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New York’s $100 million penthouse is getting a 95% tax break

The wealthy have lots of good reasons to invest their money in New York's residential real-estate market, panoramic views and strong returns among them.<p>But another perk — incredibly low taxes for some penthouse buyers — have people furious.<p>The latest, most egregious example is the penthouse at …

Real Estate

Did 'American Sniper' miss an important mark?

The most chilling moment in "American Sniper" does not appear on film. The movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, is a portrait of Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But Kyle's death did not come at the hands of the enemy. He was killed …

“They could have retreated”: Why it’s time for police to adopt this new tactic

<b>(Reuters/Mark Leffingwell)</b><p>We can improve safety for both police and civilians if deescalation tactics are the new norm. Here’s the problem<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>January 29, 2015 1:30pm (UTC)<p>In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner in an illegal …

5 worst right-wing moments of the week: Fox News host forced to issue absurd correction

<b>Fox News' host Jeanine Pirro</b><p>Fox News: Where factual errors are so brazen that the British prime minister calls you a “complete idiot”<p>Janet Allon<p>January 20, 2015 7:55pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><b>1. Ben Carson says totally crazy thing; O’Reilly blames the liberal media.</b><p>It does …

Exposing the charter school lie: Michelle Rhee, Louis C.K. and the year phony education reform revealed its true colors

Charter schools promised new education innovations. Instead, they produced scam after new scam<p>Since it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites and television talk shows scan their archives to pick the person, place or thing that sums up the year in entertainment, business, sports or every …

The 2015 GOP Clown Car: Bigger, Meaner, and More Dangerous Than Ever

Another year gone and another string of long-winded, factually inaccurate, and manufactured comments from the clowns in the Republican Party are behind us. With every passing year that the little clown car pulls up it seems to get a little bigger and every year more and more clowns pour out and …

Focus on the NRA

<i>NRA chief Wayne LaPierre; Slain New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos</i><p>It has been a week since Ismaayl Brinsley, a deranged man with a long criminal record, killed two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, in cold blood, but so far we haven't heard a word …

New York’s epic white backlash: How a horrid 1960s relic is still with us today

O’Reilly, Hannity and a defiant NYPD are fighting battles of 50 years ago. The chaos ended but the backlash endures<p>I grew up in New York in the 1960s and 70s saying a prayer whenever I heard a siren – a prayer for whomever the siren wailed, and a prayer for the men behind the siren, the policemen …

A New Video Tells the Truth About Guns and Some Folks Don't Like It

There's a new video floating around the Internet called " Gun Violence - PSA" that's making quite a stir. Created by Rejina Cincic, it follows a teenage boy who takes an unlocked pistol out of his mother's bureau drawer, slips it into his backpack, walks into his class at school and, when there are …

The 14 Most Interesting Stories Of 2014

Better workplaces to environmental destruction, better diets to education reform, here are the stories that created the most buzz in the last year.<p>Want more of Co.Exist’s best stories of 2014? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Photos<br>• Infographics<br>• Lists<br>• …

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

<i>The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.</i><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren …

Earth Could Face Another Mass Extinction in Next 200 Years: Study

Over the next few centuries, Earth could face a mass extinction on par with the one that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, according to a new study. A mass extinction is when 75 percent or more of the planet's species die out — an event that has happened five times in Earth's history. …

Extinction

Half The Size Of JPEG: Could BPG Lead To A Double-Speed Web?

A new graphics file format, proposed by programmer Fabrice Bellard, could cut the file size of digital photos by half with far-reaching consequences.<p><b>How are images made smaller?</b><p>The vast majority of photos taken with a cameras or smartphones and nearly every image viewed on the Web is stored in the …

See Inside Jennifer Lawrence's New Beverly Hills Mansion — Formerly Owned By Jessica Simpson

The Oscar winning actress dropped $6.4 to move into the prime 90210-located home.<p>Jennifer Lawrence just put down $6.4 million to become the the latest in a line of famous ladies to call this gorgeous Beverly Hills mansion home. The Oscar winning actress purchased the former home of Jessica Simpson, …

Beverly Hills

The 6-step process to dispose of America’s poor

<b>Paul Ryan (AP/John Minchillo)</b><p>The country’s lower classes are treated like criminals or commodities. Thank our perverse brand of capitalism<p>Paul Buchheit<p>December 16, 2014 9:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>One of the themes of the superb writing of Henry Giroux is that more and …