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real estate runs new york is the old saw but for once it proved untrue the real estate lobby lost control of t
“Real estate runs New York” is the old saw. But for once, it proved untrue: the real estate lobby lost control of the legislature and governor it had bought in Albany because the 2018 election, ending the IDC, changed the balance of power:
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with the passage of this bill the lament that has become a clichethat new york has lost its soul that it offer
“With the passage of this bill, the lament that has become a cliché—that New York has lost its soul, that it offers no space for the unconventional, that it is home only to the rich and ruthless—will be significantly less true.” via @nybooks
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two years ago michael greenberg wrote an epic piece about the destruction of rent regulation in new york city
Two years ago, Michael Greenberg wrote an epic piece about the destruction of rent regulation in New York City. Few (not he) would have imagined the extent of the housing movement's sweeping victory with the new law passed in June: via @nybooks
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no but i blame maureen dowd for doubling down and giving trump the idea she punched down first he just piled i
No, but I blame Maureen Dowd for doubling down and giving Trump the idea. She punched down first; he just piled in.
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feature not bug to dismantle the administrative state of the republic reduce its autonomy from the executive c
@vermontgmg Feature not bug: to dismantle the administrative state of the republic, reduce its autonomy from the executive center, and consolidate the power of the Court of King Donald.
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just catching up courtesy with trumps social media summit what a shameful shitshow this presidency and this wh
Just catching up, courtesy @CJR, with Trump’s "social media summit." What a shameful shitshow this presidency and this White House are.
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i no longer played in the rainwho knows whats in it my mother said anastasia edel on a childs memory of the fa
“I no longer played in the rain—‘Who knows what’s in it,’ my mother said.” Anastasia Edel (@AEdelWriter) on a child’s memory of the fallout, real and imagined, in the USSR from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster: via @nybooks
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on the streets standing in the eternal lines people blamed gorbachev for allowing chernobyl to happenas they b
“On the streets, standing in the eternal lines, people blamed Gorbachev for allowing Chernobyl to happen—as they blamed him for trying to change the system that had engendered the disaster.” By @AEdelWriter: via @nybooks
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suddenly a whisper ran through the dining hall chernobylskye people from chernobyl a memoir of 1986 in the sov
“Suddenly, a whisper ran through the dining hall: ‘Chernobylskye.’ People from Chernobyl.” A memoir of 1986 in the Soviet Union from one of my favorite writers, @AEdelWriter: via @nybooks
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a dispatch by anna badkhen from among the pastoralist fulani people of mali threatened with ethnic cleansing b
A dispatch by Anna Badkhen from among the pastoralist Fulani people of Mali, threatened with ethnic cleansing by warring militias: via @nybooks

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how the bbc lost the plot on brexit a blistering essay by on how the worlds most powerful news media organizat
How the BBC Lost the Plot on Brexit: a blistering essay by on how the world’s most powerful news media organization lost its nerve and flunked Journalism 101 on the EU referendum’s aftermath: via
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privately two prosecutors then employed in the special counsels office told other doj officials that had it no
“Privately, two prosecutors then employed in the special counsel’s office told other DOJ officials that had it not been for the unique nature of the case, they would have advocated that Trump face federal criminal charges,” reports :
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regarding mueller and person 2 see hes circling assanges contacts roger stone jerome corsi and ted malloch ano
Regarding Mueller and ‘Person 2,’ see : “he’s circling Assange’s contacts: Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, and Ted Malloch, another friend and associate of Nigel Farage, are all pieces of the puzzle.” Why Britain Needs Its Own Mueller
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because of barrs misrepresentations of the mueller report they believed it was important for congress to know
Because of “Barr’s misrepresentations of the Mueller report, they believed it was important for Congress to know what Mueller’s prosecutors had privately concluded: that a charge of obstruction of justice was merited by Trump’s actions.” By :
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stunning that media is not drawing attention to sean hannity s extraordinary conflict of interest here as cond
Stunning that media is not drawing attention to Sean Hannity's extraordinary conflict of interest here, as conduit for Giuliani's disclosure that exculpates Michael Cohen from potential FEC charges, when Hannity has been named as Cohen client himself!!!
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major new story by revealing that the senior doj official overseeing the mueller investigation was himself a w
Major new story by @murraywaas, revealing that the senior DOJ official overseeing the Mueller investigation was himself a witness to a critical episode of potential obstruction of justice by Trump, a conflict he did not adequately disclose:
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just amazing to me that media would think that giuliani a former prosecutor nyc mayor and commercial lawyer wo
Just amazing to me that Media would think that Giuliani, a former prosecutor, NYC mayor, and commercial lawyer, would go spill his guts on Hannity mistakenly and unintentionally. Guy is ultimate operator and has well-defined strategy here.
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my father in law was a new deal era communist artist just like victor arnautoff the idea of painting over this
My father-in-law was a New Deal-era Communist artist just like Victor Arnautoff. The idea of painting over this mural of America’s history of plantation and colonialism would have horrified him as much as Nazi book-burning. Thank you @bariweiss:
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just noting that while pardoned sheriff joe arpaio was busy looking for undocumented immigrants his office was
Just noting that while “pardoned” Sheriff Joe Arpaio was busy looking for undocumented immigrants, his office was so sloppy about gun safety that they “lost” more than a dozen firearms, including a fully automatic weapon just used to wound four officers:
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reading between the lines of this and other recent scoops by it is clear that senior justice officials are ver
Reading between the lines of this and other recent scoops by @murraywaas, it is clear that senior Justice officials are very dismayed by AG Barr’s spin on the Mueller report, and Rosenstein’s assist in squishing its legal ramifications.

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