NEW YORK — MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews claimed Wednesday while sitting on a politics panel at a heavily-attended event in New York City that President Barack Obama's opponents were hell-bent on hindering his progress before he even took the oath of office. The "Hardball" anchor also called the 2016 presidential party tickets for Democrat Hillary Clinton and GOP Senator Rand Paul.
"President Obama is president of the United States, and he will be president for three more years. We have to get that into our heads ... three more years," Matthews reminded the several hundred in attendance at the Al Sharpton-organized National Action Network 2014 convention unfolding this week at the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square.
The NAN convention, which also saw opening day remarks from NYC Mayor Bill De Blassio and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, featured a panel discussion titled "Election 2014: Can America Get It Right?...or Left?" that was moderated by Professor Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law School, where he taught Barack and Michelle Obama. Panelists for the discussion included Florida State Rep. Reggie Fullwood (D-13 District), Maria Teresa Kumar, CEO/president of Voto Latino, and Dr. James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University and MSNBC contributor, among others. more >>
NEW YORK — In an apparent reference to a tense, reportedly disrespectful, exchange between himself and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) during a congressional hearing Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called out the "unprecedented, unwarranted" adversity he and President Barack Obama have been facing in their respective offices Wednesday.
Addressing a full house at the national convention of Al Sharpton's civil rights group, National Action Network in New York City Wednesday, Holder took a swipe at his agitator.
"Since the day I became attorney general in 2009, I have been proud to stand alongside you in supporting efforts to advance the cause of justice that has always been the center of this, this administration's work," he said. more >>
A young, frustrated Mets fan is gaining attention and laughs on Twitter after reportedly writing to Jesus as part of a Sunday School assignment, asking why he made the New York Mets such a "bad" professional baseball team.
The boy, named "Charlie," reportedly wrote a note to Jesus as part of a Sunday School assignment at his church last weekend. For his assignment beginning with "Dear Jesus," the young boy asked: "Why did you make the Mets so bad?"
The note was then posted on Twitter by Zack Hutchins, whose Twitter profile describes him as the manager of the eastern region for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Hutchins tweeted the photo to Deadspin, adding that the note was written by his friend's son in church last Sunday. more >>
NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio paused during the opening ceremony of Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention Wednesday to remember an NYPD officer and married father of four who died Wednesday morning from injuries he received trying to save residents from a fire in a public housing complex Sunday.
Officer Dennis Guerra was pronounced dead at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx at 6:50 a.m., according to the New York Daily News, and de Blasio asked a packed conference room of NAN supporters at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel to remember the fallen hero Wednesday.
"I know it's a national convention, but we in New York City this morning are hurting and I wanted to ask your indulgence for a moment," began de Blasio. more >>
Answers in Genesis, a ministry led by Ken Ham, launched a billboard campaign over the weekend to counter Darren Aronofsky's recently released film, "Noah." Two "Meet the Real Noah" billboards were put up in New York and California.
"The new boards are designed not only to counter the anti-biblical Noah film that Paramount Studios released nine days ago but also to draw attention to the Creation Museum's excellent displays about the reality of Noah's Flood and Noah's Ark-and the fact that all children 12 and under come free to our museum this year with at least one paying adult," Answers in Genesis CEO Ham wrote on Facebook on Sunday.
The billboards – in Times Square and Hollywood – feature images of Noah and parts of the ark, and direct people to The Creation Museum website. A blog post on Answers in Genesis further explains that the organization's public effort is aimed at exposing the "unbiblical content" behind "Noah." more >>
Times Square did not light up with its first-ever advertisement for marijuana as planned Tuesday morning, as CBS lawyers put the brakes on the promotion, according to Weedmaps. The organization is pushing to legalize the use of the plant in the state and paid $50,000 to spread its message on weed.
"Basically, we were told that we were set. Then it didn't run. We actually had some of our colleagues go out to the Square and see for themselves, because we were told by the company that we were working with that it was running," explained Aaron Houston, a policy advisor at Weedmaps.
"Currently, it is stuck in review by CBS lawyers. It hasn't been rejected as of this moment and we expect an answer from them imminently. We were told that we would hear back today (Friday)," he added. more >>