7:24 am May. 14, 2012
Barack Obama is giving the commencement speech at Barnard this afternoon, at what will be his first appearance in New York since endorsing gay marriage last week. The atmosphere should be celebratory, although there is also the potential for stray bits of awkwardness.
For instance, there is the matter of Rep. Charlie Rangel, the dean of the New York election, who dared reporters to ask Obama whether he was supporting Rangel for re-election. When White House spokesman Jay Carney was duly asked, he couldn't muster an answer.
Today, when Obama speaks at Barnard, Rangel will be in the audience, according to a statement from the congressman's office. No word on whether he'll be acknowledged.
Unrelated, the 2013 Democratic mayoral candidates have each taken steps to register their disapproval of a federal law called "Secure Communities," which lets officials check the fingerprints of arrestees to see if any of them are undocumented residents. While Obama receives his accolades for his gay-marriage endorsement from a liberal audience at Barnard, the push against the Secure Communities legislation is a reminder that some parts of the progressive coalition that united behind him four years ago are still hoping for more.
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Andrew Cuomo is in Albany.
11 a.m. Christine Quinn, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Danny Dromm, Make the Road New York, New York Immigration Coalition and the Hispanic Federation speak out against the federal Secure Communities legislation, on the City Hall steps.
5 p.m. Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Mall at Bay Plaza groundbreaking at 290 Baychester Avenue.
7 p.m. Bloomberg presents Matthew Winkler with the CUNY Journalism School LIfetime Achievement Award at 242 West 41st Street.
Cuomo's favorable / unfavaorable: 68-24
Schumer's favorable / unfavorable: 62-29
Obama's favorable / unfavorable: 60-38
Occupy Wall Street favorable / unfavorable: 38-52
Tea Party favorable / unfavorable: 30-58
Obama's job approval: Excellent, good / fair, poor: 47-52
Obama's job approval among Independents: 30-70
Secure Communities: Bill Thompson opposed it in a letter to Obama. Bill de Blasio opposed it in a letter to Eric Holder. Christine Quinn opposes it and hosts a press conference in front of City Hall. Scott Stringer opposed it in a statement on Sunday. [Kate Taylor]
Quinn's strategy is to pass other people's bills rather than introduce her own, both to collect political capital and avoid a messy paper trail. [Reuven Blau]
The Post finds a way to connect John Liu to the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. [Brad Hamilton]
Hank Sheinkopf said Cuomo's run-by date is 2016. "He’s going to lose value over time. He’s going to become stale.” [Ken Lovett]
Rangel Forever: Inez Dickens says, "As long as that seniority system is in place, people need that seniority." [New York mag]
"At no time did Congressman Rangel imply that he did not want the President’s support," said his campaign spokeswoman. [Twitter]
Adriano Espaillat's colleague in the State Senate, Bill Perkins, was expected to endorse Rep. Charlie Rangel at an event on Saturday, but was a no-show. [Frank Rosario and Michael Gartland]
"Republicans criticized U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, for voting against a budgetary reallocation bill that U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, also voted against." [Maury Thompson]
Pro-gay-marriage Republican state senator Roy McDonald has had two fund-raisers hosted by an LGBT supporter. But "McDonald downplayed the support he has received from supporters of his vote for same-sex marriage." [Jimmy Vielkind]
Obama's New York
A source said Cuomo's office helped convince the White House to relocate Obama's trip last week from a nearby plant to another one inside Albany. "The goal was to redirect the visit, which ended up with an Albany dateline." [Jim Odato]
Moving the Goal Line: "Where the President fell short, though, was in saying that the marriage issue should be left to individual states, a notion also advanced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It’s hard to grasp the philosophy behind the notion that one state or another should have the option to violate Americans’ rights." [Times Union]
Cuomo helped Obama evolve on the issue, and Democratic donors are happy. It's unclear how hard Mitt Romney will run on this issue. [John Heilemann]
Earlier: Steve Kornacki isn't sure either candidate will press the issue. [Capital]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended same-sex marriage during a commencement speech at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a week after the state voted to ban it. [Reuven Blau]
"When Mr. Bloomberg spoke in support of same-sex marriage, he was greeted with the loudest applause of the morning." [Michael Grynbaum]
Barney Frank: "If you were going to cast your vote based on a candidate's position on same-sex marriage you were already going to vote for Obama." [This Week]
Gregg Birnbaum: "You can make a very good case that President Obama doesn't gain a single vote with this." [NY1]
Maggie Haberman: "It's not just Democratic donors who support Barack Obama who are in the gay community who wanted to see a move." [This Week]
Mary Matalin: "This is bigger than the economy." [This Week]
203,500 stop-and-frisks between January and March 2012.
183,326 stop-and-frisks between January and March 2011. [Al Baker]
An internal NYPD review of stop-and-frisk incidents is "meaningless unless independent investigators actually interview officers ..." [New York Times]
The city buildings department ordered the M.T.A. to remove more than a dozen billboards they say are improperly located. M.T.A. officials say the D.O.B. can't tell them what to do. [David Seifman]
Quantifying Cuomo's Commissions: "at least 10 new work groups, 11 councils, four task forces, two teams, two commissions and two committees." [Jacob Gershman]
Cuomo will support a pay raise for legislators this year but not next year, because it may complicate his re-election plans, according to a Cuomo administration source. [Fred Dicker]
Sam Hoyt, a top Cuomo aide: "If I'm not doing my job, loyalty is insignificant to Andrew Cuomo." [Robert McCarthy]
Robert Caro: Cuomo "really knows New York's history." [NY1]
Democrats are blocking Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's plan to borrow $40 million. "His anger was palatable, desperate even …" [Joye Brown]
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, still has a $373 million budget gap to close. [Rick Brand]
Business Insider blogger Joe Weisenthal doesn't sleep much, and writes constantly. "He will make the same prediction repeatedly, crowing when he’s right and shrugging it off when he isn’t." [Binyamin Appelbaum]
Leslie Knope's campaign manager: "He said the recount can take 2 hours." [Parks and Recreation]
Jason Sudeikis as Biden: "It's not fair. I was the first one to say it should be legal, but now, you are the one getting all the credit … It's my big mouth that got things done this time ..." [Saturday Night Live]
Seth Myers: "This week president Obama was finally outed as a Democrat." [NBC]
The Macker and his mom. [Terry McAuliffe]
Rev Carmen Hernandez and State Senator Jeff Klein. [Joseph Regina]