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Five most recent columns

November 13, 2017
The Era of Good Feeling
After 12 years of tension under former Commissioner Ray Kelly, the relationship between the NYPD and the FBI is now friendly. How long that lasts depends on whether the men at the top, often with gigantic law enforcement egos, can submerge those egos for the greater good.

November 6, 2017
Will Rechnitz Haunt de Blasio For Ever?
Poor Bill de Blasio. Neither last Tuesday’s terrorist attack nor the NYPD’s Friday announcement that it was on the verge of arresting Harvey Weinstein on rape allegations could protect the mayor from Jona Rechnitz.

October 30, 2017
Poster Boy for Anti-Semitism
Let’s not mince words. Jona Rechnitz is a poster boy for anti-Semitism.

October 23, 2017
If At First ….
Chief of Counterterrorism James Waters, two counterterrorism lieutenants and a sergeant finally made it to war-torn Afghanistan earlier this month on what the NYPD said was a training mission for Afghani military and law enforcement.

October 16, 2017
What a Difference Two Years Make
Poor Cyrus Vance. The normally buttoned-up Manhattan District Attorney seemed so unnerved by media criticism for his decision in 2015 not to charge Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein with groping Italian actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez that he took the bizarre step last week of blaming the NYPD.

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