Words With Friends
Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has come under endless criticism from conservative pundits after telling a local radio station that “extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the state of New York.”
Mr. Cuomo’s staff have insisted the comments were taken out of context and that he was talking specifically about statewide elections in Democratic-leaning New York. Mr. de Blasio said he shared the sentiment, after giving remarks to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C this morning.
Republicans in Washington are looking for an escape from the partial government shutdown and are turning to Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, he told reporters today.
“I think this is damaging for the Republican Party and it’s not just me who does, countless mainstream conservatives–not moderates,” Mr. Schumer said at an endorsement press conference in Brooklyn this morning. “Republicans have told me the same thing and they’re talking to me about trying to figure out ways out of this.”
In House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s view, the Republicans leading the fight to defund the Affordable Care Act are waging an ongoing war with the institution they serve.
“President Washington, … when he left office, he cautioned against political parties that are at war with their own government. And that’s who they are,” Ms. Pelosi declared this morning, repeating a point she’s made previously. “They’re at war with their own government.”
Bloom and Doom
Although it’s still far from clear what caused today’s fatal incident on Capitol Hill–where a car chase and gunshots reportedly left one woman dead–federal lawmakers were placed in sudden lockdown and scrambling for answers.
Among them was New York Congressman Charlie Rangel, who said his first thought was that it related to the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg trashed Washington Republicans today for pushing the country to the brink of a partial government shutdown in their effort to block President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
“This is an outrage. They cannot hold the country hostage to what is just plain and simple politics,” Mr. Bloomberg declared at an unrelated press conference this morning, raging at the concept of negotiating policy issues with the threat of shutting down the federal government.
Big in DC
In the aftermath of Monday’s mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making yet another push for tougher gun purchase background checks.
“We don’t have all the facts about the shooter,” Mr. Bloomberg said at press conference today at City Hall, “but what we do know [is] what happened this week has happened before–and sadly it looks like it will happen again until we get serious about this issue of just too many guns around.”
Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander’s interest in local issues has resulted in some national attention.
Tomorrow morning, the White House will be honoring Mr. Lander as an “open-government and civic hacking” “Champion of Change” for his work on behalf of participatory budgeting in the City Council.
Months into his first term, his short time in Washington D.C. has Congressman Hakeem Jeffries convinced the Tea Party is out of control.
Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
In his State of the Union address this evening, President Barack Obama addressed several hot-button political issues including climate change, immigration reform and gun control. Overall, the president’s speech struck a populist tone, but when bringing up his proposals to address some of these more controversial issues, he characterized them as making good business sense.
Yesterday, a record 20 women were sworn in to the U.S. Senate. To mark the occasion ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer had all of the female senators on for a group interview. One of the major topics of the discussion was the belief of many of the senators that they achieve better results than their male colleagues on a variety of issues including the budget, immigration reform and climate change. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow got the ball rolling when she suggested women are more inclined to get results by working in a bipartisan manner.
“It was the first time in 2001 when we had enough women to actually be on every committee, to have a woman’s voice, a woman’s experience [and] a woman’s values on every committee. You fast forward to now, the new year. There will be six of us chairing committees and other women in the ranking member spot,” Ms. Stabenow said. “And I think the public understands to get things done, we’re the ones that want to work across the aisle to do that.”
Maine Senator Susan Collins took the argument a step further by saying if women were in charge of the Senate and in the White House there would be a solution to the budget debate that has gripped Washington.
“I think if we were in charge of the Senate and of the administration that we would have a budget deal by now,” Ms. Collins said.