‘Morning Joe’ Cast Grills de Blasio Over Charter Schools

Bill de Blasio and Mika Brzezinski, wearing a universal pre-K button. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
Bill de Blasio and Mika Brzezinski, wearing a universal pre-K button. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio spent nearly half an hour this morning talking education on Morning Joe, where he got an earful from the show’s hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who hammered the new mayor for his allegedly antagonistic stance toward charter schools.

“I don’t understand your positions on charters,” stated Mr. Scarborough. “The waiting list is 50,000. And it’s not a bunch of rich kids from Manhattan that want to get in there, it’s some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children of colors.” Continue reading “‘Morning Joe’ Cast Grills de Blasio Over Charter Schools”

Chris Hayes Dubs Bill de Blasio ‘Republican Enemy No. 1’

Chris Hayes next to "Republican Enemy No. 1." (screengrab: msnbc.com)
Chris Hayes next to “Republican Enemy No. 1.” (screengrab: msnbc.com)

Step aside Barack Obama, there’s a new “Republican Enemy No. 1” in town–at least according to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

The All In host yesterday gave Bill de Blasio the new title, which was prominently affixed on an image of the Democratic mayor and was displayed beneath him as he spoke during an interview. Later, the text beneath Mr. de Blasio declared: “PROGRESS, NY.” Continue reading “Chris Hayes Dubs Bill de Blasio ‘Republican Enemy No. 1’”

Gov. Cuomo Says Albany ‘Has a Lot of Agitation Freaks’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at the event. (Photo: Flickr/governorandrewcuomo)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at the event. (Photo: Flickr/governorandrewcuomo)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an unusually animated speech in front of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network this morning, at one point borrowing a phrase from the once controversial civil rights leader.

“The reverend used a new term … ‘agitation freaks.’ I love that one, I love that. Albany has a lot of agitation freaks,” the governor told the audience at the House of Justice in Harlem, using the term Mr. Sharpton had coined to describe people who are angry all the time just for the sake of being angry. Continue reading “Gov. Cuomo Says Albany ‘Has a Lot of Agitation Freaks’”

De Blasio Calls Lhota’s Latest Attack ‘Desperation’

Bill de Blasio at today's parade.
Bill de Blasio at today’s parade.

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio accused his Republican opponent of lodging increasing “cheap” and desperate attacks today after Joe Lhota accused him of calling NYPD officers “lazy.”

“My opponent keeps going further and further afield and distorting the truth more and more,” said Mr. de Blasio, talking to reporters after a Columbus Day parade in Brooklyn. Continue reading “De Blasio Calls Lhota’s Latest Attack ‘Desperation’”

Bloomberg Suggests Mayor de Blasio Might Not Be That Devastating After All

Bloomberg on Morning Joe this morning.
Bloomberg on Morning Joe this morning.

After months of warning that a candidate touting mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio’s views would be deeply damaging to the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has turned a new optimistic leaf.

During an appearance this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mr. Bloomberg rejected a suggestion that crime and taxes would spike under a Mayor de Blasio, who has an overwhelming lead in recent polls. Continue reading “Bloomberg Suggests Mayor de Blasio Might Not Be That Devastating After All”

‘Chillax, Buddy!’: Anthony Weiner Does Epic MSNBC Interview Hours Before Polls Open

Anthony Weiner on Monday night.
Anthony Weiner on Monday night.

In an epic interview that will likely go down in campaign history, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell tried to psychoanalyze Anthony Weiner last night–and things did not go well.

Appearing in his last television interview before the polls open Tuesday morning, the long-shot mayoral candidate was asked a single stinging question by Mr. O’Donnell.

Continue reading “‘Chillax, Buddy!’: Anthony Weiner Does Epic MSNBC Interview Hours Before Polls Open”

Bill de Blasio Insists He’s Not Too Nice to Be Mayor

Bill de Blasio on All In with Chris Hayes.
Bill de Blasio on All In with Chris Hayes.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio insisted last night that he has the grit to be the city’s next mayor, even if he isn’t as prone to expletives as some of his would-be predecessors.

“I’ve got the steel I need to take on this fight,” said Mr. de Blasio during an appearance on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes, where he was introduced as the “guy who is now–against all conventional wisdom, and much to the shock and horror of much of the city’s elite–the front-runner in the New York City’s mayor’s race.”

Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Insists He’s Not Too Nice to Be Mayor”