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John Lithgow Hangs Out in the Ladies Pavilion

Name: John Lithgow
Age: 68
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Occupation: Actor. Starting August 22, you can catch him on the big screen in Love Is Strange, alongside Alfred Molina. In the fall. see him on Broadway with Glenn Close in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Chita Rivera, I've decided. She just is pure theater: the biggest smiles, the biggest hugs. She just makes me very happy to be in the profession.


Chris Christie Chews Out a Woman for Suggesting Bruce Springsteen Doesn’t Like Him

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has seen Bruce Springsteen perform more than 130 times and hugged him one glorious time (after a natural disaster), will put his fingers in his ears and scream la-la-la if you try to tell him his favorite human hates him. At a town hall yesterday, a woman dared to suggest that Springsteen had asked Christie to stop using his music at political events because of ideological differences (as far as we can tell, he has not). Little did she know that the governor and the Boss are on a first-name basis.


The Republican Party’s Geriatric Trap

There are many ways to think about the Republican Party's electoral predicament — in racial terms, in sectional terms, in ideological terms. One clarifying way to conceive the problem is in generational terms — a geriatric trap.

David Frum has an essay in Foreign Affairs laying out his view of how the Republican Party must change in order to regain parity at the national level. Frum’s core insight is that the Republican Party fell into a self-perpetuating cycle whereby its ideas attracted mainly old people, and old people in turn shaped its ideas, and so they wound up “reinventing themselves as defenders of the fiscal status quo for older Americans — and only older Americans.” Even while fighting a desperate rear-guard campaign to prevent, and then to destroy, universal health insurance, Republicans exempted all Americans over the age of 55 from any cuts to Social Security or Medicare. As a Fox News ratings gambit, this works splendidly. As both a long-term Republican political strategy and as a governing doctrine, it is a catastrophe.


‘Turning Point’ Seen in Ferguson Protests, Despite More Clashes With Police

Ahead of his trip to Missouri on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder published a message to the people of Ferguson in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, assuring them that "the Justice Department intends to learn — in a fair and thorough manner — exactly what happened" in the shooting of Michael Brown. He also called for an end to the violent protests, saying they "seriously undermine" the cause of justice and "interrupt the deeper conversation that the legitimate demonstrators are trying to advance."

For much of the night, it looked like Holder would arrive just after the cycle of violent clashes between police and protesters was broken, but at midnight a water bottled was hurled at officers, triggering more chaos and arrests.

"At some point every night, it’s like a switch is flipped." »

No Charges for Guards in 3 Fatal Rikers Island Beatings

Earlier this month, the Bronx district attorney's office declined to press charges against Rikers Island correction officers accused of savagely beating two inmates, though the incident was referred for prosecution twice by the city's Department of Investigation and highlighted in a New York Times exposé. Now the Associated Press reports that the same goes for the three incidents in New York City jails during the past five years in which inmates were allegedly beaten to death. All three deaths were ruled homicides by the city medical examiner's office, but no one was ever charged with a crime.


NRA Ad Introduces America to ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ Michael Bloomberg

Earlier this year, Michael Bloomberg laid out his master plan for destroying the NRA, promising to spend $50 million to defeat pro-gun candidates in the midterms. Now the gun-rights organization is firing back with an ad campaign that offers the rest of the country a crash course in the former mayor's war on things that are delicious, fun, and unhealthy. In the commercial, which will air nationally, a woman driving a red Chevy pickup describes Bloomberg as a "billionaire, elitist hypocrite" who wants to "ban your snack food, your soda, and most of all, your gun." She concludes by telling him to "Keep your politics in New York, and keep your hands off our guns."

The accompanying website warns Bloomberg that "money doesn't always win." »

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