8:55 am Sep. 19, 2012
Today, with the clock ticking away before Election Day, the news is dominated by reaction to the reaction to the reaction to Mitt Romney's comments at a fund-raiser about Americans who don't pay federal income tax.
In the New York papers, for example, the Times reports on Romney's post-leak "embrace" of the substance of his secretly taped remarks on the "47 percent." And both tabloids lead with it: The Post has a spread that includes a sort of defense of Romney's basic point, with an editorial saying that government entitlement programs have indeed expanded too much and are hurting the economy, while the News notes that Romney's imagined 47 percent of government-dependent anti-Romney voters includes people who shouldn't be expected to pay higher taxes, like seniors.
Steve Kornacki puts these developments in some political context, saying Romney 2012 right now is like John Kerry 2004: stumbling after the convention, squandering a good shot for his party, and weathering loads of criticism from his supporters.
The good news for Romney, Kornacki says: there's still the debates.
"In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man."--an ad that a judge ruled cannot be blocked by the M.T.A. from appearing at 10 subway stations.
10 a.m. Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and others speak out against Intro 730, which deals with wage reporting requirements for some companies that build affordable housing, on the steps of City Hall.
10:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after joining the Public Arts Fund to announce the opening of Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus, at Columbus Circle.
11:30 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement in the Red Room of the Capitol in Albany.
Noon. City Councilwoman Gale Brewer and others rally in support of the Paid Sick Leave legislation, on the steps of City Hall.
Noon. State Senator Dan Squadron, Assemblyman Richard Gottfired will have a press conference about fire safety codes at state-owned buildings around the city, outside the former Deutsche Bank building, at Greenwich and Liberty St., in Manhattan.
3 p.m. NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and others announce a $300,000 grant to promote college and career readiness, at Flushing H.S., 35-01 Union St. in Queens.
5:30 p.m. Judge Debra James hosts a reception, at Chez McAulay, 322 Central Park West in Manahattan.
6:30 p.m. Candidates for New York Supreme Court judge field questions at a forum, at the Greenwhich House, 27 Barrow St. in Greenwich Village.
7:30 p.m. Lt. Governor Bob Duffy gives the keynote speech at the annual NYS Business Council meeting, at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George in Bolton Landing.
8 p.m. Brewer and others discuss the Paid Sick Leave legislation, at the Stonewall Democrats meeting, at the LGBT Community Center, at 208 W. 13th St. in Manhattan.
A front-page defense of Mitt Romney's analysis. [Michael Goodwin]
"Mitt Romney’s controversial claim about 47 percent of Americans being “dependent on government” definitely hit a nerve — and sadly rang true." [S.A. Miller]
Headline: "New Yorkers who fit in the '47%' reject Romney's damage control attempt." [Daily News]
The substance of Romney's 47 percent argument is correct, argues a tabloid editorial board. [New York Post]
The substance of Romney's 47 percent argument is incorrect, says another. [Daily News]
The writer who interrupted Obama at White House press conference bears down on a 1998 Obama speech. [Neil Munro]
Drudge links to audio of that speech, and notes Obama said at the time, "I actually believe in redistribution, at least on a certain level, to make sure everybody's got a shot." [Nick Cruz via Youtube]
Obama's national job-approval numbers are improving. [Neil King Jr. and Danny Yadron]
As attorney general, Cuomo's office signed off on a settlement deal that included a confidentiality clause. Cuomo's spokesman said, "This settlement is completely different than the Lopez matter on many levels." [Danny Hakim]
The agreement shows there is precedent for having a confidentiality clause with settlements involving public money, argues a Times reporter. Cuomo's spokesman pushes back. [@CapitalTonight]
Casino money is flooding into Albany. [Thomas Kaplan]
Republicans started a petition drive to get Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign. [Carl Campanile]
As Democratic county leader, Frank Seddio will be similar to Vito Lopez, argues one tabloid. [Daily News]
Seddio's spokesman does not have an enviable job. [@bkCampbell]
Wendy Long, the Republican Senate candidate and Romney adviser, disagreed with his 47 percent comment. [Reid Pillifant]
The M.T.A. chairman wants to restructure the public's meetings with the agency: three fewer public meetings with the agency leadership, but a twice-yearly "chairman's forum." [Dana Rubinstein]
The Albany press corps wants to expel one of its members who took a part-time job with the legislature. [Azi Paybarah]
The Board of Elections commissioners voted down a motion to ask the Manhattan D.A. to investigate possible voter fraud at the Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's home. [Azi Paybarah]
The new editor of the Buffalo News is Mike Connelly, who last year led the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida to a Pulitzer Prize. [Denise Jewell Gee]
"I sense there is still good in you," Jon Stewart tells Bill O'Reilly, as they discuss their upcoming debate. [Fox News]
United NY is collecting testimonials from people reacting to Romney's 47 percent remark. Here's Cara. [UnitedNY1]
Romney's campaign now is like John Kerry's in the summer of 2004, argues Steve Kornacki. [Rachel Maddow]