Politics Noir


De Blasio, Cuomo and MTA battle over financing (again)

“Under the 2015-2019 capital plan, New York City Transit receives 51 percent, and when you throw MTA buses in it, it’s 62 percent,” said Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Joe Lhota during a Tuesday conference call.

De Blasio cancels Trump meeting, blasts administration for ‘racist assault’ on immigrant communities

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won’t meet with Republican President Donald Trump to discuss infrastructure funding.

Criminal Justice Reform: Rep. Danny Davis’ new bill pushes back on money bail

During a recent press conference on Capitol Hill, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) said that at any given time there are roughly 500,000 people sitting in local jails waiting for their day in court.

Senate votes to end government shutdown

Enough senators have voted to advance a bill ending the government shutdown, the Associated Press reports.

CBC members plan State of the Union protest

During a lengthy, members-only meeting on Capitol Hill on January 19, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) discussed various options to protest the current President of the United States.

Government shutdown enters day 2 as Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame

Feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to dodge blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showing few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end a government shutdown that stretched into a second day Sunday.

Government shuts down on first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration; Dems, GOP trade blame

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Omarosa’s final days at White House full of controversy, accusations

Omarosa Manigault Newman, best known for her first name only, who has resigned under duress from her public liaison job at the White House, is leaving true to form—amid a cloud of controversy and with sparks flying.

Phil Murphy inaugurated as governor of New Jersey

Democrat Phil Murphy was inaugurated as New Jersey’s 56th governor and former Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

At least one person believes Trump is a ‘stable genius’

“Fire and Fury—Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff is an absorbing read if you are interested in more evidence of Trump’s megalomania, misogyny, idiocy and just plain unfitness to be president.

Bronx BP Ruben Diaz challenges New Yorkers to get civically engaged

According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, New York State ranks 49th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., for civic engagement and volunteering. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hopes to change that.

Cuomo budget aims to fight against Trump tax plan

From $770 million more for school aid, $200 million for NYCHA improvements to nearly $120 million for the Excelsior Scholarship, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s FY 2019 executive budget has some winners and losers.

Reports: Mueller subpoenas Bannon

Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon last week, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

South Africa to formally protest Trump’s ‘s—hole countries’ remarks

South Africa will issue a diplomatic protest to the United States Monday over US President Donald Trump’s “s—hole countries” comments, according to its foreign ministry.

Trump denies controversial comment, defends immigration stance in tweet

President Donald Trump says “this was not the language used” after reports that he referred to “s***hole” African nations in a meeting.