President Obama has dropped the hammer on 16 Democratic senators who have joined a bold Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, in co-sponsoring new legislation that will increase sanctions against Iran should they fail to follow through on their pledges to halt uranium enrichment. The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 has also attracted 43 Republican co-sponsors bringing the total to 59. If they get to 67, they will have a veto-proof majority, something the White House is doing everything to prevent.
Suddenly, people start running toward us screaming, “There’s a shooter! SHOOTER! Run! Get out!” There have been so many shootings lately in America that I know exactly what this is. A crazy person is on a shooting rampage in a mall and this time we are not watching it on TV, we are not reading about it on the net. We are at the center of it. Read More
Exit This Way
Last Thursday, with just six days left to his election, Cory Booker reached out to me in the morning with very sad news. His father Cary, whom I had known for more than two decades, had passed away. Cory was exceptionally close to his father. How he found the strength to go through professional engagements prior to the world discovering the depth of his loss is beyond me.
Papa Don't Preach
It looks like Andrew Zucker, the 15-year-old son of CNN president Jeff Zucker, bailed on Waywire just in time. The New York Post reports that according to “well-placed” sources, several high-up Waywire employees have been actively job searching, fueled by the fear that the video curation startup may soon shut down.
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.
With Primary Elections in New York City and New Jersey weeks away it’s the season for political jerk-offs, and so far we’ve witnessed our share. I’m not talking about the candidates. I’m talking about the operatives.
That’s me, for over a decade now. I’ve done just about every campaign job there is, from yard sign putter-upper to campaign manager for several Congressmen. Campaign staffers have always been arrogant. They wouldn’t work 90 hours a week for no/low pay if they didn’t believe that their ideas were somehow reflected in the candidate’s plans. And since the dawn of campaigns there have been lowly interns and junior staffers who played Carville and Rove and wondered why their strategies weren’t being implemented. And for just as long there have been higher ups on campaigns telling these kids to shut the hell up, eat their free pizza, and do what they’re told.
New Jersey Democrats will choose their nominee for the late Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat on Aug. 13. Their choice ought to be Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is that rarest of species, a political bridge-builder.
Mr. Booker and his three opponents—Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt—are all liberal Democrats who share similar values and priorities. But Mr. Booker stands out, not only because of his national prominence—although that certainly helps—but because he has shown that he can work with partisan opponents for the benefit of the common good.
City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn was forced to call Police Commissioner Ray Kelly personally for help after an 18-year-old intern reportedly fainted in the heat at a press conference in Williamsburg.
According to reporters on the scene, Ms. Quinn was about half an hour into an event marking the seventh anniversary of the city’s Fair Solid Waste Management Plan when one of City Councilwoman Diana Reyna’s interns fainted and hit her head on the pavement.
Sure, you’ve seen a hundred shots of Katie Holmes celebrating at The New York Observer‘s 25th Anniversary Party by now. If you didn’t know what Rex Reed looked like, now you do. And those pictures of Spike Lee, Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Close? Sure, we could see how some Read More
Newark, New Jersey’s tireless mayor Cory Booker is in the hospital tonight, suffering from smoke inhalation and second-degree burns. Mr. Booker acquired his injuries around 9:30 p.m. Thursday as he returned home from a television appearance. One of his security guards saw a fire in a building on Hawthorne Avenue in Upper Clinton Hill. Mr. Booker’s guards rose to the occasion, but the mayor realized their work wasn’t done and cape madly flapping, gold “M” emblem glinting in the firelight, he dove into action: