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U.S. Truckers Gear Up for Cross-Country Anti-Vaccine Protest Convoy

By SCOTT NORVELL, Special to the Sun
February 19, 2022

Just as the three-week trucker protest in Canada looks to be fizzling, drivers across the border in America are beginning to ramp up their own demonstration against vaccination requirements and other Covid-related restrictions. Calling themselves the…

Clinton and Palin: The Start of a Beautiful Friendship? 

By A.R. HOFFMAN, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 18, 2022

Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship? It might be difficult to imagine Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin walking through the fog on a runway at Casablanca. Not quite so difficult as it once might have been, though, given the latest…

Crypto Colorado: Governor Sees ‘First Digital State’

By RYAN GENDEL, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

The governor of Colorado is looking to create the “first digital state,” with plans to allow people to pay their taxes and buy licenses using cryptocurrency beginning this summer. Governor Jared Polis appeared on CNBC recently and unveiled his plans…

Joe Biden: Closet Republican?

By JOHN W. CHILDS, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

A recent Rasmussen poll discloses that about 50% of the electorate would like to impeach President Biden. The numbers include more than 30% of Democrats and upwards of 40% of independents. This is despite mostly positive coverage from the mainstream…

Fate of Trump Subpoena Set To Be Decided in New York Court

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 17, 2022

A state supreme court judge today will hear New York Attorney General Letitia James’s case for enforcing a subpoena against President Trump. The outcome could be a requirement that Mr. Trump appear in court and testify under oath concerning…

Next Step for Palin Is To Appeal Times Verdict

By A.R. HOFFMAN, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 15, 2022

The stage is set for Governor Palin’s appeal. That possibility moved closer to probability as a jury on Tuesday found the New York Times not liable in a defamation case that pitted the vice presidential candidate against the Gray Lady. The decision…

Jury Follows Judge, Rejects Palin Libel Claim Against New York Times

By Associated Press
February 15, 2022

Governor Palin lost her libel lawsuit against the New York Times on Tuesday when a jury rejected her claim that the newspaper maliciously damaged her reputation by erroneously linking her campaign rhetoric to a mass shooting. A judge had already…

Palin Case Judge: I Have Made Decision Regardless of Jury Findings

By Sun Staff and Associated Press
February 14, 2022

A New York jury could deliver a resounding win for Governor Palin in her libel case against the New York Times and it still wouldn’t hand her a victory over the Gray Lady. That strange outcome became a real possibility on Monday afternoon. A district…

With Friends Like President Biden ...

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
February 14, 2022

“America will have the backs of our friends in the region.” That was the final sentence of a February 10 White House statement from the national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, responding to a terrorist attack that killed at least a dozen civilians…

Constitutionality of Non-Citizen Voting Law Set To Be Decided by Court

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 14, 2022

The battle over New York City’s non-citizen voting law — and possibly the future of electoral politics in the city — will soon be weighed by the Richmond County Supreme Court at Staten Island, which is assigned to hear the suit filed by Republicans…

Cawthorn Sees Trump’s Electoral Fate Being Tied to His

By A.R. HOFFMAN, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 13, 2022

President Trump’s role in the events of January 6, 2021, could end up blocking his bid to return to the White House in 2024, according to one of his most ardent supporters in Congress. Representative Madison Cawthorn made the comment during an…

Where’s Andrew? As Cuomo Makes Waves With Legal Maneuvers, He Seems To Be in an Undisclosed Location

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
February 12, 2022

Even as Governor Cuomo focuses on clearing his name by filing lawsuits against New York’s attorney general and others, there has been almost no public accounting of what’s next for his career — or even about where he is — as reports swirl about a…

Biden Eyes Split of Frozen Afghan Billions: Half to Taliban, Half to September 11 Families

By Associated Press
February 11, 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Biden is expected to issue an executive order on Friday to move some $7 billion of the Afghan central bank’s assets frozen in the American banking system to fund humanitarian relief in Afghanistan and compensate victims of…

Palin Casts Times as ‘Goliath,’ and Project Veritas May Agree

By SUN STAFF and ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 10, 2022

The New York Times on Thursday reported a court win in its libel case against a competitor news agency, Project Veritas, even as the Gray Lady was described by Governor Palin, testifying in another libel case, as a “Goliath.” The Alert Alaskan…

As Dispute Over Disqualifying Cawthorn Heads to Court, He Remains Defiant

Denounces Biden as ‘Geriatric Despot’ on House Floor

By A.R. HOFFMAN, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 4, 2022

Whether Representative Madison Cawthorn will be able to run again for Congress this fall will come down to how judges interpret two conflicting 19th century measures, both born in the shadow of the Civil War but newly relevant in the aftermath of…

Truckers Shifting Toward U.S. Protests in Wake of Covid-Related Actions in Canada

By SCOTT NORVELL, Special to the Sun
February 2, 2022

A trio of U.S. truckers, inspired by events in Canada, is attempting to organize a cross-country convoy aimed at protesting vaccine mandates and other Covid-related restrictions on daily life. The truckers say they want to start in California around…

In Midst of Whoopi Goldberg Controversy, Anti-Defamation League Quietly Changes Its Definition of ‘Racism’

By A.R. Hoffman, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 2, 2022

The Anti-Defamation League, one of the most storied civil rights organizations in America, has been scrambling today to change its definition of “racism” in the wake of news that television personality Whoopi Goldberg is on the verge of being fired…

Schools Return to Normalcy on Masks as Questions Linger Over Covid Origins

By MICHAEL BARONE, Special to the Sun
February 4, 2022

Are we returning to normalcy? The word “normalcy,” as history buffs know, was used (but not invented) by our only journalist president, Warren G. Harding, to sum up his 1920 campaign. Normalcy was political shorthand for returning to normal times…

 

Reconsidering Nixon’s China Trip in Light of Damage Done

By SEAN DURNS, Special to the Sun
February 21, 2022

President Nixon landed in Beijing 50 years ago, beginning the opening of relations between communist China and America. The move was heralded — both at the time and since — as a “master stroke” of diplomacy. Half a century later, though, its legacy…

Belarus on Verge of Pointing Russian Nuclear Weapons at Ukraine, NATO

By CALEB LARSON, Special to the Sun
February 20, 2022

A referendum in Belarus this week will bind the country more firmly to Russia and ensure President Lukashenko’s reign for the foreseeable future, barring any unforeseen circumstances in a country where elections are neither free nor fair. Less…

Queen Tests Positive for COVID; Mild Symptoms Reported

By Associated Press
February 20, 2022

LONDON (AP) — Elizabeth tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, Buckingham Palace said, adding that the 95-year-old monarch would carry on working. The palace said the queen would continue with “light”…

Our New Man in Seoul Will Enter a Delicate Situation

By DONALD KIRK, Special to the Sun
February 18, 2022

SEOUL — After having had no ambassador to South Korea for more than a year, President Biden has tapped Philip Goldberg, whose job more than 10 years ago was to get the United Nations to enforce sanctions on North Korea. Mr. Goldberg has a long…

In the Ukraine Crisis, the West Emerges Without a Policy

By ANTONIO MARTINO, Special to the Sun
February 18, 2022

Even without a Russian invasion, Ukraine is becoming a serious international problem. I want to deal with some secondary aspects of the quagmire. Let’s start with our side of the equation, the West. On the one hand we have Europe, divided into…

Tories Are in a Tight Spot Over Fate of Boris Johnson

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

“No boasting like a fool,” Macbeth reprimands himself, “This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool.” Conservative members of parliament might consider whether such derring-do is to their advantage, as they contemplate forcing a vote of confidence in…

A South Korean Conservative’s Rise Could Overturn Seoul’s Stance on North

By DONALD KIRK, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

SEOUL – South Korea’s liberal government next month faces its most crucial test since the Candlelight Revolution that between 2016 and 2017 resulted in the ouster and jailing of the president’s conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye. Under South…

What Putin Has Already Gained From Biden

By CLAUDIA ROSETT, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2022

While President Biden warns President Putin that invading Ukraine would bring drastic sanctions in some misty tomorrow, the Russian dictator is leveraging the current crisis to humiliate and shake down the West today. Whatever Putin’s next move, it’s…

Ukraine Crisis Fallout Spreads, Vaccine Passports Contract

What We’re Seeing in the Foreign Press

By ANTHONY GRANT, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 17, 2022

London is one of the many capitals where the crisis in Ukraine is reverberating. The Guardian reports that “amid Russia concerns,” U.K. ministers plan to scrap a so-called golden visa program that allows people with at least 2 million pounds in…

Watch for Kim Jong-un’s Next Play Once the Athletes Leave Beijing

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 16, 2022

Communist North Korea is eyeing its next provocation — likely to come as soon as next week, once the Beijing Olympics end — even as it breathlessly celebrates the birthday of one of its late leaders today. The most celebrated dates on the country’s…

Israeli Valentine’s Visit to Bahrain Part of Saudi Courtship?

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 14, 2022

Beyond being a historic first, Prime Minister Bennett’s Bahrain visit today may well signal that the Abraham Accords’ ultimate goal — a formal Israeli peace deal with Bahrain’s patron, Saudi Arabia — is within reach. Mr. Bennett was received in…

United Against Putin, Ex-Soviet Jews in Brooklyn Struggle With Ukrainian Identity 

By RAINA WEINSTEIN, Special to the Sun
February 14, 2022

With Russian troops massed along the Ukrainian border, Ukrainians in America are mobilizing in solidarity with Ukraine, standing against the Russian threat to Ukrainian sovereignty. Yet while a large segment of New York’s Ukrainian immigrants…

Canada’s Response to Truckers Emerges as a Disgraceful Failure of Leadership

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 12, 2022

The official response to the truckers protesting Covid restrictions is one of the most disgraceful political episodes in the history of Canada as an autonomous country. The prime minister’s statement that the truckers were probably homophobic…

Signs of Thawing Seen in Turkish-Israeli Relations

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 11, 2022

The latest indication that Ankara is warming up to Jerusalem arrived Friday via a scoop in the Turkish newspaper Sabah, which detailed an extraordinary Turkish-Israeli intelligence operation to prevent an Iranian assassination of an Israeli…

War Clouds Are Scudding Over the Falklands, and This Time It Could Be Far More Dangerous

By ALEKSANDRA GADZALA TIRZIU, Special to the Sun
February 11, 2022

In the shadow of the Winter Games, President Xi of China and President Fernández of Argentina have inked a joint statement supporting Argentine claims to the Falkland Islands. “We firmly support Argentina’s claim to full sovereignty over the Malvinas…

Alarm Grows in Senate Over Pending Pact Twixt Biden, Iran

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 9, 2022

A bipartisan group of senators, as well as leaders at America’s top Mideast allies, are struggling to stop President Biden’s race to re-enter the 2015 Iran deal. Can they? “It’s clear from this morning’s briefing that Joe Biden and his…

‘Where Is Justin Trudeau?’ That’s the Question as Truckers Go Into High Gear

By ANTHONY GRANT, Special to the Sun
February 8, 2022

While plenty of journalists in the U.S. have come out swinging liberally against the Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates, Canada’s National Post asked, “Where is Justin Trudeau?” The accompanying article from the New Democratic Party…

Tale of Two Alliances Is Glimpsed in Washington and Beijing

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 7, 2022

Two appearances — one in Beijing over the weekend, and a joint press conference today at Washington — show which side of the global new equation is on the march. China’s Communist Party chairman, Xi Jinping, met Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin…

 

Change New York’s Bail Reform Law, Not Gun Policies, Republicans Stress

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 4, 2022

Republicans are reacting with skepticism — and sometimes scorn — to suggestions that President Biden’s initiative on gun-control will prove effective against crime. During a visit to New York City Thursday, the president vowed to “destroy” the…

Once Seen as a Victim of Redistricting, Hochul Now May Turn Tables

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Staff Reporter of the Sun
February 3, 2022

Governor Hochul will likely sign off on a state redistricting map that will put in jeopardy the re-election prospects of four Republican members of New York’s House delegation — echoing a situation the Democratic lawmaker faced a decade ago. At the…

Police Funerals Mark a Make-or-Break Moment for Our City and Country

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
February 2, 2022

The funeral of detective Wilbert Mora is marked another incredibly sad and tragic farewell to a cop killed in the line of duty. Detective Mora was a partner of Detective Jason Rivera, whose funeral was held last Friday. The funeral was held in a…

Democrats Add New York as a Feather in Redistricting Cap

Republicans look to be losing the national redistricting process following the 2020 Census.

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
February 1, 2022

New York will likely see its Republican congressional delegation cut in half after the 2022 election cycle, part of what looks to be an unlikely win for Democrats in the national redistricting process. New York State’s Democrats yesterday put forth a…

Another Mayor, Another Promise To Fix Public Housing in New York City

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 31, 2022

The new leadership of New York City’s “affordable” housing infrastructure must contend with entrenched bureaucracy at two agencies long seen as neglectful and underfunded as Mayor Adams’s administration seeks to fix a public housing sector suffering…

Slain Cop’s Widow Singles Out Manhattan District Attorney for Criticism

By SUN STAFF AND REUTERS
January 28, 2022

Manhattan’s new district attorney, Alvin Bragg, came under fire at the funeral of Jason Rivera, the slain New York City police officer. Mr. Bragg, who has outlined plans to go easy on what he deems to be low-level offenders, was singled out for…

Second New York City Officer Dies Days After Shooting in Harlem

By REUTERS
January 25, 2022

(Reuters) — A second police officer who was shot Friday in New York City while responding to a domestic violence call has died, the city’s police commissioner said on Tuesday. Keechant Sewell, the New York City police commissioner, called officer…

Sheldon Silver, Longtime Assembly Speaker, Dies at 77

By REUTERS
January 24, 2022

(Reuters) - Sheldon Silver, the once-powerful New York State Assembly speaker who was convicted on corruption charges that resulted in a prison sentence of six and a half years, has died aged 77. Silver died at a federal prison medical facility while…

Hochul Seen Tacking to the Right With Budget Plan Tax Relief

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 18, 2022

Emphasizing economic recovery, a balanced budget, and tax cuts, Governor Hochul today unveiled a $216 billion budget plan that continues a notable turn for the New York Democrat, who has been distancing herself from the progressive wing of her party…

Democrats’ Infighting Over Crime Policy Could Harm Them at Ballot Box 

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 17, 2022

The new Manhattan district attorney’s soft-on-crime policies are showing signs of becoming a major liability for Democrats posturing as the party of public safety ahead of the 2022 elections, amid growing opposition and a police union’s call for…

Extreme Tax Rate Threatens Revenue Stream From New York’s ‘Republic of Vice’

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 13, 2022

New York State’s highly touted legalization of sports betting is being called “dead on arrival” after a disappointing first weekend. Considering that New York is an estimated $1 billion market, the appraisal by Regulus Partners, a sports and leisure…

Republicans Sue To Stop Non-Citizens From Voting in New York City 

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 10, 2022

In a case that could have a huge impact on municipal elections for years to come, New York City today was sued by the state and national Republican parties over its new law allowing non-citizens to participate in municipal elections. The suit, filed…

Hochul, Adams Stand Together, and Apart From the Far Left 

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 8, 2022

The joint push by Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams to put more police officers in place on New York City’s subway system signals an entente between the two Democrats against the far-left wing of their party on the issue of criminal justice — a faction…

Hochul Moves To Keep Cuomo Out of Office

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 7, 2022

Governor Hochul, in a startling development, appears to be trying not only to distance herself from Governor Cuomo but also to disqualify him from attempting a political comeback. Ms. Hochul’s strategy is coming into view with a set of policy…

New York City Gets Mixed Messaging on Crime Fighting

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 5, 2022

Mayor Adams faces a potential roadblock in his quest to clean up the streets: the new Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg. Mr. Bragg just instructed his staff that he won’t be prosecuting a number of minor offenses and will be downgrading some…

Governor Cuomo Free and Clear To Run Again

By RUSSELL PAYNE, Special to the Sun
January 5, 2022

Governor Cuomo, with the nursing home and sexual harassment scandals behind him for now, could be poised to launch a campaign to retake office in New York. Early polling suggests that his candidacy might present a real challenge to Governor Hochul’s…

What Was Cy Vance Doing While Murders Were Soaring on His Watch?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
December 14, 2021

Manhattan counted 88 murders so far this year, up from 80 in 2020, according to the New York Police Department. That, in turn, is an increase over the 52 homicides in Manhattan in 2019, which in turn was an increase over the 31 in 2018, according to…

Could Tax Code Be Used to Make U.S. Reparations?

Don’t Be Surprised, Our Columnist Writes

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 5, 2021

Could a racial priority for getting a Covid-19 vaccine turn out to be just the first stop on the way to race-based tax rates? A tax bill that varies depending on the taxpayer’s race might strike readers as some law professor’s remote fantasy, far from…