Long Island Congressman Peter King says that he learned about Congressional Republicans plans to cut security spending at the United Nations this morning when he joined his colleagues among the House leadership for their weekly meeting in the majority leader Eric Cantor’s office.
Needless to say, King, who has frequently defied party orthodoxy on Read More
After the much-decried removal of David Wojnarowicz’s video A Fire in my Belly from a Smithsonian exhibition earlier this fall, the New Museum decided to screen the work in its lobby for a month and a half. The Museum of Modern Art did them one better: they bought it. 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
ALBANY—”I liken it to Nancy Pelosi,” Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, the last Republican to lose a Congressional election in New York, told me Oct. 22 when I asked if there was any chance his party would abandon his colleague Dede Scozzafava’s sputtering–and now defunct–Congressional bid. “She’s got 25 blue dog, conservative Democrats. She doesn’t Read More
Conventional wisdom holds that members of the House of Representatives, many of them elected by just a sliver of their home state’s electorate, are too anonymous, too untested, and just too risky to warrant serious vice-presidential consideration. A running mate, especially with the suffocating media scrutiny that defines politics these days, needs to bring a Read More
Barack Obama the naïve sapling is out, replaced – for the time being at least – by a different caricature: the cunning opportunist, wrapping himself in the mantle of reform in ruthless and amoral pursuit of the White House.
The image began taking hold in the media last week, when Obama rationalized his way out Read More