Harvey Weinstein’s Weinstein Company has apparently capitulated to the Motion Picture Association of America, cutting some profanity (though not any scenes in full) in order to obtain the PG-13 rating that will allow for wider viewership. Per the Los Angeles Times, the new version of the film is to roll out Read More
The Senate needed 60 votes to end debate on the final version of the enormously widespread financial reform bill. With three Republicans, but without Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, who said it wasn’t strict enough, the bill got exactly that this morning: The vote was 60 to 38.
Final Senate approval will come later this Read More
Following a brief but intensive reconciliation period, the House passed the conference report of the updated financial reform legislation Wednesday, June 30. The voting divided along party lines, with only three Republicans among the 237 representatives supporting the legislation. The newly christened Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act now moves to Read More
Wall Street’s Wild West days are almost over. Tonight, by a count of 59 to 39, with four Republicans voting along with the Democratic majority, the Senate passed a 1,500-page financial reform bill. It not only includes the so-called Volcker Rule, which limits banks’ proprietary trading, but will create new consumer protection, curbs on banking, federal Read More
On Thursday, May 6, at 2:45 in the afternoon, the billionaire industrialist Wilbur Ross was interviewing a job candidate in his 27th-floor office when his computer screen went all red. The Dow, which had opened the day above 10,800, began falling. It dropped, paused and then plunged monumentally, down past 10,400 and 10,000 and then Read More
From a political standpoint, Chris Dodd’s decision to end his bid for a sixth Senate term makes plenty of sense: His poll numbers were brutal and they weren’t changing and defeat next fall—whether to Rob Simmons or Linda McMahon, the two Republicans vying for his seat—was certain. By getting out now, he spares himself the Read More
ALBANY—Attorney General Andrew Cuomo doesn't usually put out a "public schedule" like some other elected figures, but today he did, to let us know he'll be in Washington meeting with the president.
PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL ANDREW M. CUOMO
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009
Attorney General Cuomo is in Washington, D.C.
1:15PM Attends meeting with Read More
Since 1980, there have been just eight serious primary campaigns mounted against incumbent U.S. senators (five of which succeeded and three of which didn’t). But next year alone, we could be looking at as many as six.
The incumbents most vulnerable to serious intraparty competition in 2010 include four Democrats—Kirsten Gillibrand in Read More
It made headlines a few days ago when word leaked that Oprah Winfrey had been in North Carolina to tape an interview with Elizabeth Edwards that will air in early May—just as Edwards' new book, which will supposedly address her husband's extramarital affair, is released.
The news served as a reminder Read More
Robert Menendez carried out his duties as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today when he told a reporter from The Hill that he "absolutely" stands by his colleague, Chris Dodd—who has fallen 16 points behind his likely 2010 Republican challenger in the latest Connecticut poll.
"Are you serious?" Read More