Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Chicago yesterday for a panel discussion with three of his most high-profile colleagues, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel.
With political consultant David Axelrod leading the conversation, the group acted like a lineup of old friends, ribbing each other over recent weather woes, and joining together to herald the role of cities and criticize the federal government’s lack of investment in them.
Besieged yet again by dozens of reporters and television cameras, a defiant Anthony Weiner insisted today that high-profile critics in New York and Washington were not going to drive him out of the mayor’s race.
“I don’t take my cues on policy from the Sunday talk shows listening to pundits, I never have,” said Mr. Weiner, speaking to reporters outside a Flushing, Queens senior center nearly a week into the new sexting scandal that has engulfed his fledgling campaign.
The Dog Days have come early to this year’s presidential race with the revelation by the Daily Caller that our president was fed dog meat by his stepfather as a boy living in Indonesia. President Obama disclosed this information in his little-known TIME Magazine top 100 non-fiction bestseller, Dreams from My Father, a 1995 memoir of his well-traveled youth.
If the Obama White House feels moved to complain about the hay their opponents are making (the Twitter hash tag #ObamaDogRecipes trended across party lines Tuesday night) out of this unfortunate nugget from his book they may have only themselves to blame. As ABC newsman Jake Tapper pointed out, Democrats have been relentless in promoting the tale of Mitt Romney’s unfortunate dog Seamus, who reportedly rode on the roof of the Romney family vehicle from Boston to Canada in 1983:
Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons, dressed in a bow tie, reflected upon President Obama’s speech at the 20th-anniversary conference of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on the second-floor ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in midtown, his highest-profile speech since kicking off his 2012 reelection campaign. “[It] was O.K.,” he told The Observer. “But listen, Read More
As David Axelrod puts it, he got his start in politics when a family friend took him to see John F. Kennedy speak near his home at Stuy Town in Manhattan.
“I can’t remember what he said that day. I was five years old,” Axelrod said. “But through the wonders of Google, someone sent me Read More
David Axelrod said while he was in the White House, dealing with an imploding economy, international crises and countless other problems, he turned to President Obama and said, “I wonder what it would be like to be here when things good.”
Axelrod, speaking at the National Action Network in midtown this morning, said the president Read More
Last night David Letterman asked White House senior adviser David Axelrod what happened with the seal on President Obama’s podium Tuesday night at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. It fell off in the middle of President Obama’s speech. “What happened there and who got fired?” Mr. Letterman asked.
“You know, we’ve been here almost Read More
This morning, The Times rushed out its 8,000-word, Sunday magazine profile of Rahm Emanuel–apparently not wishing to be too far behind the 4,600-word story about him that appeared in the New Republic and a 2,300-word story in The Washington Post (in addition to a column that preceded Read More