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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"Even if House Republicans manage to get enough members of their party on board with the latest version of their health care bill, they will face another battle in the Senate: whether the bill complies with the chamber’s arcane ... Byrd rule, which stipulates all provisions in a reconciliation bill must affect federal spending and revenues in a way that is not merely incidental." Democrats should have the advantage in that fight, "unless the Senate pulls another 'nuclear option.'”
The House has passed a one-week spending bill that will avert a government shutdown which was set to begin at midnight. Lawmakers now have an extra week to come to a longer agreement which is expected to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass before President Trump signs it.
President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."
Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.