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Could Tax Code Be Used to Make U.S. Reparations?

Don’t Be Surprised, Our Columnist Writes

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 5, 2021

Could a racial priority for getting a Covid-19 vaccine turn out to be just the first stop on the way to race-based tax rates? A tax bill that varies depending on the taxpayer’s race might strike readers as some law professor’s remote fantasy, far from…

New Covid Data Mark Failure of Cuomo, Murphy, on Minorities

By STEPHEN MOORE, Special to the Sun
April 1, 2021

Everyone knows that Governor Cuomo’s nursing home policies were responsible for at least a thousand unnecessary deaths of New York seniors. In New Jersey, Governor Murphy’s record is the second worst in the country in terms of keeping the elderly safe…

NYC at the Abyss: Use the Financial Control Board

By BETSY McCAUGHEY, Special to the Sun
October 13, 2020

New York is heading into a financial abyss. On October 1, Moody’s downgraded New York City general obligation debt for the first time since the Dinkins era, and warns that more downgrades may be ahead. Meantime, the De Blasio administration announced…

Weiss Resigns From the Times, ‘A Distant Galaxy’ Far From America

By Special to the Sun
July 14, 2020

Following is the text of the letter sent to the publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, from Bari Weiss, resigning from her column and editing duties on the paper’s opinion pages. Ms. Weiss had previously worked on the editorial page of th…

How a Black Swan Caught New York Flatfooted in 1914

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
April 28, 2020

It looks like the next round of congressional battles over restarting the economy will involve Federal aid to cities and states. While Speaker Pelosi and the Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, battle over money for the states, Mayor de Blasio is…

Legal Stars Ask New York To Protect Yeshivas

By NATHAN LEWIN, Special to the Sun
September 3, 2019

No academic cachet is more prized by America’s legal world than a Harvard Law degree. So it is hard to conceive that anyone who made it through Harvard’s rigorous training could object to a governmentally imposed standard prescribing the minim…

Did JFK Make Morgenthau A Conservative?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 23, 2019

Robert Morgenthau may have been one of a kind, but his story is emblematic of the best of America and of New York. The Times’s obituary, as that newspaper often did with Morgenthau, gets the story significantly wrong. The Times describes him as…

Podcast: A Special Moment

On the 10th anniversary of the Sun’s move to digital-only publication, Pia Catton Interviews Its Founders

September 25, 2018

Pia Catton: Welcome to The New York Sun anniversary podcast. I’m Pia Catton, and I will be moderating a discussion between the founders of The New York Sun, Seth Lipsky, editor of the paper, and Ira Stoll, former managing editor. It’s great to…

How the Sun Foreshadowed the Trump Era

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
September 25, 2018

For the world, this month marks the ten-year anniversary of the financial crisis. For me, though, the more personally significant anniversary is a related event — the end of print publication of the New York Sun, a daily newspaper of which I was…

‘Cuomo Doctrine’ May Get Test in Court

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
August 8, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lawyers will be in federal court in Albany next month, when they’ll try to get a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against him by America’s largest civil-rights organization. The group is the National Rifle Association, which…

Democrats On the Spot Over Ocasio

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
July 18, 2018

What will Chuck Schumer do if he has to choose between the Democrats and Israel? The question begs for an answer with the rise of the party’s new “it” politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s the Democratic Socialist who toppled Joe Crowley in…

Super Sesquicentennial Shapes Up at Belmont For Justify and Bravazo

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
June 6, 2018

What a super sesquicentennial is shaping up for Saturday. That’s the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, where all eyes will be on Justify, the contender for the Triple Crown. Just don’t fall in love, I say. It’s true that Justify slopped through the…

Cuomo Threatens Suit Against the Feds On Immigration Battle

By BETSY McCAUGHEY, Special to the Sun
May 1, 2018

Governor Cuomo of New York is threatening to sue the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to stop its ongoing raids to detain illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes like assault and rape. A staggering 80% of those apprehended in…

New York Compromise On Yeshiva Education Could Yet Be a Beacon

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
April 12, 2018

Whose education is more sound and basic? Is it the youngster who knows more math than Bible? Or is it the youth who knows more Bible than math? There are no doubt millions of Americans who, if forced to choose, would choose the Bible as more sound and…

‘Golden Handcuffs’ Could Replace ‘Golden Door’ Under Cuomo Scholarship

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 16, 2017

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” — but once you arrive in New York, don’t dare try moving somewhere else, or Governor Andrew Cuomo will be chasing you to take back your college scholarship money. Leave it…

How Governor Mario Cuomo Helped Change My Thinking On War and the Constitution

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
April 12, 2017

With war clouds scudding in the Middle East and Asia, I’m thinking of my late friend Attila the Hun . . . pardon me, Mario Cuomo. The ex-governor once took me to lunch for the sole purpose of lecturing me on war. Before we fight, Cuomo wanted Congress…

How a Girl Named Masha — And Her Mother Zelda — Changed History’s Course

By SETH LIPSKY, Special to the Sun
April 5, 2017

Originally my plan today was a column about the meeting between President Trump and China's communist party boss Xi Jinping. Then came word of the death early this morning of Masha Leon. She was for decades the gossip columnist of the Jewish Forward…

Why Not Hire Bharara To Investigate Iran For Cheating on A-Bombs

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 13, 2017

What should Preet Bharara do next? Life, especially public life, is full of second acts. A previous U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was unpopular in certain circles for overreaching in white-collar criminal cases against Wall…