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Five most recent columns

July 16, 2018
Burying the Lede
Like all successful politicians, Mayor Bill de Blasio knows how to present bad news as good news. To aide him, he has his enablers at the NYPD.

July 9, 2018
Political Pressure Now Political Noise
Depending on your point of view, there’s an esoteric upside to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over Queens Democratic Congressman and county chairman Joe Crowley that is unrelated to empowering women, socialism, or the future direction of the Democratic party.

July 2, 2018
NYPD Captain's Exam: The $1,487,100 Question
What’s with the NYPD’s captain's exam? That’s the $1,487,100 question.

June 25, 2018
The NYPD: Get Real on Transparency
You don't need a panel of retired feds, no matter how distinguished, to tell people what's wrong with the NYPD's disciplinary system. Even a layman like me who never went to law school can explain it in one word.

June 18, 2018
Attacking the Agents, Protecting the Bureau
Even if you hate Donald Trump; even if you believe former FBI Director James Comey acted honorably, albeit mistakenly, in investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails; even if you believe that politics was not part of the FBI’S investigations of Trump and Clinton, the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will cause enormous and lasting harm to the bureau.

June 11, 2018
Diversity and Divisiveness
Add to the rancor, confusion and misunderstanding about increasing the number of underrepresented blacks and Hispanics in the city’s elite high schools, the remark of schools chancellor Richard A. Carranza: “I just don’t buy into the narrative that any one ethnic group owns admissions to these schools.”

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