Welcome back to the New York Magazine Competition. On alternate Mondays (or, this week, Tuesday), we lay out a challenge and offer sample responses. Enter in the comments section or on Twitter with the hashtag we’ve provided, and the editors will select a winner. Criteria are highly subjective, but heavily retweeted and favorited posts will have an advantage. The prize is a year’s subscription to New York in print or a two-year subscription to the iPad edition (winner’s choice). Full rules are here.
COMPETITION NO. 66: “NEAR-MISS SONGS.” Please offer a title that almost works. For example:
(I DID IT) AMWAY
MAN-HANDS ACROSS THE WATER
THE TOOL ON THE HILL
Enter on Twitter with the hashtag #nearmisssongs, or in the comments thread below, by February 17.
RESULTS OF COMPETITION No. 65, “BANDS FOR SNOWMAGEDDON,” in which you were asked to rename a performer or band in keeping with winter storm season.
HONORABLE MENTION TO:
Jefferson Airplane Grounded Due to Weather Conditions
Tom Petty and the Icebreakers
Ol’ Chilly Bastard
Alice in Snow Chains
Run Y’ Noses
Nat King Cold
Emerson, Lake Effect & Palmer
Bruce Springsteen and the E Sleet Band
Queens of the Ice Age
AND THE WINNER IS:
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Seems like this meeting about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is missing some key players?
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel would travel to the White House next week along with his chief election rival and opposition leader, Benny Gantz, to discuss the administration’s blueprint for peace in the Middle East.
“President Trump asked me to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to come to the White House next week to discuss regional issues as well as the prospect of peace here in the Holy Land,” Pence announced alongside Netanyahu on a trip to Israel to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp and attend a global Holocaust forum.
Pence’s announcement of the pending visit, coupled with the significance of both Netanyahu’s and Gantz’s planned attendance, immediately ramped up speculation that the White House would finally roll out its much anticipated plan to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Sad news from Judy Woodruff: Jim Lehrer has passed away
It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home. Lehrer served as anchor of the NewsHour for 36 years before retiring in 2011. Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the program in 1975, out of their 1973 coverage of the Senate Watergate Hearings on PBS.
“I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades,” said Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. “I’ve looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way.”
Bad news for subway riders
Andy Byford, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority transit chief credited with leading the turnaround of the New York City subway system, is resigning again, the MTA has confirmed to POLITICO.
Unlike the last time he resigned, Byford seems unlikely to reconsider.
“Andy Byford will be departing New York City Transit after a successful two years of service and we thank him for his work,” said MTA chairman and CEO Pat Foye in a statement. “Andy was instrumental in moving the system forward, enacting the successful Subway Action Plan and securing record capital funding with the Governor and the Legislature, and we wish him well in his next chapter.”
As POLITICO first reported, Byford also submitted his resignation to the MTA in October, citing frustration with gubernatorial meddling.
Deep thoughts from Mayor Pete
The logic doesn’t QUITE track here…
Mini Mike Bloomberg is playing poker with his foolhardy and unsuspecting Democrat rivals. He says that if he loses (he really means when!) in the primaries, he will spend money helping whoever the Democrat nominee is. By doing this, he figures, they won’t hit him as hard….
….during his hopeless “presidential” campaign. They will remain silent! The fact is, when Mini losses, he will be spending very little of his money on these “clowns” because he will consider himself to be the biggest clown of them all - and he will be right!
Sanders has jumped 14 points in New Hampshire since December
We simply need to hear Reince’s voice
Bad numbers for Trump, but somehow his acquittal by Republican senators is still almost certain