Tines That Try Men’s Souls

  Far be it from me to defend what Jon Stewart has demolished. But I would like to speak up on behalf of the fledgling New York mayor’€™s de Blasphemy, now universally deemed his first mistake and possibly grounds for impeachment: daintily carving up his smoked-mozzarella-and-sausage pizza at Goodfellas in Staten Island with a knife…

The Commish, the 2nd Time Around

William J. Bratton was sworn in by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday. Can he shape up stop-and-frisk? BILL BRATTON’S biggest problem right now might not be stop-and-frisk. It might be stop-and-sulk. Given a new mayor who catapulted into office by castigating the police, given a City Council that passed two punitive bills related to…

Spying Run Amok

WASHINGTON — I miss Brody. So why did he have to go? The poor guy was put at the end of a rope because the writers of “Homeland” were at the end of their rope. They had conjured a hypnotic character who was both hero and villain, patriot and traitor. Brody was still on the…

Mommy, the Drone’s Here!

WASHINGTON — The novelty of flying cars never materialized. But flying novels are right around the corner. If you aren’t nervous enough reading about 3-D printers spitting out handguns or Google robots with Android phones, imagine the skies thick with crisscrossing tiny drones. “I know this looks like science fiction; it’s not,” Jeff Bezos told…

Twisted Sister, and Brothers

WASHINGTON — And I thought my family Thanksgivings were rough. My sister, who loved W. and worked on his 2000 convention, made it clear that I was not welcome in her guest room when I was writing about the phony run-up to the Iraq war. And my brother once scolded me at a holiday dinner,…

Pope Trumps President

WASHINGTON — I’d heard about a medical malady you can get from watching too much cable news. You start feeling jittery and apprehensive about the future. But I’d never experienced it until a recent night, when I had to turn off the rant-around-the-clock shows reporting on political vandals vitiating the good name of a country…

That’s Not Amore

WASHINGTON — John Boehner wakes up in his English basement apartment on Capitol Hill, his head still in a merlot fog. It’s a glorious autumn morning, but Boehner doesn’t want to open his baby blues. He lies there, in his “Man of the House” T-shirt and Augusta National gym shorts. He wishes he didn’t have…

Who Do You Trust?

WASHINGTON — Vladimir Putin, who keeps Edward Snowden on a leash and lets a riotous girl band rot in jail, has thrown President Obama a lifeline. The Russian president had coldly brushed back Obama on Snowden and Syria, and only last week called John Kerry a liar. Now, when it is clear Obama can’t convince…

Barry’s War Within

WASHINGTON — THE winner of the Nobel Peace Prize had been up late pleading for war. The president looked exhausted as he met the press in St. Petersburg on Friday. The man elected because of his magical powers of persuasion had failed to persuade other world leaders at dinner the night before about a strike…

Shadow of a Doubt

WASHINGTON — It’s a bewildering time here. Nancy Pelosi is the hawk urging military action. Britain refuses to be our poodle. The French are being less supercilious and more supportive militarily. Republicans are squeamish about launching an attack. Top generals are going pacifist. The president who got elected on his antiwar stance is now trying…