Shaking the Magic 8-Ball
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is confident the Senate will pass a budget deal this week, after the measure passed overwhelmingly last week in the House.
“I think it’s a pretty safe bet it’s going to pass,” the veteran lawmaker said this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “After what happened in the House, where so many Republicans voted for it, I think Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership knows they can’t let it go down.”
In Jeffrey Toobin’s profile of Chuck Schumer in last week’s New Yorker (subscription only), the senior U.S. senator from New York, an anti-”anti-business liberal,” says his only major asset is his Park Slope apartment.
The story goes that in 1982, when Mr. Schumer was a state congressman, he and his wife, Read More
In case you haven’t had a nice daily dose of rigorously bone-chilling financial news this afternoon, Eric Lichtblau’s Ex-Regulators Get Set to Lobby on New Financial Rules will do the trick. The Pulitzer winner found nearly 150 newly registered lobbyists who used to work for the government’s financial agencies, but who are now Read More
Birds were chirping and the sky over Washington was the color of blueberry taffy before Tuesday’s long-awaited Goldman Sachs hearing.
It was a pretty, harmless morning. The first floor of the Dirksen Senate office building was quiet while rows of reporters set up. A handsome couple from the Financial Times kept an upside-down bottle of Read More
It’s 2 a.m. and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
Need a movie to keep Read More
ALBANY—Attorney General Andrew Cuomo ducked repeated questions about whether he's interested in taking Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat.
"I have a job, I'm the attorney general of the State of New York, I have my hands full doing it, I enjoy doing it," he said after announcing proposals to reduce the size of Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson said he would not appoint himself to the Senate should Hillary Clinton resign her seat to take an Obama cabinet post.
"I'm not going to speculate on the speculation on that situation, but what is not under speculation is that I am the governor of the state of New York, and I Read More
If you ask Chuck Schumer or Harry Reid, they’ll give you a cautious answer about their party’s prospects of attaining a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate next Tuesday. It’s possible and it would be great if it happened, they have said over and over, but it will by no means be a disappointment if Read More
General David Petraeus received a more skeptical reception from Republican Senators than had been expected, but that still won’t change the basic math that has sustained the Iraq war for more than four years.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, President Bush is set to embrace his general’s long-awaited report, which calls for a Read More
Rob Portman announced his resignation as President Bush's budget director today, which set off speculation that the 51-year-old Ohioan is preparing to re-enter electoral politics. Portman served six-terms as the representative of the Cincinnati area before joining the administration in 2005, and according to the AP's write-up he made it clear today that Read More