Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 22:33:12 -0400Copyright: ©2009, Newsday.com
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 22:33:00 -0400While he was an Illinois legislator just a few years ago, Barack Obama spoke favorably of a "single-payer" or government-run system for health insurance like other wealthy nations.
Sun, 19 Jul 2009 19:13:00 -0400Six months ago, it was noted here that despite investment collapses worldwide, active and retired participants in New York City's teacher pension system draw an exceptional taxpayer-guaranteed return of 8.25 percent annually on savings funds known as 403(b) plans.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 22:18:00 -0400Only a year ago, Barack Obama was doing the same thing on the campaign trail that Sonia Sotomayor did this week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He scrambled to keep some of his past positions and words from serving as ammunition for Republicans seeking evidence of radical stealth agendas.
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:26:00 -0400The question was never whether, but always how, ethnicity would come up.
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:43:00 -0400She jots notes on every question. She blinks quickly as she speaks, leans forward a bit on the table and gestures slowly. She smiles at jokes alertly and on cue. She pauses before delivering cool, crafty and lawyerly responses to pointed questions.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:38:00 -0400Cesar Perales was seated early, before the Senate hearing room filled up. He stayed, just a couple of rows back from Judge Sonia Sotomayor and her relatives, all the way through the hours of speechmaking that consumed the first day of her confirmation process for a seat on the nation's highest court.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:13:00 -0400Especially with the State Senate crisis ebbing, Gov. David A. Paterson's move to make Richard Ravitch his lieutenant governor looks now more like a rash political stunt than a sober government action.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:13:00 -0400Viewing the drama from afar, many will see Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos' famous Albany power play as having cost the public a month of obstruction, fake sessions, busted deadlines and confusion that sent the house's reputation from the basement to the subbasement.
Thu, 9 Jul 2009 23:03:00 -0400Viewing the drama from afar, many will see Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos' famous Albany power play as having cost the public a month of obstruction, fake sessions, busted deadlines and confusion that sent the house's reputation from the basement to the subbasement.
Wed, 8 Jul 2009 22:43:00 -0400Trying to figure out Gov. David A. Paterson's end game has become an Albany pastime. But in this crisis it seems clear he is determined to push the monthlong, first-of-its-kind State Senate deadlock toward a resolution in court. And for his immediate purposes, winning or losing in court may even be beside the point, just so long as it gets decided.