Embattled New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for all politics to be "put aside" while police officers and families of two slain cops mourn their killings.Speaking to a Police Athletic League luncheon televised across the country, de Blasio said the fatal shootings of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were "an attack on all of us."A visibly upset de Blasio appeared at the podium to a standing ovation only hours after visiting the slain...Read more
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton feels Bill de Blasio has lost the trust of some officers but insists the mayor owes no apology for the risen tensions between the city's "Finest" and New Yorkers. Bratton made the comments during a Monday appearance on NBC's "Today." He also bemoaned policing in a climate similar to the 1970s. "Who would've ever thought déjà vu all over again, that we would be back where we were 40-some-odd years ago,"...Read more
With 2014 just about in the books, the next presidential election is set to shift into high gear in the new year. Two candidates—Jeb Bush and Jim Webb—are already exploring bids, and the political world is waiting for dozens of other potentials to make their intentions known in the coming weeks and months.
But just because no one else is technically "exploring" a bid at this point doesn't mean others haven't been considering a White House...Read more
Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system.
Castro's speech to Cuba's National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more...Read more
Two senior White House staffers stumbled out of the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago into the boozy, early-morning aftermath of President Obama’s Nov. 6, 2012, reelection victory and ran smack into a sober reporter. “It’s over,” one of the wobbly, relieved aides said. “He never has to do this again.”
It’s taken Obama – who spuriously predicted the 2012 election would break the “fever” of partisan gridlock – two miserable years to approach the level of presidential...Read more
President Barack Obama has broken two barriers: Being the first black president -- and becoming the first Latino president, according to Tom Perez, Obama’s labor secretary. Perez made the comment a day after Obama’s shocking shift to take steps to normalize relations with Cuba and a month after the president’s executive actions on immigration that had widespread appeal among Latinos.
“When I reflect on the breadth and depth of what he has done for Latinos, it...Read more
A police officer died on the weekend after being shot in the town of Tarpon Springs, 20 miles north of Tampa, Florida, according to local authorities on Sunday.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department, Officer Charles Kondek was killed about 3 a.m. on Grande Boulevard in the central Florida community .
As a result of the shooting, local police are holding Marco Antonio Parrilla Jr., 24, identified as a transient and suspected of firing the fatal...Read more
The telecom industry has a new cop on its beat.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint on Wednesday for "cramming" consumers' phone bills with bogus third-party charges. The lawsuit demands that Sprint provide tens of millions of dollars in refunds to consumers.
It's the first time that CFPB, which is only about three years old, has gone after a phone company.
"Part of our mission here at the Consumer Bureau is to make sure that consumers are...Read more