Brian Baker, president of the Ending Spending Action Fund, has released the following statement on behalf of Joe Ricketts

Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative, and an outspoken critic of the Obama Administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called “Ricketts Plan” to defeat Mr. Obama that The New York Times wrote about this morning. Not only was this plan merely a proposal – one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors – but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take. Mr. Ricketts intends to work hard to help elect a President this fall who shares his commitment to economic responsibility, but his efforts are and will continue to be focused entirely on questions of fiscal policy, not attacks that seek to divide us socially or culturally. wins six New York Press Club Awards

Rather than breaking news, our first-rate editorial team at made news this week, notching six wins at this year’s New York Press Club Awards – more than any other news outlet, except for the Associated Press, which also won in six categories. Among the work honored was’s innovative Crime & Safety Report, the groundbreaking reporting on the NYPD ticket-fixing scandal by our veteran investigative journalist Murray Weiss, Amy Zimmer’s continuing coverage of mismanagement at the National Arts Club, and our team reporting on Hurricane Irene. Given that the Press Club Awards drew entries from 58 news organizations, including some of the nation’s biggest and most established media brands,’s big win is a great accomplishment. I couldn’t be prouder of the team.

Spring Is Here

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one (, taken last week at The Lodge at Jackson Fork Ranch, is worth that and then some. Simply breathtaking.