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Hillary Clinton Loves New York

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Okay, I give in: Hillary Clinton‘s astoundingly selfish New York Senate run is Topic A this week. Since many readers keep track of my political wagers—I’ve been on a losing streak since ’94—let me assure them that I’ve already mailed a check for $100 to Chris Caldwell at The Weekly Standard, a deserved comeuppance for predicting just weeks ago that [&hellip
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William F. Buckley, Jr. on Hillary, McCarthy & God (With Guest Interviewer Peggy Noonan)

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William F. Buckley Jr. Q&A by Russ Smith, John Strausbaugh & Peggy Noonan   It’s not his first book on McCarthy: that would be McCarthy and His Enemies from 1954. The Redhunter combines public record and personal knowledge: As a young conservative from Yale, Buckley knew McCarthy and supported his efforts. The novel tells McCarthy’s life, beginning with his [&hellip
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Gun Control Solves Nothing; PLUS Steve Brill, Maureen Dowd, John Gotti and Irving the Wolf

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(Hey, Are Bombs Being Dropped Every Day in Yugoslavia?) More stringent laws on who can purchase guns in America? Fine by me, but don’t kid yourself that the largely symbolic legislation passed by the Senate last week will halt the rash of copycat teen shootings in high schools. And neither will the hypocritical cries of [&hellip
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Gore Pushes the Panic Button; Who’s Partying With Kurt Andersen–And Who’s Not?

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A Twist of Manhattan’s Elite I‘m somewhat tardy in reporting on the Mother’s Day festivities at the MUGGER household, but with good reason: a 24-hour virus no doubt caused by a batch of beef lo mein fried in rancid oil. That Sunday morning started off just swell. I awoke with MUGGER III and we played until Junior awoke and [&hellip
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The Media Flips

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I was riding down the elevator in our apartment building last Friday morning with two construction workers who were off on a coffee break. One of the guys was wearing a tie-dyed shirt and had long, black hair down to his butt: a 60s throwback performing an honest day’s work–that is, if you consider unions honest. Anyway, I asked him [&hellip
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Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I’ve written two or three times over the years about a store in my hometown of Huntington called Kropotkin Records. It opened in 1970, when I was 15, and was an idyllic hangout for hippie teenagers who loved rock ’n’ roll and the counterculture that flourished in that era. As opposed to its one competitor in town, a fuddy-duddy business [&hellip
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Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Friday afternoon at the office and the news from Washington was depressing. Outside, on 7th Ave., it was just as gray: drizzly, smoke pouring out of Healthy Choice and a guy grumbling about Rudy Giuliani’s “shop till you drop” gimmick, claiming that the only items for tax-free purchase are pawed-over, outsized pieces of clothing. Sean Hannity, the meathead conservative talk-show host [&hellip
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It was an exhausting week at the MUGGER household. My wife, who’d valiantly fought off my stomach flu and Junior’s head cold, finally succumbed, probably due to fatigue from nursing her two guys. Then, on Tuesday morning, MUGGER III came into our bedroom just after midnight and announced with a stoic whisper: “Mommy, Daddy, wake up, I’m about to barf!” [&hellip
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I had a scary dose of reality last Friday while snapping photos of wack-job Chris Brodeur and Robert Lederman for Andrey Slivka’s “New York City” piece this issue (page 15). Brodeur’s a trip: an intelligent man, with honest convictions about Manhattan’s problems in general, and Rudy Giuliani in particular. But without a proper kick in the groin he’ll rave on for [&hellip
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