The Stupes

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The Stupes Over the weekend, Republican impeachment manager Jim Rogan was asked whether he thought differences of opinion were possible on the Clinton business. “Yes,” Rogan replied, “reasonable minds can differ on this case as to whether the President should be removed from office. But reasonable minds can only differ if those reasonable minds come to the conclusion that enforcement [&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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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Two Saturdays ago Ms. Diane and I were sitting in a little outboard-rigged rowboat in the middle of the bayou that oozes off Lake Martin near Lafayette, LA. The day before there’d been that icy storm in New York; here it was like springtime, mild and clear. The sun was setting in a silent, spectacular blaze way over beyond the [&hellip
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Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

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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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

That’s why Republicans’ blocking of a censure substitute, which would have allowed Democratic senators to vilify the First Cad before sending him on his gallivanting way, is the strategic masterstroke of recent weeks. It shows the GOP is not nearly as tactically dimwitted as we’ve heretofore thought. And it locks Senate Dems into the foolhardy course of defending the President [&hellip
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Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

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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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

She’s not two months into her new post as the Voice’s “Press Clips” columnist and already Cynthia Cotts’ copy glows with the sweaty sheen of desperation. Not that I keep myself up nights worrying about the careers of Voice writers, but she seems to be struggling. You wouldn’t have thought her predecessor Jim Ledbetter’s shoes would be so hard to [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

But really, how can you root for the Democrats when it’s they who inflicted these things on us? Would anyone who listened to White House spokesman Joe Lockhart for more than five minutes be sincerely sorry to have the President ridden out of town on a rail? Lockhart attacked the House impeachment managers last week for seeking to influence the [&hellip
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Mugger’s Western Diary Happen to Like New York

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

MUGGER’s Western Diary Happen to Like New York So the start of the family’s Western trip was a little weird. That’s why California, specifically Los Angeles, was invented, if you ask me. The difficulty began mid-way through a Continental flight to LAX, when Mrs. M and I were trying to take a nap, but the kids were too antsy to cooperate. [&hellip
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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Moles. The skin doctor lasered them off with a shrug, but I have to tell you I was spooked. A sunburn is one thing, random skin-cell mutation is another. A few weeks later, a colleague who’s sailed all his life reported a similar experience. First time in his life, a sunburn turned into a weird rash, followed by strange [&hellip
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