Noreen Malone

Staff Writer

Is Christine Quinn Famous Enough To Be New York’s Mayor?

The post-Bloomberg political/fame calculus.

Christine Quinn is a lifelong local political operative. Of course, that locality just so happens to be New York City, which goes part of the way in explaining why Quinn’s  recently released memoir was excerpted in Vogue and she has been heavily courted by fashion-industry insiders. Quinn also happens to be relatively young and an out lesbian running for mayor, and so that helps, too, in ginning up interest from glamorous national publications.

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Sources of Discomfort

National security reporting in the age of leak hunts

National security reporting in the age of leak hunts.

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New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg has sometimes seemed as if he were secretly campaigning for mayor of San Francisco. Bloomberg has not only worked to remake New York into a tech hub, he has vigorously embraced nanny statism that pushes Berkeley-style liberal values—consider the bans on trans-fats, large sugary sodas, and cigarettes.

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Stephanopoulos vs. Stroumboulopoulos

Is American TV big enough for two Georges?

Last weekend, to small fanfare and smaller ratings, CNN debuted a new celebrity interview show,“Stroumboulopoulos.” I will spare you the squinting doubletake: The network did not somehow quietly poach George Stephanopoulos from ABC’s "Good Morning." Instead, they have opted for his near-name-twin, George Stroumboulopoulos, a popular 40-year-old Canadian broadcast star and a kind of Anderson Cooper figure for our neighbors to the north.

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Hillary Clinton joined Twitter on Monday. The political press and the feminist Twittersphere (many of whom moonlight as semiprofessional Hillary groupies) all but had to sit on their hands to contain their excitement. Her bio: “Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD … .” Was that TBD a signal that she might run for president, wondered the Christian Science Monitor breathlessly? Her first tweet, “Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe – I’ll take it from here ... #tweetsfromhillary,” was a reference to the popular blog Texts from Hillary (as is her Twitter icon).

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Esther Williams, RIP

She was the original glamour-athlete

She was the original glamour-athlete.

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What Barack Obama Can Learn From His High School Self

Flattery, Chutzpah, and Underhandedness

The teenager president's love note reveal a master of manipulation. 

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Truths Universally Acknowledged

What the Kindle’s most-highlighted passages tell us about the soul of the American reader

What the Kindle’s most-highlighted passages tell us about the soul of the American reader. 

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In the wake of Yahoo's Tumblr acquisition, the New York Times has a mini-profile of David Karp, the microblogging site's founder. We are informed, in no fewer than three places, of Karp's predilection for casual wear. "With an expected $250 million from the deal, Mr.

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What’s Not Wrong With Network TV

Three critics find the bright spots in a medium in transition

Three critics find the bright spots in a medium in transition.

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