The man at the center of the Ebola case that spread fear throughout hipster New York gave his first post-recovery interview to WNYC this week, and had plenty of real talk for both average New Yorkers and local politicians. Dr. Craig Spencer, who came down with the deadly virus in October after volunteering in Guinea, also delivered one reassuring message: "Having seen what I had seen and having done what I had done, having been where I had been, at no point would I have put — not just my personal safety — but the safety of my loved ones and my community at risk."
Support for the strong dollar is a tenet of faith among Democrats and Republicans alike in Washington.
“The strong dollar, as all my predecessors have joined me in saying, is a good thing. It's good for America. If it's the result of a strong economy, it's good for the U.S., it's good for the world,” said Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew in Davos this month.
Less than a month after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, France has renewed its focus on finding would-be jihadis before they have a chance to carry out a mass attack. How does one spot these recently radicalized Frenchmen (and women)? The government has put out new posters as part of its Stop Djihadisme campaign, highlighting nine possible signs that someone has radicalized.
With two weeks between the NFL's conference championship games and the Super Bowl, it's not hard for even a minor controversy to dominate a news cycle. (Remember deer antler spray?) And so with the Seahawks and Patriots set to square off on Sunday, here's a guide to all of this year's assorted squabbles, both on and off the field.
On Groundhog Day last year, shortly after the start of his first term, Mayor de Blasio did the unthinkable: He dropped Staten Island Chuck, a move that lead to the noble rodent's death a week later. The sting of that horrible transgression has clearly passed, because now de Blasio has jokingly promised not to chuck Chuck II. Though it's unclear whether he'll attend the groundhog ceremony this year, he said at a press conference this morning,"We have a task force of emergency preparedness officials and health officials who are trying to figure out how to wrap me in platinum so that no harm will befall me or any groundhog in the vicinity of me." I find nothing funny about the health and safety of a famous groundhog, sir.
Yesterday, the Huffington Post was gracious enough to publish an item contributed by once-promising author turned mediocre blogger Barack Obama. That same day, Barack Obama told House Democrats to “get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post.” This raises not only the question of why Obama does not want Congress to read his own work, but why the Huffington Post continues to employ him at all.
Allow some extra buffer time for your morning commute Friday: A 7 a.m. power outage at the Chambers Street stop is causing residual delays on the A and C lines, even though the issue was resolved after about 90 minutes. Plan accordingly.
A Philadelphia radio station has used its annual Wing Bowl as an opportunity to release never-before-seen footage of Chris Christie falling off a chair in its studio. It is perhaps the most important artifact to be leaked in the last decade.