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Five most recent columns

July 27, 2015
Lame Duck Bill
Saying he won’t be sticking around much past the 2017 election, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has issued his declaration of independence from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

July 20, 2015
The NYPD's Tricky Ethnic Politics
The transfer of Dep. Insp. Fausto Pichardo to head a Bronx precinct just 10 months after he was assigned to the NYPD’s Public Information office as a liaison to the city’s Hispanic media underscores that ethnic politics can be tricky — no less so than in the nation’s largest police department.

July 13, 2015
The Trouble with Schneiderman
Gov. Cuomo’s appointment of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as a special prosecutor to examine police-related killings of unarmed civilians is but a short-term political fix. That means trouble ahead.

July 6, 2015
June is Bustin' Out
NYPD commissioners use news conferences at Police Plaza to manipulate the media. Bill Bratton does it better than anyone.

June 29, 2015
De Blasio Puzzle, De Blasio Muddle
Back when I was a young reporter for Time magazine, my boss gave me some journalistic advice that I’ve always practiced.

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