Why are so many commentators throwing their toys out of their prams over the right-on mums and dads who live in Park Slope, Brooklyn?
John Pilger's new film rightly slates US intervention - but its fawning over Chavez substitutes fantasy for political analysis.
The mayor's reorganisation of New York schools - and his attack on 'special interests' - reveals a lot about how politics is conducted today.
The sacking of US shock jock Don Imus for referring to 'nappy-headed hos' suggests we're all too weak to cope with obnoxious remarks.
In banning the n-word, New York City Council is driven by the dodgy notion that words make reality, rather than the other way around.
Must-reads from the past week
Both the makers and critics of Hounddog, a film that depicts child rape, reveal America's unhealthy obsession with paedophilia.
A report from smelly Manhattan on the various conspiracy theories about that New York 'gas cloud'.
Donald Rumsfeld has a lot to answer for. So do the neocons and commentators currently cheering his demise.
America's mid-term elections reveal a political class adrift in midstream.
Opinion polls, surveys, voter registration patterns: in the absence of politics everyone is obsessing over the technical process instead.