George W. Bush’s Advice To Obama: ‘Ask, What Would George Do?’

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George W. Bush standing next to his portrait in the East Room of the White House. (Photo: Getty)

Former President George W. Bush returned to the White House today for the unveiling of his official portrait. At the ceremony, Mr. Bush encouraged First Lady Michelle Obama to protect his portrait and gave some advice to President Barack Obama.

“When the British burned the White House … in 1814, Dolley Madison famously saved this portrait of the first George W.  Now, Michelle, if anything happens there’s your man,” Mr. Bush said. “I am also pleased, Mr. President, that when you are wandering these halls as you wrestle with tough decisions, you will now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask, what would George do?” Continue reading “George W. Bush’s Advice To Obama: ‘Ask, What Would George Do?’”

Bloomberg Administration: Soda Ban Will Start A ‘Nationwide Movement’

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new proposal to ban soda servings over 16 ounces is generating plenty of controversy and discussion, and earlier today his administration pushed back hard on reporters asking whether this latest move could be labeled as part of Mr. Bloomberg’s “nanny state” philosophy.

“New York City has life expectancy that’s greater than the nation as a whole and it’s increasing at a rate greater than the nation as a whole,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York’s Health Commissioner. “We think this is going to be very popular, as the other things we’ve done — which were often initially controversial — have been.”

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‘Acid Hurling’ Accusations In NY-18

hayworth Acid Hurling Accusations In NY 18Richard Becker, a Cortlandt town councilman and cardiologist running in a Democratic primary in the Hudson Valley, hit his Republican opponent in the race for comments made on Facebook.

It appears as if a spokesman for Nan Hayworth, the Republican incumbent, responded on a Facebook thread to a local Democratic activist who had criticized an early post of his by saying:

Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz. My question today…when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector. Continue reading “‘Acid Hurling’ Accusations In NY-18”

Charlie Rangel Says ‘Right-Wing Tea Partiers From Texas’ Are Trying To Take Him Out

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Charlie Rangel (Photo: Facebook)

Congressman Charlie Rangel is trying to use a Super PAC that’s backing his opponent State Senator Adriano Espaillat to his own advantage. The Politicker received a mailer from Mr. Rangel at our Washington Heights bureau in which the congressman encourages people to give him their votes because of the Super PAC’s support for his rival.

“Pinned down on the battlefield in Korea, Charlie Rangel decided to devote himself to public service if God let him survive. And he’s never stopped fighting for us,” the mailer says. “But now right-wing Tea Partiers from Texas are trying to stop him by telling us how to vote–and its time to fight back.” Continue reading “Charlie Rangel Says ‘Right-Wing Tea Partiers From Texas’ Are Trying To Take Him Out”

Should Every New Yorker Have a Bike Helmet? Should They All Have a Car?

City Councilman David Greenfield is introducing a bill today to require every New York City cyclist to wear a bike helmet.

It is an intriguing proposal on a number of levels.

Currently, only children 13 and younger are required to wear a bike helmet. Think of the last time you saw a cyclist cruising by—were they wearing a helmet? Through highly unscientific personal observation, this reporter would say odds are evenly split for and against helmets. Maybe it’s a little higher, hopefully, so this is simply a safety measure, and a warranted one, like seat belt laws.

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Bob Turner Goes On The Air

 Bob Turner Goes On The AirU.S. Senate candidate Bob Turner released his first television ad of the 2012 campaign cycle, one which plays heavily on what has been his chief calling card: his 2011 upset victory over David Weprin for a Congressional seat in Queens and Brooklyn.

The ad begins with TV news coverage of Mr. Turner on a podium surrounded by supporters like Rep. Peter King and former mayor Ed Koch as he celebrates the victory for the seat held by Democrats since 1922.

The ad then pivots to his race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who the spot dubs “the most liberal senator” in the nation and addresses Mr. Turner’s priorities, among them cutting spending and opening up the Keystone Pipeline. Continue reading “Bob Turner Goes On The Air”

The Obama Campaign’s Massachusetts Field Trip [Video]

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David Axelrod (Photo: Twitter)
After a few weeks of attacking Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital, the Obama campaign is spending the day focusing on his career as governor of Massachusetts. President Barack Obama’s senior political advisor, David Axelrod, is scheduled to appear with local politicians this morning at the Massachusetts State House with local politicians who served under Mr. Romney to “discuss Mitt Romney’s economic philosophy and his failed economic record in Massachusetts.” The campaign also released a web video featuring Massachusetts politicians criticizing Mr. Romney’s record in the Bay State. Continue reading “The Obama Campaign’s Massachusetts Field Trip [Video]”