Mayor de Blasio Defends Gov. Cuomo on ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Controversy

Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year's Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo together at last year’s Columbus Day Parade. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio Defends Gov. Cuomo on ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Controversy”

Chuck Schumer Says Conservatives Are Asking Him for Shutdown Advice

Senator Chuck Schumer.
Senator Chuck Schumer.

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.”

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Nancy Pelosi Rants About ‘Reckless’ Republicans While Visiting New York

Nancy Pelosi today.
Nancy Pelosi today.

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.” Continue reading “Nancy Pelosi Rants About ‘Reckless’ Republicans While Visiting New York”

Charlie Rangel Recalls His Day on Capitol Hill

Congressman Charlie Rangel is doing just fine. (Photo: Twitter)
Congressman Charlie Rangel today. (Photo: Twitter/@CBRangel)

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. Continue reading “Charlie Rangel Recalls His Day on Capitol Hill”

Mayor Bloomberg on Obamacare: ‘It Would Be a Sin Not to Try It’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today. (Photo: Celeste Sloman)

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.

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Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Gun Site Investigation in Washington Shooting’s Wake

The mayor at today's press conference. (Photo: YouTube/mayorbloomberg)
The mayor at today’s press conference. (Photo: YouTube/mayorbloomberg)

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.”

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Mr. Lander Goes to Washington

Brad Lander at a participatory budgeting meeting. (Photo: Facebook)
Brad Lander at a participatory budgeting meeting. (Photo: Facebook)

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.

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