As President Obama brings the gun control fight to Congress, city leaders across the country are taking matters into their own hands. According to Politico, the National Conference of Democratic Mayors had a quick revelation this past week: regardless of the tirades against gun violence or lobbyin ... More >>
With his quasi-endorsement of President Obama yesterday, it's evident that Bloomberg is not afraid of stepping into the political boxing ring when he feels like it (even if he says Obama and Romney's economic plans aren't real). And, as we know, he has the funds to freely do so: just last week, we r ... More >>
Here's the latest example of lazy journalism leading to blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods in the blogosphere, compliments of our friends at Gawker -- and their incessant crusade to make Mitt Romney look stupid (as if he's not doing a fine job of that on his own): "Paul Ryan's Cute Nickname For His ... More >>
Talk about timing! Shortly after Centers for Disease Control stats indicated that 37 percent of U.S. births are unintended, a Conservative Christian group is trying to block the White House Policy which makes insurers cover birth control, set to go into effect Aug. 1.
Well, that's that. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have would required that employers explain pay disparities between men and women, so that said staffers would know whether the differences are sex-based or not, failed 52-47 in the Senate, according to Politico. The proposed law -- which wo ... More >>
There were two notable things that jumped out at us yesterday as the Obama administration challenged Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070 before the Supreme Court. First of all, who the hell in the Obama administration let Solicitor General Donald Verrilli anywhere near the Supreme Cour ... More >>
Ron Paul is a lonely, lonely man. At least when it comes to the media. Politico reports that NBC, the last network to keep an embedded reporter on the Texas gyno/congressman's campaign trail, has decided to remove the journalist from this post. So nobody is following him. How sad! Now, you could ... More >>
A 21-year-old man from Idaho, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, has been charged with attempting to assassinate Barack Obama. He allegedly fired shots at the White House last Friday night. Later, Ortega-Hernandez's abandoned Honda Accord, containing an assault rifle with scope, ammunition, an "aluminum ... More >>
via Washington PostJustice Department officials have released a statement establishing the legality of the drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki, an al Qaeda leader who was born in New Mexico, was killed in Yemen yesterday in an authorized drone strike. Some questioned the legal ... More >>
Documents tying the CIA to the Qaddafi-led Libyan government were found in an abandoned office in Tripoli, the New York Times reports. The findings, which have not been verified for authenticity, allude to the practice of the American intelligence agency handing over terror suspects to the Li ... More >>
Last night, President Obama announced that congressional leaders and the White House had made a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The agreement, which is expected to be voted through today, raises the debt ceiling $900 billion to get the country through the year. A special congressional committ ... More >>
• Rudy Giuliani, longtime friend of Rupert Murdoch, says we shouldn't so easily judge Murdoch with regard to that little hacking scandal but should instead, "Give people the presumption of innocence," and not jump to conclusions. (Full disclosure: a law and lobbying firm in which Giuliani i ... More >>
Yesterday, the New York Post ran a story saying that former New York GOP head William Powers is certain President Obama will ask Governor Andrew Cuomo to be his vice presidential candidate for the 2012 elections. "I don't think there's any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate, ... More >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is prepared to announce a September 13 special election to fill Anthony Weiner's seat in the House of Representatives, but won't do so until the extended legislation session in Albany ends, reports Andrew Siff of WNBC-TV. Also on that day is the New York state p ... More >>
via APToday is Father's Day! Call your Dad and grill something. Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had a friendly lil' round of golf yesterday with Joe Biden and Ohio Governor John Kasich, and it fixed America. [The Atlantic Wire / Politico] A Manhattan family died yesterday in a ... More >>
Giuliani and Kerik kill crimeRep. Peter King says Rudy Giuliani is "very close to saying he's going to run" for president in 2012, Politico reports. "If he were to make the decision today, he would run," King said at a dinner on Monday. Meanwhile, Keiko Fujimori, the leading presidential cand ... More >>
Updated below White House officials can't get their story straight about what happened in the Pakistani compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed. Though officials have clarified that he was shot twice -- in the head and in the chest -- reports from Monday that Bin Laden was using a woman, p ... More >>
Rudy Giuliani, New York City's mayor on September 11, 2011, was reached for comment on Monday morning by Politico about the United States' killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the historic attacks nearly ten years ago. "I feel a great deal of satisfaction that justice has been done, ... More >>
via Good Men ProjectThe government was this close to shutting down last night but managed to reach an eleventh-hour (literally) compromise before the midnight deadline. House Speaker John "Smarmy" Boehner presented the laundry list of spending cuts and revisions and got Congress' positive respons ... More >>
Jared Lee Loughner has been charged with 49 counts by a federal grand jury, Politico reports. The 22-year-old is being charged for the January 8 shooting in Tucson, where he allegedly killed six people and injured thirteen more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke ... More >>
According to a new poll, over half of Republican primary voters don't believe Barack Obama was born in the United States. Politico reports that Public Policy Polling asked 400 people across the country who planned on voting in the GOP primaries where they thought President Obama was born. 51 ... More >>
The biggest problem in the House of Representatives at the moment is Chris Smith's "No Taxpayer for Abortion" Act, which seeks to limit women's choices in reproductive matters by doing things like banning federal funding for abortions in rape cases. Also an issue, though, was the bill's langu ... More >>
via Zohra Bensemra/ReutersThe speaker of the Tunisian parliament, Fouad Mebazaa, has been sworn in as acting president in the wake of former president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's flight from the country. Now-former prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, who had declared himself in charge yesterday ... More >>
Dr. Peter Rhee, the medical director for Tucson's University Medical Center's trauma center, has said that Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has a "100 percent" chance of survival. [UPDATE: According to the New York Post and other sources, that's "101 percent" -- even better.]
A vigil for Giffords last night. (via AP) Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition this morning after yesterday's attack in Tucson. Six people died, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge, and 13 were wounded. In a press conference last night, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik ... More >>
CNN is reporting that Rep. Charlie Rangel has walked out of his ethics committee hearing, scheduled to begin today, "complaining that he has not had sufficient time to hire a legal team." Politico reports that an "emotional" Rangel, who began the hearing without an attorney present, had thre ... More >>
This week's Friday evening news dump included the announcement that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is investigating who in the Defense Department leaked the results of a forthcoming "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" report to the Washington Post. Based on two anonymous sources, one of which has "read t ... More >>
Target audiences: they happen.The New York Observer hits the big time, getting a cameo on Gossip Girl. And who from their editorial staff was there? Gawker gets murked by some Taiwanese guys. Business Insider is making another hire. Speaking of which, Media Party Season has arrived, unless, o ... More >>
Beer Laptop = Real TalkPolitical commentator, Dirty, Sexy Politics author and John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain likes to represent herself as some sort of down home Republican realist -- the young person shaking the wacky, old party crusties and screaming, "Gay people get to vote, too, y ... More >>
Long, bitter experience -- and long, bitter comments at this blog -- have taught us that if there's anything conservatives hate more than Big Gummint and homosexuals, it's someone making fun of them. The outrage that Boss Tweed expressed over "them damned pictures" of himself drawn by Thomas Nast is ... More >>
On Tuesday in New York City, Ann Coulter explained to a room full of homosexuals, gathered for GOProud's "Homocon," why they cannot get married: marriage "is not a civil right - you're not black," she said, according a report this weekend from Politico. "Blacks must be looking at the gays say ... More >>
We always knew the Tea Party had interest in other races, but it appears they're now making a full effort to go after them, right out in the open.
General Stanley McChrystal has a new high-falutin' academic gig! After that whole whoopsie over the Rolling Stone article in which he was quoted making disparaging comments about President Obama and other White House leaders -- and then fired from his post as commander of the Afghanistan war ... More >>
Over the weekend, we here at The Village Voice were presented with quite the dubious distinction!
Yesterday afternoon, The Washington Post's conservative blogger, Dave Weigel, resigned. This was following the leak of some emails detailing his personal political views to a DC hack-gossip named Betsy Rothstein and bowtied blowhard Tucker Carlson's website, The Daily Caller. The emails were ... More >>
Forty years in, Al Tipper = 4Ever is no longer forever. Sigh. Per Politico, the couple, who met at a high-school graduation dance and were really quite adorable as far as political couples go (no babies out of wedlock or Argentinean mistresses, for example), are calling it quits.
It's finally happening: the White House is officially behind Congressional efforts to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this week.
There's an item on Politico from the newest blogger, Maggie Haberman, late of the Post and Daily News, suggesting that Rudy Giuliani may be back for one more bite at the apple. We can only hope. Haberman notes that the ex-mayor, ex-presidential candidate, ex-senate candidate, ex-gubernatorial ... More >>
Political Powerhouses Jessica Simpson and Jimmy FallonNo one with any sense of perspective believes that Real America -- most of the nation, fly-over country, everywhere but the coastal cities, whatever you want to call it -- gives a quarter of a shit about the White House Correspondents Dinner. ... More >>
In the wake of what the Obama administration is calling a terror attempt on a Northwest Airlines jet yesterday, the Transportation Safety Administration has announced, but not released, new restrictions on airplane passengers. Not released to us, anyway. Air Canada apparently got a copy.
Politico has an interesting piece about a hunting trip Senator Schumer took with Senator Ben Nelson in Nebraska last month. They note that the trip went surprisingly well, given how poorly political hunting trips can turn out for Democrats (and Republicans, too). When we heard that the Brook ... More >>
The buzz in the right-wing blogosphere yesterday was over Politico's scoop that the RNC chose not to opt out of providing elective abortion coverage for their employees, at least until someone found out that's what they were doing. Politico has accommodatingly made an unannounced edit to the ... More >>
Thanks to Politico we now know about the Hottest Heads of State page, which was created by a couple of clever websters and ranks world leaders by hotness. Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine, is #1; Barack Obama is #15, which further proves that the world has turned against him. You ... More >>
Well, at least we can laugh about it. Celebrity-sex-with-minors fever continues with a French minister pressured to resign after someone noticed that in his 2005 memoir he talked about traveling the world in search of young boys to sodomize. And Politico reveals that celebs who stepped up for Pol ... More >>
Politico.com has the best peek behind the curtain at how the wizards do their lobbying business this morning since those wonderful Jack Abramoff shakedown emails a few years ago. Politico's Mike Allen reports how the august American Conservative Union - which bills itself as "the nation's oldest an ... More >>
It's been a lousy day, so let's savor the old-fashioned pleasure of a Republican sex scandal. Senator John Ensign of Nevada (pictured, left) deeply regrets and is very sorry for nailing a campaign coworker an unspecified number of times between December 2007 and August 2008. Both the campaign worker ... More >>
It all happened so fast. Earlier we told you that House members from New York Carolyn McCarthy, Carolyn Maloney and Steve Israel were threatening to take down Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010. A day later, NARAL gave Kirsten Gillibrand its endorsement -- about a year early. Today Politico carries a stat ... More >>