U.S. Senate Former Reagan speechwriter and septuagenarian Jeff Bell will face incumbent New Jersey Senator Cory Booker in the fall after narrowly beating the closest of his three rivals for the Republican nomination, Rich Pezzullo, by fewer than 5,000 votes. House of Representatives, District 1 ... More >>
As you may have heard, failed GOP presidential candidate/Minnesota Congresswoman/fagala-phobic madwoman Michele Bachmann has launched a McCarthy-esque witch hunt into several Muslim employees of the federal government whom she decided could potentially be working as spies for Islamist terrorist grou ... More >>
Wendy Long, New York's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, has lots to say about your ladyparts. As we reported last week, Long is apparently against abortion in all cases and anti-birth control. Now, news has surfaced indicating that Long has put contraception in a patriotic context, saying in stu ... More >>
The PMRC is one of those faint memories that music fans that grew up in the '80s try to brush away. The Parents Music Resource Center was launched in 1985 by a group of Washington power wivesthe most visible face being the wife of then-senator Al Gore, Tipperwho saw rock and rap as, in ... More >>
Governor Andrew Cuomo's ditched a controversial gun law put in place by ex-Governor George Pataki -- and, as you probably expected, Fred Dicker, the New York Post's state capital bureau chief/captain of the Cuomo rah-rah squad, got the "exclusive" on the story.Dicker, as you also might imagine, i ... 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 >>
When Yelky Ramos, a 20-year-old undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic, was filling out college applications, her counselor told her that she would have a rough time getting the scholarships she needed. "My counselor said, 'There's a lot of great opportunities out there, but unfortu ... More >>
In a dramatic reversal of his previous stance, President Obama announced late on Monday that his re-election campaign would begin accepting fundraising money from Priorities USA Action, a super PAC. Obama had previously stated that, because he opposes the Citizens United ruling that makes unc ... More >>
Activists took up song to protest a "public" foreclosure auction in Brooklyn Supreme Court this afternoon. Many of those gathered (from FUREE, Housing Is a Human Right, Organizing for Occupation, and a new group called Occupied Real Estate) had taken part in another singing act of protest last Octob ... More >>
More than two years before New York got its shit together last summer, the über-progressive state of Iowa made same-sex marriage legal in 2009. The decision came from the state's Supreme Court, which drew from their state constituion's long history of being way ahead of the curve on civil ri ... More >>
The hot new amorphous group of internet hackers call themselves Lulz Security -- as in, we do it only for the lulz (a.k.a. laughs) -- and have already positioned themselves against the reigning mischief-making internet kings at Anonymous and 4chan, which likely beget LulzSec, at least in atti ... More >>
Two years ago, conservatives were on the ropes. But the GOP victories in last month's elections have them dreaming big again. They're back to talking about destroying the Democrats once and for all. Even Newt Gingrich is talking about running for President in 2012, which shows how general the optimi ... More >>
Today's New York Times brings a startling bit of news: the sneaker company Converse is opening a recording studio in the heart of Williamsburg, to be called Converse Rubber Tracks, where bands "deemed dedicated and needy enough" will be able to record for free. Artists selected to use the spa ... More >>
It's a big day in the U.S. Senate for two issues we watch, but it's kind of a win-win for conservatives on both of them, regardless of how the pending votes on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and the 'Dream Act' go down. The bigger of the day is a cloture vote on the military spending bill, which has a kin ... More >>
Oh, this is almost too much to handle. Think Progress, by way of The Daily What, points us toward the above video of Bill Maher on the subject of everyone's latest favorite crazy white person, Christine O'Donnell, who is a real live candidate for the United States Senate who loathes lust and reall ... More >>
The crowd at the last Pool Party of the summer, 2009. Photo by Sam HorineSo why did one of the most powerful senators in the United States intervene to save a free concert series in Brooklyn? Writes Ben Sisario in the New York Times:
Yesterday Diana Taylor, a former state regulator better known in the local press for her relationship with our billionaire mayor, joined the list of local political celebrities being floated for a shot at Kirsten Gillibrand's seat. Today, she dropped off the list. Taylor said in a statement t ... More >>
"The Supreme Court just predetermined the winners of next November's elections," says Chuck Schumer, reacting to the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. "It won't be Republicans. It won't be Democrats. It will be corporate America." What's the opposite of "a ... More >>
See UPDATE after the jump "Harold Ford is a great candidate who knows how to handle himself," Chuck Schumer said in 2005. "We're very hopeful about his candidacy." Maybe a bit less hopeful today. The fine line between irony and hypocrisy is crossed every day in politics. But in ... 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 >>
There is a significant difference of opinion between Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois state senate. The Governor believes it is his duty and privilege to name a Senator to replace President Elect Obama, and he has done so, choosing former Illinois attorney general and comptroller R ... More >>
Janet Napolitanos Sorry Service in Arizona Makes Her a Terrible Choice for Homeland Security Secretary
In honor of Election Day, the New York Times has been featuring for the last week a video "Critic's Picks" from A.O. Scott on the subject of Michael Ritchie's The Candidate (1972). "I don't think there's any movie that captures the chaos and intensity of Democratic politics quite as well," Scott say ... More >>
Oh yeah? How Michael Mukasey and Bernie Kerik are haunting Rudy's run.
Plenty keeps Albany's political odd couple, Andrew and Joe, together
'Peace Mom' announces she won't challenge Senator Feinstein
Anti-war lefties have had it with Clinton. Now they don't have to take it anymore.
Or Senate. The anti-war left seeks a challenger for Hillary Clinton
'Undefended': A senator finally takes the government to task over the 9-11 findings
'God's Gift to Women'
Accidental Tourists Stumble Abroad
Left, Right, Left, Right
Bloomberg Could Save Millions If City Seized Slush Funds
Pataki, Sweeney, Powers, Fossella to Prosper in Dubya Reign
Grandpa Al and Reverend Al in Senate Race Endorsement Flap
Politicians and Pundits Miss the Point
Howard Safir I Am the Law!
If Rudy Giuliani plays the race card, he most likely will try to attack Former Mayor David Dinkins's legacy in one of the city's ethnic hotbeds
Little Light for First Lady as Readers Respond to the 'Scandal Guide'
At the United Nations, Ferraro turned her back on Blacks, Jews, Latins, and Liberals