Schumer Predicts House Leadership Will ‘Break With the Tea Party’

Chuck Schumer on New Day.
Chuck Schumer on New Day.

Senator Chuck Schumer can’t see into the future, but he’s already predicting how the partial government shutdown and debt ceiling crises currently engulfing Washington will end.

Mr. Schumer’s bet? That GOP House Speaker John Boehner will fold his hand–snubbing Tea Party hardliners who have demanded health care policy concessions in exchange for funding the federal government. Continue reading “Schumer Predicts House Leadership Will ‘Break With the Tea Party’”

Michael Grimm Picks a Fight With Rand Paul

Rand Paul. (Photo: Getty)
Rand Paul. (Photo: Getty)

Raging against libertarian-minded presidential hopefuls is normally the territory of Long Island Congressman Pete King, but this morning, Staten Island’s Michael Grimm stepped up to the plate, labeling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s comments regarding Hurricane Sandy aid “disgraceful” and “simply moronic.”

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Chuck Schumer Pushes Ray Kelly for Homeland Security Nod

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

Earlier this morning, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation to enter the world of academia, prompting immediate speculation as to whom President Barack Obama would nominate to replace her.

One name that popped up in a few places is none other than NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly–and New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer is a fan.

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James Sanders Endorses Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio and James Sanders. (Photo: Facebook)
Bill de Blasio and James Sanders. (Photo: Facebook)

Thus far in the mayoral race, almost all of Bill de Blasio’s endorsements have come from the battleground borough of the Bronx, but today he is branching out to Queens, where State Senator James Sanders is joining the public advocate’s team.

In a statement, Mr. Sanders, whose district includes the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Rockaways, touted Mr. de Blasio’s support in the aftermath of the storm.

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Chris Christie Calls for October Election to Replace Frank Lautenberg

Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)
Chris Christie. (Photo: Getty)

Gov. Chris Christie today called for a special election on Oct. 16 to replace U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday at the age of 89.

The October special election means the primary will be held on Aug. 13.

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New York’s Senators Recall Frank Lautenberg’s Legacy

Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)
Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)

Although New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg died this morning, his memory lives on, according to two of his former colleagues from across the Hudson River.

“Frank Lautenberg was the very best of the greatest generation. He grew up poor, served his nation bravely during World War II, led a company that created tens of thousands of jobs, and spent the second half of his life giving back via public service,” New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, gushed in a statement. “And, boy, did he give back a lot.”

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Charlie Rangel Reacts to Frank Lautenberg’s Death

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressman Charlie Rangel reacted to the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Monday, expressing deep sadness at the loss of a long-time friend and the oldest member of the senate, whom he said America “loved so much.”

“Oh shit,” he said when told about the news of Mr. Lautenberg’s death at 89 by a reporter at a press event outside of Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. “Oh God.”

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