9:15 am Nov. 22, 20111
Jose Pimentel often seemed lost in thought, once tried to circumcise himself, and might not have been able to put together a rudimentary explosive device without help.
That's the picture of the terrorist suspect that explains the F.B.I.'s decision to pass on investigating the Manhattan man arrested this weekend by the New York Police Department, who they didn't believe to be an "imminent" terrorist threat.
The distance the feds kept from this case—first reported by Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall and echoed by Representative Peter King—gets a full-throated condemnation on the Daily News editorial page, which praises the NYPD for being unwilling to take risks with public safety and portrays the F.B.I. as turf-obsessed bureaucracts who rather quibble over rules than bust bad guys.
In a related debate about how the NYPD conducts itself in the name of public safety and order, Times columnist Michael Powell describes the NYPD's removal and arrest of reporters covering police activities the night they forcibly cleared Zuccotti Park, and says in no uncertain terms the NYPD's top spokesman is trying to deny "what you see with your own eyes" and is simply not credible.
Senator Chuck Schumer will discuss football-helmet safety in Albany today. [YNN]
Schumer will discuss federal funds to curb meth use and production in Oswego this afternoon. [John Mariani]
Republicans' refusal to raise taxes on the rich led to the supercommittee's failure, but the automatic military cuts may prompt Republicans into action, says a liberal editorial board. [New York Times]
The entitlement cuts were too small and Grover Norquist rightly held Republicans' feet to the fire, says a conservative editorial board. [Wall Street Journal]
Bloomberg tells CNN he doesn't care what lawmakers promised their constituents, there's only one way to solve the deficit: more revenue and less spending. [John King]
The battle now is whether to keep in place the automatic cuts triggered by the supercommittee's failure to come up with a plan. [Janet Hook and Naftali and Bendavid]
Republican congressman Michael Grimm blames Barack Obama for the supercommittee's failure. [Judy Randall]
"[I]t's hard to see how we get out of this [stalemate] unless some third force emerges" or "we have a devastating fiscal crisis." [David Brooks]
The NYPD denies they closed air space over the Occupy Wall Street protest. [@nypdnews]
The F.B.I. declined to arrest Jose Pimentel because of entrapment issues, and because he didn't seem that threatening to them. [William Rashbaum and Joseph Goldstein]
Twice, the F.B.I. passed up Pimentel. [Rocco Parascandola, Greg Smith and Tracy Connor]
The Pimentel case exposes a rift between the F.B.I. and NYPD. [Devlin Barrett and Sean Gardiner]
"[T]he FBI is far more focused on making criminal cases than on intelligence gathering," complains an editorial board. [Daily News]
"Paul J. Browne, police deputy commissioner, denies what you see with your own eyes." [Michael Powell]
Governor Andrew Cuomo may fund the construction of the Tappan Zee bridge with money from union pension funds. [Jacob Gershman]
The Onondaga County executive said charges of election fraud lobbed against her by fellow Republicans is really sour grapes over patronage jobs. [Rick Moriarty]
And only now do health inspectors discover the famous Di Fara's pizzeria in Brooklyn is a health problem. [Erin Dunkin and Natalie Musumeci]