Ray Kelly Lands Gig at Council on Foreign Relations

Ray Kelly (Photo: Getty)
Ray Kelly. (Photo: Getty)

Outgoing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will join the Council on Foreign Relations once he steps down in January, the think tank announced earlier today.

Mr. Kelly, who has served as the city’s top cop longer than any commissioner in city history, will take on the role of “distinguished visiting fellow” at the organization, focusing on counterterrorism, cybersecurity and other national security issues, according to a release. Continue reading “Ray Kelly Lands Gig at Council on Foreign Relations”

De Blasio Presents Agenda for Those Without ‘Caviar Pizza’ and Edible Gold

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. (Photo: The New School)
Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. (Photo: The New School)

As he seeks to consolidate his position as the outer-borough fighter in the wake of Anthony Weiner’s jump into the mayor’s race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio outlined an economic agenda Thursday morning that would dramatically shift the city’s priorities. He described it as a bid to prevent the complete disappearance of New York’s middle class.

Speaking at the New School, Mr. de Blasio argued that, while the super-rich are living it up like never before, the ranks of those struggling to make ends meet continues to swell.

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Giuliani Says Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Have ‘Never Really Held a Job’

Rudy Giuliani making the case for Joe Lhota's candidacy for mayor. (Photo: Jacob kKrnbluh)
Rudy Giuliani making the case for Joe Lhota’s candidacy for mayor. (Photo: Jacob Kornbluh/YouTube)

At a fund-raiser last night for his one-time deputy mayor Joe Lhota, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani not only came out swinging against Democratic officials’ counter-terrorism policies, he blasted this year’s crop of Democratic mayoral candidates, saying neither they–nor President Barack Obama–had ever held a real job.

Mr. Giuliani, one of Mr. Lhota’s biggest backers as he seeks the Republican nomination for City Hall’s top job, touted his former attack dog’s record in the private sector and as the city’s once-budget director.

“That’s exactly what we need. Not these career politicians who have never really held a job. Like our President, who never really held a job,” he said, to laughs, according to footage of the speech at the Excelsior Grand in Staten Island, captured by blogger Jacob Kornbluh.

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Mayor Bloomberg Explains Why the Unemployment Rate Is ‘Relatively Meaningless

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Earlier today, there was a rare bit of good economic news with the announcement that job creation broke out in February as the United States’ unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent. This morning, however, Mr. Bloomberg urged the public to ignore the widely discussed unemployment number and instead look at the raw job total nationwide–a net increase of 246,000 new jobs last month.

“The unemployment number is relatively meaningless,” Mr. Bloomberg said during his weekly interview with John Gambling. “It is the number of people who have jobs–the number of jobs. I think the national economy is doing a little bit better. Not going down, it is going up a little bit better, [but] nowhere near fast enough to give jobs to a lot of the people who want them. And a lot of the people who have dropped out of the workforce [are] saying, ‘I’m never getting a job, I’m not going to even look.’ Then you don’t get  counted. … That’s why the unemployment number is bad–is not really a good indicator.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Explains Why the Unemployment Rate Is ‘Relatively Meaningless”

Mitt Romney Calls Obama ‘Anti-Business,’ ‘Anti-Investment’ And ‘Anti-Jobs’

 Mitt Romney Calls Obama Anti Business, Anti Investment And Anti Jobs
Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney appeared in friendly TV territory, Fox & Friends, this morning where he addressed recent statements made by President Barack Obama that the private sector is “doing fine,” why he thinks “Obamacare” is one of the “worst offenders” when it comes to killing jobs and what he thinks of the Obama campaign’s attacks on his work with Bain Capital.

“The president has the most anti-business, anti-investment, anti-jobs administration I think I’ve ever seen,” Mr. Romney said. Continue reading “Mitt Romney Calls Obama ‘Anti-Business,’ ‘Anti-Investment’ And ‘Anti-Jobs’”

Romney Campaign Asks ‘Has There Ever Been A President So Out Of Touch With The Middle Class?’

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Mitt Romney on the campaign trail. (Photo: Getty)

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns launched into the week by releasing web videos focusing on jobs. President Barack Obama’s clip accuses Mitt Romney of wanting “to cut jobs for firefighters, police and teachers.” Mr. Romney’s video hits the president for his recent comment that the private sector is “doing fine” and asks”has there ever been a president so out of touch with the middle class?” Continue reading “Romney Campaign Asks ‘Has There Ever Been A President So Out Of Touch With The Middle Class?’”

New Obama Ad Calls Romney’s Massachusetts Record ‘One Of The Worst In The Country’

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Mitt Romney

The Obama campaign released a new ad this morning calling Mitt Romney’s performance as governor of Massachusetts “one of the worst economic records in the country.” In the ad, which is called “We’ve Heard It All Before,” criticism that the state fell to 47th in job creation and fell into debt on Mr. Romney’s watch is interspersed with footage of Mr. Romney campaigning by touting his business record.

“Now, when Mitt Romney talks about what he’d do as president … remember, we’ve heard it all before,” a narrator says in the ad. “Romney economics, it didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul quickly issued a response calling the ad an attempt to shift the discussion after the weak May jobs report. Continue reading “New Obama Ad Calls Romney’s Massachusetts Record ‘One Of The Worst In The Country’”