Mediaite Reports: The comment was on the Facebook page called “NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Discussion Center” — and it’s “mission is to foster civil multi-partisan discussion about issues impacting citizens of New York’s U.S. House District represented by Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.” The post in question criticized Hayworth for not crediting Obama for a recent drop in gas prices.
Townsend’s comment, in response to another commenter, Tom, read:Read more »
“Brooklyn and Republican is no longer a non sequitur. With the election of David Storobin there are now five elected Republicans in Kings County, and there is a principal reason why: Voters are demanding fiscal accountability from their leaders and Republicans are providing it. Huge congratulations to David on a hard-fought win.”
You can still buy large bottles in stores. But in a restaurant, 16 ounces is the maximum that they would be able to serve in one cup. If you want to order two cups of the same time, that’s fine. It’s your choice. We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things. We’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup,” NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said about his proposal to ban sugary drinks 16oz or larger. RCP
After spending millions of dollars in his June 5 race against U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Howard Berman is still finding it difficult to make it clear to voters who he is. It didn’t help that the Canoga Park/ West Hills Chamber of Commerce hung a Memorial Day street banner referring to “Councilman Howard Berman.” Daily News
Rep. Steven Rothman is going big in the last days of his Democratic primary against Rep. Bill Pascrell in New Jersey’s newly drawn 9th district. His campaign just released a television ad about the environment that is on the air in the expensive New York City market. The money behind it is well into the six figures. Redistricting forced both Members to compete for the same Democratic-leaning seat.- Roll Call
Lew Fidler, the Democrat who lost by sixteen votes a special election for a disappearingState Senate seat, gave up but claims his Republican opponent is a fraud: Of course, I am disappointed in the overall result and the many messages it may be sending about politics in our community and our borough.
I am also very troubled by a clear fallacy of the Election Law which enabled Mr. Storobin’s campaign to violate the law without repercussion.Read more »
My question is: why put a bankruptcy which may come as a result of financial failure and distress in the same category as “criminal records?” If you file your taxes according to law but you can’t pay the actual bill, is it a crime or rather an illustration that wrong tax levies are at times placed on people who barely make it through the week?
One of the people on the list filed for Chapter Seven after losing $89K in Lehman Brothers. Is that a crime? Or is the crime that the guy should have asked for a GM-style bailout?
U.S. Senate candidate Bob Turner released his first television ad of the 2012 campaign cycle, one which plays heavily on what has been his chief calling card: his 2011 upset victory over David Weprin for a Congressional seat in Queens and Brooklyn. – NYO
The battle between ten-term Dem Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez and NYC Councilman Eric Dilan for New York’s Seventh Congressional District seat is hitting a boiling point with forces from both camps in a rush to register as many Hasidic voters possible from Williamsburg Brooklyn ahead of the Friday deadline.
Velasquez is backed by the “Aroynem” sect of Satmar in addition to NY Senator Gillibrand, while Dilan is backed by the “Zaloynim” sect of Satmar in addition to Vito Lopez the Boss of the Brooklyn Dem Party.Read more »
NYDN Reports: In his push to represent New York’s new 7th Congressional District, Dilan said the 10-term incumbent had “the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation,” according to one of his campaign handouts (read a pretty blurry copy below).
He bashed Velazquez as one of the few members of Congress who refused to sign a 2010 letter urging President Obama to impose sanctions on Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons and threatening Israel.Read more »
According to the official Jacob Ostreicher – Notice, a hearing by a House sub-committee on Foreign Affairs will be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday June 6 10:00 AM. The official subject of the hearing is “The U.S. State Department’s Inadequate Response to Human Rights Concerns in Bolivia: The Case of American Jacob Ostreicher.”
As of now only the wife and a daughter of Ostreicher in addition to a retired FBI agent working for the family, were invited to testify. However, as the document indicates and as sources close to Congressman Chris Smith say, more people will be invited to testify.
Press Release: The Faith & Freedom Coalition announces the appointment of Jeff Ballabon, a media and telecommunications executive, as the chairman of Jewish outreach at Faith & Freedom Coalition.
A veteran of Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004, referred to in the press as “the architect” of the campaigns’ national outreach in the Orthodox Jewish community, the Jewish Daily Forward named Ballabon one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in America” for his political impact. A longtime activist in judicial nominations, he worked closely with the Bush White House on many confirmation battles, including those of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.
In 2007, Ballabon founded the Coordinating Council on Jerusalem, an international coalition of Jewish organizations coordinating with members of the Knesset and pro-Israel Christian groups to oppose the proposed division of Jerusalem. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, Yeshiva University and Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He and his wife Rochelle have five children.
In the early morning, our Yossi Gestetner wrote an article outlining that while Obama was factually wrong with naming the Nazi killing machine as the “Polish Death Camps,” the Poles have a lot of Jewish blood on their hands.
Ben Shapiro, the Editor of the Breitbart empire tweeted this afternoon: “Obama was wrong about the “Polish death camps.” But note that the Polish population was hardly blameless with the death camps.”
BuzzFeed reports this afternoon: “Methinks the Poles doth protest too much about this ‘controversy,’” said William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy of the Jewish Federations of North America. “Hiding behind the crimes of the Nazis does not lessen the fact that Polish anti-Semitism has hundreds of years of murderous history. Pogroms occurred before the Nazis occupied Poland, and they occurred after the Nazis were defeated.”
Weekly Standard Reports: In the meeting[with Jewish leaders, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more "about Judaism" than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.
"Obama ... stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it," Haaretz reports. "[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”
Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”
LoHud.Com Reports: The millions of dollars in debt guaranteed by the town to build its controversial baseball stadium continues to play a major role in its financial standing, as evidenced by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the debt guarantee as part of its rationale to downgrade the town’s credit rating.Read more »
U.K. Telegraph Reports: The owners of the kosher restaurant in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto – a historic quarter in the centre of the city – were surprised when Mr Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan walked away without leaving a gratuity. Their bill came to just 32 euros after a lunch consisting of deep-fried artichokes – a Roman Jewish speciality – fried pumpkin flowers and ravioli stuffed with sea bass and artichokes.
Instead of wine or beer they opted for a bottle of water and a pot of tea.
After an outcry, the tittle is now changed to “What Are The Sources Of Anti-Semitism?” but the URL is still the old one. Anyway, here is the original article:
Citizens in Britain were startled recently when a religious-studies exam featured the question, “why do some people hate Jews?”
The question was immediately blasted as inappropriate and quickly withdrawn. But it’s an interesting and important question. Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews. (We delete these comments as quickly as we can, but they’re always startling in their venom, meanness, and stupidity.)Read more »
The political class in Poland is mad as hell that Obama referred to Hitler’s death machine as the “Polish Death Camps.”
In fairness, the death camps were a Nazi operation. But the Poles should spare me their crocodile tears: Many, many parents and grandparents of today’s Poles were sadistic scum. They robbed, killed, and murdered Jews. They laughed off Jews when Nazis came into town forcing Jews to dance like clowns in the street; to clean the pavement with hand brushes, or to kneel on all four and bark like dogs.Read more »
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in Israel. An Israeli official confirmed the meeting to ABC News Tuesday. This high-profile meeting with a key foreign leader comes at time when Portman is considered to be among the top-tier candidates of potential running-mates for presumptive republican nominee Mitt Romney. - ABC News
Martin Bashir at MSNBC asked last week why Republicans don’t credit Obama with the falling gas prices. Well, he should think twice before asking that question again: The average price for a regular gallon gas for the month of May is $3.732, according to Obama’s own Energy Information Administration.
Only four of Bush’s 96 months in office were prices higher: The months of May, June, July and August of 2008 when the average monthly prices were respectively $3.76, $4.05, $4.06 and $3.77.
With the close of May, the average price for a regular gallon gas in 2012 stands at $3.68. This is higher than the previous annual record of $3.52 set in 2011; which broke Bush’s worst year in office (2008) when the average price was $3.24.
Political Ticker: Mitt Romney met with Sheldon Adelson – a man who, for many months, helped keep Newt Gingrich’s campaign afloat – in Las Vegas Tuesday, a campaign aide confirmed.
They convened at Adelson’s office at the Venetian Hotel, where the executive offices of the Las Vegas Sands are located, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. The meeting involved the two men and a small group of aides, and lasted more than 45 minutes.Read more »
City and State Reports: wealthy real estate attorney Nachman Caller has just registered a campaign committee to run as a Republican and raise money. In addition, a source from Caller’s campaign tells me he has hired a campaign manager: Moshe Friedman, who worked on Councilman David Greenfield’s successful 2010 special election campaign…
The Politicker reported yesterday that Republican David Storobin is closing in on winning his Mar. 20 special election again Democrat Lew Fidler, which could concievably allow Storobin some time in the Senate before the end of the legislative session. Still, it’s unclear whether Storobin, who is Russian-American, will run in the new heavily Jewish Senate district, which cuts out much of the Russian population from the district where Storobin ran on Mar. 20. It’s also been speculated that Storobin could run for the Assembly instead, even after winning a seat in the upper chamber