Ryan Sit

Ryan Sit is the Communications Director for New York City Council Member Francisco Moya and an award-winning journalist. Before entering public service, he covered breaking news and national politics for Newsweek magazine. He also covered law enforcement and the criminal justice system for the New York Daily News.

Here's why the NRA is so powerful and why gun control advocates have reason for hope

In a now all too familiar sequence of events for Americans, gun control and the National Rifle Association were thrust into the forefront of the national conversation following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day. Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded that day when a 19-year-old armed with a legally purchased AR-15 opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The massacre prompted renewed calls for stricter ...
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How big is the NRA? Gun group’s membership might not be as powerful as it says

Bill Ware, like a lot of children growing up in North Carolina in the 1960s, bonded with his father while shooting a rifle. He was 7 or 8 years old when his father introduced him to firearms. “He thought—many men of that era thought—What the hell am I gonna do with this kid? I know: I’ll get out the .22,” said the now 59-year-old, a long-haul truck driver living in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with his wife, Debby. She, too, has childhood memories of shooting, her father holding on to her so th
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The Law of Fiscal Inertia 101

The law of fiscal inertia holds true whether you’re a chronic over-spender, a nascent budgeter or an English physicist. Changing the course you’re on is hard. We fear change. Even the good kind. That’s why we always put stuff off until tomorrow. But that thing you’re putting off? It’s bound to stay put off. For me, living by the “I’ll do it tomorrow” method is how I nearly got evicted from my tiny apartment in Brooklyn. It’s why I silently uttered the “Well, I hope this works out” prayer before ...
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New York City's 24-hour subway service, a symbol of freedom for decades, could end under a proposal

The city that never sleeps might end up with a subway system that does. A transportation group has proposed ending New York City's cherished 24-hour-a-day subway service, a move that would help officials make repairs faster but would crush a cornerstone of the city's identity that has existed since the subway started running its first line on October 27, 1904. Think about New York City life if the 840-mile subway system were to grind to a halt at 12:30 a.m. and not start moving again until 5 a
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Even conservatively estimated, Trump could feed every homeless veteran for the cost of his military parade

President Donald Trump's military parade is set to kick off on Veterans Day, but at a cost that even conservative estimates show could feed every homeless veteran for at least two weeks, a Newsweek analysis found. The military showcase was initially estimated to cost $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee in February. That cost accounted for Trump’s vision of tanks rolling through Washington DC—not unlike what he witnessed in Franc
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Zymere Perkins' ACS caseworker closed his file early

The caseworker assigned to probe abuse allegations involving little Zymere Perkins closed the case because she was more interested in getting a promotion, sources told the Daily News. Child protective specialist Nitza Sutton, 48, closed Zymere’s case after just 12 days this past April — even though she took photos of injuries on the child’s body, according to child welfare sources who saw the boy’s file, several sources said. “She (Sutton) went to the home,” an Administration for Children’s Se
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Zymere Perkins' caseworker was target of phony-reports probe

A city child welfare worker involved in the tragic case of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins was once the subject of an official misconduct investigation, sources told the Daily News. Nitza Sutton, 48, came under scrutiny after a manager suspected her of falsifying statements in a case report, sources said. The Department of Investigation launched a probe into Sutton’s shady filings — and she was placed on administrative duty, sources said. But despite the allegations leveled against the Brooklyn cas
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Panicked NYPD rookie fatally shoots unarmed man in Brooklyn

A panicked rookie cop in a pitch-black housing project stairwell killed an unarmed man with a single gunshot to the chest as the officer fumbled around in the darkness with a flashlight and a handgun. The fatal shooting, which officials described as a tragic accident, happened during a vertical patrol late Thursday — months after the superintendent of the Brooklyn development asked NYCHA to fix the stairwell lights. But it wasn’t until Friday morning — hours after Akai Gurley was killed — that
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Who Will Live In Bloomberg's Micro-Apartments?

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Mets fans along 7 line show their anger at Chase Utley

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada won’t need surgery on the broken leg he suffered during Chase Utley’s takeout “slide,” which is more than I can say for the cardboard cutout of the despised Dodger I chaperoned to Citi Field. With Utley cowering in the safety of the Los Angeles dugout after being scratched from the Game 3 lineup, the Daily News decided to let vengeful Mets fans take their frustration out on the next best thing — a life-sized, two-dimensional poster board of the most hated man in New ...
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Court rules Second Amendment doesn’t protect AR-15, assault rifles and large-capacity magazines

A federal court ruled on Friday that AR-15 rifles, the high-powered rifle used in the Parkland mass shooting, as well as similar military-style rifles and high-capacity magazines are not protected under the Second Amendment. "AR-15s and [large capacity magazines] are most useful in military service, they are beyond the scope of the Second Amendment [...] and may be banned," wrote Massachusetts District Court Judge William Young. The case was first brought in January 2017 by several gun owners,

Omnibus spending bill would fund gun control background checks, allow the CDC to study gun violence

The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled Wednesday would incentivize increased background checks and stipulates the Center for Disease Control and Prevention can research gun violence—something it hasn't done for more than two decades. A provision in the 2,232-page bill would tweak what's known as the "Dickey Amendment," which became a de facto ban on the CDC from studying gun violence. Then-representative Jay Dickey (R-Arkansas) described himself as "the NRA's point person in Congress,

More children have been killed by guns since Sandy Hook than U.S. soldiers in combat since 9/11

The number of children killed by gunfire in the U.S. since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, surpasses the total of American soldiers killed in overseas combat since 9/11, according to a Department of Defense report. The report accounts for total deaths in the five military operations since the war on terror began following the September 11, 2001 attacks through 10 a.m. EST Thursday, March 15. Over 17 years of combat, the U.S. has lost 6,929 soldier

Here's how easy it is for children to get their hands on a firearm

The anti-gun-violence demonstration that displayed 7,000 pairs of empty shoes outside the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday—one pair for each of the children killed by gunfire since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre—was a reminder of the carnage the United States has become accustomed to. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics offered some explanations for why these tragedies are so common. Though thousands have died, "millions" more children—including those suffering

Gun control protests aren't going away this time—more rallies to come after national school walkouts

The ebb and flow of gun debates following high-profile shootings has seemingly become rote in the United States: Vocal outrage, offers of thoughts and prayers, public attention fizzles, no federal legislation passes. Then the next mass shooting and the cycle repeats. But the sustained activism following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, appears different. The student survivors there immediately seized their newfound national stage to issue Congress

Former Trump adviser dumped millions in steel stocks days before the president announced new tariffs

A billionaire investor and former presidential adviser unloaded nearly $31.3 million in a steel-related stock company just days before President Donald Trump announced he would impose steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum—news that sent stock markets tumbling around the world. Between February 12 and February 22, three of Carl Icahn's companies happened to place four sell orders amounting to $31,277,063.43, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The filing was first rep

New calls to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after second woman accuses him of sexual harassment

Lost in the din of the 2016 presidential election was a proto- #MeToo charge that called out Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas was famously accused of sexual harassment when law professor Anita Hill detailed such allegations during his 1991 confirmation hearing. Hill had worked with Thomas for years at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—an agency that investigates federal sexual harassment claims. In her testimony before the Senate Judiciary

Trump's replacement for Janet Yellen as Fed chair should follow her lead, economists said

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Reserve is slated to take over after his markedly more qualified predecessor—who was instrumental in resuscitating the economy after the 2008 financial crisis—finishes her one and only term on Saturday. As Trump did, incoming Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will inherit a rising stock market and stable economy from Chairwoman Janet Yellen. He will also inherit partial responsibility for her legacy, several economists told Newsweek. While some expert

What took so long? Men's rooms in NYC will soon get diaper stations so women don't have to do all the dirty work

New York City this week became the first major city to dismantle a long-standing and socially reinforced stereotype that fathers aren't on the firing line, doing diaper duty with moms. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law on Tuesday a bill that requires all newly built or heavily renovated public bathrooms to include diaper-changing stations—for both men and women. New York becomes the first major city to enact such legislation. The news popped up on several parenting blogs back in December wh

Trump is an autocratic leader in a weakening democracy, Harvard political scientists warn

Two political scientists from Harvard University have identified four warning signs that indicate if someone poses a dangerous authoritarian risk to a nation. No U.S. politician, at least dating back to the Civil War, has come close to ticking off all four boxes, one of the authors told Newsweek—until Donald Trump came along. Professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have authored the new book How Democracies Die, which details the warning signs Trump showed as a candidate. In a healthy dem

The FBI bugged Martin Luther King Jr.'s home, office and hotels and here’s what they got on him

The FBI was obsessed with Martin Luther King Jr. from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King was only 39 when he was killed on April 4, 1968, having spent 12 years—almost a third of his life—under the FBI's watch. In all that time, the bureau—and Director J. Edgar Hoover specifically—never uncovered Communist Party ties or any nefarious behavior that warranted the years of wiretaps and eavesdropping. Instead, they discovered a man devoted to serving others, unafraid of self-examin

Michael Wolff made a career covering the rich and powerful, so the Trump White House was obvious for him

Michael Wolff's career may have always been building toward this moment. The journalist and author, now the subject of countless stories and endless TV commentary, built his career by covering rich and powerful people, such as media mogul Rupert Murdoch and disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Wolff's style and access have made him a pseudo-celebrity in New York. His love life became the topic of Page Six gossip, and his work earned him praise from Mort Zuckerman, editor-in-chief of

A tiny provision in the Republican tax bill will re-victimize sexual harassment and sexual abuse victims, experts say

There is a tiny provision couched in the Republican tax bill that will financially harm survivors of sexual misconduct—and all because the bill was rushed through Congress, tax law experts said. The piece of legislation includes a brief plan that will cost money to victims of sexual harassment or sexual abuse by barring them from deducting settlements subject to non-disclosure agreements from their taxes. In the past, victims who receive settlements could deduct their legal fees from the settl

Here are the 10 Republicans who could challenge Trump in 2020

President Donald Trump faced down a crowded field of GOP presidential hopefuls in 2016 as a political outsider, but he could see a packed stage of Republican challengers again in 2020—only as an incumbent this time. Trump made few political friends during his ascent to the White House. He made headlines making fun of his competition, doling out nicknames—"low energy Jeb Bush," "Little Marco Rubio," "Lyin' Ted Cruz"—along the way. The president's diplomatic dexterity hasn't noticeably improved m

Andrew Cuomo, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill de Blasio—New York is a breeding ground for possible 2020 candidates

New York politicians appear to be following that timeless adage: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere—like the White House. The state is stacked with high-profile and ambitious politicians whose names keep appearing in lists of potential candidates for a 2020 presidential run. This after a 2016 general election that gave voters two New Yorkers to choose from in President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, New York City’s mayor boarded an Iowa-bound plane, energizing rum

Without black voters, white people would have single-handedly elected an accused child molester in Roy Moore

Roy Moore said a Muslim shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress, believes the last time America was great was when slavery existed and suggested that gay people should be jailed and even executed in order to protect their children—and still, an overwhelming majority of white Alabamian voters tried to put him in the Senate on Tuesday. It wasn’t close. Most of the white people who showed up at polling sites for the special election to fill Jeff Sessions’s vacant Senate seat, whether male or fem

The biggest news stories of 2017 were about destructive forces and mass movements

White supremacists rallied and anti-fascists confronted them in the streets. Flat-Earthers held their inaugural international convention and people started a campaign for Neil DeGrasse Tyson-Bill Nye for 2020. The world lost musicians including Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and Chuck Berry and the “Cash me outside, howbow dah” girl got a record deal. Here’s a list of some of 2017 biggest news events. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20. His presidency was

GOP rushed tax bill for the rich after years of saying Obamacare was rammed through Congress

Republicans have spent years complaining about how Congress spent less than a year reviewing Obamacare before voting to overhaul one-sixth of the American economy. But that's a lifetime compared to how long the GOP waited over the weekend before passing a tax bill that could overhaul the entire economy: About eight hours. Senate Republicans dropped the nearly-500 page tax bill, which is the largest change to the tax system in decades, only hours before passing it on a party line vote. The vote

Will Donald Trump pardon Michael Flynn? He could, but he shouldn't

President Donald Trump could easily pardon Michael Flynn—but doing so could actually make the case against the president even easier, a legal expert says. Flynn, who pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador, had resigned after less than a month as national security adviser because he misled Vice President Pence about those contacts. In the nine months since his resignation, many have speculated that Trump would pardon Flynn, or anyone else targe

North Korea's latest missile launch could have hit the White house

North Korea could now be capable of hitting the Oval Office with a missile. A security expert said the missile North Korea launched Tuesday in its latest weapons provocation traveled far enough to attack Washington, D.C., or just about anywhere else in America, for that matter. "...if flown on a standard trajectory rather than this lofted trajectory, this missile...would have more than enough range to reach Washington, D.C., and in fact any part of the continental United States," David Wright,
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