City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D) on Wednesday unveiled a new TV ad urging voters to take a “closer look” at Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D), who has emerged in the last few weeks as an overwhelming favorite in the race.
De Blasio said the ad selectively edited comments he made about stop-and-frisk, the NYPD tactic that de Blasio has vocally opposed. De Blasio: “I find it really inappropriate for her to try to mislead the public so clearly and blatantly, and it’s obvious that she’s desperate and that’s why she’d doing it.” (Politicker.com)
GENERAL ELECTION PREVIEW?: Lhota “took aim” at de Blasio on Wednesday. “He ripped into de Blasio’s message that New York City under Bloomberg had become a ‘Tale of Two Cities,’ where the poor suffered as the rich got richer. Lhota called the rhetoric ‘class warfare.’” (DNAInfo.com)
WEINER CONFRONTS HECKLER: As his chances of winning the Democratic primary appear increasingly bleak, former Rep. Anthony Weiner on Wednesday got into a shouting match with a heckler in a Brooklyn bakery. “The man said Mr. Weiner was a ‘scumbag’ and went after Mr. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, saying Mr. Weiner was ‘married to an Arab.’ Several times, he called Mr. Weiner ‘disgusting’ for sending lewd pictures to women online.”
Weiner “turned irate” and said: “You’re a perfect person? What rabbi taught you that you’re my judge?”
After the incident went viral on social media, Weiner tweeted: “Stood up to a heckler. That’s what mayors have to do sometimes.” (New York Times)
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Monday he'd now be willing to hold a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in a lame-duck session of Congress. While he said he wouldn't push for it, he said if "Hillary Clinton wins the White House, and a majority of senators convinced him to do so," he would soften his previous opposition.
In a new Monmouth University poll, 46% of likely voters support Clinton and 39% back Trump, with 7% supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson, and 2% backing Jill Stein of the Green Party. That's down from a poll taken right after the Democratic convention, in which Clinton led by 13 points.
“Hillary Clinton’s advisers are talking to Donald J. Trump’s ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal, seeking insights about Mr. Trump’s deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine him in four weeks at the first presidential debate, the most anticipated in a generation. ... Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge how he may respond to attacks and deal with a woman as his sole adversary on the debate stage.”
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has requested documents from the CEO of Mylan, "the pharmaceutical company under fire after raising the price of EpiPens more than 400 percent since 2007." Meanwhile, top members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are pressing the FDA on the lack of generic competition for EpiPens.