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Texas senator Ted Cruz didn't mention guns in his remarks to the New York Republicans' annual dinner last night, but he did hold forth on the subject in a conversation with me after the speech.
Texas senator Ted Cruz said he was sorry that Rep. Peter King couldn't make it to his big speech in Manhattan on Wednesday night.
"I have not met Mr. King, but I think it is unfortunate that he was not able to join us tonight," Cruz told reporters as he sat down to a plate of filet mignon, before his speech at the Hyatt in Midtown.
Bill Thompson doesn't think much of the public polls that show him stuck in the middle of the crowded Democratic field.
"I think these polls are wildly inaccurate, I think they will continue to be that, and I don't place--to be blunt about it--I pay almost no attention to them," Thompson told reporters after a speech at Hostos Community College. "They really don't matter."
On Tuesday afternoon, while her rivals were across the river debating education, Christine Quinn was busy greeting water-logged commuters on a soggy street corner in Brooklyn Heights.
"The N.R.A. is going down," according to the cover of the new New Republic.
The story, by Alec MacGillis, gives considerable credit for the National Rifle Association's impending demise to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the vast resources he's preparing to deploy on behalf of new gun laws.
The Democratic National Committee hosted a conference call this morning in the hopes of pinning Texas senator Ted Cruz's impending appearance in New York on the city's lone Republican in Congress, Rep. Michael Grimm.
The New York Post has a new favorite candidate.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun-control group is continuing its crusade to convince Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas to re-think his vote on a compromise bill to expand background checks.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, the dean of New York's congressional delegation and a former colleague of Anthony Weiner, downplayed Weiner's potential impact on the mayor's race today in an appearance on MSNBC.
Anthony Weiner's rise from a young back-bencher with a debatable legislative record to a national icon for fighting progressives coincided, not coincidentally, with the rise in partisan cable news.