Mike Bloomberg

Thanks to Mike Bloomberg, politicians around the country will now be like starving artists: hoping for the call that anoints them a lucky winner.

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So if you haven’t found a job yet: You’re better off coming to the city than sitting on your parents’ couch. Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Remarks at the Cornell University 2012 Convocation, May 27, 2012 As another college graduation season draws to a close, today’s New York Times reports the results of a small analysis we conducted on college degree attainment rates in metropolitan areas. We examined the share of adults age 25 and over in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas who held at least a bachelor’s degree in 2010, versus in 1970.

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Now we know what the doomsayers feel like when the decreed day of judgment passes by without thunderbolts or second comings. Americans Elect, which was going to save our benighted political system with the ultimate deus ex machina—a bipartisan, third-choice presidential ticket borne from an online nominating process funded by leveraged-buyout tycoon Peter Ackerman and other deep-pocketed centrists—announced at midnight that the savior has not yet made his or her appearance.

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In the past several weeks, the New York Police Department has been confronted with a scourge it hasn’t had to face for years: critical press coverage. Judging from recent headlines, New York’s relationship to its cops has been changing subtly, but unmistakably. Indeed, the response to this week’s heavy-handed crackdown against the Occupy Wall Street protests serves as the crescendo of a period of mounting public skepticism. But this is one threat that the NYPD simply isn’t prepared for.

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Did you know that Ralph Nader is trying to draft Bill McKibben to run for president as a third-party candidate? Me neither, until I watched this Politico  video. I subsequently learned (by reading Eleanor Clift in the Daily Beast) that Nader's been pushing the idea since August. There's even a sad little Draft-McKibben Facebook page (only four "likes" at this writing). Nader is also trying to draft various other people into running, including Mike Bloomberg, which as the former occupant of this space points out doesn't make a whole lot of ideological sense.

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-- James Mann argues that Wikileaks hasn't ruined diplomacy. -- PPP has Mike Bloomberg's poll numbers. They're not good. -- James Fallows vs. Ross Douthat

Though Republicans were among the first to assail Ben Nelson’s Medicaid carve-out for Nebraska, they’ve hardly been the only critics of the deal and the bill’s expansion of the entitlement program. In recent weeks, Blue State governors and other officials have piled on the Democratic leaders of the reform effort for forcing their states to pony up too much for the Medicaid expansion. Even Democratic allies who had previously been supportive of the reform effort – including Mike Bloomberg, David Paterson, and Arnold Schwezenegger – have begun airing their criticisms.

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Ben made a very persuasive case as to why Mike Bloomberg would be a bad veep choice for McCain or Obama. But that doesn't mean he'd be a bad surrogate--especially for Obama. Today, Bloomberg went to Boca where, as the NYT reports, he: told an audience of Jewish residents here that rumors that Mr. Obama is a Muslim represent “wedge politics at its worst, and we have to reject it loudly, clearly and unequivocally.” He added, “Let’s call those rumors what they are: lies.” Mr. Bloomberg, who is Jewish, said the worries about the faith of Mr.

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  The New York Post has a wonderfully Postian headline today, "MAC: MIKE STILL IN VEEPSTAKES" about the possibility of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, joining the GOP ticket. As usual, John McCain had effusive praise for his old friend: "We don't talk about our vice-presidential possibilities," [McCain] said, but pointedly added, "I appreciate Mayor Bloomberg enormously and the great job he's done as mayor." Bloomberg's been spoken about as a strong potential v.p.

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The Devil's Advocate

The sleazy lobbyist who might save the world.

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