization. It has been a political campaign in search of a legal rationale for years — but the allegation is not as important as the target. … [Read more...] about Turley: The tragic irony of the New York state lawsuit against the NRA
Aides had suggested to reporters on Friday that the president might sign executive orders that, despite questions about their legality and potential effectiveness, were meant to bypass stalled negotiations about the next round of economic assistance during the pandemic. The administration's talks with congressional leaders had collapsed, endangering federal aid to workers and businesses struggling during an outbreak that has killed more than 160,000 Americans and cost tens of millions their jobs. … [Read more...] about At his New Jersey golf club, Trump finds supportive audience