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Bill Bratton: ‘Some’ in NYPD Have Lost Confidence in Mayor de Blasio

New York officials are treading carefully in the wake of the shooting of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos over the weekend, to the point that Governor Cuomo refused to explicity reject Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch's comment that Mayor Bill de Blasio has blood on his hands.

Next Battle Between Obama and Congress May Focus on Guantánamo Bay

While the controversy over President Obama's immigration action and normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba will certainly carry into the new year, the president is already working on another bold move sure to infuriate members of Congress.

Cuba and the Ghosts in America's Backyard

For decades, one rule of American politics has been that the political power of the Cuban-American lobby in Miami (which is to say, in swing-state Florida) made rapprochement with Castro’s country impossible.

So, Who's Blaming Mayor de Blasio and Anti-Police Brutality Protesters for the NYPD Shooting?

On Saturday night, just minutes after ambulances had pulled away from Woodhull Medical Center with the bodies of slain NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch addressed the media: "There's blood on many hands tonight," he bellowed.

The Brutal Application Process to (Sue) Harvard

In April, a think-tank scholar named Edward Blum put up a series of websites:,, and

What We Know About NYPD Shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley

On Saturday afternoon, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in their squad car in Bed-Stuy.

With Cardinal Dolan's Blessing, de Blasio Begins Work of Uniting Divided City

Bill de Blasio was baptized and raised as a Roman Catholic, but as an adult belongs to no particular church.

Sony Says The Interview Will Get Distributed

On Sunday, Sony lawyer David Boies said that the studio still plans to release their move embattled movie ever, The Interview. "Sony only delayed this," Boies said on Meet the Press.

Obama Says the Sony Hack Wasn't an 'Act of War,' But It Might Have Been Terrorism

In a pre-Christmas vacation interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, President Obama disappointed the nation's hawks by saying that he doesn't consider the Sony hack an "act of war" by North Korea, which his administration has blamed for the attack.

The 2014 Twitter Glossary: Hot Take, Shruggie, and More

It was, both online and off, a very long year. But if there's one thing we could rely on in 2014, it was Twitter's (mostly Media Twitter's) penchant for making up its own words, phrases, and inside jokes, then repeating them over and over and over again until we beckon ...

Can Bratton Heal de Blasio's Worsening Relationship With the NYPD?

The two police ambulances had barely cleared the Woodhull Medical Center ramp, carrying the bodies of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Two NYPD Officers Reportedly Shot in Brooklyn Ambush

Two NYPD officers were shot as they sat in their squad car in Bed-Stuy on Saturday afternoon. Details are sketchy at the moment, but at least one of the cops is reportedly dead.The shooter seems to have ambushed the pair outside the Tompkins Houses, near Myrtle Avenue and Tompkins Avenue: ...

Scenes From Friday Night's Pro-Cop Rally

On Friday night, somewhere between 50 and 100 people gathered outside of New York's City Hall for a not-so-hotly-anticipated pro-cop rally.

Four More Guantánamo Bay Prisoners Released

Two weeks after the United States released six Guantánamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, the Department of Defense announced that another four had been sent back to their native Afghanistan.All of the men — identified as Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir — were arrested on suspicion ...

NYPD Officer Suspended After Sucker-Punching Teen

The NYPD officer who repeatedly punched a teen suspect has been taken off duty. In YouTube video posted earlier this week, the cop — identified by New York Daily News as the 7th Precinct's John McDevitt — can be seen running up to Denzel Funderburk and hitting him hard in ...

North Korea Kindly Offers to Help the United States Get to the Bottom of This Sony Thing

On Friday afternoon, the FBI released a statement saying that there was definitive proof that the North Korean government was behind the Sony hack.

What If North Korea Didn't Hack Sony?: 4 Alternate Theories

U.S. officials finally confirmed today that they believe North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures hack that led the studio to pull The Interview from theaters.

As Many As 1.2 Million Cards May Have Been Compromised in Staples Data Breach

Though not quite as devastating as Target's recent 40 million-wide violation, as many as 1.2 million credit cards may have been compromised by malware on Staples' systems over two months this summer.

Ferguson Prosecutor Doesn’t Mind That Witnesses Lied Before the Grand Jury

The St. Louis prosecutor in charge of former police officer Darren Wilson's grand jury investigation decided to put his foot in his mouth and chomp down Friday, when he defended allowing lying witnesses to appear before the grand jury.

10 Good Things That Happened in 2014

We've already established that 2014 was pretty terrible. But what about all the good things that happened this year?