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VT Sen. Says Bloomberg's Gun Ads 'Didn't Help a Bit'

City of New York(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., pointed some of the blame for the failed Senate debate over comprehensive background checks at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who dedicated millions of dollars to eviscerating senators who opposed such legislation.

“Unfortunately, you have some on the left, like the mayor of New York City, who actually didn’t help a bit with his ads. He actually turned off some people that we might have gotten for supporters,” Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview to air on C-SPAN's Newsmakers on Sunday. “Then you have some on the far right who say that the second amendment allows us to have anything. I mean, you can take a machine gun to deer hunting. There needs to be a balance between the two.”

In the weeks following the Senate’s unsuccessful vote on the background check bill, Bloomberg poured millions of his own money into television ads attacking Republican senators like Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who voted against the legislation. Bloomberg also launched an airwave assault on Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., a vulnerable incumbent in the 2014 election.

Bloomberg’s tactics drew some earlier criticism from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill advocating for stricter gun control who thought his ads were detrimental to the cause and also threatened Democrats’ hold on the majority in the Senate.

“I spoke to the mayor this week — he and I have been friends for some time — to remind him, just as I’ve reminded everyone here, that to have Republicans in control of the Senate is a sure sign we will never ever get anything done,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in June.

“Frankly, I don’t think Bloomberg’s ads are effective,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in June. “The mayor of New York City putting ads against people in red states is not going to be effective.”

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly, also ran ads criticizing senators who voted against the legislation.

Leahy predicted the background check bill will not make it back to the Senate floor.

“It is not going to get through now,” Leahy said. “It’s unfortunate because, Could you pass one law that would stop all the gun violence in this country? No, but can you do a lot better than we have? Yes.”

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Threatening Letter to Obama Similar to Pair Sent to Bloomberg

Photo By Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post(WASHINGTON) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may not have been the only major public official targeted in the most recent incident involving tainted letters sent through the mail.

Authorities intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama at a White House mail-sorting facility that was similar to the ones targeting Bloomberg, according to The New York Times. The letter was turned over to the FBI task force investigating the letters sent to Bloomberg, at least one of which tested positive for ricin.

The letter's postmark was from Louisiana, like those sent to Bloomberg, and had similar handwriting on the envelope, says the Times. New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters on Thursday that he believes the letter to Obama is identical to the pair sent to Bloomberg.

The previous letters were printed from a computer and were postmarked May 20 from Shreveport, La. In the letters, the author claims, "The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right and I will exercise that right 'til the day I die."

The letter sent to Obama will undergo further testing, but has not yet tested positive for ricin.

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Michael Bloomberg: US Default on Debt Obligations a 'Seismic Event'

The City of New York(NEW YORK) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes a U.S. default on its debt obligations would be a "seismic event" that would damage "America's word" and its status as a dependable financial standard.

"I don't think anybody will look ever again at America and the dollar as the reserve currency, where this is the standard by which all other risks are measured," if the U.S. defaults on its debt obligations, Bloomberg told "This Week" anchor Christiane Amanpour. "It's one seismic event that says you can never depend 100 percent on America's word anymore."

Even Bloomberg is willing to see his taxes increase in order to reach a long-term budget agreement.

"I get pretty good value for my taxes... We get a lot for our tax dollars," Bloomberg said. "I don't want to pay any more taxes than is necessary, but I do want the services, and I want us to live within our means. So, if we want more services, we've got to come up with the revenue."

Bloomberg does not think the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy should be eliminated right now while the economy is still weak, but does think they should be allowed to expire in the future.

"I think right now is not exactly the right time to let those tax cuts expire," Bloomberg said. "But if you told me six months from now or a year from now, when the economy was better and job creation was better, yes, I don't have a problem with that."

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Mayor Bloomberg on Bernie Madoff: 'He Was a Nice Guy Back Then'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) --On Good Morning America Wednesday, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg dished on his old trading buddy -- Bernie Madoff -- who just gave his first interview since beginning his 150 year prison sentence for fraud.

“I knew the guy casually 30 years, 20 years ago. The SEC put together some studies of the marketplace and I was with Saloman Brothers and Goldman Sachs was there and Bernie Madoff was there…he was a nice guy back then. I haven’t heard his name in 20 years. I mean, all of a sudden I woke up one morning and it was the fraud and I looked at the picture and I remembered,” Bloomberg says.

Madoff told The New York Times that the big banks and hedge funds he was working with “had to know” about his ponzi scheme.

“I don’t know who knew what. What I do know is Bernie did it. Bernie destroyed an awful lot of human beings, his own family. It’s tragic,” he said.

So if the mayor -- who is a well-known investor -- was getting those types of high returns would he have suspected anything?

“Anybody that thinks they can beat the market long term by an awful lot is just being unrealistic. But I think the lesson is the lesson that your mother told you and my mother told me a long time ago, don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” Bloomberg said.

“Diversity makes some sense and they should have done that,” he explained.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


No Labels Movement Seeks to Thwart Party System

Photo Courtesy - No Labels [dot] org(WASHINGTON) -- If the goal of No Labels, a bipartisan group launched Monday to increase civility and cooperation in American politics, was to find common ground for partisans from both sides of the aisle, it was successful.

Conservative and liberal activists could agree on one thing -- they hate No Labels.

"I think it's naive to remove partisanship form politics," conservative radio host Dana Loesch told ABC News.  "Politics are a competition and the winning side sets the agenda.  There's such a wide gap in what both sides believe, it's hard to compromise on anything actually important."

From the opposite end of the political spectrum, liberal blogger Matt Yglesias wrote a post titled "In Praise of Labels," arguing that "the idea that partisanship itself is somehow a bad thing" was misguided.

But beyond an adherence to their own ideologies, some of the skepticism over No Labels derives from what some see as the group's real mission -- not just singing Kumbaya on the Capitol steps, but generating enough interest, support and treasure for a viable third presidential candidate come 2012.

Enter the headliner at the No Labels kickoff, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spoke before 1,000 No Labels supporters Monday -- a day after flatly denying he had any presidential aspirations on NBC's Meet the Press.

The organizers of No Labels include Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson and Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, who advised George W. Bush and John McCain in their presidential bids.  They have said the event held Monday on Bloomberg's home turf was not intended as a launch platform for Bloomberg, but that hasn't quelled the speculation.

McKinnon has said the movement is not intended to be a third party.  It plans to form a political action committee to support moderate candidates from both parties, and has already raised $1 million in seed donations.

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New York City Mayor’s Endorsements Spark Rumors of Possible 2012 Run

Photo Courtesy - City of New York(NEW YORK) -- With endorsements running the political gamut, speculation has arisen over whether New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is gearing up for a possible 2012 presidential bid.

In a year of extremes, Bloomberg, an independent, has spent this election season endorsing moderate candidates for both parties. Such endorsements are, to many, evidence that Bloomberg is slowly expanding his political clout.

To date, his handpicked candidates include: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Meg Whitman, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in California and former eBay CEO; Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo in New York; John Hickenlooper in Colorado and Martin O'Malley in Maryland; Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo; Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., running for Senate in the Keystone State; and Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., running for Senate in the Prairie State. He has endorsed a sole Independent, Lincoln Chaffee, a candidate for governor of Rhode Island. 

Bloomberg’s centrist views may reflect those of a growing number of Americans, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. It suggests that the independent viewpoint is the fastest-growing political viewpoint in the United States.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio


Meg Whitman Campaigns At Internet Retailer Selling Anti-Whitman Merchandise 

Zazzle dot com(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Meg Whitman campaigned with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday in San Jose, Calif. at a company called Zazzle, which bills itself as “the leading platform for quality custom products.”

Turns out has an extensive collection of anti-Meg Whitman tee shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, mugs, posters, key chains and all manner of paraphernalia with unflattering slogans like “Neg on Meg,” “eMeg” and “Meg MAID for governor” as well as depictions of Whitman wearing a queen’s crown.

Zazzle carries a wide array of less-than-complimentary items featuring Mayor Bloomberg too, including a button that calls him “the worm in the Big Apple.”

To be fair, the merchandise is created by outside sellers -- micro-retailers in Silicon Valley -- who promote their wares on the Zazzle Web site.

Of course, Zazzle carries pro-Whitman merchandise as well along with gifts for supporters and opponents of her gubernatorial opponent, Democrat Jerry Brown, the two contenders vying for the state’s U.S. Senate seat -- Sen. Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina -- and just about every well-known political figure.

The company’s home page also hints at bi-partisanship.  Featured items include a Palin 2012 tee shirt with an icon of a moose in American flag stripes on sale next to a button with the slogan “Dems Do It Better.”

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