Winners and Losers, October 4, 2013

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  Have the Republicans in Congress gone off the rails? Are the Democrats unreasonably refusing to compromise? Is it all President Obama’s fault? The government shutdown this week yielded so many winners and losers—or maybe they’re all losers—we’ve left them out of our rundown of victors and the vanquished. After all, who really pays the price for Washington’s fiscal insanity? You, us and 317 million other Americans. Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The… [More]

Winners and Losers, September 27, 2013

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  Who would be the winners in a potential Bill de Blasio administration? Would Robert Mugabe get the nod to head up the Human Rights Commission? Daniel Ortega as deputy mayor for economic development? Fidel Castro as commissioner in the Department for the Aging? But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, so for now, here are this week’s winners and losers. Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan… [More]

Winners and Losers, September 20, 2013

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  Do you feel the love? Democrats are uniting behind Bill de Blasio. Of course, Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t the type to enjoy standing “behind” anyone—as you may have noticed at the “unity” event earlier this week. Give the Guv a break, though. He must have been excited that he can enter the city again without questions about Weiner or Spitzer to dodge—just talk of tax hikes his new bestie, Bill, is pushing. Let’s see who gets more votes in… [More]

Winners and Losers, September 13, 2013

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  Nothing embodies the spirit of Winners and Losers more than a competitive primary election. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, everyone was on an even playing field, rhetoric and prognosticating be damned. Alas, New York voters did not hold up their end, as a disengaged electorate took their apathy to new extremes with pathetically low turnout. However, when the polls closed, a batch of Democrats and Republicans emerged for the final stretch run of what has been a grueling,… [More]

Winners and Losers, September 6, 2013

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  A Primary Prayer: Let us now relate the power of this day’s holiness, for it is awesome and frightening. On Primary Day it will be inscribed and on Election Day it will be sealed how many will pass into and out of elected office. Who will lose at their predestined time and who before their time. Who by petition challenges, who by voting, who by court decisions, and who by media meltdowns. Who will rest and who will wander, who will live in harmony and… [More]

Winners and Losers, August 30, 2013

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  It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, it is an age of wisdom, it is an age of foolishness, it is a season of belief, it is a season of incredulity. It is election season, and once again it was a week of winners and losers. Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter each Friday at 11:05 a.m. to hear about our weekly… [More]

Winners and Losers, August 23, 2013

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  He once crashed a press conference that had been organized to condemn his character — and made his accusers look even crazier. He once defended his anti-Semitic language by saying in a letter that before he got married he “had the intimate pleasure of dating many, many Jewish women” and ”was very impressed.” He once called a political rival’s fundraiser an “Uncle Tom n—-r b—h” and said he hoped “to be given the legal grounds to “b—h slap” him and then defended his abhorrent… [More]

Winners and Losers, August 16, 2013

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  Stop! In the name of crime. Before you break the law. Baby, baby, cops are aware of where you go. Each time you leave your door. They watch you walk down the street. Knowing they’ll frisk you when you meet. But next time before they search. Violating constitutional rights. (Think it o-over.) Hasn’t Bloomy been good to you? (Think it o-over.) Hasn’t Kelly been sweet to you? Your winners and losers: Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter each… [More]

Winners and Losers, August 9, 2013

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  “Big Mac” McDonald, a 170-pounder with anger issues, Weiner on a hot dog bun, tasty golden hissy fits, regular or larger size. Big, big breakfast forums. Egg on his face. Hot, hot debates. And sausage. Maybe back-slapping, close-talking, spittle-flying meltdowns over media and grandpas. I love George McDonald, good time, great taste, and I get this all at one place—a mayoral forum. Here’s your winners and losers: Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The Capitol Pressroom” with… [More]

Winners and Losers, August 2, 2013

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  Perhaps this is a good time to review the definitions of on the record, on background and off the record. On the record means your I-can’t-believe-you-just-said-that rant is going in the story. On background means, the general thrust of your rant is going in the story but we won’t quote you saying that. Off the record means, we’re going to try to put your seriously-that’s-the-most-insane-thing-I-ever-heard rant in the story somehow. Or something like that. For the record, here are your Winners and Losers:… [More]