Andrew Cuomo had a good thing going, in terms of his ability to make the trains run on time.(2)
Kushner himself got the biggest laugh of the evening. The three panelists were asked what question they would ask Lincoln if he were alive “’How’d you like the movie?’ and ‘Would you be my friend?’” Kushner responded snappily. Yet even he eventually got serious about craft, discussion his long-held fascination with Lincoln. He reflected specifically on how recent reappraisals of Lincoln’s attitudes toward race and habeas corpus have judged him too harshly.
The circumstances aren't special anymore, but Bob Turner still sees a 'fair shot' running statewide against Gillibrand
The coalition that gathered at the Roma View Restaurant in Howard Beach six months to celebrate the upset victory of congressman-elect Bob Turner included former Mayor Ed Koch, who supported Turner over the Democrats to "send a message" to President Obama about Israel, and New York State Conservative Party chair Mike Long, who said it was about spending and jobs.
"I am telling you," said Turner, more subdued than the rest, when he finally took the stage that night. "I am the messenger. Heed us. This message will resound for a full year. It will resound into 2012."
Now, with his congressional district slated for elimination in the redistricting process, Turner, a 70-year-old retired cable executive, is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. But neither Koch nor Long is with him this time.
First, he watched as internet entrepreneur Marc Cenedella quasi-announced, then abandoned, a bid for the Republican nomination this year to challenge Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand. Then he watched Manhattan attorney and judicial activist Wendy Long declare her candidacy, with help from some veteran G.O.P. operatives, as if he didn't exist. And today, Representative Bob Turner, who became a national Republican hero last year by winning Anthony Weiner's old seat in a special election, announced that he's joining the race too.(1)
Joe Carvin, the town supervisor of Rye, announced this morning that he'll enter the field of would-be challengers to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.
Carvin, who runs a hedge fund called Altima Partners, joins Nassau Comptroller George Maragos and another recent entrant, attorney Wendy Long, in vying for the Republican nomination.
Bill O'Reilly vs. Matt Lauer on who's responsible for Houston's death; Murdoch in London, Myler in New York, CNN in Syria
"Bill, I have seen dozens of stories over the years detailing the addiction, the erratic behavior, the denial of addiciton," said Lauer.
"But they were sensationalized stories," O'Reilly replied. "They were sensationalized to exploit the woman's condition. Not to try to help her. You know what we do in the media? We wink-wink it. We Snoop Dog it. We Willie Nelson it. 'Hey, oh yeah they're stoned. That's fine!' And what message does that send? That it's OK."
This information, as O'Reilly noted, came from anonymous sources, and in the interview, as Carlson goes through his list of reporters (who are guilty of being on Media Matters' pitch-list, I think he's saying), he doesn't give examples of things they got wrong.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman has declared his intention to challenge Republican Bob Turner for the congressional seat Turner won in September following Anthony Weiner's resignation from Congress. And he believes he can beat Turner no matter what the shape of the district is after redistricting.
Marc Cenedella, who appeared this year to be laying the groundwork for a challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, issued a statement this afternoon calling it off.
"I will not be running for the United States Senate in 2012," he said in the statement. "I have given a run careful consideration, and I believe Senator Gillibrand is beatable. Her early and unfounded attacks on me, her weak poll numbers, and her lethargic quarterly fundraising results all point to a politician in trouble — and encourage me to challenge her."
Despite a rocky welcome to New York politics, Marc Cenedella, an internet entrepreneur and anti-tax activist, isn't showing any signs yet of shying away from a potential challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
After a panel discussion on cyber crime this morning, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand seized on a New York Times story about one of her potential challengers, anti-tax activist Marc Cenedella, whose personal blog had once contained posts about women, sex and drugs, according to the report.(1)
Months ago, back when Herman Cain was still a future ex-front-runner, New York Post society columnist Cindy Adams made a plan to host the candidate at an intimate sit-down dinner at her Park Avenue apartment with a group of influential media and political types.
Cain's Republican-primary moment didn't last quite long enough for the event to happen.
The Sunday dinner was to include Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Lesley Stahl, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and Greta Van Susteren (whose husband, John Coale, is an informal adviser to Herman Cain), New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead, and even a couple of Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer and Democratic National Committeeman Robert Zimmerman.(4)
The shape of New York's Ninth Congressional District, where the tight race to replace ex-congressman Anthony Weiner has riveted political observers in recent weeks, is, at first blush, mystifying.
On a map, it looks like a stretched-out anvil that’s been hammered nearly beyond recognition. Its southern base encompasses the barrier peninsula that juts west from Long Island, home to the gated community of Breezy Point, where the Republican nominee Bob Turner lives, as well as Belle Harbor and Neponsit, before stretching northward across the bay to take in Manhattan Beach, Marine Park and Mill Basin in Brooklyn. Then the district arches back to Queens, stretching northeast to embrace parts of Ozone Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.
Why Charlie Rangel's real mistake was going on Fox to address the 'plantation' idea in the first place
Charlie Rangel let himself get used by Fox News late last week, and he seemed to realize it about halfway through his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor,” when he snapped at guest-host Laura Ingraham: “Bill O'Reilly told me he had a secret weapon. I didn't know it was just a pretty girl that he would bring in.”(1)