Mayor de Blasio Defends Gov. Cuomo on ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Controversy

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year's Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year’s Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has come under endless criticism from conservative pundits after telling a local radio station that “extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the state of New York.”

Mr. Cuomo’s staff have insisted the comments were taken out of context and that he was talking specifically about statewide elections in Democratic-leaning New York. Mr. de Blasio said he shared the sentiment, after giving remarks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C this morning. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio Defends Gov. Cuomo on ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Controversy”

Jumaane Williams Speaker Bid Slams Into Social Issues

Councilman Jumaane Williams.
Councilman Jumaane Williams.

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams endured a barrage of questions about his views on same-sex marriage and abortion following a City Council speaker’s forum tonight–and repeatedly refused to clarify his positions on either issue.  Continue reading “Jumaane Williams Speaker Bid Slams Into Social Issues”

Cuomo Condemns Abortion ‘Fear-Mongering’ Over Women’s Equality Act

Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Getty)

With only a handful of days left in this year’s legislative session in which to enact his policy agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed hard on one of his signature issues today: the Women’s Equality Act. Sitting before the media at a State Capitol press conference, Mr. Cuomo repeatedly took swipes at both his critics and the press for what he said was an unfair depiction of the bill.

“The language on the choice issue is different than what the opponents have suggested,” Mr. Cuomo said at one point, for instance.  “Different than what the press has been writing, frankly …  Go back and look at the stories you guys wrote–none of that is accurate.”

Continue reading “Cuomo Condemns Abortion ‘Fear-Mongering’ Over Women’s Equality Act”

In State of the Union, Obama Makes Controversial Issues All About the Benjamins

President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address this evening. (Photo: Getty)
President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address this evening. (Photo: Getty)
In his State of the Union address this evening, President Barack Obama addressed several hot-button political issues including climate change, immigration reform and gun control. Overall, the president’s speech struck a populist tone, but when bringing up his proposals to address some of these more controversial issues, he characterized them as making good business sense. Continue reading “In State of the Union, Obama Makes Controversial Issues All About the Benjamins”

Tree Climbing Anti-Abortion Protester Disrupts Inauguration Ceremony

The protester perched in the tree on the National Mall. (Photo: Hunter Walker)
The protester perched in the tree on the National Mall. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An anti-abortion protester caused quite the scene at President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony this morning after he climbed high up into a tree on the National Mall and shouted anti-abortion slogans and criticism of the Democratic Party throughout the proceedings. On stage near the president and other assembled dignitaries, the man’s yelling could faintly be heard, but he clearly  made quite the impression among the crowd, which was otherwise overwhelmingly composed of the president’s staunch supporters.

“He was anti-abortion and Democrats,” said a woman named Susan who was seated below the activist’s perch in the tree. “He was really obnoxious.” Continue reading “Tree Climbing Anti-Abortion Protester Disrupts Inauguration Ceremony”

Romney ‘Disagrees’ With Richard Mourdock, But His Ad Is Staying Up

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Mitt Romney as seen in his ad endorsing Richard Mourdock. (Photo: YouTube)

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock sparked a firestorm after he discussed abortion in cases of rape in a debate last night and said, “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Democrats quickly went on the attack against Mr. Mourdock, focusing on an ad Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recorded for him that was released online Sunday. Though aides for Mr. Romney issued statements expressing disagreement with Mr. Mourdock’s position on rape and abortion, the campaign is not asking for the ad to be pulled. Continue reading “Romney ‘Disagrees’ With Richard Mourdock, But His Ad Is Staying Up”

Todd Akin’s Team Mocks McCaskill for Not Beating Them Badly Enough in New Poll

 Todd Akins Team Mocks McCaskill for Not Beating Them Badly Enough in New Poll
Todd Akin (Photo: Facebook)

Embattled Congressman Todd Akin’s campaign manager (and son) Perry Akin released a statement saying a new Rasmussen Reports poll showing that the elder Mr. Akin went from leading the Missouri Senate race to running 10 points behind his rival, incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill after his controversial comments on “legitimate rape” is actually bad news for Ms. McCaskill. The younger Mr. Akin’s rationale for this interpretation of the poll numbers is that Ms. McCaskill should be beating Mr. Akin by a lot more than 48 percent to 38 percent in the aftermath of his rape-remark firestorm.

“The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48% after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is. If she can’t break fifty percent after a week like this, Democrats should ask Claire to step down,” the Akin campaign’s statement said.  Continue reading “Todd Akin’s Team Mocks McCaskill for Not Beating Them Badly Enough in New Poll”