Pete King Says Obama Is ‘Abdicating His Responsibility’ on Syria

President Obama in the Rose Garden earlier today. (Photo: Getty)
President Obama in the Rose Garden earlier today. (Photo: Getty)

Rep. Pete King says President Barack Obama made a serious mistake today when he announced he’d seek congressional approval to attack Syria, which is accused of slaughtering its own people with chemical weapons.

Mr. King, an outspoken hawk on foreign policy matters who is flirting with his own presidential bid in 2016, accused Mr. Obama of setting a precedent that will hamstring other administrations going forward. “President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents,” Mr. King argued in a statement.

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Vito Lopez Hits ‘Opponents’ in New Mailer

Part of Vito Lopez's mailer.
Part of Vito Lopez’s mailer.

Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned after a sexual harassment scandal and is now running for City Council, has a background that is basically made for an attack ad. For example: extremely lurid reports of official misconduct.

But that doesn’t mean he can’t send out negative mailers of his own.

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‘The City Needs the Right African-American’: Rev. Butts Endorses Thompson This Time

Uniformed EMS Officers Union stand behind mayoral candidate Bill Thompson during today's event.
Uniformed EMS Officers Union members stand behind mayoral candidate Bill Thompson at today’s event.

Rev. Calvin Butts III, who notably endorsed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election bid four years ago, is officially throwing his support to the man Mr. Bloomberg defeated in this year’s mayoral race: former Comptroller Bill Thompson.

The endorsement–announced in Harlem at the intersection of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard–is part of Mr. Thompson’s effort to consolidate the minority vote as he faces off against his two top rivals: Democrats Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn. Indeed, at today’s event, the influential Harlem minister said Mr. Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, would be able to uniquely deliver for the African-American community.

“I think he brings a perspective that we all need,” said Mr. Butts. “What do I say to African-Americans? I say, ‘Yes, I stand with Bill Thompson’ because I think he is the enlightened African-American who can provide great leadership for this city.”

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John Catsimatidis Suggests Newspaper Rigged Its Poll

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John Catsimatidis. (Photo: Getty Images)

Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis is slamming a new Newsday poll that shows him badly trailing his rival, Joe Lhota, accusing the poll’s sponsor of skewing its results to put Mr. Lhota far ahead.

According to the amNewYork-News 12 poll, which was conduced by the firm Penn Schoen Berland, Mr. Lhota is now leading by a nearly 2-1 margin, with 50 percent of the vote, versus 28 percent for Mr. Catsimatidis–a far higher spread than previous polls.

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Thompson Calls Out ‘Bill de Bliar’

Part of BilldeBliar.com taking aim at Bill de Blasio.
Part of BilldeBliar.com taking aim at Bill de Blasio.

It’s better to tell the truth than to blie.

Thus argued Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign this afternoon as they pushed forward with what they clearly feel is a winning issue against front-runner Bill de Blasio: undisclosed meeting with lobbyists.

Mr. Thompson’s camp hit Mr. de Blasio on the issue yesterday, but came back today armed with a new website–www.BilldeBliar.com–to make their case. Continue reading “Thompson Calls Out ‘Bill de Bliar’”

Aggressive Anti-Charles Hynes Mail Hits the Streets

A new anti-Charles Hynes mailer is being unleashed.
A new anti-Charles Hynes mailer is being unleashed.

Is that the bogeyman peeking out from behind the shuttered blinds? No, that’s Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, lurking in the shadows.

The latest literature from Mr. Hynes’s challenger, Ken Thompson, digs deep at the long-time incumbent, portraying him as a shady interloper who can’t keep Brooklynites safe.

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Latest Poll Conflicts With Others and Shows Spitzer Still Ahead

Eliot Spitzer Collects Signatures For NYC Comptroller Run
Eliot Spitzer. (Photo: Getty)

A day after two polls came out showing ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s once-commanding lead in the comptroller’s race had vanished, another new poll tells quite a different story.

A New York Times poll released today found that Mr. Spitzer is still leading his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 50 to 35 percent among likely voters–a far cry from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll, showing them tied, and another, from amNewYork and News 12 Long Island, showing them locked in a dead heat less than two weeks before the September 10 Democratic primary.

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