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  1. obits
    Remembering Robert Morgenthau, the History-Making Manhattan DAMorgenthau, the city’s longest-serving district attorney, gave the office a global reach. He died Sunday at 99.
  2. vulture recommends
    The Legend of Jimmy Breslin and Pete HamillHBO’s Deadline Artists documentary is a celebration of two New York journalism giants.
  3. q&a
    A Long Talk With Lin-Manuel MirandaOn Mary Poppins Returns, and Hamilton in Puerto Rico.
  4. new york politics
    Can Andrew Cuomo Win by Being Andrew Cuomo Again?Even as he’s pushed leftward, the governor thinks there’s still plenty of elbow room for a Democrat like him.
  5. new york beginnings
    The Crime-Fighting Program That Changed New York ForeverIs CompStat’s main legacy safe streets or stop and frisk?
  6. city politic
    Bill de Blasio Is a Big Winner and a Lame DuckThe mayor showed up his critics with an overwhelming reelection win. Now what?
  7. the sports section
    The Yankees Are Back! (But Maybe Don’t Mention It to Them.)Careful not to spook this overperforming bunch. Also, Aaron Judge talks about his playoff heroics with New York.
  8. in conversation
    Bill de Blasio on Trump, Cuomo, and Getting New York to Like YouThe mayor thinks New Yorkers appreciate real talk, even if some of it is bad news. But also, he says, a lot of it isn’t.
  9. Preet Bharara Isn’t Running for AnythingIn his first public appearance since being fired, he mocked Trump and disappointed those who wanted him to seek higher office.
  10. Preet Bharara’s Ouster Could Be Very Bad News for Mayor de BlasioAnd even for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who might get the race of his life in next year’s reelection bid.
  11. city politic
    The 2017 Mayoral Race Is Shaping Up to Be Wildly Exciting — or Extremely BoringMayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t have any real election challengers now. But everything hinges on the outcomes of those federal and state investigations.
  12. Bloomberg Also Polled Himself Against Sanders and CruzThe more polarizing the candidates, the better for the billionaire.
  13. city politic
    How Andrew Cuomo’s Flashy Bid to Clean Up Albany BackfiredAs trials of two of his (once) closest Albany allies begin, the governor may be ruing the day he went after corruption.
  14. the sports section
    Matt Harvey Has the Spotlight All to Himself, One More TimeIt was inevitable that this is where Harvey and the Mets would end up: with everyone watching and everything on the line.
  15. city politic
    How Cuomo Came Around on Minimum WageThe governor — with a little help from Vice-President Biden — proposes raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  16. city politic
    Mayor de Blasio Had a Miserable Summer. Here’s How He Can Bounce Back.Get out on the street, stop blaming the media, and dial down the national-progressive push.
  17. Legionnaires’ Outbreak Further Exposes Cuomo–de Blasio ContaminationAnother low point in their already-tainted relationship.
  18. city politic
    De Blasio’s Homelessness HeadacheBoth substance and optics hamstring the city’s efforts.
  19. Staying Sane May Be Jon Stewart’s Greatest FeatStewart created the perfect comedy for our political and media age, and he didn’t let it crush his optimism.
  20. city politic
    Will the Uber Fight Haunt de Blasio in 2017?In taking on the app, the mayor may have mobilized a new coalition.
  21. Mayor de Blasio Says He Beat Uber. Did He?He dropped the cap on the car-hail app’s growth in exchange for two fuzzy promises.
  22. Battlin’ Bill de Blasio’s Uber FightThe City Council’s vote to cap the car-hailing service will likely be a win for de Blasio — but will it stoke his political opposition?
  23. A Year After Garner’s Death, de Blasio Attempts a Balancing ActBlack lives matter. Blue lives matter.
  24. city politic
    When Mayors Attack: Why de Blasio Went After Governor CuomoWas it time to stop accepting punishment and start treating his tormentor like a schoolyard bully?
  25. Cuomo Gets His Way (Mostly) in Albany’s Last Big Legislative PushAnd his “friend” Mayor de Blasio gets pushed aside.
  26. city politic
    Behind de Blasio’s Cop Ramp-up1,300 new officers and a lot of pissed-off activists.
  27. city politic
    Inside Albany’s Nervous BreakdownTwo days left in the legislative session, and a mountain of unfinished business.
  28. Wall Street Cop Ben Lawsky: ‘That Was What Surprised Me, the Obviousness of It’Wall Street cop Ben Lawsky on brazen financial crimes, why cybersecurity is the biggest threat to our financial system, and his newest gig.
  29. Is Bloomberg Really Considering a 2016 Run?Some are making the case for the former NYC mayor to enter the Democratic primary as a credible challenger to Hillary Clinton.
  30. city politic
    The Cuomo–de Blasio Spat Could Have Serious Consequences for New YorkersEspecially for the city’s public school students and rent-stabilized tenants.
  31. city politic
    Inside the Latest Cuomo–de Blasio Squabble Is a Deeper Divide Over TaxesTwo days of sniping over real-estate regulations.
  32. city politic
    Albany Lobbyists Are Misunderstood, Says Albany Lobbyist A state power-broker explains on why he and his colleagues get an undeserved bad rap in the capitol. 
  33. city politic
    Does Albany’s Corruption Crisis Have an Upside? Finally, the citizenry may benefit from the State Capitol’s dysfunction.
  34. city politic
    Andrew Cuomo: The Last of the Three AmigosSkelos and Silver are out. Will the governor’s playbook work with Albany’s new leaders?
  35. More Albany Fallout: GOP State Senate Leader OutState Senator John Flanagan will replace Dean Skelos as the State Senate’s majority leader.
  36. city politic
    The Diverging Fortunes of New York’s Favorite Political Odd CoupleCuomo backs fast-food workers while de Blasio heads to D.C., as one tries to maintain — and the other tries to build — his national profile.
  37. city politic
    Who Is Preet Bharara’s Confidential Informant No. 1?Dirty water meets dirty politics in Skelos Case.
  38. city politic
    After Dean Skelos’s Arrest, What’s Next for Albany?The Republican majority leader of the State Senate was the latest politician to fall in U.S. Attorney’s Preet Bharara’s capitol purge. 
  39. new york's finest
    NYPD Officer’s Shooting Changes the Debate Over ‘Broken Windows’ PolicingThe attack on Brian Moore occurred at a fraught moment in the argument about what’s necessary to keep the city safe.
  40. albany
    Todd Kaminsky, Who Helped Prosecute Albany Lawmakers, Is Now One of ThemAnd he’s making his new colleagues a bit nervous.
  41. oh albany!
    After a Slew of Indictments, Albany’s Capitol Is a ‘Dome of Gloom’In the corridors, in the restaurants, there’s one question on everyone’s lips: Who’s next?
  42. The Ethics Scandals Just Keep Coming in AlbanySheldon Silver was indicted. Now Carl Heastie, his successor as Assembly speaker, is mired in ethical questions. Throw in Dean Skelos, the Republican majority leader in the state senate, and it’s a wonder anyone’s left.
  43. Why You Can Believe in the Mets’ Winning Ways Is it too soon to believe?
  44. city politic
    How Far Will Preet Bharara Go in His War on Albany?First Sheldon Silver, now Dean Skelos. Who’s next?
  45. city politic
    What Brings Bill de Blasio to Iowa? [Updated]The mayor will be promoting his progressive agenda and quietly boosting his national profile.
  46. the sports section
    Pedro Martinez Is Just Getting Warmed UpThe former ace is throwing heat in his new gig as an analyst on MLB Network.
  47. city politic
    Chuck Schumer Gets a Head Start on His New Job – Whatever It Turns Out to BeThe New York senator has been tapped for a leadership position after Harry Reid retires. But will his way doing of things work in a (probably) very different political environment?
  48. city politic
    Why de Blasio’s Fight to Keep Control of NYC Schools Could Get UglyGovernor Cuomo knows he has a lot of leverage. 
  49. the city politic
    Is the de Blasio Revolution Coming to Chicago?Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has made income inequality a central platform in his campaign against incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a runoff election April 7.
  50. profile
    Are the Mets Big Enough for Matt Harvey?The next New York–size super sports star is finally back on the mound.
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