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Weiner Iterns wantedThe Daily News posted this exclusive about mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner casting his campaign interns as “regular New Yorkers'” who support him.

But they don’t mention they work for him.

The ad is one of the first for Weiner that features New Yorkers speaking on his behalf. Previous ads, especially since his campaign imploded amid new sexting revelations, have largely featured only the candidate.

Weiner, who briefly topped the polls in the mayor’s race,  has been languishing in fourth place in recent polls.

Weiner spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said of the ad, “They are all real live supporters who have chosen Anthony Weiner.”

She pointed out that none of the people in the ad were ever paid by Weiner.

Anthony Weiner features current and former interns as the ‘regular New Yorkers’ who speak on his behalf in new TV ad

Choices from Anthony Weiner on Vimeo.

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It’s been about three weeks since the Justice Department, relying on what’s left of the Voting Rights Act, went after voter-discrimination policies in Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court may have severely damaged the VRA, but the Justice Department nevertheless argued that when “intentional voting discrimination” is found, changes to voting rights cannot be permitted to continue.

This week, as Adam Serwer reported, Texas submitted a brief presenting their defense.

Texas didn’t discriminate against minority voters. It was only because they were Democrats. And even if it did, the racial discrimination Texas engaged in is nowhere near as bad as the stuff that happened in the 1960s.

These are some of the arguments the state of Texas is making in an attempt to stave off federal supervision of its election laws. In late July, citing the state’s recent history of discrimination, the Justice Department asked a federal court to place…

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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several of the Democratic mayoral candidates took swipes at soon-to-retire Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a debate Tuesday, particularly on his election to an unprecedented third term and the issue of unionized city workers who have been without contracts.

Candidates Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Bill de Blasio gathered for the debate on Tuesday night.

The debate came as a new Quinnipiac University poll placed de Blasio as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, surging past former leader Quinn.

In blasting Bloomberg for circumventing the term limits law to run successfully for a third term four years ago, de Blasio accused fellow candidate Quinn of complicity in the move.

“Speaker Quinn gave Mayor Bloomberg a third term in a backroom deal that defied the Democratic will of the people. What did we get? A massive increase in the use of stop and…

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CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) – Anthony Weiner’s top opponents for New York City’s Democratic mayoral race each got a chance to address the former congressman in a major televised debate Tuesday night, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn took more than one shot at the flagging candidate as the two engaged in heated exchanges throughout the night.

Two minutes deep into the five-candidate showdown, Weiner was already acknowledging and apologizing for his sexting scandal, but he urged voters to move beyond his “personal failings” and focus on the more substantive issues in the race.

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CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — Anthony Weiner said Monday he believes his sexting scandals have damaged his wife’s career and seemingly dropped a hint about Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential plans.

In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith that was livestreamed exclusively on the “CNN BuzzFeed” channel on YouTube, Weiner also revealed that he’s still in therapy but did not give further details on the frequency of his sessions.

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Young Progressive Voices

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In a recent editorial by the New York Times the editors endorsed Cory Booker for senate, defending Booker from “denigration” by his opponents by lifting up Booker’s “assets” including “his fame, his ability to work with Republicans, [and] his coziness with the moneyed class.” So essentially, The Times just endorsed a candidate for being a crony for Wall Street and corporate interests, declaring it an ‘asset’ that voters should look for in their next senator.

Let’s examine the “assets” of Cory Booker’s relationships with the “moneyed class,” first.

Booker is a known lap-dog for corporate interests, always has been, in fact if he hadn’t taken over half a million dollars from Wall Street, he wouldn’t have become mayor in the first place in 2002. So it’s no surprise that during the 2012 election, Booker called President Obama’s criticism of Mitt Romney for his involvement in Bain Capitol “nauseating,” then droned…

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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some flyers purportedly seeking interns for Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign allegedly have been appearing around Manhattan lately, but they’re not really connected to the campaign at all.

The flyers read, “Interns Wanted for the Anthony Weiner Mayoral Campaign,” and feature a picture of Weiner speaking in front of his campaign logo and a photo of five young adults representing college interns.

The flyer says in boldface letters that “slutbags,” “snitches” and “cops” need not apply. It also says “no cameras,” in the same font, but those words are struck out in pen and replaced with a hand-written advisory that there will be “some cameras.”

“For more information, report to the loading area behind the docks at sundown and make sure you are not followed,” the flyer says.

It advises anyone interested to “pull one of our Weiners,” and grab a tab at the bottom marked “Weiner”…

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TheConfirmationFiles

A survey released Friday found Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) narrowly trailing his Democratic challenger, the second poll in as many days to suggest that the GOP leader is in for a tough reelection campaign.

The poll from The Mellman Group, a Democratic firm, found Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes edging McConnell, 44 percent to 42 percent. Those findings come on the heels of a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling that found Grimes, who launched her Senate bid earlier this week, leading McConnell by a point. Mellman’s poll was conducted on behalf of the Grimes campaign.

Like PPP’s findings, Mellman’s poll showed a majority of Kentukcy voters giving McConnell low marks on his job performance.

More than a year before Kentucky voters will head to the polls, the PollTracker Average currently shows the two candidates locked in a neck-and-neck race.

From TPM

Posted by Libergirl(beat McConnell)

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