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Boris Johnson
AP photo / Alastair Grant

Changing of the Guard for British Gov’t

To say it was a politically interesting week would be a case of British understatement: London gained a new mayor—Boris Johnson, who beat incumbent Ken Livingstone to become the first Conservative to win the office—and Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party took a drubbing in local elections across the U.K. on May Day.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Paris Fetes Dalai Lama

Despite disapproval from French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party, which is working on improving relations with the Chinese government, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has championed the Dalai Lama by making the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader an honorary citizen of the City of Light.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Willie Brown
AP photo /Tony Avelar

Bill Boyarsky on the Inimitable Willie Brown

More than a quarter of a century before Barack Obama made his name with a speech at the Democratic National Convention, another African-American politician, Willie L. Brown Jr. of San Francisco, did the same—but under much different circumstances.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg Says He Won’t Run

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes in a New York Times op-ed “I am not—and will not be—a candidate for president.” Thus ends months of speculation on whether the multibillionaire would jump into the race as an independent candidate. Bloomberg writes that he may endorse a candidate who “takes an independent, nonpartisan approach” and “embraces practical solutions that challenge party orthodoxy.” Is he talking about Ralph Nader?

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Bloomberg: Climate Threat Deadlier Than Terrorism

Although some politicians and media pundits who lean toward the right of the political spectrum regard global warming as an overhyped pet issue that mostly gets liberals hot under the collar, New York City mayor and media baron Mike Bloomberg (who’s moved around quite a bit on said spectrum) suggests that it is potentially much worse than the threat of terrorism. He made the comment Monday at a U.N. climate change conference.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich
AP photo / Mark Duncan

Kucinich Under Fire

Rep. Dennis Kucinich is back in Cleveland and fighting for his political survival as his longtime corporate opponents finance a Swift-boat-style media onslaught to take over his congressional seat. Here he fires back and makes his case for why Cleveland, and the country, needs his voice in Congress now more than ever.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani ad

Fear-Mongering, Giuliani Style

Um, is it just us, or did Rudy Giuliani’s camp seize upon the strike-induced lull in Hollywood to hire out talent to make what looks and sounds like a Mideast-themed action movie trailer to promote his presidential campaign?  “A religion betrayed ... a nuclear power in chaos ... madmen bent on creating it. ... ”  Steven Seagal’s people should take notes from this one.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


City Employees Say Giuliani Demanded Blind Obedience

Rudy Giuliani has made much of his time as mayor of New York, but a growing number of his former lieutenants are speaking out about his dictatorial ways. As one former city commissioner put it: “People used to say that if Mayor Koch said, ‘Let’s kill all 12-year-olds, everyone working around him would freely tell him, ‘You’re crazy,’ but if Mayor Giuliani said it, then everyone would say, ‘Brilliant, Rudy! Have you thought of killing 13-year-olds, too?’ ”

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani rally

Terror Talk With Rudy ‘Tough Guy’ Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani’s just the guy to come out swinging against “the Muslims,” according to boosters at a New Hampshire love-in shown on this clip from the Guardian.  Notes one staunch supporter, “These people are very dedicated ... very smart in their own way,” and it takes America’s Mayor to win what Giuliani calls the “Islamic terrorist war” at hand.

Posted on Dec 27, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Politico video

Giuliani Under the Microscope

In this Politico video news report, a particularly preppy host (all Capitol Hill style, no doubt) delivers the latest about Giuliani’s alleged use of New York taxpayer funds to hook up with his now-wife Judith in the Hamptons—and as it turns out, Rudy apparently hooked Judy up with her own “police driver and city car” before she was officially known as his extramarital side dish.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama and Bloomberg
wcbstv.com

Obama, Bloomberg in Mysterious Rendezvous

Barack Obama shared an emptied restaurant and about 45 minutes of conversation with New York mayor and potential presidential bombshell Michael Bloomberg on Friday. A Bloomberg aide implied the meeting was more about sharing ideas than about political aspirations, but at the very least it was a challenge to Hillary Clinton, who would love to have New York and its power brokers all to herself.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy and Judy
nymag.com

Giuliani’s Hanky-Panky: On the Public Tab?

During the early days of his romance with his girlfriend (now wife) Judith, then New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made trips to the Hamptons, where she lived, and billed “obscure city agencies” for costs his NYPD security detail incurred while accompanying him, according to The Politico.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Hannity and Giuliani
AP photo / Adam Rountree

Deconstructing Rudy

As mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani honed his skills in creating a public persona that obscured some of his less savory behind-the-scenes activities.  But now, Giuliani’s facing serious resistance from the likes of filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who’s turning his lens on the wily GOP candidate in a series of Web-ready shorts.

Posted on Nov 10, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s Secret 9/11 Testimony

In Rudolph Giuliani’s narrative of his own life, as confided to rapt Republican voters along the presidential primary trail, he has been fighting the lonely twilight struggle against “Islamic terrorism” since sometime in the 1970s.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy and Judy
moviereporter.net

Giuliani and Wife Dump on Hillary

As if he’s already secured the nomination, Rudy Giuliani has begun to focus his vitriol on the other party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton: “I don’t know Hillary’s experience. She’s never run a city.” It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had an ex-mayor occupying the Oval Office.  Maybe Giuliani is on to something here. There just has to be some parallel between being a mayor and the leader of the world’s only superpower.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Shooting at Cleveland High School

A gunman went on a shooting rampage in a high school in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday.  The gunman, who aimed shots at several people before killing himself, had apparently made threats at SuccessTech Academy last week.  According to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, three teenagers and two adults were injured.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Guns ‘n’ Roses for Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was busy sweet-talking a group of National Rifle Association members in Washington, D.C., on Friday when he received a call from a very special lady.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Mayor Sanders

San Diego Mayor Backs Gay Marriage

Inspired by care for his daughter and an eleventh-hour decision, as he put it, to “lead with my heart,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (a Republican, as a Truthdig reader pointed out) said Wednesday that he would “take a stand on equality and social justice” and come out, as it were, in favor of gay marriage.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


mayor
AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

L.A. Mayor’s Back in Town

After traveling to El Salvador and Mexico during the week that began with a May Day clash between immigration rights demonstrators and the LAPD, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wisely decided on Friday to cut his sojourn short by five days and return home to deal with the fallout.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


Truthdigger of the Week: Mayor Ross ‘Rocky’ Anderson

Truthdig salutes Rocky Anderson, the Salt Lake City mayor who spoke out against the war and reminded the world that “blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.” Anderson welcomed Bush to his city with a fiery protest speech and these searing lines: “A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


Rocky Anderson

Mayor’s Home Run for Truth: Antiwar Rally in Salt Lake City

In recognition of Bush’s visit to the Utah capital, Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”  Thank you, Salt Lake City! Watch it here. Full transcript here (pdf).

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Rudy Giuliani
From Amazon.com

Book: Giuliani Was No Hero

What if former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wasn’t the hero everybody thought? What if, like Bush, Giuliani had ignored myriad pre-9/11 warnings about terrorism? What if he thus left the city ill-prepared to respond to such a disaster? That’s the provocative thesis of a new book written by two top-flight investigative journalists.

Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
AP / Guillermo Arias

Tom Hayden: Mexico’s Presidential Front-Runner May Roil U.S. Conservatives

Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is waging a progressive populist campaign for his country’s presidency, has some plans sure to incense U.S. conservatives in border states: redrafting the free-trade aspects of NAFTA that force Mexicans to emigrate northward; turning every Mexican consulate in the U.S. into a legal aid center to defend immigrant rights; and vocal opposition to the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


Cory Booker
From politicsnj.com

Rising Star Wins Newark Mayoral Race

The 37-year-old former Rhodes scholar, who is black, won in a landslide. (His last mayoral campaign was the focus of the Oscar-nominated “Street Fight.”)

 

Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


Army Corps of Engineers Calls Chocolate City Unfeasible

“The last thing you want is a city that a bunch of hungry drunks are going to eat.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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