From the Paper
Well, that was close. The government almost shut down Friday night, but then didn’t, putting an end to weeks of speculation as to which crucial federal operations (disease control? Toxic waste cleanup?? Passport processing?!?) would be suspended while Speaker of the House John Boehner continued to be paid for providing writers across the country with Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday morning, the day after he convened his first sensational House hearing on the question of Muslim radicalism, Peter King lumbered into his office on the third floor of the Cannon Building, hung his suit jacket on a bookcase and sat down to read the morning papers.
He plucked the New Read More
Reps Peter King and Michael Grimm broke with their party’s leadership in the House today, sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner today against the G.O.P.’s proposed cuts, which they fear will “disproportionally impact” New York City and Long Island.
Highlighted among their concerns were the threats that the proposed cuts made to security measures Read More
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi were in Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s hospital room when she opened her eyes. The entire Arizona delegation, including President Obama’s 2008 rival Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy, were in the stadium watching the President console 14,000 mourners. Michelle Obama held tightly Read More
For voters listening to the Republican leadership over the past year, the most startling surprise was the shift in their attitude toward Medicare. Where faithfulness to true conservatism was once measured by fierce hostility to the popular insurance program for the elderly, as articulated by Ronald Reagan at the birth of Medicare in 1965, today Read More
Jamie Dimon’s bonus?
Seventeen million in stock, according to a new S.E.C. filing. That’s about what the JPMorgan CEO was expected to collect: less than the nearly $28 million bonus he got in 2007, but significantly more than the $1 million in salary he took in 2008.
Naturally, everyone’s Read More
National Republicans are making a morbid political bet. It goes something like this: If there’s a deadly terrorist incident in the next three years, we win – big.
Their almost uniformly hysterical response to President Obama’s decision to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 terrorists to New York to face charges in federal 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
ALBANY—Military issues are important to voters in the 23rd district, which contains Ft. Drum, the home of the 10th Mountain Division.
So it was a not a small deal (or a particularly surprising one) yesterday when Representative John Boehner, the House Republican Leader, promised to fight to get Republican congressional candidate Read More
If President Barack Obama’s response to the economic crisis is imperfect, as he acknowledges, and if the Congressional Democrats leave much to be desired as well, then Americans can at least be thankful that the nation’s fate has not been consigned to the frozen minds on the other side of the aisle. Things are bad, Read More