PATERSON, NJ — At a re-election rally for Congressman Bill Pascrell this afternoon, Bill Clinton blamed the current media landscape for controversy over comments he made on Piers Morgan Tonight yesterday defending Mitt Romney’s business background. In his appearance on the show, Mr. Clinton called Mr. Romney’s work with Bain Capital, which has been the subject of several attacks from the Obama campaign, “a good business career.” Mr. Clinton said his statements were inaccurately reported “as if I had virtually endorsed him.”
“I just want to say one thing before we get into the meat of the coconut here,” Mr. Clinton said. “One of the real problems that we have in modern politics today is that, instead of the news being reported, everyone is looking to create a story.”
Former President Bill Clinton is participating in an event with the Obama campaign where donors are entered in a chance to meet with him and President Barack Obama in New York. Mr. Clinton sent an email to Obama supporters this morning encouraging them to pay up for a chance to spend the night with the pair of presidents and explaining why he thinks Mitt Romney must be defeated.
This morning The New York Post reported that Bill Clinton had decided to stay neutral in Charlie Rangel’s congressional race, after recording a robo-call for the longtime Harlem pol when he was facing a tight re-election in 2010.
This afternoon, Clyde Williams, who served in the Clinton administration, was later a domestic policy adviser to the Clinton Foundation and went on to work for the Democratic National Committee under Barack Obama, sent out a statement touting his own relationship to the former president and thanking him for staying out of the race.
Top aides to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are supporting Clyde Williams over Charlie Rangel.
Bill Thompson is making inroads into what is supposed to be Scott Stringer’s base of support–Orthodox Jews.
Gay groups are showing the GOP senators who switched their marriage votes some love, but are ignoring Dems who did the same.
Andrew Cuomo plans to propose a new agency dedicated to investigating the care of developmentally disabled New Yorkers after a string of abuses were reported.
On “The Capitol Pressroom,” Andrew Cuomo said that a minimum wage hike this year “would be in order.”
From the awesome file: Bill Clinton reviews Robert Caro’s latest bio of LBJ.
Nick Confessore goes long on the Obama administration’s efforts to woo Wall Street.
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Manhattan Borough President Stringer showed off pictures of his newborn son, Maxwell Eliot Stringer (left).
Congress narrowly avoided another shutdown.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wants Trinity Church to let protesters occupy its vacant lot on Canal Street.
Former Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey owns the web site Bloomberg2012.com.
Mayor Bloomberg said he doesn’t want to “second-guess” Governor Cuomo’s tax plan.
Bill Clinton said his wife, Hillary, has no plans to run for office again. “She wants to stay in one place for two or three days and get a good night’s sleep for a week or two.”
Occupy Albany protesters got a permit that will allow them to stay in Academy Park for two more weeks.
According to the New York Times, former first child Chelsea Clinton is joining NBC News to report stories for the “Making a Difference” series on the network’s nightly news broadcast. Ms. Clinton’s stories will focus on feel-good tales of community volunteer work.
NBC News is clearly the destination of choice for former first children who want to dabble in journalism. George W. Bush’s daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, signed on as a correspondent for the “Today Show” in August 2009.
Governor Cuomo gives himself high marks.
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Tom Allon is the first of the 2013 Mayoral candidates to hit the airwaves.
Alan Hevesi’s life behind bars.
Chris Christie bashed Barack Obama at a speech at the Ronald Reagan library, calling him “ bystander in the Oval Office.”
A legal clash is brewing after a town clerk upstate declined to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
John Haggerty’s defense, Michael Powell writes, appears to go like this: How can you steal from someone as profligate and careless with his campaign dough as Mike Bloomberg?
Bloomberg’s closest aides who are appearing on the witness stand have their legal fees paid for by the mayor.
Bill Clinton had high praise for the job Andrew Cuomo is doing.
Clinton was in Albany for a economic development conference sponsored by Cuomo, in which the governor announced that a $4.4 billion high-tech research project involving global companies like IBM and Intel will create 6,900 jobs statewide.
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