Amid the din of another National Football League season dominated this year by (shuffle the deck) concussions, bullying, and an uncharacteristically weak American Football Conference, a quiet counterpoint was the midseason retirement of Denver Broncos offensive lineman John Moffitt.
Hint: It has nothing to do with Israel.
Washington, D.C.’s infamous height limit for buildings has returned to the news of late, with the D.C. Office of Planning recommending that current restrictions—which essentially make a 13-story building about as high as you can go—be loosened around D.C.’s core and eliminated altogether elsewhere, with further zoning left to the discretion of the District’s government.
In August, reporting an article about The New York Times’ future, I spoke to Sam Sifton, the former national editor now in charge of various nascent digital initiatives that the paper hopes will allow it to secure more paying customers.
You should feel sympathy for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is not crazy to perceive an Iran with an advancing nuclear weapons program as a potential existential threat to his country. (That Iran has a nuclear energy program is not disputed; that this program has a military component is.
There is much to be said about the Atlanta Braves’ announcement that by the 2017 season the esteemed National League baseball franchise will have moved to a new stadium. The team is ditching its old digs, Turner Field, which will be a very young 20 years old when the new one opens. New host Cobb County will reportedly put up $450 million—more than two-thirds the necessary funding.
Looking back, the interview on January 30, 2009 would prove to be a game-changer for Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The authors were reporting their book Game Change, which would, upon its release the following year, spend seven weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list, turn the duo into journalistic celebrities, and beget the sure-to-sell follow-up, Double Down, which came out earlier this week.
New York City Mayor-elect (and still Public Advocate) Bill de Blasio had a victory party Tuesday night that, like his victory party nearly two months ago at the end of the Democratic primary, fit its campaign. Back in September, de Blasio had risen from fourth to first in the polls in scarcely a month, and duly the party was held in a small, dark night club packed largely with people in on the joke.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will likely pass the Senate after it won a procedural vote Monday. The bill would “ban sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination in most workplaces,” as BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner puts it. But it is at best a tall order to pass the House of Representatives, where Speaker John Boehner came out even before the final Senate vote Monday to express his opposition.
Double Down: Game Change 2012, out today, was the fruit of “more than five hundred full-length interviews with more than four hundred individuals,” according to authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, writing in the Authors’ Note.