De Blasio Says Mayors Will Unite to Force Washington’s Hand on Progressive Causes

Mayor Bill de Blasio meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel today in Washington. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel today in Washington. (Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today predicted a movement led by the nation’s mayors to force Congress’ hand on a slew of progressive issues, including new infrastructure investments in cities across the country.

In a speech in front of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this morning, Mr. de Blasio called on his fellow mayors to forge a “new national urban consensus together—not just around priorities like pre-K and paid sick leave, but around strategic investments in affordable housing and 21st-century transportation,” as well as new funding for roads and mass transit. Continue reading “De Blasio Says Mayors Will Unite to Force Washington’s Hand on Progressive Causes”

De Blasio Going to Washington With Mayors ‘Anxious to Put Our Stamp on the National Debate’

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)
Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Bill de Blasio is going to Washington tomorrow.

New York City’s mayor-elect announced today that he’ll be meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, along with other newly-elected mayors. Continue reading “De Blasio Going to Washington With Mayors ‘Anxious to Put Our Stamp on the National Debate’”

Rep. Jeffries Reflects on D.C.: ‘The Tea Party Folks, They’re off the Chain’

Hakeem Jeffries (Photo: Facebook)
Hakeem Jeffries (Photo: Facebook)

Months into his first term, his short time in Washington D.C. has Congressman Hakeem Jeffries convinced the Tea Party is out of control. Continue reading “Rep. Jeffries Reflects on D.C.: ‘The Tea Party Folks, They’re off the Chain’”

Michael Steele’s Lunch Date With Pauly Shore

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Pauly Shore and Michael Steele (Photos: Getty)
Former RNC chairman and MSNBC analyst Michael Steele is currently having a rather interesting power lunch with 90’s stoner comic Pauly Shore. As we speak, the pair are sitting down to a meal at D.C. landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl. Continue reading “Michael Steele’s Lunch Date With Pauly Shore”

White House Reporters Survive Marine One Maelstrom

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A reporter braved sudden gusts of wind as Marine One arrived at the White House. (Photo: Jennifer Bendery)

Reporting from the White House press pool doesn’t generally come with the dangers of covering breaking news or foreign affairs, but a group of journalists in the presidential press posse found themselves facing fluke gusts of hurricane-force winds as Marine One landed on the South Lawn of the White House this morning.

“It was a quiet, gentle rain falling on the group of us on the South Lawn–until Marine One arrived,” Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery told The Politicker. “People initially just huddled closer together as the wind picked up, but then, as the chopper touched down, the breeze turned into gales and everyone was just blown apart. Most people’s umbrellas were instantly flipped inside out and some appeared
broken.”

The harrowing ordeal elicited several different reactions from the assembled journalists. Continue reading “White House Reporters Survive Marine One Maelstrom”

Bloomberg On Lunch With Obama, Working In The White House And His Potential Presidential Endorsement

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Mayor Bloomberg (Photo: Getty)

At a press conference today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg fielded questions from reporters about his recent private White House lunch with President Barack Obama. Mayor Bloomberg wouldn’t divulge much about the meal or whether he’s planning to endorse anyone in this year’s presidential race, but he dismissed speculation he could take a Cabinet position once he leaves City Hall. Initially, Mayor Bloomberg attempted to dodge the question by handling it the same way as his infamous smooch with Lady Gaga.

“Would the answer that, ‘What did I talk to Lady Gaga? I never kiss and tell’ work?” Mayor Bloomberg asked, adding, “I did not kiss President Obama.”

Of course the reporters in the room were not satisfied with Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt not to “kiss and tell” about his lunch with the president and they forced him to elaborate. Continue reading “Bloomberg On Lunch With Obama, Working In The White House And His Potential Presidential Endorsement”

Police Hunt for White House Shooter

 Police Hunt for White House Shooter
Oscar Ramiro Ortega (Photo: U.S. Park Police)

Officers with the United States Park Police are on the hunt for a mentally ill man with a White House obsession who may have taken a shot at the presidential abode Friday. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man named Oscar Ramiro Ortega based on evidence found in a car at the scene of the incident, which occurred Friday when someone got out of the car in front of the White House and fired several shots. No one was hurt in the shooting, but on Tuesday, Secret Service agents found a bullet that was stopped by ballistic glass exterior window of the White House. Continue reading “Police Hunt for White House Shooter”