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John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the Flesh’

Just as we were all getting used to the idea of Ted Cruz with his new sidekick Carly Fiorina leading a desperate, last-minute charge on behalf of sensible Republicans everywhere to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination, along comes former Speaker John Boehner with an assessment of ... More »

Why Is Donald Trump a Patsy for Vladimir Putin?

The universal headline summary of Donald Trump’s prepared foreign-policy speech yesterday was that it lacked details. Trump’s campaign encouraged this conclusion by leaking in advance that it would contain few specifics, and media correctly primed to think of Trump as an ignorant blowhard covered it as such. But the speech, ... More »

Trump Beat Cruz at His Own Organizational Game in Pennsylvania

On April 19, NBC News reported the Cruz campaign was bragging that its organizational wizardry would enable the Texan to pick up a lot of Pennsylvania's 57 unbound delegates on April 26 — delegates that were elected at the congressional-district level with no indication on the ballot of their presidential-candidate preferences. ... More »

Yale’s Calhoun College to Keep Racially Charged Name

Despite the racially charged student protests that began last fall and continued for several months, administrators at Yale University announced late Wednesday that John C. Calhoun College, a residence hall named for a 19th-century alumnus and slavery apologist, will keep its name. Peter Salovey, the university president, added that the school ... More »

JetBlue Pilot Accused of Flying Drunk Blames Gum

Did you fly on JetBlue flight 583 from New York to Orlando, or from Orlando back to New York on flight 584 on April 21 last year? If so, you may want to know that your pilot might've been trashed. According to a federal complaint made public yesterday, Dennis Murphy ... More »

Fresh Intelligence: Another Police Shooting in Baltimore, While Ted Cruz Hoists a White Flag Named Carly Fiorina

Good morning and welcome to Fresh Intelligence, our roundup of the stories, ideas, and memes you'll be talking about today. In this edition, Baltimore police shoot an eighth grader, Dennis Hastert becomes speaker of the big house, and Ted Cruz sets Carly Fiorina up to fail a second time. Here's ... More »

De Blasio Inner Circle Subpoenaed in Corruption Probe

The federal investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising tactics went one step further on Wednesday as several members of his inner circle — along with City Hall itself — were served with subpoenas. According to "people familiar with the matter," those subpoenaed include Emma Wolfe, the mayor's director of intergovernmental ... More »

Watch Carly Fiorina Randomly Break Out Into Song At A Rally

Ted Cruz just tapped Carly Fiorina to be his running mate. They held a rally in Indianapolis to announce and Fiorina put those vocal cords to work with an original song about Cruz's daughters. Produced by Christine Nguyen and Matt Johnston. ... More »

Bernie Sanders Fires Hundreds of Staffers

Bernie Sanders is cutting dead weight and heading West. Less than 24 hours after dropping four of five Northeastern primaries Tuesday night, the Vermont senator told the New York Times that he plans to lay off hundreds of staffers and shift most of his remaining resources into winning California."We want to ... More »

Billionaire’s Floating Park Is Officially Coming to the Hudson River

Bernie Sanders will tell you America has a problem with its millionaires and billionaires, but if one happens to build your city a fancy floating park, does he get a pass? Construction on Pier 55 — the 2.7-acre Hudson River park funded in very large part by IAC Chairman Barry ... More »

Donald Trump: Megyn Kelly Showed ‘a Lot of Courage’ by Phoning Me

It's not clear whether Donald Trump was in a particularly good mood last night, anticipating his sweep of the GOP primaries, or he’s actually changed his tune when it comes to Megyn Kelly. While the smart money is on the former, Trump did have some (gasp) actually nice things to ... More »

If You Want a More Democratic Nominating Process, Take a Look at Caucuses First

There are, among the 50 states (the territories are another matter), 20 nominating contests left in this presidential cycle between the two parties. Nineteen of them are primaries, which means (with the exception of North Dakota Democrats) we can close the book on this year's caucuses. The numbers are not ... More »

Carly Fiorina Is No Mariah Carey

During a press conference announcing that she will be Ted Cruz's presidential running mate — aw, Ted is such an optimist — Carly Fiorina forgot that her life is not an episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and inexplicably broke into song.Her voice isn't "SNL lip-sync scandal" bad, but she is certainly no Mariah Carey. ... More »

Donald Trump Just Declared War on the Entire Foreign-Policy Establishment

Donald Trump didn't come here to make friends.When the GOP front-runner announced that he would be delivering a major foreign-policy address this Wednesday, most pundits expected a reprise of his AIPAC speech: a carefully scripted embrace of Republican orthodoxy that distanced the candidate from his more idiosyncratic musings. This expectation ... More »

Cruz Names Fiorina As Veep Pick — Smooth Move or Last Gasp?

Amid incipient panic among Establishment Republicans after Donald Trump's near-sweep of delegates in five northeastern primaries Tuesday, Ted Cruz is making a quick move today to get himself some media coverage and theoretically gain an advantage in California, the last of several crucial primaries he needs to win to keep ... More »

The Trump vs. Clinton Game Is on for November

Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. This week: Trump closes in on the GOP nomination, Kasich and Cruz's dysfunctional alliance, and how North Carolina's bathroom law is factoring into the presidential race. After last night's sweep, Donald Trump ... More »

Dennis Hastert Is Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison

A judge sentenced former GOP Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison Wednesday for a felony banking crime tied to his attempts to hide decades-old sexual-abuse allegations. Hastert, who pleaded guilty to illegally structured bank withdrawals last fall, made those transactions to pay $1.7 million in ... More »

New York City’s Air Quality Is Improving

The air you breathe in New York City may not always smell so great, but a new study from the city’s health department says the quality of that air is improving. According to the New York City Air Quality Survey, there have been significant decreases in harmful chemicals in the ... More »

More Than 100 People Are Charged in Largest Gang Takedown in New York City History

Close to 1,000 federal agents and NYPD officers swarmed the areas around Bronx's Williamsbridge neighborhood early Wednesday morning, raiding nearly 100 locations and rounding up scores of suspected gang members. A total of 120 people were charged after the raids, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called it the largest gang takedown in ... More »

Democratic Establishment Candidates Win Two Key Senate Primaries

Lost in the presidential brouhaha Tuesday night were two close Democratic U.S. Senate primaries in the two states holding down-ballot contests, Maryland and Pennsylvania. As recently as a week ago the races were up in the air, but the Democratic Establishment favorites carried the day by comfortable margins.In a matchup ... More »

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