U.S. Congressional Politics

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    $9.7 Billion Down, $51 Billion To Go: Obama Signs Off On Sandy Relief

    "We'll take what we can get" seems to be the mantra of Washington lately. But Sandy relief shouldn't be held prison to that.Yesterday, President Obama put his pen to the paper on a bill that would hand a nearly-broke FEMA the ability to borrow $9.7 billion in funds to handle thousands of Sandy insur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    What The Fiscal Cliff Means For New York, Pt. 2

    Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted his cynicism towards a fiscal cliff compromise, blaming the House Republicans' "dictatorship." The New York Post's cover featured a diver jumping off a cliff, with the catchy headline 'This Fall Is Really Going To Hurt.' We later found out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker to Run for Senate in 2014

    Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker released a YouTube video this morning outlining his own political aspirations for the future. Booker, a nationally-known, high-profile figure, is seen as one of the rising stars of the Democrat party, and many expected him to challenge Republican incumbent Chris Christie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    New York AG Takes On "Reciprocity" Gun Bill

    As it currently stands, the Second Amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to own firearms. But each state is permitted to place its own restrictions on the types of firearms -- and the manner in which they're possessed -- that people are allowed to own.A bill making its way through Congress wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Barack Obama To Congress: Extend Tax Cuts for The Middle Class

    Taking aim at trickle down fiscal policies and warning legislators not to hold the American economy "hostage," President Barack Obama demanded today that Congress extend Bush-era middle class tax cuts for a year. Addressing the nation from the White House's East Room, Obama implored Congress to "do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    GOP Uses Stock Act as Excuse to Call Kirsten Gillibrand a Congressional Inside Trader (Again)

    ​Following yesterday's passage in the U.S. Senate of the Federal Stock Act, the New York State Republican Party came out swinging. Per usual, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand -- who voted in favor of the bill -- is the target of the GOP's blows.First and foremost, the Federal Stock Act would make it so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2011

    Republicans Call Obama Plan 'Class Warfare'; Don't Know Definition of 'Warfare'

    ​Tomorrow, President Obama will unveil a deficit-cutting proposal that will include a revision to the U.S. tax code. The proposed change will feature a higher tax rate for the wealthiest 0.3% of Americans, who currently pay the IRS with a $15 gift card to Sam Goody every April (estimated figur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Debt Deal Passes; Mailman arrested for Diamond District Theft; Anders Behring Breivik Reportedly had Plastic Surgery in America to Look More Aryan

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Obama in NYC With Al Sharpton: Student Loans Suck

    ​Amid desperate budget negotiations and a looming government shutdown, President Barack Obama came to New York City last night to speak at the twentieth-anniversary party for Al Sharpton's National Action Network. At the gala, Obama focused on the issue of education inequality, but only after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Chris Lee, Craigslist Congressman, Has Been Known to Party Hard

    via​Christopher Lee resigned yesterday, less than four hours after Gawker published a story from a woman who claims Lee contacted her on Craigslist, claiming to be single, and proceeded to send her a (fairly impressive) shirtless picture. "I promise not to disappoint," he told her sexily. Now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2010

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is Dead After 65-31 Vote to Repeal Policy

    via​As expected, the repeal of the Clinton-era "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning gays in the military has passed the Senate by a vote of 65-31. President Obama must now sign the bill into law, which he is expected to do. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to overturn the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Lady Gaga, Lobbyist

    Apparently, Lady Gaga doesn't just have the power to get major legislation moved onto the floor of the U.S. Senate, but she's got U.S. senators clamoring to reach her on Twitter. After turning up to the VMAs on Sunday with four service members discharged because of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and calli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Republican Joe Barton Apologizes for Apologizing to BP

    Barton, looking entirely too jolly.​Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Jon Ward reports on The Daily Caller that Representative Joe Barton was told by House Republican leaders that "he would be stripped of his ranking member status on a key committee Thursday if he did not immediately apol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Vast White-Wing Conspiracy? 15% of Black House Members Under Investigation

    David Paterson took a lot of heat for saying racism was behind his poor press and dismal poll numbers. When he tried to rope President Obama into the act, the White House distanced itself from the governor more strenuously than they did even from Bill Thompson. We wondered some time ago if maybe hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    The Chief: Bruno investors won pension sweetener

    The recent federal indictment of ex-state senate master Joe Bruno was overshadowed by Governor Paterson's antics with his U.S. senate candidates, but now the city weekly, The Chief, has taken a look at the charges and makes some interesting connections. Chief editor Richard Steier reports that at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Gov Sets High Noon for Senate Pick

    Apparently David Paterson has now really, finally, absolutely made up his mind about his senate pick. The governor's press office just released his schedule for tomorrow, which calls for a noon press conference tomorrow in Albany to announce his "U.S. Senate Appointment." Meanwhile, Long Island co ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2008

    What the CIA Had to Destroy

    The many reasons this torture evidence was too hot to handle

  • News

    November 20, 2007

    It's Only Black Muslims

    Has anyone heard Darfur mentioned in the presidential debates? Or in Congress?

  • Art

    April 3, 2007

    Sweet Relief

    You asked the politicians for help with student debt. And maybe, just maybe, you're about to get it.

  • News

    February 13, 2007

    While Schumer Slept

    For five years, New York's senior senator said nothing about the toxic cloud that hung over his own constituents.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2006

    Puerto Rico to Vote . . . on What?

    Timing is everything: As anger brews over recent FBI activity in Puerto Rico, Congress is generating the latest proposals for resolving the island's political status—spurred by a presidential panel that in December found (news flash!) that the island's status needed resolving. A Senate proposal ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2006

    Barricading the Storm

    Why the White House Won't Release Its Katrina Papers

  • News

    January 17, 2006

    Reform School Dropouts

    Congress vows changes but makes only a few after Abramoff scandal

  • News

    January 3, 2006

    Alito and His Coaches

    For Supreme Court nominee, hearings are an inside game

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2005

    Jeanine Hero: She Stays In Senate Race

    True to predictions, the New York Republican Party's 62 county chairmen ended their closed-door party confab this afternoon with one word of advice to its flagging U.S. Senate hopeful, Jeanine Pirro: Abandon your quest to take on Senator Hillary Clinton in 2006. GOP party sources confirm the chairm ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2005

    In D.C., It's All Relative

    Congress members, staff, and lobbyists—one big happy family

  • News

    November 8, 2005

    About That Faulty Intelligence

    Clue for a Congress doubting the Iraq war: The Downing Street Memo

  • News

    September 13, 2005

    While You Were Watching Katrina

    House Republicans derail probes of Plame affair

  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Democrats Go Nuclear on Values

    Republicans May Spend Political Capital to Blow Up the Senate Filibuster, But Dems Will Implode for Free

  • News

    April 5, 2005

    Bolton's Terrorist Tango

    Bush pick for U.N. ambassador makes smooth with Iran's MEK

  • News

    January 25, 2005

    The Scourge of Her Conviction

    Activist Elena Sassower annoyed congress, her trial judge, and defenders of free speech—all the way to jail

  • News

    August 3, 2004
  • News

    July 20, 2004

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Senator Hillary becomes a 9-11 hero, centrist chameleon, and Iraq hawk

  • News

    June 8, 2004

    The Oversight Years

    Reagan: the pol who taught us not to pay attention to what's going on

  • News

    October 28, 2003

    The Elephant in Wilson's Living Room

    feds broaden leak probe, start grilling republican party officials

  • News

    July 8, 2003

    Exhibit A

    Politics on Display in the Fight for a Black Museum

  • News

    June 3, 2003

    100th Civil Liberties Safe Zone!

    Hawaii Is the First State to Defy Ashcroft

  • News

    December 17, 2002

    Casting Lott

    The Case for Throwing Poor Trent Overboard

  • News

    August 6, 2002

    Ashcroft’s Master Plan to Spy on Us

    'Citizens Will Not Become Informants'

  • News

    March 12, 2002
  • News

    December 4, 2001

    With Friends Like These

    'Terrorists' Share Space With Press in D.C. Building

  • News

    April 10, 2001

    The Gospel According to the A.G.

    Ashcroft to Christian Crowd: Use Government to Sell Jesus

  • News

    March 13, 2001
  • News

    February 6, 2001

    Gang Rape in Sudan

    'They Came One After Another'

  • News

    December 12, 2000

    The Hammer Strikes

    Tom DeLay’s Republican Congress Prepares to Smash the State

  • News

    July 4, 2000

    Black Pastors Demand Justice

    We Descendants of These Slaves

  • News

    June 20, 2000

    Loyal to a Vault

    Lazio Breaks the Bank at His Neighborhood EAB Branch

  • Film

    December 8, 1998
  • News

    September 15, 1998

    The Ubiquitous Candidate

    In the final days of the primary, Chuck Schumer is everywhere

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