De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage

The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio's first State of the City speech.
The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City speech.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to hang another key proposal of his early administration on Albany, announcing plans today to push state lawmakers to allow the city to set its own minimum wage during his first State of the City address. Continue reading “De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage”

Bill de Blasio Says Joe Lhota Taking ‘Tea Party View of the World’

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Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio may be 50 points ahead in the polls, but that isn’t stopping him from hitting his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, whenever he sees an open shot.

Today’s opportunity for the Democrat came when Mr. Lhota said in a WNYC interview that he believes Obamacare’s individual mandate should be postponed for a year because of alleged widespread confusion over its implementation. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Says Joe Lhota Taking ‘Tea Party View of the World’”

Lecture By CNN Analyst Reportedly Caused ‘Utter Mayhem’ in Martha’s Vineyard

 Lecture By CNN Analyst Reportedly Caused Utter Mayhem in Marthas Vineyard
Jeffrey Toobin (Photo: CNN.com)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin gave a lecture about the case at the Hebrew Center in the well-heeled beach haven of Martha’s Vineyard, however according to at least one attendee, the July 5 event turned into “utter mayhem.” Doreen Kinsman penned a letter to The Martha’s Vineyard Times describing how an “unruly mob” descended on Mr. Toobin’s event leading to “utter pandemonium” and a scene straight out of Lord of the Flies. Continue reading “Lecture By CNN Analyst Reportedly Caused ‘Utter Mayhem’ in Martha’s Vineyard”

Dan Halloran Vows to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ [Video]

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Dan Halloran (Photo: NYC Council)

Councilman Dan Halloran, the Republican councilman who will face off against Democratic Assemblyman Grace Meng in November to represent Queens’ 6th District in the House released a new campaign video on YouTube this morning blasting President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

“When ObamaCare was passed in 2009, we were lied to. This new tax is the biggest in our country’s history, and it doesn’t take on the real problems of the health care industry,” Mr. Halloran says in the clip. Continue reading “Dan Halloran Vows to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ [Video]”

Bush Administration Lawyer Thinks Healthcare Ruling May Allow Government to ‘Force Us’ to ‘Eat Organic Kale’

 Bush Administration Lawyer Thinks Healthcare Ruling May Allow Government to Force Us to Eat Organic Kale
John Yoo (Photo: Facebook)

John Yoo, a former Department of Justice attorney in the administration of George W. Bush who wrote the so-called “torture memos” that provided the legal rationale for the government to use “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation is not pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. Mr. Yoo, who is now a professor at Berkeley law school, penned an editorial in which appeared in Saturday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal in which he speculated the healthcare ruling may allow the government to “force us to buy electric cars, eat organic kale, or replace oil heaters with solar panels.”

Continue reading “Bush Administration Lawyer Thinks Healthcare Ruling May Allow Government to ‘Force Us’ to ‘Eat Organic Kale’”

Obama on the Healthcare Ruling: ‘Twenty Years From Now, We’ll Be Better Off’

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President Obama (Photo: Getty)

President Obama responded to the Supreme Court decision upholding his healthcare law with an address that was broadcast live from the White House earlier this afternoon. With Mitt Romney and top Republicans in Congress vowing to repeal the law, the president encouraged people to move forward rather than trying to “refight the political battles of two years ago or go back to the way things were.”

“The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law and we’ll work together to improve on it where we can,” President Obama said. “With today’s announcement, it’s time for us to move forward to implement and, where necessary, improve on this law. Now’s the time to keep our focus on the most urgent challenge of our time–putting people back to work paying down our debt….I’m as confident as ever that, when we look back five years from now, ten years from now, or twenty years from now, we’ll be better off because we had the courage to pass this law.” Continue reading “Obama on the Healthcare Ruling: ‘Twenty Years From Now, We’ll Be Better Off’”

Mitt Romney: ‘If We Want to Get Rid of Obamacare, We’re Going to Have to Replace President Obama’

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Mitt Romney (Photo: Getty)
Mitt Romney responded to the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law with an address in Washington D.C. in which he explained why he thinks “Obamacare” is “bad law.”

“Let’s make clear that we understand what the Court did and did not do. What the court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law or that it’s good policy,” Mr. Romney said. “Obamacare was bad policy yesterday, it’s bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday, it’s bad law today.”

He also said the Court’s decision showed the president needs to be replaced in the next election.

“Our mission is clear,” said Mr. Romney. “If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama. My mission is to make sure we do exactly that.” Continue reading “Mitt Romney: ‘If We Want to Get Rid of Obamacare, We’re Going to Have to Replace President Obama’”