Today's highlight in unseemly fundraising letters comes from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D - NY - 4).
The letter begins, "Three years ago, Superstorm Sandy was barreling toward our shores." A few sentences later, she adds, "That’s why I’m co-sponsoring legislation to prevent FEMA from clawing back funds from Sandy victims unless there is clear evidence of fraud, and I’m calling on the government to postpone these debt collection efforts until Congress considers our bill."
Finally, she ends this email about a sensitive subject by asking for a donation.
One of the advantages of progressive government in New York City these days is that the occasional actions and pronouncements of the city council provide a certain entertainment value to outsiders. Of course, this is easy for The Scrapbook to say, since we are located 225 miles from Gotham and can afford to laugh at the antics of New York’s elected officials. But it must be said: For comic relief, if for nothing else, the city council of New York is now almost as reliable as the Berkeley, California, city council.
Worry not about the tens of thousands of Syrians that Barack Obama plans to invite to take up residence here. Secretary of State Kerry assures us that the vetting process to screen out the bad guys will be thorough. Alas, Michael Steinbach, assistant director of counterterrorism of the F.B.I. told a House committee that Syria lacked the systems that would provide us with the information we need to evaluate refugees. Kerry is unworried, for two reasons.
Nearly 14 years ago, President George W. Bush took to the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series. This was weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Bush's down-the-middle-strike was a triumphant moment that helped unite the country.
ESPN has produced a documentary short as part of its 30 for 30 series to commemorate the pitch. It's 24 minutes and worth the watch:
As a senator from New York, Hillary Clinton was staunchly opposed to recognizing same-sex marriage. She expressed that sentiment clearly in this 2002 interview with TV host Chris Matthews (starting at 2:05 mark):
Harvard’s estimable Joe Nye has argued for decades that an important component of America’s ability to influence world affairs is soft power -- a culture and values that coopt other nations and makes them want to follow our lead. A notion beloved of liberals who forget that Nye also mentioned the need for hard power. Never mind.
New York businessman and former Hillary Clinton bundler John Catsimatidis says he hears from some Iowa Democrats that Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren could beat the former secretary of state and first lady in a Democratic primary. Speaking on Bloomberg News, Catsimatidis said Clinton still has to win the primary, despite having little in the way of competition at this point.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo, not content with President Obama’s proposal to make junior colleges free, recently introduced his own plan for New York to essentially waive the first two years of student debt payments for college graduates living in the state.