"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
After publishing our piece yesterday "5 Reasons Why Touré Is Wrong On Blacks, Gay Marriage and Obama," we had the chance to talk about the president's new support fo marriage equality with WNYC's Brian Lehrer.
We took calls from black listeners and talked to Lehrer about the many reasons why we b ... More >>
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 >>
The Onion is a satirical newspaper. As in, the stories that it publishes are jokes. Duh, you're saying, but today they got in a bit of hot water when they tweeted about congressmen holding kids hostage in the Capitol building: "BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol ... 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 >>
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 >>
viaAs 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 >>
• President Obama will meet with congressional leaders from both parties today -- a/k/a, the "Slurpee summit," actual Slurpees TBD -- to discuss a number of issues, including the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and tax cuts. Can some ice shavings and food coloring bring peace to this nation ... More >>
Clarence and Virginia Thomas• Virginia Thomas, Clarence's wife, left a voicemail asking for an apology from Anita Hill after nearly 20 years. Hill had testified at Thomas' 1991 Senate confirmation hearing that "he made repeated crude sexual comments" when he was her boss. Flash forward to 2 ... More >>
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 >>
Less than 24 hours after scandal-plagued Democratic congressman Charles "Charlie" Rangel's birthday party took place, Republican opponents are turning around footage from it for their own attack ads. Target number one? U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, as fired from campaign of her challenger David M ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>