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500-Euro Note to Be Phased Out, Limiting How Much Money Bad Guys Can Stuff Into a Suitcase

The 500-euro note, the bill of choice for many criminals looking to transfer large amounts of money without the authorities knowing, is being eliminated. The European Central Bank announced today that it’s phasing out the bill to help fight terrorists, drug dealers, and money launderers who preferred the bill because ... More »

A Record-breaking Wildfire in Canada Forces an Entire Town to Evacuate

A massive wildfire has engulfed the area around the Canadian town of Fort McMurray in Alberta. The blaze has destroyed homes and forced almost the entire town — about 80,000 people — to flee. The fire started over the weekend near Fort McMurray, a former boomtown on the edge of Canada's rich ... More »

Donald Trump Has Put the GOP in an Impossible Position on Merrick Garland

It’s a bad day to be Ron Johnson. Or Kelly Ayotte. Or any other swing-state Republican senator up for reelection this fall. Last night in Indiana, Donald Trump became the most unpopular major-party nominee in American history. A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday shows Clinton leading Trump nationally 54 to 41 ... More »

Hillary Clinton Wasted No Time Before Using Republicans’ Word Against Trump

That didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump became the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton is reminding voters that half of the GOP has declared the Donald an irredeemable monster. Her new ad features a bevy of top conservatives branding Trump as a vulgar, know-nothing, race-baiting, ... More »

How Do Republicans Protect Themselves From the Trump Fallout?

Suppose the Republican Party’s elites could go a year back in time and act with perfect foresight and perfect coordination. (At the risk of making this hypothetical even more outlandish, let’s also grant them functioning strategic brains.) What would they do to avoid their current predicament? Probably they would band ... More »

John Kasich Is Finally Done Pretending He Could Be President

Shortly after it became apparent that the Hoosier State had no interest in turning back the tide of Trumpism Tuesday night, Ted Cruz told a crowd of mourning movement conservatives that it was time to cut their losses. John Kasich, who still trails Marco Rubio in the delegate count months ... More »

Sheldon Silver Hoping to Serve His Time in a Cushy Prison

Sheldon Silver — the once-powerful State Assembly Speaker who was convicted last year on seven counts including fraud, extortion, and money laundering — was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, and he's asked a federal judge to send him to a minimum-security prison that offers town-hall meetings for inmates ... More »

A Pregnant Woman From Connecticut Has Tested Positive for Zika Virus

More bad news on the Zika front: A pregnant woman from Connecticut tested positive for the Zika virus after returning from a recent visit to Central America. The woman, who hasn't been named, is 11 weeks pregnant and apparently conceived on her trip. She had been away in Central America for ... More »

With the L Train Shutdown Looming, a Real-Estate Executive Is Still Trying to Make an East River ‘Urban Gondola’ Happen

You may recall that, back in 2014, CityRealty president Daniel Levy proposed a gondola over the East River that would transport passengers from Williamsburg to the Lower East Side. As evidenced by the lack of cable-suspended pods currently hanging over the river, the plan never came to fruition. But with ... More »

The Donald Says #NeverTrump Republicans Can Come Back ‘in 16 Years’

In his first major interview since securing the Republican nomination, Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton deserves to "suffer," Muslim migrants are "destroying Europe," and his biggest Republican haters can re-join the party when he's no longer president... in 16 years."I don’t think it’s imperative that the entire party come ... More »

Will It Ever Be Sunny Again in New York?

Let's get this out of the way: You've got to keep lugging that umbrella around. This stretch of seemingly interminable rain is pretty much going to last through the weekend — in fact, the threat of showers exists literally every day through Sunday. Just look:Blame this miserable March throwback on ... More »

Revisiting the Last Great Debate Over Skyscraper Shadows

It's official: Downtown Brooklyn will soon look a little bit more like Dubai. Michael Stern's 73-story building at 9 DeKalb Avenue, designed by SHoP Architects and incorporating the air rights of the Dime Savings Bank, will reach 1,066 feet into the sky. Plenty of freaked-out Brooklynites have taken affront. But ... More »

In the Battle at SeaWorld, the Whales Have Won

As charismatic megafauna go, Tilikum is one of the most charismatic, the most mega. He’s big (22 and a half feet long, approximately 12,000 pounds). He’s old (35, ancient for captivity). He’s potent (having sired a Ramses-worthy 14 calves). He’s a chowhound (tucking away 200 pounds of fish and about ... More »

In a Bid to Fight Street Harassment, Prospect Heights Construction Crews to Don Colorful Hats

Construction workers building the Pacific Park complex in Prospect Heights are harassing so many passersby that they'll all have to wear color-coded hard-hats to make filing complains easier. Workers from four different companies are stationed at the site, and according to DNAInfo, they must now don special hats and carry special ... More »

Fresh Intelligence: Cruz Bows Out, Sanders Stays In, and Trump Cleans Up

Good morning and welcome to Fresh Intelligence, our roundup of the stories, ideas, and memes you'll be talking about today. In this edition, Cruz drops out, Trump steps up, and sandwich shops shut down. Here's the rundown for Wednesday, May 4. WEATHER Today the West Coast should get a taste ... More »

Elizabeth Warren Promises to Save Us All from Donald Trump

Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Senator who may or may not be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, is not a Trump fan. She made her feelings clear once when she called Trump a loser five separate times in a series of tweets, but now that Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee after ... More »

Obama to Name Stonewall Inn First-Ever National Monument for Gay Rights

The Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar that played a crucial role in the gay rights movement, was given landmark status by New York City last year, but the Associated Press reports the Obama administration will do even more to distinguish the site. According to "two individuals familiar with the administration's plans," ... More »

Sanders's Indiana Win Supports His Argument that Late Delegates Are More Important

As the whole hep political world reminded us tonight, Bernie Sanders's upset win in Indiana didn't much matter if you measure the nomination contest by pledged delegates won. Indeed, as FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten noted, the percentage of remaining delegates Sanders would need to win to catch Clinton in pledged delegates ... More »

Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana, Rages Against the Dying of the Electoral Light

The Republican Party has an undisputed nominee. The Democratic Party’s race will likely go to the convention. American politics is strange.On Tuesday night, hours after calling the GOP front-runner a “pathological liar,” Ted Cruz ended his candidacy, honoring the Republican electorate’s right to sleep in the bed it’s made. Less ... More »

Behold the Nominee: Will the GOP Embrace Its Trump Nightmare or Walk Away?

Well, so much for suspense. The networks called Indiana for Donald Trump about five seconds after the polls closed, and within two hours Ted Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign. Trump is winning a majority of the vote and will likely win all 57 delegates.Even if a few delegates ... More »

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