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About John Surico

John Surico (National Editor) writes about the politics of politics. He's a big fan of "The Cosby Show" and Kurt Vonnegut. He'll meet Bill Murray one day, too.

/ May 9, 2013 9:30 am / Local Learns Politics: How We Go To War In 2013

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make a shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,...

/ April 30, 2013 11:19 am / NYU Silver School Of Social Work To Hold No Confidence Vote On Sexton

A month and a half ago, the faculty of the College of Arts and Science declared, in a 298 to 224 vote, that they, as a governing body, did not have confidence in President John Sexton’s leadership. Since then, it’s been pretty quiet on the Washington Square front as other NYU schools stalled in following suit with a vote. Except...

/ April 4, 2013 3:17 pm / [VIDEO] NYU Local Talks Politics: What’s Up With Same-Sex Marriage’s Legal Future?

As you have probably heard by now (or seen everyone’s red-and-equal-sign Facebook profile photo), same-sex marriage came to the Supreme Court last week. The Nine heard from supporters and opposers on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 – two cases that could have tidal-wave shifts on the state of these laws across the country. Although...

/ March 11, 2013 12:30 pm / Senior Bucket List: We Went To Shabbat And J. Sex Brought His Dog

The seniors of NYU Local have put together the ultimate bucket list for NYU’s class of 2013. Most of us have spent the last four years under our covers blogging in front of the soft glow of our warm laptops — it’s time we got out out the house. This past Friday, we sent three Gentiles and their Jewish spiritual advisor to...

/ March 5, 2013 11:45 am / Senior Bucket List: We Went Swimming In Palladium (NSFW)

The seniors of NYU Local have put together the ultimate bucket list for NYU’s class of 2013. Most of us have spent the last four years under our covers blogging in front of the soft glow of our warm laptops — it’s time we got out out the house. 10. Swim at Palladium If there was ever a day to...

/ March 1, 2013 12:13 pm / Local Learns Politics: Flip-Flopping Is Too Easy If Your Friends Are Already Doing It

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make any shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,...

/ February 21, 2013 2:45 pm / Endorse Me For ‘Post-Grad Anxiety’: The Millennial Guide To LinkedIn

In more ways than none, social media is intended for the youth. Facebook, in its baby steps, was limited to college students as Mark Zuckerberg stuck close to his ‘Erica Albright’s a bitch,” late-night blogging days at Harvard and Sean Parker (or Justin Timberlake – whoever you prefer to envision) got busted for coke at that frat party. And it...

/ February 14, 2013 9:30 am / NYU Students Planning To Create America’s First University-Wide PAC

To start simple, PACs are short for Political Action Committees. Limited to donations of $1,000 for state or local officials and $5,000 for federal offices, these aren’t the mega-million SuperPACs of Citizens United notoriety – we’ll talk about that another time. In classic political folklore, PACs are the financial glue that sticks your ordinary citizen to the political arena, substituting that...

/ February 12, 2013 2:48 pm / These Things Will Definitely Happen In The State Of The Union Tonight

At the beginning of every fiscal year, the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union address from deep inside the Capitol. In it, he fills the country in on everything he’s been up to lately, as well as the ongoing Big Picture progress of this strange scientific experiment in democracy that we read all about.  And,...

/ February 8, 2013 11:45 am / Local Learns Politics: When It Leaks, It Pours

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make a shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,...

/ February 1, 2013 10:15 am / Local Learns Politics: Passing Immigration Reform Is Not That Hard. Seriously.

Poli-tricks, poli-ticks, politics. The intricacies of government and society are supposed to make your head hurt—simply because none of them actually make any shred of sense. Game theory never helped anyone either. But that’s what defines politics: a bunch of nonsense packaged into a somewhat sustainable rule of law. We know the topic can be yawn-inducing, confusing and nauseating but,...

/ December 18, 2012 10:15 am / “Don’t Sleep With Your Biographer” And Other Fun Lessons In Politics We Learned This Year

2012 was a good year for our national analysis of What Went Wrong In Politics. The election (which has since been declared a ‘yawnfest’ by some people somewhere) dominated headlines so our politics talks were full of short-term gossip that made for quippy headlines. Luckily, election years are like the SATs of political self-inflection — the Democratic/Republican showdown teaches us...

/ December 14, 2012 1:39 pm / Why We’re Absolutely, 100 Percent Positive The World Will Not End Next Friday

What do we know about 12/21/12? The day carries a ton of baggage. It’s a Friday. It’s the first day of winter. It’s the last day of Finals Week. It’s the day of my dad’s office party. And it’s the last day we have on Planet Earth. Or so the Mayans have said. This pre-Columbian civilization has been freaking humanity...

/ December 10, 2012 9:53 am / It’s 2012, So The Supreme Court Will Debate Same-Sex Marriage Now

This past March, we wrote a post entitled “The Most Epic, Monumental, Game-Changing Supreme Court Case In History.” We may have exaggerated the title a bit, but it was a breakdown of the impending Obamacare decision in the Supreme Court: the players, the issues and, of course, the drama. Luckily, everyone’s speculation leading up to the verdict was completely upended...

/ December 7, 2012 11:42 am / Meet Rep. John Boehner, The Man Who Got Screwed By The Fiscal Cliff

The fiscal cliff has landed Speaker of the House John Boehner inside a legislative Kafka novella. With no escape button nearby, his more conservative peers cannot stand his willingness to strike a deal with the President—while his Democratic counterparts cannot stand his unwillingness to strike a deal with the President. He’s being pulled in every direction by the mobs that...