Charlie Rangel hopes President Obama is serious about not negotiating with House Republicans over the debt ceiling, even if Rangel isn't quite clear how that will work.
"I have no idea what that means, but I'm going to be a spectator for that one, I'm going to have a front row seat," Rangel said in an afternoon meeting with local reporters at his Harlem office. "But I can't run around telling those Republicans in Washington that he's not going to negotiate with you, when they're running around saying, 'blood, blood, blood, blood, blood.'"(1)
Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House in 2007, added her name to the draft movement for Hillary Clinton in 2016, in an appearance on MSNBC this afternoon.
"Yes, wouldn't that be exciting?" she asked, after Andrea Mitchell raised the possibility of a Clinton candidacy.
In a shooting incident that was horrifying even by the standards of some of the other recent gun massacres across the country, 18 schoolchildren were killed by a gunman at a Connecticut school.
Andrew Cuomo met with Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan and President Obama's chief of staff, Jack Lew, at the White House this afternoon, the first stop on the governor's trip through Washington today to lobby for federal disaster aid.
Six years after an unsuccessful attempt to join the Democratic leadership in the House, Rep. Joe Crowley is now unofficially unopposed for the caucus' vice chair position.
California Rep. Barbara Lee withdrew her candidacy today and backed Crowley, in what had been the only contested leadership race, for the fifth-ranking position in the Democratic caucus.
Rep. Joe Crowley got some good news in his bid to join the House leadership yesterday, when one of his rivals for the caucus vice chairmanship, Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, dropped out of the race and endorsed Crowley's bid.
Democrats will go into the 2014 midterms with the same two leaders who directed the party's efforts this cycle.
Nancy Pelosi announced to the Democratic caucus this morning that she will stand for minority leader again, and Steve Israel will again lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
On Thursday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore will be the featured guests at a lunch to benefit the New York efforts of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The luncheon benefits "The Committee for Battleground NY Victory Fund," and benefits four incumbent Democrats facing tough races, along with four challengers who are part of the DCCC's "Red to Blue" program, which tries to unseat vulnerable Republican members.
The presence of Pelosi and Gore reflects the outsize importance New York plays in House races this fall, after the redrawing of the state's congressional lines was ceded to a federal court earlier this year.
After spending the last few months trying to ensure the election of his preferred candidates in Queens, Representative Joe Crowley has a race of his own down in Washington.(1)
On Sunday morning, politicians from both parties tried to navigate the tricky political aftermath of last week's landmark Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's signature health care law.(1)
Staten Island Democrat Mark Murphy raised just over $112,000 since the end of March, according to the latest pre-primary filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The total gives Murphy just over $176,000 in cash on hand, and includes donations from the political action committees of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a few of potential colleagues in the New York delegation: Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Eliot Engel.(3)
The bill, "CISPA" for short, provides for greater coordination between private companies and the government to share information that might involve cyber security threats.
Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, recognizes a political opportunity when he sees one, even when it's born of unfortunate circumstances.
Describing the mood yesterday at a big Midtown fund-raiser for female Democratic congressional candidates, Israel said, "It's bittersweet."
Gingrich dares Cuomo to raise taxes, dares Pelosi to raise ethics, and clarifies his 'janitorial' prescription
On Monday afternoon, after a fund-raiser at the Union League Club, Newt Gingrich held court for a few dozen reporters in an upstairs library.
Gingrich, who has risen suddenly in the polls in the last few weeks, has made a show of abiding by Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Commandment, refusing to attack his rivals in the debates, and even suggesting he would avoid criticizing his chief rival for the nomination, Mitt Romney. But, with the race increasingly looking like a two-man contest and reporters nudging him about their differences, it's proven a slightly difficult thing to do.(1)