Reid Pillifant

Gillibrand, Schumer split on arming Syrian rebels:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will not support President Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight against the militant group Islamic State.

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.

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New York Democrats advertise a New York Republican invitation to Ted Cruz

After New York's Republican Party announced yesterday that Texas senator Ted Cruz would be their keynote speaker at an annual fund-raising dinner later this month, the state's Democratic Party responded by calling for them to rescind the invitation.

May. 2, 2013

 
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Schumer is ‘committed’ to a same-sex immigration amendment

Sen. Chuck Schumer was uncharacteristically shy last week, when asked about a controversial amendment to his big immigration bill, which would include certain provisions recognizing same-sex couples.

May. 1, 2013

 
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Schumer takes heart from a background-check backlash

Chuck Schumer is heartened by the grief New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte is reportedly getting for her vote against a bipartisan compromise on background checks for gun purchasers.

May. 1, 2013

 
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Ted Cruz is coming to New York, the land of the ‘squishes’

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will headline a fund-raising dinner for the New York Republican Party on May 29, according to an invitation making the rounds.

Apr. 30, 2013

 
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Suspicious substance being investigated in Gregory Meeks' office

Police at the U.S. Capitol are investigating a suspicious substance discovered in the Washington office of Rep. Gregory Meeks.

A spokesman for Meeks, Candace Sandy, confirmed the investigation in a phone call.

Apr. 29, 2013

 
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Roger Ailes' theory on the Democrats and immigration, according to Schumer

During an impromptu update on his work in Washington on Sunday afternoon, Sen. Chuck Schumer recounted a recent conversation with Roger Ailes about immigration reform.

Apr. 29, 2013

 
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Joe Manchin is ready for another run at a gun bill, and says Toomey is too

After a tough loss in the Senate earlier this month, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin said on Sunday morning that he "absolutely" plans to bring his background check compromise back to the floor for another vote.

Apr. 28, 2013

 
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The people who are advising Anthony Weiner, or not

According to Anthony Weiner in that big, brokered New York Times Magazine profile that announced his re-entry into public life, he's winging it.

Apr. 26, 2013

 
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Schumer predicts a resurrected gun bill, with some added support

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington this morning, Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted the gun bill that failed earlier this month would be brought back to the floor by Majority Leader Harry Reid, and that it would have more support when it does.

Apr. 25, 2013

 
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Heidi Heitkamp says she’s not afraid of Bloomberg’s money, because Bloomberg

In an interview with Politico, North Dakota senator Heidi Heitkamp described her vote against expanding background checks as being in line with her constituents' views, and suggested Michael Bloomberg's big ad campaign didn't help in North Dakota.

Apr. 25, 2013