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The Albany Way

Years ago, Bill Stern, writing in the pages of City Journal, noted that in Albany, the “nomenklatura” are in charge. By that he meant that a bipartisan cabal of lobbyists, ...

Will Rudy Run for Governor?

Rudy Giuliani’s Hamlet-like stance has put the Republican party in an odd position. There is no doubt that Governor Patterson’s weak position in the polls and among his colleagues represents ...
Politics & Policy

True American

Balint Vazsonyi is hardly a household name. To most Americans, it isn’t even pronounceable. Yet Balint, with his odd name, was a true American, a man who in every way ...
Politics & Policy

Real Gangs

Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited epic, Gangs of New York, set mostly in New York’s notorious Five Points neighborhood in 1863, is designed with both poetic extravagance and verisimilitude. According to Peter ...