Hi all. I'm Matt Taylor, a reporter based in Brooklyn, and Dave has generously agreed to let me guest-blog/hold down the fort (with an assist from the wonderful Slate folks who've already begun appearing in this space) while he takes some time for another project. Please send tips, comments, ideas, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find me on Twitter @matthewt_ny. And we're off.
U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson was accused over the weekend of a felony hit-and-run near Los Angeles:
Bryson was driving a Lexus in the 400 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday, when he allegedly rear-ended a Buick as it was waiting for a train to pass, according to a statement released by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the San Gabriel Police Department.
After briefly stopping to talk to the three men inside the Buick, Bryson left the location in the Lexus and then struck the Buick a second time, authorities said. The men followed Bryson's car and called 911 to ask for police assistance.
Bryson continued to drive his Lexus into Rosemead, which is patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. There, he allegedly crashed into a second vehicle near the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Hellman Avenue.
There authorities found him alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his car.
Priorities USA, the pro-Obama Super PAC, is teaming up with the Service Employees International Union to pummel Mitt Romney with Spanish-language TV ads in Florida, Nevada, and Colorado over the summer. But their impact is hard to preduct when many Latinos remain wary of engaging the U.S. electoral system.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg defends his administration's racially-charged stop-and-frisk policy before a black congregation in Brooklyn.
Ryan Lizza's latest long form New Yorker piece lays out the agenda should Barack Obama be re-elected, floating a carbon tax and more frustration for liberals.
And the New York Daily News endorses Hakeem Jeffries for Congress in New York's 10th congressional district, insisting that his rival, Councilman Charles Barron, is "a malignant clown."
What else is happening?