Batra wants a federal probe of JCOPE, Jef Pollock goes Hollywood

Briefing: Ravi Batra. (prachisurya via flickr)
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2012

Obama didn't tell a New Hampshire audience exactly how many jobs were added by his administration, but did respond to today's underwhelming jobs report by blaming House Republicans. [Helene Cooper and Jeremy Peters]

How unscripted was Clint Eastwood? Very. [Jonathan Chait]

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Queens County-backed candidate Juan Reyes attacked Senate Republicans-backed candidate Eric Ulrich for having support from "the glorious party leadership." [Colin Campbell]

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The first Democratic state senate candidate Andrew Cuomo has endorsed for re-election is Adriano Espaillat, who is facing a challenge from Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who is supported by Rep. Charlie Rangel. [Colin Campbell]

In the congressional primary in June, Cuomo endorsed Rangel over Espaillat. [Liz Benjamin]

Albany

"Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is doing what state ethics investigators won’t – investigate Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver." [Glenn Blain]

The court order allowing Donovan wider latitude in his investigation. [Colby Hamilton]

A timeline of the Vito Lopez scandal. [WNYC]

"Upon creating JCOPE, Cuomo touted its 'independence' from officeholders like himself --how does that square w/ his threat today?" [@ThomasKaplan]

"Under JCOPE's rules, legislative appointees can in effect block an investigation of a legislator in a secret vote." [AP]

JCOPE member Ravi Batra said he wants federal authorities to investigate JCOPE. [AP]

Cuomo is seeking $2.9 billion in federal aid to help rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge. [Freeman Klopott]

City Hall

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on the fatal shooting of an unarmed Bronx man: "[W]e believe the officer accidentally discharged his weapon." [WNYC]

Kelly: "I see nothing wrong with the procedure" and "It's a terrible tragedy." [Christopher Robbins]

The man, Reynaldo Cuevas, was fleeing a bodega that was being robbed. [Colin Moynihan and Nate Schweber]

Entertainment

Jef Pollock: "I get two small scenes to play political consultant to Bradley Cooper. The film also stars Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes…" [Facebook]