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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The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House this morning by a 375-34 vote. The bill, which heads to the Senate next week for final consideration, would fund the military to the tune of $618.7 billion, "about $3.2 billion more than the president requested for fiscal 2017. ... The White House has issued a veto threat on both the House and Senate-passed versions of the bill, but has not yet said if it will sign the compromise bill released by the conference committee this week."
"Republicans have elected Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) the next chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden defeated Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Joe Barton (R-TX), the former committee chairman, in the race for the gavel" to succeed Michgan's Fred Upton.
"Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are working on legislation that would limit deportations" under President-elect Donald Trump. Leading the effort are Judiciary Committee members Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is also expected to sign on.
Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as his secretary of defense, according to The Washington Post. Mattis retired from active duty just four years ago, so Congress will have "to pass new legislation to bypass a federal law that states secretaries of defense must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years." The official announcement is likely to come next week.