Monday, February 17, 2014

U.S. Senators: Schumer, Gillbrand 121





SChumer's Iran Vote
Schumer follows his conscience with costly ‘nay’ vote on Iran deal (NYP Ed) * Editorial: Schumer stands tall  (NYDN Ed) * The Daily News writes that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is standing tall in his opposition to the Iran nuclear sanctions deal, bolstering his credibility with his point-by-point analysis, and that his stance can lead the way for Congress to oppose the deal:

Chuck Schumer to reject Obama’s Iran deal (NYP)
Sen. Chuck Schumer announces he opposes Iran nucleardeal (NYDN) * Schumer Says He Will Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal (NYT) * Sen. Chuck Schumer announces opposition to Iran nuclear deal as several fellow Democrats voice support for accord (NYDN)* U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said he will oppose the president’s proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, which underscores a divide seen in regions with significant Jewish constituencies, The Wall Street Journalreports:  * The Post publishesan excerpt from Schumer’s statement detailing why he will oppose the proposed agreement with Iran because it with comes with too large of a risk that Iran will use it to pursue nefarious goals:* Senator Schumer's Opposition to Iran Deal Gets Mixed Response(NY1)   After U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced he would vote against President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, his decision got mixed reviews back home near his Park Slope residence, NY1reports:   Tuesday US Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has been keeping a relatively low profile after saying he would vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, will be basking in the bright lights of Broadway when a new video billboard thanking him goes live in Times Square.*   Instead of Congress’ approving the nuclear deal, Schumer believes it’s better to keep and strengthen US sanctions on Iran, enforce secondary sanctions on other nations and return to the negotiating table. “The alternative does not have to be war,” he said. “It could be increased negotiations, as difficult as they are.” * Secretary of State John Kerry said Schumer and other opponents of the Iran nuclear deal are mistaken to think the US can broker a better agreement.* D’Amato Praises Schumer For Iran Stance(YNN)





Congresswoman Grace Meng the First NY Rep to Come Out Against the Iran Deal
City rep slams Obama’s Iran deal (NYP)  Rep. Grace Meng of Queens broke with the Obama administration Wednesday, becoming the first New York Democrat to declare her opposition to the “flawed” Iran nuclear deal. The surprise rejection comes a day after Secretary of State John Kerry tried to sell Meng and her House Foreign Affairs Committee on the merits of the deal. “I don’t believe that it’s strong enough and can’t ­ensure that Iran won’t be able to ultimately have access to a nuclear weapon,” Meng told The Post. While several Jewish New York Democrats have raised concerns — including Reps. Steve Israel and Eliot Engel — they have yet to make the leap to outright rejection. Meng said she “didn’t feel pressure” from pro-Israel lobby­ists, but came to a personal conclusion.


de Blasio Has Made History by Supporting the Iran Deal and Becoming the First Mayor to Oppose Israel's Leaders 

de Blasio is making history by being the first mayor to oppose the leader of the state of Israel.  Since an Irish Mayor in the 40's William O'Dwyer worked with the Pre- Westies Gang of Hell’s Kitchen to deliver guns to Jews fighting to establish the state of Israel. To Mayor Koch who hand a letter to Carter criticizing the the presidents foreign policy towards Israel, which contributed to the re-election defeat to Ronald Reagan.  While no NYC newspaper has reported the mayor's reaction to the deal with Iran an newspaper in Israel did  N.Y.C. mayor praises Iran deal, applauds Obama's commitment to diplomatic solution (Haaretz)  While Mayor Bill de Blasio expresses strong support for historic nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, New York Senator Chuck Schumer sounds more cautious note. By supporting the agreement de Blasio not only is the first mayor not to support Israel, he has turned his back on the people of Israel in their time of need.  When comparing de Blasio to Koch the changes are breathtaking. In a 2008 op-ed in Real Clear Politics, Koch detailed that he refused to campaign with Carter in 1980 because he felt he was hostile toward Israel. Koch wrote: 

“I was popular with the Jewish community and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, "You have done me more damage than any man in America." I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas.”  In 1928 Emanuel Celler become the first Jewish Congressman from Brooklyn. The Celler seat state a Jewish seat for 80 years and it was eliminated in the 2012 redistricting. In the 1940s, Celler opposed both the isolationists and thFranklin D. Roosevelt administration by forcefully advocating that the United States relax immigration laws on an emergency basis to rescue those fleeing the Holocaust.  The papers of Congressman Celler include:  Files on Israel are the largest in the Subject File. Among the general topics covered are disturbances in Palestine in the 1920s and 1930s, Jewish immigration to Palestine, the establishment of the state of Israel, Celler's fund-raising efforts in behalf of the new state, and the development of the state of Israel. Included are correspondence and Celler's speeches on the subject. The file covers the years 1929 to 1956, but there is little information on the events leading to the invasion of Egypt in 1956.* Mayor de Blasio is demanding that feds let Puerto Rico declare bankruptcy. (NYO) * Rep. Grace Meng today became the first House Democrat from New York to break with her party’s national leadership and come out against the Obama administration-brokered trade deal with Iran. * Bill de Blasio: AIPAC Still Has ‘Open Door’ at City Hall (JP Updates) 














Schumer Shows His Everyman Middle Class to Head Off A Speaker Challenge for Warren  
With the country in a recession, Democrats should have followed the 2009 economic stimulus bill with bills to help the middle class, then attempted to pass health care later in Obama’s presidency, US Sen. Chuck Schumer said. His comments irked fellow Democrats.* Schumer’s ObamaCare Mea Culpa  * Now he tells us (NYDN Ed) Years after Dems made it their life-or-death priority, Chuck Schumer says the Obamacare push was a mistake
Anthony Weiner ‏@anthonyweiner 
Wrong of my former boss to buy into the healthcare v. economy canard. Our economy is held back by broken healthcare. The mistake was outsourcing the job of healthcare reform to max baucus and joe leiberman. and then hiding from the bill. It is wrong to say that something that improves and holds down costs for nearly 1/5 of our economy only benefits the uninsured.

Schumer Backs Away from de Blasio's Tax Hike Request
Schumer backs away from de Blasio’s high tax crusade: WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that ... (NYP)



Gillibrand: Protect Spin and Sell the Book 
Gillibrand: I wanted to tell colleague to go f–k himself(NYP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped an f-bomb during an interview Monday, while trashing a loudmouth male colleague who criticized her weight.US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called her new book “part memoir, part how-to, part call to action.” She insists it has nothing to do with any national ambitions.




Schumer's Conflict of Interest Comcast Deal 

The BrotherHood
Schumer recuses himself from Comcast-Time Warner deal(Capital)  Sen. Chuck Schumer will recuse himself from congressional consideration of Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable, because his brother, Robert, was a lead attorney on the deal. "As Senator Schumer and his brother had never discussed the matter before, the piece in American Lawyer was the first Senator Schumer learned that his brother had worked on the deal," said Max Young, a spokesman for Schumer, in a statement. "Now that he’s aware of his brother’s involvement, Senator Schumer will recuse himself from Congressional consideration of the matter to avoid any appearance of bias." Schumer had previously praised the deal, saying Comcast had told him they expected to increase Time Warner's operation in New York, planned to keep New York 1, and were committed to increasing jobs in Buffalo.  “While we still need to review the details, it seems like the Time Warner Cable acquisition will be a good deal for New York," Schumer said in a statement on Feb. 13, shortly after the deal was announced.* REPORT: Chuck Schumer's Brother Tied To Comcast Deal He Supports(Huff Posy) * Reality check: Comcast & FB deals are not entirely in cash. Billion$ in borrowed money will eventually cost consumers & small investors.* . looks at how Comcast-owned MSNBC has covered the Comcast-TWC merger news.
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Gillibrand Attacking Sexual Assaults Everywhere But Albany? Why?
'UNACCEPTABLE': Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand targets sexual assault on college, university campuses(NYDN)
Vito Lopez Lawsuit Filed in Manhattan
Women who accused Vito Lopez of sexual file updated lawsuit in Manhattan court (NYDN)* Vito Lopez sex-harass accusers sue state(NYP)
From Hush Funds to Court Media Cover-Ups
Silver’s robed protector (NYDN Ed) In an ridiculous ruling, a judge shields the Assembly speaker. 
More on the Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline 
 More on Kellner and Albany's Sexual Abuse
More on Speaker Silvers Corruption


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