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  • Scarborough Gushes Over Obama Speech—Before He Gives It

    07/27/2016 8:29:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Couldn’t Joe Scarborough have waited until after Barack Obama gave his DNC speeches tonight before he began gushing over him? Apparently not. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough, pre-lauding Obama’s speech-to-be, said “you know when you’re watching a great movie . . . and you can see where it’s going, and you sort of start smiling?” But it wasn’t just Obama’s as yet unspoken speech that had Scarborough excited. “You look at that lineup: it’s absolutely extraordinary,” enthused Joe. In addition to Obama, tonight’s line-up consists of Michael Bloomberg, Tim Kaine and Joe Biden. Yes, when it comes to oratory that...
  • Kennedy family BASHES Trump over Fourth of July weekend with a pinata of The Donald at their..

    07/04/2016 9:21:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 121 replies
    Kennedy family BASHES Trump over Fourth of July weekend with a pinata of The Donald at their Cape Cod compound The Kennedy clam gathered at their family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts over the weekend for their annual Fourth of July party Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s daughter Kathleen, better known as Kick, posted a photo showing the family had a Donald Trump pinata at their party The photo, which showed family members milling about in the background, was captioned: 'It's yuge party!' Kick deleted the Instagram post just before 11am on Monday morning Michael Bloomberg's daughter Georgina, publishing heiress Anne...
  • Maduro Orders Seizure of Closed Venezuela Factories, Jailing of Owners

    05/14/2016 5:39:09 PM PDT · by Publius · 198 replies
    MSN ^ | 14 May 2016
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday ordered authorities to seize factories that have stopped production and jail their owners, a day after declaring a state of emergency to combat the country's economic crisis. "We must take all measures to recover productive capacity, which is being paralyzed by the bourgeoisie," he told a rally in Caracas. "Anyone who wants to halt (production) to sabotage the country should get out, and those who do must be handcuffed and sent to the PGV (Venezuelan General Penitentiary)," he said.
  • Double-Digit Odds We Have Four-Way Race in November.

    02/17/2016 5:14:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2016 | Bryan Crabtree
    While leaving the station after my radio show Tuesday, the thought occurred to me that if Donald Trump is the nominee for the Republican Party and he loses the general election, it won't be his fault. It will be all the elitist, establishment Republicans who have dismissed and assaulted him since the beginning. It will be all the nasty commentary, the statements about how unelectable he is and it will have very little to do with the Democrats' actions or Trump himself. It will be the result of collateral damage from a nasty primary election; he'll have some guilt in...
  • Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Don’t run, Bloomberg, Hillary’s got your agenda covered

    02/11/2016 10:18:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/11/16 | Robert Laurie
    Ignore her, Mr. Mayor! Run! For months, we’ve been hearing rumblings that Michael Bloomberg was considering a third party run in 2016. So far, nothing’s materialized but, thanks to a “splintered” Democrat base, the rumors never really died down. In fact, they’ve grown even louder on the heels of Hillary’s New Hampshire defeat. The thinking on the left is that, if she can’t beat the socialist crypt-keeper, she has no chance against an energetic GOP. That may or may not be true, but it’s causing the former New York City Mayor to rattle the third-party saber - and the DNC...
  • Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run

    01/23/2016 6:54:19 AM PST · by Drew68 · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/23/16 | Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman
    Galled by Donald J. Trump's dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton's stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side, Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for an independent campaign in this year's presidential race. Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has in the past contemplated running for the White House on a third-party ticket, but always concluded he could not win. A confluence of unlikely events in the 2016 election, however, has given new impetus to his presidential aspirations. Mr. Bloomberg, 73,...
  • BLOOMBERG: Ted Cruz 'says some of the stupidest things I've ever heard' ("Climate Change")

    11/27/2015 9:34:42 AM PST · by Isara · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 27, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    ...Michael Bloomberg...trashed two top-tier Republican presidential candidates in a CNN interview airing Friday.After dismissing "right-wing crazies" who reject mainstream climate science, Bloomberg was asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour what he made of the GOP field...."There's one of them who was a surgeon, unfortunately at Johns Hopkins, who doesn't believe in science," Bloomberg said. "Somebody said that's like a business executive that doesn't believe in profits."Bloomberg then said that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had said some of the "stupidest" things about climate change despite his intellect. He noted that Cruz's intelligence had been praised by Alan Dershowitz, a prominent US...
  • Bloomberg editor quits: We can't cover Michael Bloomberg aggressively

    01/28/2016 4:26:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | January 27, 2016: 7:32 PM ET | Tom Kludt
    A top editor at Michael Bloomberg's media empire has left the company, citing concerns over how it will cover the former New York City mayor's presidential aspirations.
  • White House slashed NYC terror funding to punish Schumer, former top cop says

    02/22/2016 7:12:21 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/21/16 | Dan Friedman Examiner
    New York City's former top cop said Sunday that the Obama administration cut funding to fight terrorism in the city to retaliate against Sen. Chuck Schumer for opposing a nuclear deal with Iran. "There's a certain amount vindictiveness on the part of Washington aimed at Sen. Chuck Schumer," Ray Kelly, New York City's police commissioner under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said in an interview with John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York. "Apparently they remember very well that Sen. Schumer did not support their Iran deal," Kelly said, arguing the proposed cut "was aimed at getting a reaction from...
  • Music on the campaign trail: How pop music explains the difference between Iowa and New Hampshire

    02/13/2016 4:45:46 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 2/13/2016 | Sasha Issenberg
    Anyone trying to understand why Donald Trump always has thought New Hampshire would be friendlier to him than Iowa should put aside the polls for a moment and focus on what each state's Republican voters are putting on their Spotify playlists. According to data for the week ending Feb. 1, Iowa Republicans can't stop listening to "This Is Amazing Grace" by Christian rocker Phil Wickham, which opens with the verse: "Who breaks the power of sin and darkness/Whose love is mighty and so much stronger/The King of Glory, the King above all kings." Republicans in New Hampshire, meanwhile, prefer "Idle...
  • Michael Bloomberg says he is actively considering running for president as an independent

    02/08/2016 2:09:43 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16:20 EST, 8 February 2016 | David Martosko
    Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, confirmed on Monday that he is actively considering running for president as an independent. In a dramatic interview, the 73-year-old said he was 'looking at all the options' and expressed disgust at the current state of the White House race. Bloomberg would be the richest candidate in American political history with a fortune of $36 billion, dwarfing the resources of Republican Donald Trump and enabling him to self-fund a campaign many times over.
  • Senator Portilla, R-Miami, Holds the Key to Florida Open Carry

    02/01/2016 10:16:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla The Florida open carry bill has moved out of Committee in the Florida House.  It will likely be voted on by the full House in the next few weeks.  From cbslocal.com: TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) - A bill that would allow Florida gun owners to openly carry their weapons is headed to a full vote. The bill cleared a committee vote 12 to 4 on Thursday.The next step will be a full vote by the Florida House in the next few weeks.The difficulty lies in the Senate, where Senator Portilla is Chair of the Judiciary Committee...
  • Trump Finds Voice of Support in Unexpected Place: San Francisco's C-suite

    01/31/2016 8:06:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | Mark Calvey
    Virgin America CEO David Cush stunned a San Francisco audience Wednesday night when he responded to a short, but controversial, question: "Trump or Hillary?" Essentially, the question was posed in the spirit of a lightning round asking him which candidate he thought would win a prospective Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton presidential race. That followed a prior question on which team he expects will win the Super Bowl. Like a pitcher hoping to get out of a tight situation with a curve ball, Cush first avoided the question: "What's that? OK. I'm looking for the exit." That sparked laughter from...
  • Run Bloomberg Run!

    01/30/2016 2:50:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jeff Crouere
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now threatening to enter the presidential race and spend $1 billion of his vast fortune. Bloomberg spent 12 years as Mayor and obviously misses the media limelight. Although he is two weeks' shy of his 74th birthday, Bloomberg is obviously not interested in retirement. He was originally registered as a Democrat, then became a "liberal Republican," before settling in as a so-called Independent. He is under the delusion that he can appeal to centrist voters disgusted with the two party system. In reality, Bloomberg is a hard core leftist who would severely...
  • Obama meets with Bloomberg to talk guns

    12/16/2015 6:34:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 16, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Wednesday met with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ally of the White House on gun control. The meeting, which was not on the president's public schedule, comes as he is weighing new executive action on guns in response to a series of mass shootings that have marred his presidency. Obama huddled with Bloomberg "as part of the administration's continuing push to address gun violence in America," the White House said in a statement. "The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them...
  • Sources: Bloomberg Willing To Spend $1B On Possible Presidential Bid

    01/25/2016 5:45:42 PM PST · by correctthought · 57 replies
    CBS NY ^ | January 25, 2016 6:21 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking a look at the 2016 presidential landscape, and putting the pieces in place for a possible presidential run, sources close to Bloomberg said.
  • Donald Trump Would ‘Love’ to See Michael Bloomberg Run

    01/24/2016 10:06:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/24/2016 | Maggie Haberman
    <p>Donald J. Trump's reaction to the potential run of Michael R. Bloomberg in the presidential race was simple: Bring it on.</p> <p>"I would love to see Michael run -- I would love the competition," Mr. Trump said in a brief interview before a rally of several hundred people who lined up for hours to see him here.</p>
  • Is Bloomberg out to ruin Hillary Clinton’s party?

    01/24/2016 6:08:51 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | Ellen Clegg
    With polls showing a surge by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in early-voting states, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is weighing a presidential bid as an independent, third-party candidate, the New York Times reported Saturday. Bloomberg, the popular former mayor of New York City, has sent up trial balloons before. But this time he seems concerned enough about the rise of candidates on the fringes of both parties - and Hillary Clinton's weakness in Iowa and New Hampshire - to assemble advisers and set down plans. In fact, Bloomberg is reportedly even studying up on past third-party runs by H. Ross Perot...
  • Liberals Are Losing the Culture Wars

    11/04/2015 9:55:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Molly Ball
    In Tuesday’s elections, voters rejected recreational marijuana, transgender rights, and illegal-immigrant sanctuaries; they reacted equivocally to gun-control arguments; and they handed a surprise victory to a Republican gubernatorial candidate who emphasized his opposition to gay marriage. Democrats have become increasingly assertive in taking liberal social positions in recent years, believing that they enjoy majority support and even seeking to turn abortion and gay rights into electoral wedges against Republicans. But Tuesday’s results—and the broader trend of recent elections that have been generally disastrous for Democrats not named Barack Obama—call that view into question. Indeed, they suggest that the left has...
  • Gay Activists Fume Over de Blasio’s Role in rentboy.com raid

    08/28/2015 7:44:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Richard Johnson
    Gay activists fume over de Blasio’s role in rentboy.com raidGay activists are furious over the rentboy.com raid and arrests for prostitution — and they are wondering why Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton worked with the federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. Both the mayor and Bratton march in the very same gay pride parade in which rentboy.com has a float. “Koch, Giuliani and Bloomberg didn’t go after rentboy.com. Why is de Blasio?” wondered one gay man who has used the service.
  • Murdoch begins ‘draft Bloomberg’ movement as market uncertainty rises

    08/24/2015 1:16:49 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 74 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 8/24/2015 | Pras Subramanian
    The rumblings are beginning. Just as the Democratic party considers drafting a 2016 challenger into take on a floundering Hillary Clinton, GOP voices are speaking up about shaking up their primary race as well. Conservative stalwarts Bill Kristol is leaving the door open for an “October surprise,” even suggesting the possibility that a business person, such as a “saner and sounder” version of Donald Trump, could emerge. Now enter a man who knows a thing or two of drumming up attention (and selling papers) - Rupert Murdoch. Just as massive stock drop has many investors eyeing the financial headlines, the...
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

    06/21/2015 10:44:20 AM PDT · by Johnny Navarone · 114 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 06/21/2015 | Lawrence Hurley
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama's healthcare law by the end of the month.</p>
  • Who is the most conservative Republican candidate for president? [CRUZ!]

    06/17/2015 9:45:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16 at 2:00 PM | Pablo Barberá
    The Republican field is crowded, which implies that primary voters have little information about where some of the candidates stand. That is particularly the case this season, with a few relatively unknown contenders who lack legislative experience or a long history of campaign contributions that would allow researchers to precisely identify where they stand on the liberal-to-conservative political dimension.However, one characteristic all candidates share is that they have active and popular Twitter accounts. And as I showed in an article published earlier this year in the journal Political Analysis — now freely available online as an Editors’ Choice article —...
  • Graffiti artists suing 5Pointz owner for whitewashing their work from building

    06/17/2015 9:50:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 102 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 12, 2015 | Ginger Adams Otis
    Nine graffiti artists who spray painted creations across the world-renowned 5Pointz building filed a lawsuit Friday in Brooklyn federal court, seeking unspecified damages from the owner who whitewashed away their artwork. [Snip] The aerosol artists say they are owed substantial cash damages because Wolkoff painted over their al fresco works. [Snip] The iconic buildings had more than 350 works of visual art on the walls — inside and out — when Wolkoff destroyed them, the lawsuit said. The colorful, eye-catching creations were torn down for good last summer.
  • Millionaire Hillary launches campaign do-over with rally (Getty, AP, CORBIS, Reuters Photos)

    06/13/2015 11:59:48 AM PDT · by dennisw · 110 replies
    Getty, AP, CORBIS, Reuters Photos dailymail ^ | 13 June 2015 | David Martosko
    Millionaire Hillary rally on New York City island as she promises to look out for ordinary Americans' pocketbooks – but the 'overflow' crowd zone is left EMPTY New York City rally brings people from several states to watch Clinton reboot her campaign after two months in low gear Speech emphasizes economic issues and puts Hillary on the hot seat as she suffers wealthy, elitist image Clinton is setting herself up as Obama's heir apparent 'She's earned it,' one attendee said Saturday; 'All those campaigns, all that travel at the State Department. All that putting up with Bill' Smaller than expected...
  • Hillary takes the reins of Democratic Party after Obama defeat

    06/13/2015 11:42:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    washington examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    Hillary Clinton's Saturday campaign reboot isn't just her first public rally. Coming a day after President Obama suffered an embarrassing legislative defeat, it is a changing of the guard for the Democratic Party. Make no mistake: while House Republicans also voted overwhelmingly against the president on a key trade bill Friday, it was his fellow Democrats who handed him the most stinging rebuke. Just 40 Democrats out of 188 voted with Obama. Nearly 80 percent of House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, went against him. A mere two of the 10 Democrats representing Obama's home state of Illinois in...
  • A Notorious Gun-Grabber May Be Waiting in the Wings as Hillary’s Campaign Implodes

    06/13/2015 9:29:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/12/2015 | Debra Heine
    So who’s waiting in the wings with a humongous bankroll and a proven history of enforcing the type of big-government policies the Democrat faithful love? Click to the next page to find out. …when that time finally comes, and the inevitable euthanasia of Hillary Clinton’s political ambitions finally materializes, it won’t be Sanders who benefits. Nor will the other Lilliputian Democrat hopefuls, like Jim Webb, Lincoln Chaffee or Martin O’Malley. It’s going to be Mike Bloomberg.
  • With Hillary as front-runner, Mike needs to step in [What planet is this guy living on?]

    06/13/2015 3:13:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Times Ledger ^ | June 13, 2015 | Tom Allon, president of City & State NY, 2013 Republican and Liberal Party-backed mayoral candidate
    I’m a Democrat and I am very concerned about the upcoming presidential election. Our country’s ability to tackle all kinds of inequality—racial, gender, economic and the list goes on—largely hinges on the outcome of the 2016 election, and on whether or not Democrats prevail. I want to make clear that I don’t think all Republicans are completely misguided, just many of them, such as union-bashing Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and polarizing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and thuggish New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Moderates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio—although too far to the right on many issues for me—at...
  • Bloomberg’s Reported Interest In Buying New York Times Sends Shares Soaring

    05/03/2015 3:53:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    New York post ^ | May 1, 2015 | Keith J kelly
    New York Times Co. shares leaped 10.7 percent in after-hours trading after Fox Business Network reported billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg had expressed renewed interest in buying the paper. The former New York City mayor was prepared to pay up to $5 billion to acquire the Gray Lady — more than double the $2.3 billion market cap of the company. Bloomberg LP completely dismissed the FBN report as untrue. “There is no truth to this rumor,” Ty Trippet, a spokesman for the data and business news service, said in an e-mail. Mike Bloomberg has in the past expressed interest in buying...
  • Mayor De Blasio slaps NYPD in the face on last day of 2014

    01/01/2015 10:38:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    New York Mayor de Blasio’s actions speak louder than words when it comes to respecting the NYPD, and he used the last day of 2014 to emphasize how little he values the lives of the officers that serve the city. The New York Post reports:  Mayor de Blasio delivered another blow to New York’s Finest on Wednesday when he reappointed a Brooklyn judge who freed without bail two men who threatened cops just days after the Bed-Stuy double police assassination. The stunning decision came even as one of the suspects — a gang member charged with posting police death threats...
  • Propagandist Jon Gruber also Shilled for Mike Bloomberg

    12/09/2014 11:44:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Jonathan Gruber seems to be giving the propagandists of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia a run for their money. In addition to bragging about hoodwinking the American public into believing that healthcare reform was actually about reforming healthcare, he has also called abortion a “social good” because it kills “marginal children” in poor communities. This gem of a human being, unsurprisingly, was also a vocal advocate for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s cigarette tax… Ya know, the $5.85 tax on each pack of smokes (which inevitably drives tobacco sales to the criminal, tax-evading, entrepreneurs like Eric Garner)? According to Breitbart.com:Michael Bloomberg, who is...
  • 9/11: George W. Bush Stands Tall

    09/12/2011 2:44:07 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 40 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 9/12/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: George Bush yesterday, the 9/11 memorials. You know, a friend of mine observed this. What did Obama do? Obama went to a soup kitchen, 9/11, a day of service, as though we've got something to apologize for, for what happened on 9/11. A friend of mine observes Obama and Bloomberg both acted like it was a natural disaster. Bush, George W. Bush, who, by the way, stands tall in retrospect. Ten years, not one attack. Great statesmanship. If somebody told me today they wanted to put Bush's face on Mount Rushmore, I'd be in there supporting it. I saw...
  • AP Acts As If Only Dems Have Problems With Bloomberg's Ridicule of Two Colorado Cities ( No Roads )

    07/11/2014 6:07:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 11, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    In what appears to be an act of leftist self-defense, an unbylined story at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, describes certain Colorado Democratic politicians' crticisms of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over recent "off-base remarks about two of its cities," but noted no reactions from Republicans — who are genuinely outraged, as opposed to arguably trying to cover their political tracks. ... Bloomberg told Simon Vozick-Levinson that in recent recall elections in the Centennial State, "The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don't think there's roads. It's...
  • Target Joins the Anti-Gun Movement

    07/03/2014 7:28:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Well… I’m starting to run out of places to shop. Target Corporation (TGT) made the announcement on Wednesday that they have acquiesced to the Bloomberg fanatics who believe no-one should be armed while shopping. The company (politely) asked customers to keep their guns at home the next time they wander in for a DVD or Cuisinart. Of course, it’s not all bad news. After all, a Target store in San Antonio recently booted anti-gun activists from its store. The Bloomberg inspired group, Moms Demand Action (moms I know carry .380 automatics), was asked to leave the premises as they petitioned...
  • Bill de Blasio’s Other Party: How the Working Families party took over New York City

    01/15/2014 7:21:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2014 | John Fund
    As recently as 1998, New York State’s Republican party controlled the governorship, a United States Senate seat, and the mayor’s office in Manhattan. Today, it is greatly diminished, with its sole beachhead of influence in the state senate, where it shares a majority with four independent Democrats. In contrast, the Working Families party (WFP), a 15-year-old left-wing, union-fueled group with just 20,000 members, now holds the whip hand over much of the dominant Democratic party in New York — and is already spreading its wings to other states. The WFP not only was a major force behind Bill de Blasio’s...
  • NYC City Council debates ban on plastic-foam takeout containers

    11/25/2013 4:09:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | November 25, 2013 | Melissa Quinn
    New York City Major Michael Bloomberg is claiming one more casualty before he officially ends his reign as overreaching “Nanny,” with the City Council debating a ban on plastic-foam takeout containers. The City Council’s sanitation committee is gearing up for a hearing on the future of the takeout containers set to take place Monday, The Associated Press reported. Members of the board are contemplating proposals to either ban the containers outright or explore options to recycle them.
  • Up close and personal with Former Governor Jesse Ventura

    05/21/2010 9:48:58 AM PDT · by newjerseynewsroom · 18 replies · 370+ views
    NJNR: What are your thoughts on the Minnesota Independence party backing Mayor Bloomberg for president in 2012? JV: He's a bright man. He's done an outstanding job here in N.Y. to the best of my knowledge. I mean New Yorkers would know better than me. Whenever I come here it seems he's done a great job with the city. If he runs as a true independent he gets my full support because I don't vote for Democrats or Republicans. I refuse to vote for them and I encourage everyone else in this country to do the same. The problem with...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Thinks Medical Marijuana Is a ‘Hoax’

    05/31/2013 11:50:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/31/2013 | Joe Coscarelli
    Old Man Bloomberg ignored the opinions of medical professionals and various other data today on his weekly radio address to deem any non-recreational use of the nation's favorite herb fake. "Yeah, right, medical, come on," he said. "There's no medical. This is one of the great hoaxes of all time." While the mayor famously said, "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it," when asked if he'd ever smoked weed, he insisted, "I don't have any personal experience in terms of today," before reverting to his recycled talking points like, "marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or...
  • Sharpton & Barnicle Agree: Anti-Semitism Explains Opposition To Bloomberg On Gun Control

    03/25/2013 6:10:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Morning Joe today, the Reverend Al Sharpton agreed with Mike Barnicle that anti-Semitism explains the opposition to Mike Bloomberg in his gun control campaign. H/t NB reader cobokat. If ever there were an expert on anti-Semitism in America, it could be Al Sharpton, he of Freddie's Fashion Mart and Crown Heights riot infamy. The spectacle of Sharpton lamenting the supposed anti-Semitism of others was ironic, if not repulsive. Note that Dan Senor, who might also know something about anti-Semitism, being Jewish and having attended university in Israel, rejected the notion. View the video here.
  • 'Fortune' Editor Boosts Nanny Bloomberg: 'Sometimes You Have To Take People By The Hand'

    03/12/2013 6:50:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You'd think someone who works for "Fortune" magazine would have more have more respect for free people and free markets. But on Morning Joe, today, there was "Fortune" editor Leigh Gallagher boosting Michael Bloomberg's nanny state. Gallagher approvingly quoted Mayor Mike to the effect "sometimes you have to do not what people want you to do. You have to take people by the hand and lead them." Gallagher also, incredibly, confused the ability of entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs to offer products that people, exercising their free will, find appealing with the ability of politicians to use the force of law...
  • Bloomberg Said To Be Eyeing Financial Times, New York Times

    12/17/2012 5:02:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 17 Dec 2012 06:16 PM | Megan Anderle
    As Michael Bloomberg begins the last year of his third and final term as New York City mayor, the 70-year-old shows no sign of slowing down. Bloomberg, who founded Bloomberg L.P. in the early 1980s, is considering another big splash in the media business by acquiring The Financial Times, according to the New York Times. Meanwhile, USA Today reports that the New York Times itself is a Bloomberg acquisition target, but the New York paper has refrained from reporting that. …
  • Mayor Bloomberg Proposes 300-Square-Foot 'Micro' Apartments For New York City Singles

    07/12/2012 11:31:02 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/10/2012 | Meredith Galante
    Bloomberg is currently accepting proposals for the apartments, which will be located on E 27th Street and First Avenue in Kips Bay. The apartments would help young professionals find appropriate housing in the city while they start their careers. The craziest thing about these 300-square-foot apartments (which are about the size of half a subway car) is that they will cost around $2,000 a month to rent. Under current zoning laws, all apartments must be at least 400 square feet, but Bloomberg said he plans to change the zoning laws to make the new micro-units legal.
  • Bloomberg, the Limousine Liberal

    06/04/2012 10:25:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Mayor Bloomberg is a wretched human being. He’s an ultra-rich limousine liberal who wants to impose his views on ordinary people. I’ve previously written about his statist efforts to ban bake sales, and I’ve noted with mixed feelings his proposal to tell food stamp recipients what they’re allowed to buy.Now he wants to criminalize large sodas. Holman Jenkins writes about this silly idea in the Wall Street Journal. Mike Bloomberg’s move to regulate the size of sodas sold in his city illustrates why it’s a good thing he is a mayor of New York and not the czar of all...
  • Bloomberg strikes tougher tone on Occupy Wall Street (may "take action" against protesters)

    11/02/2011 10:57:39 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, November 2 2011 | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bloomberg struck a tougher tone with the Occupy Wall Street protestors Wednesday - and said the city might be forced to "take actions" at Zuccotti Park. Bloomberg said the city must listen to the residents and business owners near the protest site who are starting to loudly complain about the demonstrators. "This isn't an occupation of Wall Street," Bloomberg told reporters. "It's an occupation of a growing, vibrant residential neighborhood in Lower Manhattan and it's really hurting small businesses and families." Bloomberg's harsh assessment came a day after he received a letter from Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, Rep. Jerrold...
  • Kristof Wants Government To Improve Our Souls Via Income Redistribution

    01/02/2011 6:51:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelsteinn
    You might have thought that Mike Bloomberg—with his trans fat and smokes snatching—was the epitome of nanny staters. But the Big Apple mayor's got nothing on another New Yorker--Nicholas Kristof. In his New York Times column of today, Equality, A True Soul Food, Kristof preaches the urgent need for income redistribution as a means of . . . improving our souls. According to Kristof, "the toll of our stunning inequality is not just economic but also is a melancholy of the soul." And hey: what says soul improvement more than . . . raising taxes?! More excerpts and analysis after...
  • Michael Bloomberg's Dirty Money?

    08/20/2010 6:52:21 AM PDT · by truerepublican of the west · 13 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 8/20/2010 | New York Observer
    This article in the NY Observer indicates Michael Bloomberg, Mayor and businessman, just may have broken the law in his last campaign.
  • Landmark Preservation Committee expected to OK mosque construction near Ground Zero

    08/02/2010 7:52:06 AM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies · 3+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/2/2010 | Samuel Goldsmith
    The Mosque planned for Ground Zero is expected to pass a major hurdle Tuesday. Board members at the Landmarks Preservation Commission intend to vote unanimously against granting protected status to the 152-year-old building that would be knocked down to make way for the project, the Daily News has learned. The Italianate building on Park Place, two blocks north of Ground Zero, simply does not meet architectural criteria for protection from the city, sources with knowledge of the issue said. "The building is not worthy," a source said. "It does not rise to the level of an individual landmark." Opponents of the...
  • Gun lobby unleashes 'Sopranos'-like on Virginia governor's race -- 'if you know what's good for ya'

    10/26/2009 7:48:57 PM PDT · by Baladas · 7 replies · 928+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26, 2009 | Johanna Neuman
    It is surely one of the most unusual pitches in this year's gubernatorial elections -- a Tony Soprano-like figure defending New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent efforts to close the gun show loophole and warning Virginians not to get too attached to their Second Amendment freedoms "if ya know what's good for ya." Bloomberg underwrote a commercial in April that attacked former Virginia Atty. Gen. Bob McDonnell for his pro-gun positions and pushed for the closure of the state's "gun show loophole." Now Bloomberg is running for re-election, McDonnell is running for governor and the nation's larger gun lobby --...
  • Liberals Are Accessories To Crimes Against Women

    08/13/2009 7:53:37 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 3 replies · 366+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 12, 2009 | The Stiletto
    Commenting about the recent shooting at a fitness center near Pittsburgh in which three women were killed and nine others wounded by a gunman who then killed himself, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert writes: We’ve seen this tragic ritual so often that it has the feel of a formula. A guy is filled with a seething rage toward women and has easy access to guns. The result: mass slaughter. ... Herbert is right about one thing: Men are much likelier to commit violent crimes – as well as gun homicides – than women. ... Unfortunately - and predictably -...