It wasn’t enough for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to revel in being named the sexiest 55-year-old alive.
He had to rub it in his younger brother’s face.
Speaking in an Albany radio interview earlier today, Mr. Cuomo bragged about calling into 43-year-old Chris Cuomo’s New Day show on CNN to tout his sexiest-man award from People magazine.
Matt Bai is leaving The New York Times Magazine, where he has covered politics since 2002, for Yahoo News. In his new post, he will be a national political columnist.
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CNN has hired Times media reporter Brian Stelter, who has previously said that he “would not leave the Times for a television job.” Along with his media reporting duties, he’ll also host Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” program. (Politico)
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Conservative pundit Ann Counter thinks Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential candidacy will fizzle, just like City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral bid this year.
“I don’t think she’s that formidable. I think it will be a re-run of–sorry, this is a New York reference–but another Christine Quinn,” Ms. Coulter said last night on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live. “We were told, ‘Inevitable, inevitable, she’s the next mayor, next mayor!’”
Senator Chuck Schumer can’t see into the future, but he’s already predicting how the partial government shutdown and debt ceiling crises currently engulfing Washington will end.
Mr. Schumer’s bet? That GOP House Speaker John Boehner will fold his hand–snubbing Tea Party hardliners who have demanded health care policy concessions in exchange for funding the federal government.
Look, there are two sides of every debate, and we’re sure the House Republicans that have been defending John Boehner during the government shutdown have reasons that sound sane (at least to their own ears). But a really bad way to get the rest of the country to agree with you is going on national television and talking down to women, as Representative Todd Rokita found out today.
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American viewers were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust. But now, Iranian news agency Fars is reportedly accusing CNN of mis-translating President Rouhani’s speech. “Crucially, according to Fars, Rouhani never used the word ‘Holocaust’ and never said ‘Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn’,” reports Business Insider. (Business Insider)
New York Congressman Charlie Rangel and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann faced off on CNN’s Crossfire tonight.
Predictably, there were fireworks.
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Any seasoned Valley-ite knows that the quickest way to startup success is to stock your board with influential, moneyed yes-men: that’ll at least guarantee you a seamless acquisition and subsequent absorption into a corporate borg should the business plan shrivel into dust.
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CBS went off the air last night for Time Warner subscribers, after the network and cable company failed to agree on a new contract. But the network was back on Time Warner within the hour and the contract deadline has been extended until 5 pm on Friday. (New York Times)
After NBC announced it will create a Hilary Clinton miniseries, CNN announced a made-for-TV movie about the former secretary of state. (Politico)
The Daily Beast asks the important question: Is Diane Lane too sexy to play Hilary Clinton in NBC’s miniseries? (Daily Beast)