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The fall of the Nassau Republican machine and the rise of Homeland Security chair Peter King

Any attempt to explain Representative Peter King, the national-party-bucking, anti-reformer, Muslim-investigating Homeland Security committee chair, must begin with the fact that he comes from Nassau County.

Feb. 14, 2011


Army of one: Rudy touts Rudy for 2012

Barring the possibility Rudy Giuliani has taken leave of his senses, his talk about a possible presidential run is a transparent bid for attention, and an empty threat.

Jan. 24, 2011


What ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ did for Kirsten Gillibrand

It is impossible to overstate how perfectly the campaign to repeal DADT addressed all of Kirsten Gillibrand's political imperatives.

Dec. 20, 2010


What Anthony Weiner learned from Chuck Schumer, and what he didn’t

Anthony Weiner seems to have inherited a Schumeresque knack for public relations, if not for actual governing.

Dec. 13, 2010


Steve Solarz (1940-2010) and the making of Senator Schumer

Stephen Solarz was a role model, and then a cautionary tale, for Chuck Schumer.

Nov. 30, 2010


Pelosi Rules: Why Steve Israel got a plum, and Joe Crowley got the shaft (again)

Nancy Pelosi places great store in personal loyalty, which is why there will never be a place for Joseph Crowley on her team.

Nov. 22, 2010


Blue York: Paladino saves the day, Schumer wins and loses

Thanks to Carl Paladino, Andrew Cuomo and the Democrats swept the state's top offices, even as five House members lost their seats.

Nov. 3, 2010


A very special episode brought to you by Andrew Cuomo

It's not true that any Democratic candidate for governor would be cruising right now, because not any candidate would have drawn Carl Paladino as an opponent.

Oct. 25, 2010


Christie’s game plan: Embrace the outrage

As far as Chris Christie is concerned, the criticism provoked by his decision to kill a worthy tunnel project is a bonus. 

Oct. 11, 2010


Carl Paladino, David Duke, and the problem with nominating scary Republicans

The thing with David Duke is that he couldn't pretend to be reasonable.

Oct. 4, 2010