On Sunday morning, Dan Pfeiffer, a top adviser to President Obama, fanned out across five Sunday shows, in an effort to move the administration past the controversies that are currently distracting from the administration's second-term agenda.
Only one Republican from New York or New Jersey defied the party leadership to vote against yesterday's bill to postpone the federal debt limit until May.(1)
Jon Stewart returned from a holiday break last night, exercised over Republicans' decision last week to adjourn the House session without voting on the $60 billion in aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
"Oh I can understand that, been a long session, the House Republicans probably wanted to get home," Stewart said."You know who else wants to get back to their homes, the people whose homes got swept away by Hurricane Sandy!"
The first installment of federal aid for states affected by Hurricane Sandy passed both Houses of Congress today, two days after the House adjourned the previous congressional session without considering a comprehensive relief package.(1)
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
Unlike last week, the winner of last night's vice presidential debate depends on who you ask.
An instant-reaction CNN poll gave it to Ryan by a nose, 48 percent to 44 percent, but the sample included more Republicans than Democrats.
Paul Ryan will make his only fund-raising swing through New York City as the vice-presidential nominee on Monday, according to a series of invitations forwarded by a source.
A Siena poll released yesterday showed one of the state's most endangered members of Congress, Democrat Kathy Hochul, running even with her Republican challenger Chris Collins.
For Hochul, that's good news, since her re-drawn district is one of the most conservative in the state, and Collins has a personal fortune upon which to draw.
But the poll also showed the limits of running against Paul Ryan and his Medicare plan, an issue that helped Hochul win an upset victory in a special election last year, and which Democrats were hoping would help them across the country this year, after Mitt Romney selected Ryan as his running mate.
Senator Chuck Schumer thinks the problems Mitt Romney is having in the polls are a product of his inability or unwillingness to move to the middle for the general election, with the selection of Paul Ryan providing the "turning point" of the campaign.
After Schumer's speech to the New York Building Congress on Friday morning, in which he called for a bipartisan approach to funding transportation infrastructure, I asked Schumer how a Romney presidency would affect the city, given Romney's publicly stated desire to do away with federal funding for Amtrak.
"Mitt Romney has embraced the hard right philosophy and that's the reason his campaign is having the trouble it is—with everybody," Schumer said.
On Sunday morning, while most presidential-campaign surrogates on both sides were lowering expectations for their candidates' debate performances on Wednesday night, Gov. Chris Christie did the opposite.
When Mitt Romney added Paul Ryan to his presidential ticket, there was some concern--and some excitement--that the young star might outshine the top of the ticket.
But Ryan hasn't been able to deflect the unwanted glare of some unforced errors by Romney over the last couple of weeks, and today, he added to the campaign's discomfort.
At an AARP conference in New Orleans today, Ryan was booed repeatedly when he called for the repeal of "Obamacare" as a means to saving Medicare.(2)
The big pitfall in picking Paul Ryan was supposed to be his controversial plan to overhaul Medicare. But on Sunday morning, Mitt Romney had a different problem with his running mate, who voted for the automatic defense cuts included in last year's debt ceiling deal that Romney now calls an "extraordinary miscalculation" on the part of House Republicans.
"That's a big mistake," said Romney, who was making his first appearance this cycle on "Meet the Press" with a two-part interview on his campaign bus, followed by an open-air, rooftop sit-down near his campaign headquarters. "I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it."(1)