The White House and John Boehner dug in on Sunday morning, assuring their respective bases that they'll stand strong in the negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appeared on all five Sunday shows, and insisted that President Obama's existing budget proposal was a serious first offer in the negotiations, despite the fact it contains almost nothing House Republicans have demanded as part of any potential deal, and that it's Republicans who hold the keys to the deal.
The biggest winner among New York's elected officials last night wasn't even on the ballot.
Senator Chuck Schumer, despite being grounded for the stretch run by Hurricane Sandy, saw the Democrats keep control of the Senate, and possibly even gain seats, in an election that had been expected to threaten the party's majority.
Instead, the Class of 2006, who Schumer helped elect as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and who he predicted would all hold their seats, appeared to have done just that, strengthening Schumer's hand in the Senate and guaranteeing him some close friends for any future leadership race.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be staying out of the presidential race, but that doesn't mean he's sitting out the 2012 cycle.
Bloomberg has been helping a number of centrist congressional candidates, in a less conspicuous way than he did in 2010, when he publicly campaigned in California and Rhode Island, and sat for a rare newspaper interview to detail his moderate crusade against the Tea Party "boomlet."
Former congressman Scott Murphy is hosting a fund-raiser for Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill in Manhattan on Monday, her first fund-raising trip to New York since her opponent's comments about "legitimate rape" put the race in the national spotlight.
In an email invitation, Murphy said those comments, by Rep. Todd Akin, "are equal parts revolting and telling, betraying how extremist sentiment has seeped dangerous into our body politic."
In an email with the subject line "legitimate rape," Senator Kirsten Gillibrand asked her supporters this afternoon to contribute to Claire McCaskill's re-election campaign in Missouri.
"In all my years of public service, I’ve heard a lot of shocking remarks on the campaign trail," Gillibrand writes in the email.
Chuck Schumer's prediction about all incumbent Senate Democrats winning re-election looks a little better now, after Republican congressman Todd Akin suggested to a Missouri television station that women are less likely to get pregnant from "legitimate rape."(1)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became a highly coveted endorser during the primary campaigns this year, but one would-be endorsement never came together.
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer signaled his support for President Obama's plan to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for Americans who earn $250,000 and above.
But it's not what Schumer really wanted.
In 2006, by which time George W. Bush was extremely unpopular, Chuck Schumer guided six Democratic Senate candidates to victory over Republican incumbents as his party took control of the Senate. Now his party has to defend them.