Mayor Bloomberg travelled down to Washington today along with fellow media mogul Rupert Murdoch to make the case for comprehensive immigration reform before a House Judiciary subcommittee.
The testimony grew heated at times, with Bloomberg calling out Congress for failing to fix the country’s broken immigration system.
Rep. Steve King, an anti-immigrant Republican congressman from Read More
The location was a cavernous conference room in a Washington hotel. The event was an Irish rally for liberal immigration reform. And the procession of speakers who rolled up to the podium to give backing to the cause suggested that Irish-American political influence in the nation’s capital was as potent as ever.
Here was Senator Read More
If America’s need for substantial leadership were not so grave, we might find some dark amusement in George W. Bush’s latest attempt to escape his own political quagmire. Sinking to Nixonian levels of public distrust and disdain in most polls, and facing a Democratic Congress, he tried to shift the focus to health care, climate Read More
Every decade or so, a young, very smart, often photogenic woman comes along and produces a book that identifies an ugly fact of female life in America. Susan Brownmiller, Naomi Wolf and Susan Faludi have all contributed to this canon. Now attempting to join them is Ariel Levy, who presents us with the problem of Read More
For a nice distraction from all this politics stuff, The Hill offers its annual list of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
But we failed to spot anyone from the New York City delegation.
Sigh. Read More
No, no action by New York’s junior Senator is too trivial for The Politicker:
“Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said Tuesday that ‘Karl Rove ought to be fired.’
“With Kerry on Capitol Hill was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, also a possible 2008 presidential contender, who indicated her Read More
The condemnation of Lynndie England, the abuser of prisoners, in some ways echoes the exaltation a year ago of Jessica Lynch. Both young women come from small West Virginia towns. The privileged who offer such strong opinions about them are not their peers; they would never make the decision to enlist that these young women Read More
Despite the never-ending clucking about the President’s marriage, and now the amusing spectacle of former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s soon-to-be second divorce, the true subject of American politics isn’t sex. It’s money, that ultimate object of desire and shame, that dirtiest of all secrets in society and state.
Certainly, money is what motivates political loyalty at Read More
On Capitol Hill, June 17 was a happy day for the addiction industries. Trent Lott, the Senate majority leader, announced the death of a landmark tobacco control bill. And Gen. Barry McCaffrey, the Clinton Administration’s “drug czar,” pronounced anathema on the courageous citizens who dare advocate reform of the nation’s narcotics laws. So the marketers Read More