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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.

October 9, 2017
An Amateur Mistake
NYPD Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill may or may not have made an amateur mistake — as Sergeants Benevolent President Ed Mullins put it — in perhaps prematurely criticizing a sergeant’s fatal shooting of Deborah Danner, an emotionally disturbed Bronx resident, last year.

October 2, 2017
The NYPD's Literary Connection
Readers, did you know that the NYPD has a connection to the highest levels of American literature? Specifically to the novelist Philip Roth and arguably his finest novel, "The Human Stain.”

September 25, 2017
Garry McCarthy: Chicago's Surprise Candidate?
Garry McCarthy for Mayor of Chicago? No joke, folks.

September 18, 2017
A Terrorism Mystery: Where Was the Bureau?
If anybody harbors doubts about the FBI’s commitment to fighting terrorism, he need look no further than the arrest last month of Abdullah el-Faisal, a Muslim cleric who law enforcement officials describe as a major jihadi figure.

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