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Gillibrand’s ambition-driven metamorphosis and other comments.

Media critic: Now Knives Are Out For Gen. Kelly White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have been “buoyed by a wave of positive press when he first took the job,” but the news media have turned on him “with a vengeance,” says Fox News’ Howard Kurtz. Part of it is the way he...
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Last US News - Opinion: Gillibrand’s ambition-driven metamorphosis and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have been “buoyed by a wave of positive press when he first took the job,” but the news media have turned on him “with a vengeance,” says Fox News’ Howard Kurtz. Part of it is the way he “mishandled the Rob Porter mess,” but it “goes deeper than that.” They saw him as President Trump’s “beacon of discipline” and apparently believe he’s failing. Some pundits now are even “faulting him for sharing Trump’s hard-line views on issues — as if that would be a surprise in a chief of staff.” Then again, “in our build-’em-up/tear-’em-down political culture, it was probably inevitable that the press would stop saluting the general.”

Conservative: Behind Gillibrand’s About-Face

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “is sharking her way up the Democratic bench” for the 2020 presidential race, becoming “the point of the lance in the #MeToo movement,” notes Matt Vespa at Townhall. She’s also done “a politically convenient 180-degree turn” on several issues, including guns and immigration. As an Albany-area congresswoman, CBS’ “60 Minutes” observed last Sunday, her stance on immigration actually “was closer to Donald Trump’s” — a position she now labels “racist.” Her excuse: “I came from a district that was 98 percent white” and didn’t know better. A more accurate explanation, suggests Vespa: “You have your eyes set on the White House, your party has moved far left on the issues of guns and immigration and you need to make yourself look palatable to the base.”

Numbers-cruncher: Cuomo’s Watered-Down SALT

Gov. Cuomo has released more details on his plan for an optional payroll tax as a way to preserve some of the state and local tax deductions eliminated under federal tax reform. But the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon says this “sounds like a solution in search of a problem.” Fact is, “most New Yorkers don’t actually need the protection. They can look forward to federal tax cuts, not increases.” The Cuomo plan “is most likely to appeal to a relatively small group of reliably profitable firms employing highly paid executives and professionals — people whose salaries and bonuses run well into six figures, especially if they live and work in the New York City region.” Specifically, “partners in investment banks, law firms and other pass-through entities whose owners presently lack a vehicle for deducting their own compensation on federal taxes.”

Foreign desk: Hard Line or Soft Symbolism on NoKo?

Vice President Mike Pence’s seeming hard line at the Olympics — meeting with North Korean dissidents, sitting with the parents of Otto Warmbier, announcing new sanctions against Pyongyang — actually “masked an important concession,” observes Bloomberg’s Eli Lake. In agreeing to talk with North Korea even before it takes any steps to ratchet down the nuclear crisis, Pence “averted a break with the South Korean government.” Yet “most Korea experts concede there is no real chance that talks or financial penalties will persuade Kim to give up his nuclear arsenal.” Even “as a cudgel to get interim concessions, they are almost certainly futile.” Which raises the still unanswered question: “Where is the strategy for a free North Korea?”

Political scribe: Religious Right’s Dwindling Ambition

Time was, recalls The Week’s Damon Linker, “when social conservatives dreamed big,” mobilizing to restore prayer in schools and restrict obscenity in pop music. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both made a play for their votes by opposing same-sex marriage. But today’s social conservatives “are dreaming very small.” They “engage in politics from the position of a defensive crouch, anxiously hoping sympathetic judges will protect them from bullying at the hands of an administrative state empowered by anti-discrimination law to stamp out various forms of religiously grounded ‘bigotry.’ ” And a growing “libertarian outlook on sexual morality” is a key reason why “most social conservatives no longer dream of remaking America in their own image.”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

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New York City’s booming economy is bad news for the far left.
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Last US News - Opinion: The system is failing the mentally ill — not the cops. NY Post 24 - US News
The system is failing the mentally ill — not the cops.
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Last US News - Opinion: Democrats are out to sabotage the middle class on health care. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats are out to sabotage the middle class on health care.
Democrats are trying to ban low-cost health insurance that covers less than ObamaCare. They claim they’re protecting the...
Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo accepts the ‘ignorance’ excuse now that he’s the perp. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo accepts the ‘ignorance’ excuse now that he’s the perp.
During a visit to the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Cuomo recalled retrieving a feather that was shed by an eagle that “swooped...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: New York City’s booming economy is bad news for the far left. NY Post 24 - US News
New York City’s booming economy is bad news for the far left.
Mother always said it’s not nice to laugh while others cry, but there are exceptions. One is on display now in New York....
Last US News - Opinion: The system is failing the mentally ill — not the cops. NY Post 24 - US News
The system is failing the mentally ill — not the cops.
What happens when the police want to help, but the mental-health system won’t let them? Last week, a 22-year-old Washington...
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats are out to sabotage the middle class on health care. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats are out to sabotage the middle class on health care.
Democrats are trying to ban low-cost health insurance that covers less than ObamaCare. They claim they’re protecting the...
Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo accepts the ‘ignorance’ excuse now that he’s the perp. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo accepts the ‘ignorance’ excuse now that he’s the perp.
During a visit to the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Cuomo recalled retrieving a feather that was shed by an eagle that “swooped...
Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo only agrees to debate when cards are stacked in his favor. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo only agrees to debate when cards are stacked in his favor.
For all his campaign ads painting him as a fearless warrior taking on President Trump, Gov. Cuomo is apparently afraid to...

Living

US Living News: Oldest ever flying reptile discovered in Utah. NY Post 24 - US News
Oldest ever flying reptile discovered in Utah.
Over the decades, Utah has proven to be a real hotspot for fossil hunters and it just yielded yet another amazing find. There...
US Living News: 6-year-old orders herself $350 worth of toys on Amazon Prime. NY Post 24 - US News
6-year-old orders herself $350 worth of toys on Amazon Prime.
Kids these days. Anyone who’s ever gone on an Amazon shopping spree understands the allure of the one-click buying option...
US Living News: Winemakers say mildew attack is ruining their harvest. NY Post 24 - US News
Winemakers say mildew attack is ruining their harvest.
A French winemaker has lost between 15 to 20 percent of his harvest thanks to an extreme “attack of mildew,” he says....
US Living News: Sleep deprivation can make people less attractive: study. NY Post 24 - US News
Sleep deprivation can make people less attractive: study.
Not getting enough sleep can turn people into social lepers, a study suggests. Scientists found it makes men and women appear...
US Living News: Inside NYC’s most dramatic restaurant wars. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside NYC’s most dramatic restaurant wars.
There are tens of thousands of restaurants and bars in New York City and its surrounding areas, but not all of them get along...
US Living News: Tourists terrorizing Barcelona by urinating all over the place. NY Post 24 - US News
Tourists terrorizing Barcelona by urinating all over the place.
Barcelona locals are fed up with the disruption that tourists are bringing to the city – in the form of urine-soaked streets,...
US Living News: Ladies, you’re not crazy — men really do lose weight faster. NY Post 24 - US News
Ladies, you’re not crazy — men really do lose weight faster.
Ladies, you’re not imagining things: Men really do lose weight faster. After two months on a low-calorie diet, men lost...
US Living News: This school district is testing out a 4-day week. NY Post 24 - US News
This school district is testing out a 4-day week.
A Colorado school district is attempting a $1 million science experiment — cutting its school week to four days. District...

Business

Last US Business News: MoviePass discloses quarterly loss of $127 million. NY Post 24 - US News
MoviePass discloses quarterly loss of $127 million.
It’s not the birthday present that MoviePass wanted. On the one year anniversary of MoviePass slashing its prices, shares...
Last US Business News: Walmart is launching an Ellen DeGeneres fashion line. NY Post 24 - US News
Walmart is launching an Ellen DeGeneres fashion line.
Walmart said on Wednesday that it would tie up with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to launch a women’s fashion...
Last US Business News: Corona brewer pours $4 billion into Canadian pot grower. NY Post 24 - US News
Corona brewer pours $4 billion into Canadian pot grower.
Corona beer maker Constellation Brands will invest a further $4 billion in Canada’s top cannabis producer Canopy Growth,...
Last US Business News: Macy’s reports surprise sales increase, but stock falls. NY Post 24 - US News
Macy’s reports surprise sales increase, but stock falls.
Macy’s on Wednesday reported a surprise rise in quarterly same-store sales, topping estimates for the third straight quarter,...
Last US Business News: Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway increased Apple stake by nearly 5 percent. NY Post 24 - US News
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway increased Apple stake by nearly 5 percent.
They don’t call Warren Buffett the Oracle of Omaha for nothing. Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway increased its stake in Apple...
Last US Business News: Charting MoviePass’ stunning rise and swift downfall. NY Post 24 - US News
Charting MoviePass’ stunning rise and swift downfall.
MoviePass honchos Mitch Lowe and Ted Farnsworth are still trying to break the moviegoing business model. So far, though,...
Last US Business News: Perry Ellis ends buyout talks with Randa. NY Post 24 - US News
Perry Ellis ends buyout talks with Randa.
Money isn’t everything to Perry Ellis. The Miami-based apparel maker said Tuesday that it ended talks with Randa Accessories,...
Last US Business News: SEC bans energy investor from public boards over ICO flap. NY Post 24 - US News
SEC bans energy investor from public boards over ICO flap.
Federal regulators barred an energy investor from serving on public companies’ boards on Monday after he pushed an initial...

Metro

Metro News: De Blasio unfazed by long lines of drivers trying to get Uber licenses. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio unfazed by long lines of drivers trying to get Uber licenses.
Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday said the long lines of drivers trying to get last-minute Uber licenses a day earlier didn’t...
Metro News: ‘Kayak killer’ settles with victim’s family after serving prison time. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Kayak killer’ settles with victim’s family after serving prison time.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — A lawsuit settlement has been reached in a New York kayak drowning after the victim’s fiancee...
Metro News: Homeless man hiding under truck run over in Queens. NY Post 24 - US News
Homeless man hiding under truck run over in Queens.
A homeless man was killed on Tuesday when a truck he was lying under pulled out of a parking spot in Queens, sources said....
Metro News: Small donors would have huge say under de Blasio commission proposal. NY Post 24 - US News
Small donors would have huge say under de Blasio commission proposal.
Small donors would become big campaign players under a proposal Tuesday by the mayor’s Charter Revision Commission, which...
Metro News: Why these Uber drivers rushed to register cars before the ride-share cap. NY Post 24 - US News
Why these Uber drivers rushed to register cars before the ride-share cap.
Kazi Arefin braved lines and crowds to register his car for Uber because he was tired of making money for other people. The...
Metro News: Man suing doctor asks judge to keep his penis pics sealed from public record. NY Post 24 - US News
Man suing doctor asks judge to keep his penis pics sealed from public record.
He had a fool for a client — and it left him totally exposed. An East Village man acted as his own lawyer when he filed...
Metro News: Judge: De Blasio must face NYCHA lead poisoning lawsuit. NY Post 24 - US News
Judge: De Blasio must face NYCHA lead poisoning lawsuit.
A Manhattan federal judge Tuesday rejected Mayor de Blasio’s effort to wiggle out of a lawsuit that seeks to hold him responsible...
Metro News: Why these Brooklyn drivers are dumping their cars in the middle of the street. NY Post 24 - US News
Why these Brooklyn drivers are dumping their cars in the middle of the street.
Bushwick drivers found a way to avoid getting tickets on alternate-side parking days — by dumping their cars in the middle...

Sport

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Here’s what it looks like when an NFL player demands a trade.
Ask and you shall receive. Before being dealt to the Bills earlier this month, receiver Corey Coleman asked Hue Jackson to...
Last US Sport News: Ex-NASCAR star must pay $1 for secretly recording ex-wife. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-NASCAR star must pay $1 for secretly recording ex-wife.
Former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle must reportedly pay his ex-wife $1 after a jury on Monday found that he did “intrude offensively...
Last US Sport News: Dan Marino’s son arrested for DUI, had ‘slurred’ speech: cops. NY Post 24 - US News
Dan Marino’s son arrested for DUI, had ‘slurred’ speech: cops.
The son of Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Dan Marino was arrested for DUI last week in Florida with a blood alcohol content...
Last US Sport News: Andujar suddenly looking like legit Rookie of Year candidate. NY Post 24 - US News
Andujar suddenly looking like legit Rookie of Year candidate.
Miguel Andujar is a legitimate AL Rookie of the Year candidate and likely has passed teammate Gleyber Torres in that race...
Last US Sport News: J.A. Happ giving the scuffling Yankees’ rotation a big boost. NY Post 24 - US News
J.A. Happ giving the scuffling Yankees’ rotation a big boost.
During the 2018 Yankee Season Summer Marathon, the starting rotation became a basic jigsaw puzzle. With injuries and inconsistency...