After Bin Laden
Minutes after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the blocks surrounding the World Trade Center site were flooded with people. “It’s awesome,” said 22-year-old Laura Cunningham, holding a Budweiser can while perched on the shoulders of her 6-foot-tall friend, Greg. “It’s weird to celebrate someone’s death,” she added. “It’s not exactly Read More
A handful of discontented Democrats gathered on the steps of City Hall today to blast the $38 billion budget cut, which they called “draconian” and “morally wrong.”
“The Republicans’ proposed budget cuts for the fiscal years 2011 and 2012 are the most radical I’ve ever seen,” said Jerrold Nadler, who was joined by Anthony Read More
Eliot Engel–one of several New York Democrats who were undecided about the health care bill–has now decided. He’s voting yes, he told MSNBC earlier today.
“Upon reviewing the bill, I am satisfied that the bill has moved a great deal towards the House bill in terms of compensating my state and doing the Read More
Anthony Weiner took advantage of Harold Ford, Jr.’s potential Senate bid to take another swipe at Senator (and imperfect speller) Joe Lieberman—his health care nemesis.
“If [Mr. Ford] thinks that it’s an appealing argument to position yourself as being somebody who will stand up to Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, well I don’t think Read More
Remember the spring of 2008, when political pundits worried that Democratic superdelegates might defy the primary results and swing the presidential race from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton?
It didn’t happen, of course, but the D.N.C. was worried enough to charter a “Change Commission” to look at the process. Last week, the commission proposed Read More
Mike McMahon is the only member of Congress from New York City who opposed the healthcare bill narrowly passed by the House earlier this week.
Now the Staten Island Democrat is the target of a protest from healthcare advocates, who will be joined by one of McMahon’s colleagues, Eliot Read More
There are going to be more of these.
Now that the field has been cleared of established Democratic challengers to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's nomination, the holdout members of the congressional delegation are going to be expressing their support for the senator, as Representative Eliot Engel just did.
Here's Engel's statement, Read More
As Israeli complaints about the Obama administration grow louder, Representative Eliot Engel says that the slack he's cutting the president is about to run out.
"We have a new president and a new administration and we have to give them leeway to do the things that they think they need to do," Read More
Barack Obama is changing what it means to be a pro-Israel politician in America.
That much is obvious from the unusually thoughtful, nuanced and varied reactions by officials in New York—the world capital of Israel-boosterism—to his criticisms of the Netanyahu government’s settlement policies.
“I think Obama feels that this type of shock Read More
Representative Eliot Engel expects the Obama administration to call him sometime over the next week to enlist his support in a new effort to exert tougher and more public pressure against Israeli settlements.
He said they won't like his answer.
"What concerns me, frankly, about both the statements of the secretary of Read More