Sandy Articles

Cuomo State of Mind

May 20, 2013


In late December 2012, congressional Republicans took enormous heat in the media for daring to reduce the size of the Hurricane Sandy aid package. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the move was “insensitive at best.” 

Cuomo later issued a joint statement with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, proclaiming that “the people of our states can no longer afford to wait while politicians in Washington play games.”

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Reid: Hurricane Katrina Was 'Nothing in Comparison' to Sandy

2:51 PM, Jan 04, 2013

Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, said today on the Senate floor that Hurricane Katrina was "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy:

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Podcast: Kristol Takes on the Big Man—Chris Christie!

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:05 PM, Jan 03, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Christie Craving Pork-Filled Sandy Bill

4:27 PM, Jan 02, 2013

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, blasted Speaker of the House John Boehner for ending the congressional session before voting on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

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Senate Dems Caught Expanding 'Sandy Bill' to Provide Kickbacks to Republican Senators

2:37 PM, Dec 20, 2012

Senate Democrats are trying to gain Republican support for the legislation meant to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy by offering kickbacks, a senior Senate aide tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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Senator 'Pleased' to Include $200 Million in Pork Projects in 'Sandy Bill'

3:37 PM, Dec 17, 2012

Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat from Alaska, is "pleased" to include more than $200 million in pork spending in the Sandy legislation, a bill meant to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The senator's office explains the request in a press release:

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'Sandy Bill' Becomes Mini Auto Bailout

9:22 AM, Dec 17, 2012

The legislation to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy has been turned into something of a mini auto bailout, according to those familiar with the Obama administration's request. The request includes millions of dollars worth of cars, to be paid for by the federal government.

Obama's request, as detailed in a letter sent to Capitol Hill by the director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zients, includes these requests:

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Sandy Scam: Obama Requests $13 Billion for Storms to Be Named Later in Sandy Bill

12:20 PM, Dec 14, 2012

In the bill to cover expenses related to the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, the Obama administration is requesting $13 billion to cover storms to be named later.

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W.H. Dodges Question on Why People in N.J. and N.Y. Still Don't Have Power After Sandy

2:08 PM, Dec 06, 2012

A reporter today asked the White House why folks in New Jersey and New York still don't have power "weeks" after Hurricane Sandy:

"Well, I would point you to the substantial and fast effort that the president oversaw in terms of the federal response to this terrible storm," White House press secretary Jay Carney said, dodging the question. "And I think that that effort ... has been documented."

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In FEMA's Coils

11:34 AM, Dec 03, 2012

It has been a little more than a month since Hurricane Sandy made landfall and pounded the Atlantic shores of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Within hours, government big dogs, the president included, were on the scene promising speedy and comprehensive relief. When they left to attend to campaigning and other business, the bureaucrats arrived and took over. Now, things proceed slowly and in the usual fashion.

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Obama, in Front of Church Devastated by Sandy: 'I'm Here' to Fix it

2:19 PM, Nov 15, 2012

President Obama said in front of a church devastated by Hurricane Sandy in New York that ""We've got some work to do and I want you to know I'm here to do it." Here's more, from the pool report:

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Sandy Victim on Obama's Visit: 'He Should [Have] Been Here a Long Time Ago'

1:28 PM, Nov 15, 2012

President Obama is traveling in New York today for the first time since Hurricane Sandy devastated large areas in that state (and elsewhere). While touring the federal centers set up to deal with the storm, a woman told the press: "We need help--he should [have] been here a long time ago."


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New York City to Start Rationing Gas Tomorrow

3:53 PM, Nov 08, 2012

New York City will start rationing gas tomorrow. Here's the announcement, from mayor's Twitter feed:

Mayor: The best way to help customers buy gas faster is to alternate the days that drivers can purchase gas.

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A Call for Help After Sandy

9:59 AM, Nov 05, 2012

A friend of THE WEEKLY STANDARD passes along this note he received from a friend (some names and places have been edited out):

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Video: Sandy Victims Beg For Help

8:23 AM, Nov 05, 2012

Here's a video calling attention to how President Obama abandoned those who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy to go back on the campaign trail:

"We are hurting down here," one woman says. "And we need help. Immediately."

The video then details Obama returning to the campaign trail.

"Don't boo, vote," the president is heard saying toward the end of the video. "Vote. Voting's the best revenge."

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Run Michael, Run

9:45 AM, Nov 02, 2012

The New York Post reports that:

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Obama Uses Hurricane in Campaign Closing

12:26 PM, Nov 01, 2012

President Barack Obama invoked the destructiveness of Hurricane Sandy--and the ensuing clean-up--in his campaign stop earlier today in Wisconsin.

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Barack Obama, Commander in Chief … of FEMA

2:00 PM, Oct 31, 2012

President Obama comes to work, conducts a few conference calls on Hurricane Sandy, holds a press conference, and later travels to New Jersey to survey the damage caused by the storm. In doing so, he performs a job expected of him as president.

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Rahm Politicizes Sandy; Offers Help to Dem. Mayors, but Not Republican Governors

4:39 PM, Oct 30, 2012

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is politicizing the clean-up of Hurricane Sandy and, he says he offered help to the Democratic mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Emanuel does not appear to have made the same offer to Republican governors whose states have been hit by the storm. 

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Clinton: Romney Wrong to Hit Obama for Promising 'to Turn Back the Seas'

2:00 PM, Oct 30, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton, using the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy, blasted Mitt Romney for criticizing Barack Obama's unkept promise of "turn[ing] back the seas":

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Andrea Mitchell Hits Romney for Making Collections for Hurricane Victims

1:00 PM, Oct 30, 2012

On MSNBC, host Andrea Mitchell criticized Republican presidential Mitt Romney for making collections to help victims of Hurricane Sandy:

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Propaganda Outlet Celebrates Sandy, Credits Syria and Iran

12:14 PM, Oct 30, 2012

A pro-Syrian government Facebook page, News Network of the Syrian Armed Forces, is reporting that the hurricane that touched down on the East Coast of the United States is not a natural catastrophe. Rather, it's the work of Syrian and Iranian scientists.

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Podcast: Kristol on the Presidential Election, One Week Out

Hosted by Michael Graham.
10:30 AM, Oct 30, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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First Things First: Obama Off to Campaign Events

5:20 PM, Oct 28, 2012

President Obama is on board Air Force One on his way to Orlando, Florida for campaign events. "[Obama] is bound for Orlando to squeeze in some campaigning before Sandy really bears down," according to the pool report.

Tomorrow, the president is scheduled to hold campaign events in Florida, and then travel to Ohio. As of now, he's scheduled to return to Washington tomorrow night.

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