Reverend says there's 'no doubt' about civil rights violations
Bio: Reid Pillifant is a political editor and reporter for Capital. He was previously an editor and reporter at the New York Observer. Contact him at reid[at]capitalnewyork.com.
At a rainy press conference in the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama said it was time to revisit a federal media shield law, in the wake of revelations that the Department of Justice obtained a broad swath of phone records of reporters for the Associated Press.
When I reported last month on the potential inner circle of advisers who might still be available to work on an Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign, the names of two experienced operatives came up in every conversation.
Sen. Chuck Schumer plans to reintroduce a media shield bill that would allow media organizations to appeal to a federal judge before being forced to submit records and sources to government investigators.
Anthony Weiner didn't take any big steps toward a mayoral bid in the last two months, at least according to his latest filing with the city's Campaign Finance Board.
Rep. Charlie Rangel would like President Obama to offer a better explanation for why the Justice Department collected phone records for the Associated Press.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said at least a dozen times at a press briefing today that President Obama believes in reporters' unfettered right to pursue investigative stories.
President Obama will appear at three pooled-press Democratic fund-raisers in New York City this evening, after spending part of the day fielding questions about the I.R.S. and Benghazi.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tried to use the recent rash of corruption arrests to pass a new reform package for state elections, but he said on Monday morning that he doesn't want "scandal mania" to overwhelming his agenda for the legislative session.
On Sunday morning, Republicans insisted their fixation on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya last fall has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton and 2016.