Suspect Naeem Davis is driven from the Midtown North police precinct, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in New York. Davis, 30, was taken into custody for questioning Tuesday after security video showed a man fitting the suspect's description working with street vendors near Rockefeller Center. Police said Davis made statements implicating himself in Ki-Suck Han's death. Davis was arrested on a second-degree murder charge. Witnesses told investigators they saw a man talking to himself Monday afternoon before he approached the 58-year-old Han of Queens at the Times Square station, got into an altercation with him and pushed him into the train's path.
Subway pusher Naeem Davis tells the Post in a jailhouse interview that he never meant to kill Ki Suk Han earlier this week, and blames the voices in his head (he says he’s bipolar), Han’s own aggression (he allegedly grabbed Davis’s arm and threatened to kill him), and marijuana for what happened. “I was under the influence [of marijuana],” he says. “It wasn’t my intention to kill him. I just wanted him to get away from me.” Like a Partnership for a Drug-Free America commercial come tolife.
Authorities made public a list of 297 people still unaccounted for Wednesday night as they announced that the number of people who had been killed in the deadliest wildfire in California history had grown to 56. https://t.co/wb2WIArnVY
Michael Avenatti claims innocence after arrest on suspicion of domestic violence
I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate… I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.
Another debt-burdened New York City cabbie has committed suicide — the eighth for-hire driver to kill himself in the past year, Taxi and Limousine Commission officials confirmed on Wednesday.
Roy Kim, 58, of Bayside, Queens, hanged himself with a belt in his home on Nov. 5, according to the city’s medical examiner’s office. There was no immediate sign of a suicide note.
Kim, who had just purchased his taxi medallion last year, was more than $500,000 in debt from the deal and struggling to stay afloat, say friends.
“He was in a lot of debt from that,” said fellow driver Young Lee, who made friends with Kim while picking up fares from airports. “For a while he was making money but then it just went slowly down and down and down. All drivers are really struggling.”
Trump will nominate Lana Marks, a handbag designer and Mar-a-Lago member, for ambassador to South Africa. She’ll be the fourth member of the club to be picked by Trump for an ambassadorship.
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Don’t cross Melania
Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump’s office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal.
No replacement was named. Aides said Ricardel clashed with the first lady’s staff over her visit to Africa last month. Yet it is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially the president’s national security staff.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Ricardel will have a new role in the administration.
From his earliest days in office, HUD Secretary Ben Carson has repeatedly said he joined the Trump administration to fix the “rats, roaches, bed bugs, mold, lead and violence” that he witnessed as a surgeon in low-income communities. Under the Trump administration, the number of HUD apartments cited for unsafe, unhealthy and physically deteriorating living conditions has been on the rise.
An NBC News investigation has found that more than 1,000 out of HUD’s nearly 28,000 federally subsidized multifamily properties failed their most recent inspection — a failure rate that is more than 30 percent higher than in 2016, according to an analysis of HUD records.
Should Trump’s Democratic opponent just ignore him?
much has been made of the fact that democrats managed to win around 40 seats in the House last week in large part by ignoring President Trump’s outrages and focusing intensely on pocketbook issues – mostly health care – instead. now, there’s a debate going on about whether this strategy is wise for a presidential contender to adopt, too – with the caveat that it will be harder in a one-on-one race. in your views, is it smart (or even possible) for 2020 candidates to treat trump as a sideshow and nothing more?
Ignoring a Trump seems neither possible nor even desirable. Ignoring any incumbent president is hard, because elections tend to be referenda on the incumbent. It’s especially hard when the incumbent is creating Hindenburg-type news every day.
What’s more, why would you even want to do that? Trump is incredibly unpopular. He only won because his opponent was almost as unpopular, and people who hated both of them decided they hated her more. Seems like the trick is to get people to focus more on Trump.
right, that’s what eric argues in his new piece on the subject: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11/2020-election-democrats-shouldnt-try-to-ignore-trump.html
Clinton’s two and a half decades in the public eye was a big liability
My ideal democratic nominee would be in a coma until November
I think people are tramautized by 2016 and worry that trump has an unmatched knack to define his opponent, whomever that may end up being
right, trauma does bad things to your brain
the fear is that getting into the muck with trump is a losing proposition. but I think people are confusing stooping to his level, the way marco rubio did in 2016, with criticizing him personally
this is why elizabeth warren’s DNA test went over so poorly, in part.
it seemed like a stunt and spectacle
the DNA thing was just ill-considered on a number of levels
also, I am extremely confident that Trump is not the only Republican politician who could have succeeded in making a white Democrat’s decision to let Harvard characterize her as a diversity hire into a liability
I think one of the arguments is that republican policies, like repealing obamacare, are even less popular than trump himself
I think you have to connect trump to the policy agenda
As Jon and I have both argued, there are plenty of opportunities for #synergy between the messages “Donald Trump is a lying, thieving conman who is running the government for the profit of himself and his cronies” and “the GOP agenda is a mendacious scam that cuts middle-class benefits to enrich people like Donald Trump and his cronies.”
so I assume you would counsel hammering home this overarching message repeatedly – one question is how best to handle the inevitable personal attacks and slime that come your way
I think some variation on “My opponent is using divisive smears (and/or, depending on the context, racism) to distract from the fact that he is stealing from hardworking Americans with the Rethuglican TaxScam” works (edited)
I don’t see cory booker using that lingo
I kid. just meant – you can transition to a sharp elbowed partisan attack rooted in policy
yeah, obama was pretty good at that
yup, was thinking of his recent remarks to that effect
really, the key for the Dems in 2020 is going to be forging a credible-looking birth certificate for their clone of Obama
Perhaps the most damning passage from the Times’s new Facebook exposé
While Mr. Zuckerberg conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Ms. Sandberg has overseen an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat Facebook’s critics, shift public anger toward rival companies and ward off damaging regulation. Facebook employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros. It also tapped its business relationships, persuading a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.
May squeezes Brexit deal through Cabinet – now comes the hard part
Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union divorce deal on Wednesday, freeing her to tackle the much more perilous struggle of getting parliament to approve the agreement.