What will the swing-state Muslims do in 2012?
Although there aren't many Muslim voters, compared to other voting blocs, they are "concentrated in key swing states such as Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida" said an assistant poli sci professor from Santa Clara University, writing in the New York Times yesterday.
In fact there are 124,000 Muslims who are registered to vote in the state of Florida, and "No campaigner can afford to disregard them." And the professor, Farid Senzai, suggests the 2012 elections could be determined by "the Muslim swing vote."
But Senzai doesn't point to any example of these pockets of Muslim voters determining any political victories in the past or even acting as a voting bloc (except when he speculates that 60,000 of them in Florida may have voted for Bush in 2000). And he points out that the rhetoric of the Republican candidates in the primary so far has been as harsh as ever in terms of discussion of Muslims and Islam, and certainly hasn't indicated any particular concern about alienating these voters.
Strip-searching is allowed after any kind of offense. [Adam Liptak]
John McCain's proposal is inadequate and Obama needs to authorize a federal agency to stop China from stealing info from American companies. [Richard Clarke]
Flashback: A Bloomberg Businessweek cover story last month was titled "Inside the Chinese Boom in Corporate Espionage" [Michael Riley and Ashlee Vance]
The Daily News presents Bill Clinton's comments about being "happy" if Hillary Clinton were to run for president as a challenge for his former housing secretary Andrew Cuomo. Helpful quotes from Hank Sheinkopf. [Ken Lovett]
Muslims could be important as voters in this election because, although few, they're concentrated in swing states. [Farid Senzai]
"Mitt Romney's average PAC donation is $500,000," Rudy Giuliani said. [Cindy Adams]
"I think Romney is going to be all right. I’m going to go out on the road and campaign for him myself," said George Pataki. [Page Six]
"The situation developing in New York could undermine" Democrats' plans to take back the House. [Raymond Hernandez]
Koch is testing his "legendary clout with Jewish supporters" by backing Lancman. [David Seifman]
In an interview, Espaillat "brushed off questions" about his warning about "nuclear political war" if a Latino congressional district wasn't created in upper Manhattan. [Andrew Grossman]
Flashback: Espaillat warned of "nuclear political war" if "cracking" by "crackers" unfairly shaped the congressional district. [Capital]
Overcoming Rangel's "longtime electoral strength" would be a "formidable challenge" for Espaillat. [John Eligon]
Public employees rushed to sign up for pension before Tier 6 kicked in. [Thomas Kaplan and Kate Taylor]
Al Qaeda Flier
A flier touting Al Qaeda as "coming soon again in New York" is being investigating by the New York Police Department. [Jamie Schram]
"FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald says the agency takes all threats seriously and 'there is no specific or credible threat to New York.'” [Associated Press]
A British newspaper wonders if a government-backed hacker group helped take down five terrorist-related web sites. [Daily Mail]
Recycling rates in NYC in the last five years have been lagging. [Jill Colvin]
Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly "have been disturbingly dismissive of complaints" about the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policies. [New York Times]
A James O'Keefe type named John M. Howting tried an anti-union stunt in East Harlem and wound up trying to elude a Times columnist instead. [Michael Powell]
"You deliberately stood in that well before an empty house and challenged these people and you challenged their Americanism and it's the lowest thing that I've ever seen, in my 32 years of congress," House Speaker Tip O'Neill said to Newt Gingrich, back on May 8, 1984. [c-span]