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After voting against the original superstorm Sandy relief bill, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) came to Wall Street recently to raise money—and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) is howling mad.
“Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” King fumed to The New York Observer’s Politicker. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it—that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the (nerve) to...Read more »
Chalk up a nice win and a bizarre moment for civil rights on Capitol Hill yesterday. Supporters unveiled a life-size statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol, providing a reason for all Americans to cheer. The ceremony shows that Congress -- while stupefied by its own challenges -- at least is willing to honor someone who stepped up and took on the challenges of her time.
Parks, of course,...Read more »
Was that a valedictory address on Thursday from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg? I think the answer is yes, but I don't believe the term valedictory does the event justice.
It was a public relations event staged by one of the most determined -- and successful -- salesmen America has ever seen.
Bloomberg does many things well. But I would put his ability to organize, sell and market...Read more »
Two days before Hurricane Sandy made an East Coast landfall, the feds downgraded it to a post-tropical cyclone.
Yes, a cyclone! The kind of thing that carried Dorothy from the prairies of Kansas to the Land of Oz. The kind of thing that thrill-seekers pay money to ride at Coney Island.
But the scientists at the National Hurricane Center knew precisely what they were doing, and from their...Read more »
As the honor guard bore Ed Koch’s casket out of Temple Emanu-El onto Fifth Avenue this morning, the organist broke into “New York, New York” and the assembled mourners—several thousand strong—broke into sustained applause.
It was a moving moment, the perfect gesture for a man who was irascible, irreverent, impossible, vindictive, passionate, egotistical, witty, wise—and above all joyful—throughout...Read more »
Mayor Edward Irving Koch, who reigned over New York City from 1978 though 1989, was as irrepressible as the town he led. He was intensely proud of his role in guiding the city away from bankruptcy in the 1970s and for starting a system of merit selection for city judges. He had a right to be.
Without his driven, muscular leadership, New York might never have turned around its rapid deterioration...Read more »
For many Northeastern Republicans in the House of Representatives, life isn't so easy.
They’re caught in the middle. To have genuine influence, they must go along to get along, often with hard-liners in the party who can seem angry about everything these days -- about government, about the president, about modern life in general. Some play the go-along game better than others.
Rep....Read more »
The Pentagon on Wednesday said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is removing the ban on women in combat—a move that will allow them to serve in hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and elite commando jobs.
That’s a great step forward for equality.
But where, you might ask, are the front lines in Afghanistan? And where exactly were they after we had shocked and awed our way into...Read more »
You’ve probably seen the United Federation of Teachers’ ads on television. Against a background of dark, brooding music, they accuse New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of “going after teachers again.” Why? Because he has “no strategy to improve schools.” Because it’s “his way or the highway.” Because “it’s time to put politics aside” and come up with a “fair evaluation system” for the city’s 75,000...Read more »
How gun-saturated is this country today?
Let’s start with the story of the 7-year-old boy who police say brought a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol into Wave Preparatory School in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Thursday. Along with the gun, the second-grader had a separate magazine loaded with 10 bullets in his backpack and 7 to 10 additional rounds in a plastic bag, according to police.
There...Read more »