Bill and Hillary Clinton endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) on Wednesday. The Clintons “did not exactly offer a shout-to-the-heavens style of endorsement: they announced their support in a 48-word, single-paragraph statement attributed to their respective spokesmen and released in a no-frills e-mail by the de Blasio campaign.” The statement said: “Bill de Blasio has been a friend to both President Clinton and Secretary Clinton for many years. They were proud to see him run a thoughtful, creative campaign about the issues, and they are behind him as he moves on to the general election.”
There are “no current plans” for either Clinton to appear with de Blasio during the campaign. (New York Times)
TEACHERS BACK A NEW BILL: The powerful The United Federation of Teachers, which backed former Comptroller Bill Thompson (D) during the primary, endorsed de Blasio Wednesday, “continuing the slightly awkward coalescing of the party establishment around the presumptive Democratic nominee.” (Wall Street Journal)
MOVING ON UP: De Blasio’s aides “are telling donors they can’t guarantee he’ll appear at fund-raising events unless it will bring in at least $75,000 for his campaign.” Before his primary win, that figure was $5,000. One source: “That’s a lot of money. I can get [Gov.] Cuomo at a house party for $50,000.” (New York Daily News)
PROPS FOR de BLASIO’S DIGITAL TEAM: De Blasio’s digital staff, led by Obama campaign veteran Jessica Singleton, “are credited with playing a central role in engineering de Blasio’s stunning rise from fourth place in July to Democratic nominee today.” (New York Daily News)
LHOTA NOT WORRIED ABOUT MARIST POLL: MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R) “brushed off brutal early polling numbers” that show him badly trailing de Blasio. Lhota: “Look, I have always known right from the beginning that I was going to be the underdog. Nothing’s insurmountable “¦ you’ll see my numbers rise. I have no doubt about it. … I’ll do everything I can to flip their opinion of me and who I am. Most of them don’t know who I am and that’s even more significant. I’ve gotta go out there, get my name out there, get my history out there “¦ And I know it’ll resonate.” (Politicker.com)
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The protest over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline turned violent overnight as the police and National Guard sought to remove the protesters, surrounding them with assault vehicles and officers in riot gear. The law enforcement officers used pepper spray and fired bean bags for more than six hours. In response, the protesters "lit debris on fire and threw Molotov cocktails in retreat." One woman pulled out a gun and fired at officers, narrowly missing before being arrested. The protesters claim the pipeline would be constructed on land belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The House has scheduled leadership votes for Nov. 15, the day after members return from their election recess. "Since mid-September, members of the House Freedom Caucus have weighed whether they should ask leadership to push back the elections so they can see how House Speaker Paul Ryan performs at the end of the year," but leaders don't seem inclined to grant their request.
Gross domestic product "expanded at a 2.9% annual clip from July through September. That’s a marked improvement from the first half of the year when the U.S. grew just barely over 1%." The robust numbers make it more likely that the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates at its next meeting.
"A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The Bundy brothers and occupiers Jeff Banta and David Fry also were found not guilty of having guns in a federal facility." In a strange "coda" to the decision, Bundy's attorney Marcus Mumford was tackled and tasered by marshals in the courtroom as he argued that Bundy should be free to go.