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Weiner’s Popularity Goes Flacid; Will Resign House Seat…

June 16, 2011

According to coverage on CNN this morning, Representative Anthony Weiner has told House leaders as well as his friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from other Democrats.

After initially claiming that his Twitter account had been hacked, Weiner finally admitted that he sent the lewd picture of his…um…well…yeah…and had engaged in inappropriate relationships with a number of women he had met online.

From CNN:

Weiner, 46, was considered a possible front-runner to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013 until the revelation of his online communications, including lewd photos of himself he sent to women he befriended on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year, Weiner married Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton in the White House, Senate and now in the State Department. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at the ceremony, and Abedin is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Weiner has been in the spotlight since late May, when a lewd photograph of him became public after it was sent to a woman over the Twitter social networking service.

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Dozens Injured in Staten Island Ferry Accident

May 8, 2010

According to CNN, a ferry boat crashed into the Staten Island Ferry terminal early Saturday morning, leaving at least 60 people injured.

From CNN:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office told CNN that 60 passengers had minor injuries.

The ferry boat, the Andrew J. Barberi, was the same boat involved in an October 2003 crash that killed 11 people and injured 42, U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Barbara Miller told CNN.

There were 252 passengers and 18 crew members on board the vessel at the time of Saturday’s crash, Miller said.

She said investigators were trying to determine the cause of the accident. Initial reports indicate the captain may have lost control of the boat’s engines, she said.

Major Snowstorm Slams Northeast

March 2, 2009

A massive March snowstorm roared out of the Southeast and into the Northeast overnight, canceling hundreds of flights and making this morning’s rush hour treacherous as motorists contended with nearly a foot of snow in spots.

From the MSNBC:

Winter storm warnings were issued from North Carolina to New Hampshire, with most areas expected to see 8 to 12 inches of snow and higher amounts possible in northern areas.

“It’s the first of March, which, as you know, is the month that we say comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday. “It’s pretty clear that the lions are getting ready to roar.”

The blizzard-like snow — together with sleet, freezing rain and wind gusts of up to 30 mph — contributed to four deaths on roads in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and on New York’s Long Island.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt., said a new weather system could bring several more inches of snow to Vermont’s Green Mountains Monday night and early Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said a winter weather advisory would remain in effect in Vermont and eastern New York state until early Tuesday.

Hundreds of flights canceled
More than 100 flights were scrubbed Sunday at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Hundreds more flights were canceled at the New York region’s three major airports.

More than 10 inches of snow was on the ground in New Jersey’s Atlantic and Cumberland counties by 7 a.m. Monday, while South Carolina was dealing with 8 inches. Forecasters warned that the snow may temporarily stop for a few hours before starting up again by midmorning.

Probe Begins in US Airways Crash

January 16, 2009

Investigators are making preparations to pull the crashed US Airways jetliner out of the Hudson River and begin a probe into the cause of the crash.

From the Washington Post:

Investigators positioned a giant marine crane and a barge at the site in Lower Manhattan where the Airbus A320 lies largely submerged in the river, tethered to a pier until it can be hauled out for detailed inspection. The barge sat beside the downed plane, of which only the tail section and one wing were visible above the water.

Meanwhile, investigation teams led by the National Transportation Safety Board gathered at a downtown hotel to plot out the initial phase of the investigation. Authorities have not yet announced the cause of the crash, but preliminary indications were that it probably hit a flock of birds shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport en route to Charlotte.

In a news conference to honor first responders, as well as the five-member crew of Flight 1549, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the prompt and efficient rescue effort showed “the indomitable spirit of our city,” adding, “No matter how bad things get, New Yorkers can get through anything.”

“This is a story of heroes,” he said. “This is something right out of a movie script.”

Bloomberg said he was holding onto a golden key to the city to be awarded to the plane’s crew until he can present it personally. He said the captain, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, is enjoined from speaking publicly about the accident while the NTSB is investigating. Sullenberger, co-pilot Jeff Skiles and three flight attendants not yet publicly identified have been widely hailed for their actions in ditching the plane safely in the frigid waters of the Hudson and safely evacuating the 150 passengers.

Sarah Palin Meets With World Leaders

September 24, 2008

Now the Democrats can no longer say that she has not had any International Relations.  Palin, 44, is a first-term Alaska governor who has been hindered by little experience outside North America.

From Newsday:

On a whirlwind day in Manhattan yesterday, Sarah Palin had her first national security briefing, met her first heads of state and got her first foreign policy tutorial from Henry Kissinger – but she still has not held her first news conference.

Palin came to New York City as the United Nations convened its annual General Assembly so she could acquire foreign policy knowledge and connections – and the pictures of her with foreign leaders – that she needs as GOP presidential candidate John McCain‘s running mate.

But in the news media capital of the world, Palin dodged reporters and their questions. She’s given two TV interviews but hasn’t held a news conference since McCain tapped her on Aug. 29.

Palin barred all print reporters and a TV news producer from the photo shoot of the start of her meeting with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, until TV news shows threatened to not shoot the event. After that, they were allowed in to get a glimpse before being ushered back outside.

From the New York Times:

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska met her first head of state on Tuesday as she crisscrossed New York City receiving foreign policy tutorials in advance of her debate next week with Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Ms. Palin — who scheduled a series of meetings with world leaders who were in town for the United NationsGeneral Assembly — sat down first with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, who told her of the need for more troops in his country and bonded with her over his baby son, Mirwais. She was then whisked to the Colombian Mission to talk free trade and renewable energy with President Álvaro Uribe. She capped off her day meeting with the éminence grise of Republican foreign policy, former Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger, who spoke with her about Georgia, Russia and NATO.

It was Ms. Palin’s introduction to motorcade diplomacy, a lightning round of meetings and photo opportunities designed to portray Ms. Palin — who lacks much in the way of foreign policy experience, has traveled abroad little and had not met a foreign head of state before Tuesday — at ease with world leaders.

Democrats, and some Republicans, have tried to make Ms. Palin’s lack of foreign policy experience an issue in the campaign. The McCain campaign, for its part, has made three main points so far when asked about Ms. Palin’s foreign policy credentials.

It invokes geography, noting Alaska’s proximity to Russia, as Ms. Palin did when she told ABC News, “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” Other times the campaign cites her résumé, noting that as governor she had been commander of the Alaska National Guard for nearly two years. And it often pivots to her work on energy policy, as Mr. McCain did last week, when he said, “I’m proud of her obvious knowledge of this nation’s energy needs, because that’s a national security issue.”

But with next week’s debate looming, the McCain-Palin campaign put her on an accelerated course in foreign policy, and scheduled meetings with world leaders and foreign policy mandarins in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It was not her first trip to New York; she was here last October and visited Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at City Hall. And while she rode from leader to leader, sometimes causing gridlock along the way, her husband, Todd, took their 5-month-old son, Trig, and two of their daughters, Willow, 14, and Piper, 7, about town. They took pictures with the Statue of Liberty in the background, ate hot dogs in Central Park and stopped in at F.A.O. Schwarz, where Piper tried on some princess dresses, the campaign said.

Remembering September 11

September 11, 2008

This post is from September 11, 2008…but the words still hold true today on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

I remember a perfectly clear Ventura, California morning. I was on my way to my job at Hertz when I heard the news break on the radio. A bomb had gone off at the World Trade Center in New York. 15 minutes later, that report became an airliner which had crashed into the building. By the time I walked in the front door, crowds had huddled around the television set and we watched as the second plane crashed into the building. This was obviously no accident.

I remember watching the television all day. I don’t believe that we rented a single car that day. When the towers fell, many in the Paradise Chevrolet waiting room cried. It was unbelievable.  We knew at that time that thousands, if not tens of thousands, had to still be in the buildings when they crumbled. The unity that I saw that night on the streets of Northridge, California, though, was something that I had never seen, and not seen since. Hundreds holding candles, praying for the victims. There was a unity which we need in our country today, which has disappeared since the days and weeks following 9/11. If we could bring this back, we would be a far stronger country. Let us never forget the victims of September 11, 2001.

From the New York Times:

Weeks later, when the smoke had cleared and the dust settled, there, out the living room window, was the View, that most coveted of New York City apartment amenities, shattered forever.

All across the city, for days, months, maybe years after 9/11, it hurt to look out the window.

In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Marissa Gonzalez, a corporate recruiter and writer, could not adjust. She had designed her whole fourth-floor apartment on 40th Street around the postcard-worthy outline of the Lower Manhattan skyline rising above the slope of Green-Wood Cemetery and the flats of northwest Brooklyn beyond.

“Looking out those windows was a ritual for me,” she said. “They were part of my sanctuary, my place of inspiration. It was impossible for me to go there and not tie into the day and the days after and the pain and the grief.”

A few months after 9/11, she moved out.

The question of how New Yorkers view their view may seem abstract, trivial, remote, compared with the pain of thousands upon thousands who lost loved ones, friends or colleagues when the World Trade Center towers fell. But for a broad swath of New Yorkers for whom the two towers were primarily the crowning jewel of a cherished vista, the amputated skyline was a daily reminder of loss. The way they have reached accommodation, or not, with the transformed view provides yet another window into the city’s infinitely long process of recovery.

Conversations with dozens of New Yorkers this week, when the end-of-summer light is just so and passing planes induce a wince, found them poised somewhere between Never Forget and Enough Already. Some confessed to occasional pangs of survivor guilt when they catch themselves enjoying the cityscape, diminished but still quite impressive, that gleams in their windows and draws them to park benches.

From the Associated Press:

Relatives of victims killed at the World Trade Center are observing a moment of silence to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The silence marks the exact time — 8:46 — when the first hijacked plane struck the trade center. Other moments of silence were planned for the times when the second plane hit and when the towers fell.

Other ceremonies are being held throughout the day, including one at the Pentagon, where a new memorial will be dedicated. Services will also be held in Shanksville, Pa., where one of the hijacked planes crashed.

Later Thursday, Barack Obama and John McCain are due at ground zero to pay silent respects.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Today marks year seven in a “war on terror” not of our making, and possibly not in our power to end. In scale and deadliness, the attacks of 9/11 were comparable to Pearl Harbor, so it’s little wonder that they were interpreted as an act of war. But by taking on a movement rather than a government, the United States has confronted unprecedented legal and procedural challenges that continue to haunt it — and will do so long after a new president takes power, particularly if the current occupant of the Oval Office has his way.In recent months, the Bush administration has been reaffirming its wartime powers by inserting language in legislation, rewriting intelligence procedures and changing regulations. For example, the New York Times reports that the administration added a provision to a proposal for hearing legal appeals from detainees at Guantanamo Bay that asks Congress to “acknowledge again and explicitly” that the U.S. is at war with Al Qaeda, the Taliban and related movements.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

Bush doesn’t need such declarations in order to continue the war in Afghanistan; that was authorized by Congress on Sept. 14, 2001. Rather, he seems to be trying to solidify the legal justification for some of his administration’s most questionable policies, such as holding detainees indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay or carrying out wiretapping operations on Americans without a court order. The goal, apparently, is to make such policies permanent, or at least give his successor the option of continuing them.

From CNN International:

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld returned to the Pentagon on Thursday to help dedicate a memorial to victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks there and elsewhere.

“Today we renew our vows to never forget how this long struggle began and to never forget those who fell first,” said Rumsfeld, who despite his high office helped carry the wounded from the burning building seven years ago.

“We will never forget the way this huge building shook. We will not forget our colleagues and friends who were taken from us and their families. And we will not forget what that deadly attack has meant for our nation.”

President Bush followed Rumsfeld at the lectern.

“On a day when buildings fell, heroes rose,” Bush said. “… One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in America’s history.”

From CNN:

Seven years after devastating terrorist attacks brought death to New York’s World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, the first permanent, on-site memorial is being dedicated Thursday at the Pentagon.

Official memorials at the other two sites are still years away.

In New York, construction has begun on a complex that will include a memorial with a tree-shaded plaza and reflecting pools, and an underground museum with an entry pavilion.

It’s part of a bigger project, including new office towers and a transportation hub, whose target date has been repeatedly delayed.

The goal is to open the memorial to the public by the 10th anniversary of the attacks, in 2011, and the museum by the year after.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stressed the importance of those dates and called progress “frustratingly slow” in an opinion piece published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal.

“The memorial must be completed by the 10th anniversary,” Bloomberg wrote. “No more excuses, no more delays.”