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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Abortion Doesn’t Get In the Way of Cardinal Dolan and Gov. Cuomo’s Friendship.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is actively pushing the pro-abortion deceptively-named Reproductive Health Act, which would allow abortions on viable, late-term unborn babies for any “health” reason. Cuomo, who wants the legislation passed in the next 60 days, is a Catholic of Italian descent and had married one of the Kennedy litter and is now divorced and living with his lover. Cardinal Timothy Dolan has a holy obligation to correct, or punish as necessary, any Catholic for openly advocating for abortion which is forbidden by Catholic teaching and when a high-profile Catholic, like Nancy Pelosi or Cuomo or any other Catholic holding political office uses their position and authority to push for abortion, then they are deliberately undermining the authority and teaching of the Church. If Cuomo is under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Albany, then Bishop Scharfenberger should act and excommunicate Cuomo and Dolan should vocally support that action. Dolan should use every opportunity to publicly challenge Cuomo on the pending legislation. Pelosi has been rebuked by her own bishop in the past for her pro-abortion advocacy.

Look, I realize that Cardinal Dolan would probably have to endure being disinvited from dinners at the governor’s mansion or Cuomo’s Manhattan digs and this action would put a kink in any public events where he shares the limelight with the governor, but he has been on record saying that “We must end abortion, and not with contraception” and that abortion must be made illegal. Well, here’s your chance, Eminence to walk-the-walk and not just talk-the-talk. Your own presumably practicing Catholic governor is using his office and bully pulpit to pass legislation that will bolster the state’s efforts to continue to kill children and harm souls. How about using your own office to publicly condemn Cuomo’s actions and call for his excommunication? Or are you more concerned with being ostracized from New York power circles and cocktail parties? Are you a really a Catholic cardinal called on to do lead Catholics away from mortal sin or are you a paper tiger in a skull cap?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America hope the accuser is OK but cannot miss the irony of lawyer Michael Avenatti begging for the presumption of innocence after being charged with domestic violence and just a month after trying to destroy Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with no evidence. They also welcome New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s explanation that his state offered $1.5 billion in tax incentives to Amazon because it’s tax rates are too high for New York to compete with places like Texas on a level playing field. And they roll their eyes as Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown and Corey Booker insist Stacey Abrams must win the Georgia governor’s race or else it was stolen by Republicans. They also cringe as President Trump claims people vote multiple times by changing clothes and getting back in line and that people get voter ID by buying cereal.

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City Journal’s Brian Anderson and Seth Barron discuss New York’s upcoming elections and the prospect of a state government run entirely by Democrats.

New York’s local politics have long been driven by a partisan split in the state legislature. With the help of moderate Democrats, Republicans have held a narrow majority in the state senate since 2010. This year, however, many of those moderates were beaten in the primaries by more progressive candidates. As a result, Democrats are poised to take over state government in Albany next year.

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The Daily Wire A new report states that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign received $25,000 from the law firm whose attorney, David Boies, represented Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein; that occurred at roughly the same time Cuomo stopped an investigation into how Weinstein’s case was handled. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to a new poll showing nearly 60 percent of Americans supporting President Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance for former CIA Director John Brennan and even more backing the idea for those fired at the FBI. They also unload on CNN after after the cable network used anonymous sources to report that President Trump knew of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians before it happened and claimed Cohen attorney Lanny Davis did not comment for the story. Davis now says he was the anonymous source and got the story wrong, but CNN stands by its story. And they have fun with New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon demanding the room temperature to be 76 degrees for her debate against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who likes the room to be much colder.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slamming President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan by saying, “It was never that great.” So what do most on the left really believe? They also shudder at Elizabeth Warren’s plan to make any company earning more than a billion dollars in revenue each year to get permission to operate from the federal government and allow the government to dictate compensation, personnel policies, and who can be on the board of directors. And while David remembers his own consideration of a 2016 presidential run, they marvel that people like California Rep. Eric Swalwell are seriously considering a 2020 bid.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are excited after a new poll shows Republican Josh Hawley leading incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race. They also think Beto O’Rourke and the Democratic Party are wasting money on the Texas U.S. Senate race, as incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz leads by 10 points. And they laugh at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pandered to his constituents by making the absurd claim he will sue the Supreme Court if they overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy two good martinis today, starting with the Justice Department referring former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for criminal prosecution after the inspector general accused McCabe of “lacking candor” under oath four times. They also applaud North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp for backing the nomination of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state. It may be an election year ploy, but it’s still the right decision. And they shake their heads as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls himself an undocumented immigrant who was raised by poor immigrants, none of which is true. It’s reminiscent of Cuomo declaring himself black, Muslim, Jewish, gay, and a woman not long ago while also stating there is no room for pro-life, pro-gun, or pro-traditional marriage conservatives in New York.

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E.J. McMahon and Seth Barron discuss recent corruption cases in New York and how the state government in Albany is attempting to revitalize struggling areas with “economic-development” programs.

Last month, Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, was found guilty on corruption charges for accepting more than $300,000 in bribes from two companies. Percoco’s conviction reinforces the perception that New York politics operates on a “pay-to-play” model.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are horrified to see another high school shooting, this time in Maryland, but they are gratified to see the school resource officer intervened quickly to neutralize the shooter. They also react to the news of a driverless vehicle killing a pedestrian in Arizona and explain why humans behind the wheel will always make more sense than a computer. And they pop the popcorn as “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon mounts a liberal primary challenge to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Richard Epstein looks at New York’s recent efforts to crack down on the short-term home rentals offered by Airbnb.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Must Be The Guns

 

shutterstock_129482747Early Monday morning, Carey Gabay, an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head, apparently by a stray bullet; he is not expected to survive. As member kelsurprise notes on the Member Feed, both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are already calling for additional gun control measures, despite New York already having some of the least gun-friendly laws in the country:

Seeing as Cuomo’s previous foray into more stringent gun laws bordered on delusional, I’m curious to know what additional measures he thinks will manage to address the criminal element responsible for the majority of gun violence here, while still “protecting the Second Amendment and legitimate gun owners.”

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It’s not just that Hillary Clinton is making it hard not to wonder what she might be covering up. That doesn’t surprise anyone. It’s Clintonian. We almost expected it. We didn’t expect it to stop her nomination, or even her election. There’s the security angle. That she wasn’t more careful about the possibility of hacking. That’s […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Revolution of Sorts in the State of New York

 

Every once in a while, a set of political arrangements that seemed set in stone simply collapses. The wall dividing Berlin suddenly came down. The Soviet Union fell apart. Syria succumbed to civil war. And today Sheldon Silver, who has been Speaker of the Assembly in New York for twenty years, was arrested on corruption charges.

For as along as I can remember, the state of New York has been run by a condominium. The assembly belonged to the Democrats, and the only assemblyman who mattered was the Speaker. Everyone else was a time-server. He made all of the decisions. The senate belonged to the Republicans, and the only figure who mattered was the Majority Leader. He made all of the decisions.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Other Straws in the Wind

 

shutterstock_158954213Earlier this week, I drew attention to the dearth of panels at the 2014 American Political Science Association (APSA) conference that were devoted to an assessment of the achievements in domestic and foreign affairs of the administration of Barack Obama. As I pointed out, the APSA has fifty-three “divisions” and sixty “related groups”that sponsor more than one thousand panels at these meetings with something on the order of four thousand scholars making presentations of one sort or another. Given those numbers, the profession’s silence with regard to Obama’s accomplishments are so striking as to suggest that the political science profession now regards “the One” as an embarrassment.

Today, I returned to the program of the APSA, which is available online and can be downloaded and searched. This I did with an eye to studying it more closely. Here and there, I found that someone had given a paper on some aspect of Barack Obama’s career — usually, with a focus on race — but that no one had bothered to ask whether he had been successful on the whole at home or abroad.

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