After Bin Laden
President Obama will be at the World Trade Center site tomorrow and–while former President George W. Bush won’t be joining him–a number of New York’s congressional representatives will be making the trip back from Washington.
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand will both be in attendance. Congressman Nadler, who represents ground zero, will also be there. Read More
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
In this week’s Observer, Azi and I looked at Donald Trump’s New York state political contributions, which favored Democrats over Republicans by a nearly two-to-one margin.
Not surprisingly, his New York City donations skew even more toward Democrats, and again, reflect a certain pragmatism more than any discernible political ideology.
Since the 1989 election 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
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t quite ready to endorse the tentative budget deal that averted a government shutdown late Friday evening.
“We still have a budget decision to be made,” she said this morning, when asked about the impending battle over the debt ceiling, which looks to be the next front of fiscal warfare.
Gillibrand was Read More
Yesterday civil rights hearts were cheered when President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court and would press Congress to repeal the act altogether.
Today west side Congressman Jerry Nadler sent out word to his email list announcing that he is introducing Read More
In the Wall Street Journal this morning, Reshma Saujani–the young primary challenger to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney–criticized not only Maloney, but the entire New York delegation, for failing to pass the 9/11 health care bill.
“It breaks my heart that the New York delegation, led by Carolyn Maloney, hasn’t been able to deliver for our Read More
Five members of New York’s congressional delegation–along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer–this morning called on the State Department to hold off on granting visas to members of the Gaza flotilla.
“It’s imperative that the State Department investigate anyone who was on that ship who applies for visa to Read More
More than two months after Attorney General Eric Holder initially announced that Lower Manhattan would play host to the trial for five accused conspirators of the 9/11 attacks, resistance—suddenly—has mushroomed.
While criticism simmered for weeks and the local residents and real estate executives were lobbying intensely to change the trial’s location, it wasn’t until Read More
Of all the cable channels, it was C-SPAN–not general known for stirring up controversy–that made health care headlines this week.
On Tuesday, the cable network’s chief, Brian Lamb, released a letter to Congressional leaders requesting permission to broadcast the remaining deliberations on the health care bill.
“Now that the process moves to the critical Read More