“He Is Known for Being Petty”: James Dolan’s Madison Square Garden Saga Is Getting Messier by the Minute
Good Saturday morning. This week presented a study in contrasts. After Joe Biden addressed a range of pressing issues—health care, infrastructure, climate change, gun control, police reform—in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded with tired culture-war jargon about the “woke mob” on the attack. As Eric Lutz wrote “the speeches from Biden and Sanders affirmed the stark differences not only between two competing agendas, but the seriousness of the two parties.”
The lack of seriousness in the GOP was on display inside the chamber Tuesday too, as Abigail Tracy caught Republicans booing the president, and in the days that followed, newly empowered House Republicans held hearings focused on right-wing media obsessions like Hunter Biden, Twitter, and how conservatives are supposedly victimized. “Governance by conspiracy theory is the modus operandi of the new House Republican majority,” Democratic representative Ritchie Torres told Molly Jong-Fast.
Outside Washington, Claudia Rosenbaum reported on the outcry over James Dolan’s “decision to hunt down and kick out attorneys—and their entire law firms—from Madison Square Garden,” while Kathryn Joyce dove into Ron DeSantis’s takeover of Florida’s New College and found a playbook for targeting higher education around the country. We’ll see you back on Monday!
—Michael Calderone, editor