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piling on 9/11’s heroes by messing with the wtc health program

it took years of struggle for the heroes who labored on the smoldering pile after 9/11 to shame washington to take responsibility for the deteriorating health of those poisoned by the toxins unleashed when the wtc fell. in light of a threat posed by president trump’s budget, the firefighters, police officers, construction workers and volunteers — many of whom have bigger medical fights than ever on their hands — may soon have to start fighting again. budget director mick mulvaney wants to separate the wtc health program, which treats or monitors 83,000 americans, from the national institute of occupational safety and health, both of which are now under the solid leadership of dr. john howard, a pulmonologist. for who knows what reason, mulvaney would move howard and ...





reporting a broken cash machine

suppose you stumble across a malfunctioning atm that mistakenly churns out extra twenties with every withdrawal. do you alert the bank like an honest citizen, or pocket the cash and hope you don’t get caught? now suppose the atm is a federal program to help the near-poor, and you’re the governor of new york state. this is more or less the situation faced by gov. cuomo with the essential plan, a form of obamacare, that since 2016 has been providing free or low-cost health coverage to low-income new yorkers. it currently has 710,000 enrollees. it turns out the state is receiving way more federal aid than it needs to pay for the program — to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year — thanks to an out-of-whack formula in the affordable care act. team cuom...





feb. 21: nra, gun control and mike lupica

ending  nra control of congress oyster bay, l.i.: will the mass shootings in our nation ever end? what will it take for politicians indebted to the national rifle association to finally say no? how many children and adults have to die before the u.s. government thinks more about its citizens and less about how much money they get from the nra? would it change if any of the numerous politicians who are taking money from the nra had one of their own children or grandchildren be victimized in a mass shooting? we, as a country, have become an embarrassment to the rest of the civilized world, which cannot fathom how we continue to allow this insanity to occur on a regular basis. is the blood of innocent children and adults who have consistently had their lives cut short due to...





do more, mr. president - ny daily news

president trump, under pressure to act to stem the tide of gun massacres in the nation he leads, tuesday directed his justice department to craft regulations to ban bump stocks — the device that, 4 1/2 months ago, a las vegas madman used to turn his semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic killing machines that cut down 58 concertgoers. while a bump stock ban would be welcome even at this late date, the timing is curious, and procedurally, the move is suspect.a cautious first step(evan vucci/ap) three long months ago, the same justice department concluded congress needed to enact such a reform legislatively. the extreme danger here is that trump creates the illusion of executive action — while letting republican legislators off the hook. such cynical gamesmanship wou...





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trump org and the trump administration: dangerously blurred lines

when donald trump made it clear that as president, he would not divest from his business empire, many people were afraid of a scenario in which foreign interests were able to buy access to the trump family. that appears to be exactly what has happened. the front page of newspapers across india advertise not just a new trump property, but the opportunity to meet the president’s oldest son, donald trump jr., for the low low price of $38,000. that’s not very much to pay for the opportunity to lobby one of the people closest to the president in a way that won’t show up on disclosure forms. the trump organization, and therefore the president, makes money off of each unit sold in the india towers, more if they sell above market rates. the units that have been sold so far h...





do more, mr. president - ny daily news

president trump, under pressure to act to stem the tide of gun massacres in the nation he leads, tuesday directed his justice department to craft regulations to ban bump stocks — the device that, 41/2 months ago, a las vegas madman used to turn his semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic killing machines that cut down 58 concertgoers. while a bump stock ban would be welcome even at this late date, the timing is curious, and procedurally, the move is suspect. three long months ago, the same justice department concluded congress needed to enact such a reform legislatively. the extreme danger here is that trump creates the illusion of executive action — while letting republican legislators off the hook. such cynical gamesmanship would not be unusual for the nra. but it...





the map of a democracy: an end to partisan gerrymandering

score one for the ordinary american voter in the critical war against the obnoxious partisan gerrymandering politicians of both parties use to rig elections. earlier this month, the pennsylvania supreme court struck down the state’s current congressional map, drawn in 2011 by the gop-controlled state legislature. in that closely divided state, which president trump carried by a single percentage point in 2016, it put 13 of 18 u.s. house seats safely in the republican column. the state high court’s majority wrote: “a diluted vote” — meaning, a vote deliberately placed in a district so as to be negated — “is not an equal vote, as all voters do not have an equal opportunity to translate their votes into representation.” monday, the court released its new map. ...





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feb. 20: school safety, gun control and nycha

safety beyond ‘shelter in place’ warwick, r.i.: currently when a student is faced with an active shooter incident, they have only a few choices to defend themselves. one is to run, the second is to hide. there may be more. our current means have failed to give our students the appropriate level of life safety, and increasingly stronger methods are now required. there are a few suggestions to eliminate the fire drills and arming members of the faculty who volunteer to be trained. my suggestion is to develop an app for the student’s smart phone showing all the life-safety features that the school provides. it would detail the emergency exits and clear paths of egress. it could show a safe assembly point outside the required perimeter for the first responders. second, ...





they come in peace - ny daily news

news item one: researchers at the annual meeting of the american association for the advancement of science say humans are likely to give a warm welcome to alien life forms if and when they visit earth. the assessment was based on an analysis of responses from about 500 volunteers. news item two: another study suggests that any communication humans receive from an alien life form should be destroyed immediately, given the profound risk that such a missive would be improperly read — or be inherently dangerous to life as we know it. count us among the optimists. if aliens make contact, we want to hear what they have to say. maybe, just maybe, they’ll even have some advice about how to get the knicks winning again.sign up for breaking news emailsprivacy policythanks for subsc...





showing and telling, finally - ny daily news

it’s a basic principle, finally being affirmed after years of flagrant disrespect: because public pensions are paid by the public, all of us have a right to know who is getting how much. which is why today, for the very first time, you can go to seethroughny.net, a website valiantly built by the nonprofit empire center for public policy, and find details about pension payouts to those who are part of the new york city employees’ retirement system, the single largest fund for retired municipal workers. finally, rays of sunlight are being shed on a big chunk of the $10 billion and growing the city pays out to its retirees every year. big improvement. but boy was it like pulling rhinoceros teeth to get here. the journey started in 2009, when the empire center, using t...





another bitter harvest - ny daily news

martin luther king, jr., said the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. for new york’s 100,000-plus farm workers, denied equal labor rights for generations, the arc is longer, and while at times it seems to turn and twist and tease, in the end it doesn’t bend at all. last week marked the latest depressing chapter in a saga that began with jim crow-era passage of a law barring the people who pick our food from getting the same workplace protections enjoyed by everyone else — including overtime pay, an unpaid day off per week and the right to organize and bargain collectively. before going sour, things began promisingly. state sen. marisol alcantara, the granddaughter of farmworkers and a member of the independent democratic conference, took o...





winning this political gunfight - ny daily news

the gun lobby and the politicians in its thrall — the cynical “thoughts and prayers” crowd, the ones who see the current wave of madness and massacre as an inevitable and acceptable part of american life — are betting that you will do nothing. they believe you will be too dispirited, confused or apathetic to put an end to the cycle of insanity gripping the nation. it’s time to prove them wrong. start by acknowledging that there’s little left to debate over gun control in this country. as british columnist dan hodges noted on twitter in 2015: “in retrospect sandy hook marked the end of the u.s. gun control debate. once america decided killing children was bearable, it was over.” hodges is right. even the wanton slaughter in 2012 of 20 elementary-school c...





want more housing? density’s the answer

add the height of residential buildings to the list of things that albany won’t let new york city figure out for itself. bear with me for a minute. new york city is one of the most desirable places in the world to live. our population is bursting at the seams, with more than 8.5 million people currently living here, and they keep coming and coming. where will they live? where will those born and bred in new york city, like me and my children, live? there are simply not enough residential apartments available to meet the ever growing demand, let alone affordable ones for working people. we need to build more housing, especially in communities rich with mass transit options and employment opportunities. but how? the city’s land mass isn’t expanding. as that old...





trump knows well that everyone has a price

on april 29, 1962, john f. kennedy gave a white house dinner for nobel prize winners. the president famously observed that his guests were "the most extraordinary collection of talent ... that has ever been gathered together at the white house — with the possible exception of when thomas jefferson dined alone." many years later, in 2007 to be exact, donald trump hosted an event in los angeles to launch his brand of vodka. at his table were his eldest son and his daughter-in-law — as well as trump's alleged mistress du jour and kim kardashian. thomas jefferson, likely, was not mentioned. of course, jfk had his own troubled relationship with virtue — he was, we now know, no slouch in the mistress department. but when it comes to a guest list, nothing in the annals of presid...





bramhall cartoons for february 2018

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mr. president, i'm reporting you as a dangerous leader

“so many signs that the florida shooter was mentally disturbed…. must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!” tweeted donald trump. indeed, many people have noticed that the young man who committed the recent mass murder at a high school in parkland, fla., sent out multiple “red flags” warning how dangerous he was, and have lamented the fact that no one in the community responded in such a way as to restrain him from acting on his violent impulses. many say authorities did not intervene where they could and should have. we have an analogous situation with a dangerous leader who has access to far more lethal weapons than an ar-15. following the president’s words, i am reporting again to authorities, both as a citizen and a mental health profes...





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