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“Random Family,” Ten Years On: An Interview with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s book, “Random Family,” published in 2003, was the product of more than eleven years of immersive reporting. Beginning in 1990, when LeBlanc wrote about the trial of Boy George, a heroin dealer who would become a main character in the book, she practically lived with a …

Interactive: A Month of Citi Bike

It’s been a long slog for New York City’s bike-share program. Citi Bike, named for its primary sponsor, Citibank, was first announced by the Department of Transportation in 2010, and, at that time, it was expected to be up and running by the spring of 2012. The launch was delayed by software …

What Should Detroit Do With Its Art?: The Sequel

I take back my endorsement, in an earlier post, of the idea that the city of Detroit should ease its financial crisis by selling art works from the collection of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. I also apologize to the many whom my words pained.<p>I wrote in reaction to this quote in the <i>Times</i>, from …

How Strong Are the Cases Against Steve Cohen and SAC?

In a federal court on Friday morning, a lawyer for SAC Capital, the big hedge fund owned by Steve Cohen, entered on the firm’s behalf pleas of not guilty to five counts of securities fraud related to alleged insider dealing. Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, …

Holder: We Won’t Torture or Kill Snowden

“Mr. Snowden will not be tortured,” Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter sent to Russia’s Minister of Justice on Wednesday. He added, as if saying so were adequate—as if it had, in recent years, been enough—“Torture is unlawful in the United States.” The letter, which the Department of …

The Crisis in a Nutshell: Quotes of the Week

<i>A digest of the past week’s prophetic and interpretive thought.</i><p>“We’re fighting for what we believe in. Sometimes the American people don’t like this mess.” —House Speaker John Boehner, Republican from Ohio, responding to questions about congressional gridlock on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”<p>“I’m …

The Endless Train Wreck

The first frames of an eleven-second security-camera clip show an empty train track with a concrete wall on its left and a hill to the right. The track proceeds under a concrete bridge and wraps back around the hill; it’s hard to tell how sharply it curves as it disappears into the blurry horizon. …

Time To Mess With Texas

The same day, last month, that the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott declared that Texas laws that had been stopped by the Act—because courts found them to be discriminatory—would immediately go into effect. On Friday, Attorney …

Backblogged: Our Five Favorite Sentences of the Week

“His penchant for making the same mistakes, over and over—his issues between the legs and between the ears—had ended his hockey season but had yet to finish off his mayoral campaign.” From “Weiner on Ice,” by Nick Paumgarten.<p>“Interesting word, ‘political’: when used to describe what a politician …

Weekend Reading: Fake Bomb Detectors, Monica Lewinsky Turns Forty

Of all the discouraging stories to come out of the war in Iraq, few match the widespread use of fake bomb detectors that were hawked to the Iraqi government by an English con man named James McCormick. Adam Higginbotham gives a detailed account of the bizarre affair in a recent article in</i> …

The Myth of Journalism's Golden Age - Media

The crisis in journalism today shouldn't obscure mainstream media's long history of masking the truth and acquiescing to power. From the Vietnam War …

MAULDIN: Economists Are Totally Clueless About The Economy

<b>Economists Are (Still) Clueless</b> <b><br>The Revenge of the Minsky Moment</b> <b><br>Monaco, Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland, and Las Vegas</b><p>Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is past the ocean is flat again.<p>- John Maynard Keynes, A Tract …

Economics

Prices to soar as dollar falls, economists and retailers warn

"Travel is the most instantaneous thing to go up," he said.<p>"If you are booking hotels or transport or events in overseas countries, it will cost you …

Economics

An Ex-NYU Professor Was Arrested After Allegedly Sending Citi's Chief Economist X-Rated Pictures And Racy Messages

According to the NYDN, the econ professor allegedly sent Buiter racy pictures and thousands of messages, some of which are x-rated, over the last two years.<p>Here are the details from NYDN:<p>Heleen Mees, 44, was busted for stalking and harassing chief Citigroup economist Willem Buiter — sending him …