NYC’s new mayor is determined to get rid of Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages this year. The fact that the animal rights lobby savaged his campaign opponent is pure coincidence, his supporters say.
New York’s horses are raising a stink, and it’s not just coming from what they leave on Central Park South.Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to ban carriage rides that are as old as the Greensward Plan, which mapped out the nearly 160-year old jewel of park. The Mayor calls it a matter of ethics and animal cruelty. It could also be political payback. The Democrat may have taken the subway to his inauguration; he also rode his high horse to City Hall, if you’ll forgive the pun.
Without essays for all, the College Board is closing an escape hatch for smart have-nots—and giving a leg up to kids who’ve always been able to pay to game the system.
“Men think they manifest their greatness,” wrote Tocqueville, “by simplifying the means they use; but it is the purpose of God which is simple; his means are infinitely varied. “ Discuss.Intimidated? Then you may be delighted to learn that the essay portion of the SAT is now optional. Under pressure along economic, cultural, and political fronts, the College Board—the nonprofit that writes and administers the SAT—has radically revamped the notoriously important exam.
The CIA and the Senators overseeing the agency are nearly at war. And it all revolves around the contents of a secret database documenting the CIA's clandestine prisons.
At the center of CIA director John Brennan’s first major clash with the Senate is a massive database containing millions of pages of secrets about the agency's "black site" prison networks and what the CIA euphemistically labeled “enhanced interrogation.” The rest of the world called it torture. The CIA created the database in 2009 so that staffers from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence could review the documents at an agency facility as it prepared its own report ontorture.
Mark Johnston says it’s not his fault that he blew $500,000 gambling while he was blind drunk. It’s the latest foolhardy case against the houses that never seem to lose.
It is arguably the most effective business model in history: Serving customers free alcohol in an effort to remove them from reality. And nobody does it better than Vegas, baby…Vegas.For those few of you who haven’t visited a casino, the process at, say, a blackjack table goes something like this: Sit down at a minimum wage table of your choosing ($2, $5, $15, $50, $100, whatever…) and throw hard cash on the table. The dealer quickly turns that cash into chips, which—like spending with a credit card—suddenly feels less real when making a transaction or in this case… losing a hand.
Hailed as a perfect answer to the evils of fiat money, the virtual currency has come crashing down because the invisible hand is paralyzed without government.
The curtain is being revealed to show that there isn’t that much behind it. The Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, which started life as a place to trade cards from a fantasy game, was hacked. After intruders made off with about $500 million worth of Bitcoin, about 7 percent of the total outstanding, Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy. Flexcoin, a smaller exchange based in Canada, also shuttered after robbers made off with its inventory. Last November, the Feds shut down Silk Road, an online marketplace for drugs and other illicit activities where Bitcoin was commonly used.
Larry King is under pressure to withdraw his show from broadcast on RT America. He tells The Daily Beast exclusively that as long as criticism of Putin is aired unedited in his shows he has “no problem.”
Broadcast icon Larry King has a dilemma, and he may not even know it.Former RT America anchor Liz Wahl quit the Kremlin-backed television outlet in a blaze of glory Wednesday night, claiming her ex-employers are little more than propagandists who regularly censor criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, especially in the midst of the crisis in Ukraine.But, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast on Thursday, the day after Wahl’s on-air resignation, King said he has no problem appearing on the pro-Russian government network.
A cacophony of protests from commentators and consumers greeted the proposed $45.2 billion marriage of the nation’s two largest cable companies. Will it really increase choice for the consumer, or take it away?
To a casual observer, the proposed $45.2 billion marriage of the nation’s two largest cable companies, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, might appear so problematic that it will never get to the altar.And yet the odds—not to mention the overwhelming political power of these two corporate behemoths—strongly favor a consummation.Since the engagement was announced last month, along with a scheme to merge 30 million subscribers comprising nearly a third of the U.
Mitt Romney’s old running mate rips liberals over income inequality, saying they want to hook people on welfare.
Paul Ryan strut out onto the stage at CPAC like a football hero, immediately sending the adoring crowd into fits of laughter despite not having said anything particularly amusing. Two years after he lost his bid to be vice president, Ryan said, there were a lot of reasons to be optimistic.Ryan hit the left for focusing on income inequality. "[What that] really shows is that [the left] is out of ideas... They have spent five long years in power and all they have to show for it is this lousy website.
Close to a hundred students marched on Northwestern’s campus Tuesday with mouths taped shut in protest of the employment of a teacher accused of sexually assaulting a freshman two years ago.
With mouths taped shut they marched.Nearly one hundred Northwestern University students, all descending on the classroom of Professor Peter Ludlow Tuesday with one mission: to protest his continued employment two years after he allegedly sexually assaulted a freshman. The students were resolute but by no means solemn. Undeterred by the crippling polar vortex that's left heaps of snow lying unceremoniously at every turn. Before the sit-in, which was to take place in Ludlow’s classroom, a well-lit lecture hall in the basement of the University’s Harris Hall, the professor canceled the “Philosophy of Psychology” class, preemptively refusing to face the scrutiny of the Northwestern community.
Forbes published its annual billionaire list, whose ranks continue to grow even as the American middle and working classes are poorer than ever thanks to stagnating worker wages.
There are a record number of women on the Forbes billionaire list this year — 172 or a 25 percent increase from last year. But that’s about the only good news to be found there. Otherwise, the ranks of the Forbes list—which continues to grow astronomically bigger both in terms of the numbers of members and their total net worth—stands in stark contrast to the decline in the middle class in America and worldwide and the persistent, deepening scourge of poverty.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.