Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Ms. Gund is a wealthy white woman who spent a lifetime fighting for racial justice. At 80, she’s the homecoming queen of the philanthropy world. She’s also running out of cash. Agnes Gund at her home in Manhattan. Credit Credit Brad Ogbonna for The New York Times Supported by ByJacob Bernstein Nov. 3, 2018 At a recent gala benefit for the Getty Center in Los Angeles, Agnes Gund accepted an award for her achievements in philanthropy and did something fairly unusual among people in her social set: She barely spoke about herself. Instead, Ms. Gund used her six minutes at the lectern to praise the museum for its contributions to culture and toasted her fellow medal recipients — the curator Thelma Golden and the sculptor Richard Serra — whose work enriched her life. Ms. Gund, 80, is patently uncomfortable accepting awards. She worries that she is going to sound foolish, or look … [Read more...] about Is Agnes Gund the Last Good Rich Person?
Kavanaugh Confirmation Activists, reporters, and White House officials are consumed with a barrage of rumors, hearsay and tantalizing tips about a Supreme Court nominee and his accuser. It is the tweet that launched a thousand rumors. On Tuesday evening, Ed Whelan, a conservative activist and legal commentator, posted a remarkable claim about the charge of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Story Continued Below “By one week from today, I expect that Judge Kavanaugh will have been clearly vindicated on this matter,” Whelan wrote. “Specifically, I expect that compelling evidence will show his categorical denial to be truthful. There will be no cloud over him.” In a follow-up tweet, he added for good measure: “Senator [Dianne] Feinstein will soon be apologizing to Judge Kavanaugh.” Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first senator to learn about the accusation against Kavanaugh. Whelan, … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh saga sets Washington rumor mill on fire
By Josh Brodesky Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, August 25, 2018 A vote for the fire union’s proposed charter changes this fall is a vote to make San Antonio poorer and less competitive. This is the simple, basic truth. Don’t lose sight of it amid the swirling politics of distraction. It is a vote to make the community poorer. To say anything else is to muddle the message. To say the voters need to be educated about the charter changes is to speak with condescension. Recommended Video: Now Playing: With divisions still appearing to run deep between the EU and Britain over Brexit, former prime minister Tony Blair has been in Brussels on what can be described as a Brexit intervention. He's hoping to change the course of Brexit, if not stop it altogether. He spoke to Euronews' Tesa Arcilla. The Brexit 'dilemma' Euronews: "How effective do you think your Brexit interventions are, is it wishful thinking or is it based on something that you know that … [Read more...] about A vote to make San Antonio poorer
By Rich Lowry Published 12:00 am CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2018 Photo: Alex Wong /Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives for a meeting with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA., on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Democrats complain that this nomination makes the court undemocratic, forgetting that it has long been like that — in their favor. less Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives for a meeting with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA., on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Democrats complain that this nomination makes the court undemocratic, forgetting ... more Photo: Alex Wong /Getty Images Yes, the Supreme Court is undemocratic 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In an era of partisan polarization, it is rare to get agreement on anything, but about this there should be … [Read more...] about Yes, the Supreme Court is undemocratic
In the face of protests at airports across the country opposing his restrictive travel ban last year, President Donald Trump defended the executive order as a necessary protection from terrorists. When he was confronted with bipartisan outrage and criticism from his own aides after condemning violence on “both sides” of a white nationalist rally and counterprotest in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, the president dug in his heels.Story Continued Below But on Wednesday, facing what has grown into the biggest moral and political crisis of his administration, the president whose default position is to double down, simply caved in. Sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and embattled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting his policy of separating children from their parents at the border. “The border’s just as tough,” Trump told reporters. … [Read more...] about The day Trump caved