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Bloomberg Plays Banquo's Ghost
Who could stand to win and lose if the mayor of New York runs for president?
DAILY News  January 14, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...For the estimated 800 attendees last Wednesday and Thursday, if they got tired of taking about the conservative stance on school vouchers, privatizing Medicaid, immigration and so forth, it wasn't all wonkery. Light relief was provided by noted editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez (light entertainment for Democrats in attendance was provided by Arthur Laffer, the high priest of voodoo economics.) But there was another name in the air: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose rumored independent presidential run could strip away moderate Republican voters..."

Wynn on Wind
Austin mayor to talk energy reform to presidential campaigns next week.
DAILY News  August 13, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...In his role as chair of the Energy Committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wynn will be part of a meeting, chaired by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with the McCain and Obama camps..."

The Hightower Report
Bloomberg applauds as New York's finest crack down on the First Amendment; and 'foolproof' electronic voting looks foolish
News Column  October 8, 2004, by Jim Hightower
"...Today's Goober is Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of the Big Apple. Hizzoner was in the national spotlight during August's Republican National Convention in New York City – and the glare revealed some very ugly wrinkles inside his soul..."

Re-Forming AI$D
What's behind the national involvment in local school board races?
News Story  November 26, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"..."They want to take public education out of the hands of the public, and control it themselves. It comes from billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, who don't understand what it's like to be in a classroom with 35 kids for 90 minutes, and spending every one of those 90 trying to make sure they learn something."..."

Point Austin: Saved by Billionaires?
The fight against climate change gathers allies high and low
News Column  May 18, 2017, by Michael King
"...That sort of embattled, localized optimism was in evidence again Tuesday evening, during and after a screening (at the Contemporary) of From the Ashes, a documentary on the future of coal, the energy source most responsible for global warming. The film (a RadicalMedia production underwritten by Bloomberg Philanthropies) examines coal production historically, geographically, economically, and politically, and concludes that while the industry is foundering, it will take a concerted effort to manage any transition to clean, renewable fuels...."

The Hightower Report
News Column  June 20, 2008, by Jim Hightower
"...Take Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. He's got a plan for the historic, enormously popular people's space known as Union Square..."

Cleanup Versus Clean Out
Balancing Occupy Austin's protests against power with power washing
DAILY News  October 14, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...This morning, Brookfield Office Properties in Lower Manhattan called off plans to 'clean up' Zuccotti Park, the central location for Occupy Wall Street's camp. This came after a weird to-and-fro: First Mayor Michael Bloomberg said they could stay indefinitely as long as they obeyed the law..."

The Hightower Report
The Workplace Body Snatchers; and Rummy Won't Go Away
News Column  February 16, 2007, by Jim Hightower
"...THE WORKPLACE BODY SNATCHERS New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is learning the hard way that workers don't like bosses snooping on them...."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large: Smoke and Mirrors
The new Austin smoking ordinance is a solution in search of a problem.
News Column  April 11, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Round Rock or Bust Given this, when Mayor Gus Garcia first rattled the anti-tobacco saber, I was baffled at the gratuitousness and poor timing of the effort. Well, good timing for Garcia -- ending his public career in the smoke wars, rather than kicking it off under this flag like New York's Michael Bloomberg or Round Rock's Nyle Maxwell -- but really bad timing for a city that's even more than usually obsessed with its music industry and its general weirdness..."

The Hightower Report
The Price of Autocratic Arrogance; and Guilt by Association
News Column  September 12, 2008, by Jim Hightower
"...invaded Iraq. Mayor Mike Bloomberg sent the helmeted and booted NYPD to bust a gaggle of peaceful protesters in Midtown Manhattan..."

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Apes and humans: Why can't everyone just get along?
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Film Review  July 11, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Dawn opens with a montage of news footage that explains how a simian flu epidemic has destroyed the human species. (Admittedly, it’s a bit startling to see former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first image onscreen, repurposing, as this film does, words uttered in the past by the mayor and President Obama, warning citizens about disaster preparedness in the face of hurricanes, not monkeys.) After observing the simians’ new social order for a bit (an impressive feat of CGI technology), we learn that there are actually human survivors who have an inexplicable immunity to the pathogen that killed off most of their brethren..."

How'd He Do?
AFS Doc Nights: 'Koch'
Screens Story  February 8, 2013, by Anne S. Lewis
"...The end of the film takes us to a 2010 ceremony at which a delighted Koch was honored by the current Hizzoner, Michael Bloomberg, who announced the renaming of the 59th Street Bridge as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. Given the timing of Koch's death, one of the film's most telling scenes is now one of the most poignant, the one where Koch examines – on-site – the cemetery stone he himself designed...."

After a Fashion
Stephen muses on the 21st Most Intriguing Heiress ... and camel toe
Columns  November 30, 2007, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...I had no idea such a list existed. But of course, aren't all billionaire heiresses intriguing? (Remember when all heiresses were described as "madcap"? It was always madcap heiresses – never madcap charwomen or madcap urologists.) What was the application process like? Did they have to provide paycheck stubs? Photos with other billionaire heiresses? Did they have to take a psychological test to determine their fitness as an heiress? NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's younger daughter, Georgina, made the list..."

A Primer on Prop. 1
Mike Clark-Madison summarizes the Austin Fair Elections Act.
News Story  April 26, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...In Maine, which has public financing for statehouse campaigns, some candidates who aren't participating have nonetheless limited their spending so that their opponents don't get to bust their limits. However, in New York City, which also has public financing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent $69 million of his own money without worrying about whether this "helped" his opponent...."

Focus
Lawrence Newman (Macy) is a man living in the shadows, hemmed in by veils of conformity and prejudice. Social acceptance and prosperity ought to be his WASP-born natural birthright, but...
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Film Review  December 7, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Still, these performances, the story's historical origins, and the inherent goodness and contemporaneity of its storyline make Focus a movie worth viewing. Besides, it's the only movie to boast NYC millionaire mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg as its executive producer...."

Austin Becomes 'Everytown'
Michael Bloomberg's new gun-control group launches at City Hall
DAILY News  April 16, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...Inside City Hall, more than a dozen supporters held signs as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Regional Manager Hillary Rand introduced former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new venture – a sort of gun control supergroup combining Mayors Against Illegal Guns with Moms Demand Action...."

News Ticker: October 4
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  October 4, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• Meanwhile, the official Republican opposition magically settled on the theme that Davis is hell-bent on bringing California values to the Lone Star State. The Greg Abbott campaign conflated all this with Obamacare and "Bloomberg-style gun control." To be fair, they never were all that great at the home edition of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego...."

News Ticker: September 10
All the news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  September 10, 2013, by Brandon Watson


The Life and Death of Schools
Educational warrior Diane Ravitch takes on the "school reform" movement
News Story  September 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Ravitch argues that their policies ignore the actual outcomes, and her book has become even tougher on them since its original publication in 2010. A new epilogue in the paperback edition addresses the testing scandal in Atlanta – a city long the darling of the reformers – and demolishes the fuzzy math supporting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's claims that charters and high-stakes testing have closed the achievement gap for minority students..."

Reefer Madness: Seeds vs. Suds
Marijuana: A safer alternative to America's favorite social lubricant?
News Column  September 11, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...For sure, pot news hasn't been all bad. Obama, for example, has admitted using, and he joins a long line of prominent and successful Americans who have toked, including Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes, and, of course, Texas' favorite redhead, Willie Nelson, to name just a few...."

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