This has been well settled law since long before Citizens United v. FEC, in which the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are just as free of campaign limits as individuals. Inexplicably, the New York Board of Elections is arguing that, while Citizens United freed independent committees from spending limits, it didnt change limits on donations to these committees. The argument is a stretch, to put it mildly. Since a state cant directly limit a PACs independent expenditures, it cannot attack those same expenditures by limiting individual contributions to the PAC. The only legitimate reason a state might have for limiting campaign contributions limiting corruption doesnt apply to contributions to an independent committee. Nor is there even the chance of an appearance of corruption since contributions to an independent committee are twice removed from direct contributions to a candidate. Tossing New Yorks limit would also make the mayoral race more democratic. One candidate, Bill de Blasio, now enjoys name recognition, a 50-point lead in the polls, and an almost overwhelming advantage in financial contributions. The other candidate, Lhota, has little name recognition, much less financial backing and is mostly unknown to city voters. Its absurd to claim that ending New Yorks unconstitutional limits will produce a gusher of spending by outside individuals and groups that will unfairly benefit Lhota, much less harm New York voters. On the contrary, New York voters will get the benefit of a more evenly-matched race one where ideas can count for more than de Blasios built-in advantages of clout and easy access to campaign contributions. Yes, some donations to the PAC will come from out of state. But independent spending made possible by donors with no ongoing connection to New York politics poses even less of a threat of quid pro quo corruption.
So looking at the movie that way, when I’d look at a scene, it was interesting to say, oh well, this scene doesn’t have to be that funny. It’s really about something else, and I’m used to, the last few movies that I’ve directed have been pretty broad comedies, so to have a different criteria was really interesting.” The film is also significantly different from both the 1947 movie of the same name, starring Danny Kaye, and the James Thurber short story upon which both were based. Stiller’s movie expands upon the short story and features a more linear, modern narrative than the 1947 film. Cast member Patton Oswalt said the concept of creating a 21st century Mitty was what attracted him to the project. “How do you pull off a movie about a daydreamer, especially now, when we’re all just daydreaming? I mean, we f—ing pay $500 to carry daydreams around,” Oswalt told THR, pulling out his smartphone. “So that really pulled me in, like they’re going to do Walter Mitty now, post-Twitter, post-Instagram? Let’s see what they do.” ANALYSIS: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Splits Critics, Charms Festivalgoers at NYFF Producer John Goldwyn, whose grandfather Samuel Goldwyn produced the original film, said having the film debut as the centerpiece gala screening at the festival allowed them to show that the new version of Walter Mitty is different from the ones that came before. “The fact that the New York Film Festival selected us gave us the opportunity to have a real platform for the world to understand that the movie is different. It’s not a remake. It’s not a rehash of anything old,” he explained. The fact that the movie was filmed and takes place in Stiller’s hometown also made it appropriate for a Gotham debut, Cornfeld told THR. “Ben is a real New Yorker.
Openhouse New York opens doors and eyes
Its tower was entrusted with the safety of Greenwich Village.. For Columbus and the five boroughs alike, its all about discovery. This year, OHNY presents over 200 separate properties and programmed events that extend well into the night, including Times Square spectaculars , stargazing at historic Woodlawn Cemetery , and a guided tour of the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant , designed by Ennead , where giant steel-clad digester eggs light up against the sky in the most magical display of sewage ever. Some of New Yorks newest, oldest, greenest, most beautiful, and most significant buildings are featured, many of them otherwise closed to the public. Visitors are welcomed back to perennial favorites like Central Synagogue , the Little Red Lighthouse tucked under the George Washington Bridge, and Jefferson Market where the hardy can climb 149 stairs to the top of circular tower for 360-degree views of Greenwich Village. There are family events, nature walks, and open chat sessions with curators, design professionals, and others knowledgeable about featured properties. There are also behind-the-scenes tours of facilities like the newly renovated Museum of the City of New York , and also the Citibike warehouse in Greenpoint, which has no architectural distinction but has unstemmed cultural impact. This year OHNY presents more residential properties than ever before, including 20 specially selected by Interior Design Magazine and Designers Open House to showcase the private homes of noteworthy contemporary architects and designers. In its 11-year life, OHNY weekend has deliberately worked to address a full range of urban interests, whether experienced on screen, by foot, bike, or even canoe. A full list is available online and in printed form at key outlets throughout the city. Background OHNY began when architect Scott Lauer returned to New York in the late 1990s, after having lived in England and been a volunteer for Open House London (established 1992). In 2001 he pitched the idea of launching a similar program to receptive organizations in New York and thus founded the second of what is now a family of 17 Open House cities worldwide. Lauer conceived OHNY prior to September 11 but in its aftermath, when security was heightened and property owners were reluctant to welcome in the public, OHNYs mission assumed even greater significance. By the time New Yorks first Openhouse weekend took place in 2003, OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner explained, People were beginning to realize that you cant live in a closed security state forever. What was so wonderful about OHNY was that it helped the city to open itself up again.
New York Giants’ horrendous season continues with 36-21 loss against Philadelphia Eagles
Then there is Eli Manning , who is playing like a quarterback who deserves to be omitted from the “Book of Manning.” He completed 24-of-52 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns. However, Manning also threw three interceptions. He now has thrown 12 interceptions this season, and is currently on pace to throw 38. Just for comparison, Eli’s brother Peyton Manning did not throw an interception in Denver’s first four games. In addition, Eli Manning was penalized three times for intentional grounding Sunday. Nick Foles entered the game for Vick and finished 16-of-25 for 197 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. New Yorks secondary failed to stop receiver DeSean Jackson, who had seven receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown. New York has fallen to 0-5. No team has lost its first five games to start the NFL season and advanced to the playoffs. Sure, there is a first time for everything, but the Giants seem more likely to finish without a win than pull off 11 straight victories. The Giants loss also means coach Tom Coughlins job security might be in jeopardy. Coughlins status is questioned every year, but he finds a way to survive. Considering it will take a miracle for New York to make the playoffs, Coughlin appears to be in trouble. Tuck better be ready for a fight.