Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJesse McKinley Aug. 20, 2018 ALBANY — In January 2016, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was preparing his annual State of the State address, some high-placed state officials knew they had a problem. A pair of business executives — partners in multimillion-dollar, private-public partnership deals with the state — were on their way to Albany, anticipating that Mr. Cuomo was going to announce their projects in his speech. But Mr. Cuomo had decided against doing so, worrying the executives. “We need to assure these guys their deals are solid,” Christopher Walsh, an associate vice president at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, wrote in an email to several top Cuomo administration officials. “We cannot string these guys along any longer. Please.” … [Read more...] about Here Are the Lobbying Emails Cuomo Fought Hard to Keep Secret
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Supported by Politics By MIKE McINTIRE, JIM RUTENBERG and MAGGIE HABERMANAPRIL 10, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story During the presidential campaign, Michael D. Cohen got a Google alert for a breaking story: “Russian President Vladimir Putin Praises Donald Trump as ‘Talented’ and ‘Very Colorful.’”For most American politicians, that article in December 2015 would hardly have been welcome news. But Mr. Cohen, whose role as personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump has been firmly rooted in the transactional world of his boss, saw opportunity. He emailed an old friend who had been talking about seeking Kremlin support to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, and sent him the article.“Now is the time,” Mr. Cohen wrote. “Call me.”Mr. Cohen’s efforts put him under scrutiny in the Trump-Russia inquiries and hinted at the somewhat murky space he occupied in the Trump … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen, ‘Ultimate Trump Loyalist,’ Now in the Sights of the F.B.I.
THE BIG IDEA: With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. SAN FRANCISCO — When Mark Zuckerberg is under the klieg lights on Capitol Hill today, he will emphasize Facebook’s endorsement of the Honest Ads Act. “We know some members of Congress are exploring ways to increase transparency around political or issue advertising, and we’re happy to keep working with Congress on that,” the founder and chief executive of the social networking giant plans to say, according to his prepared testimony. Technology companies pride themselves on being insulated from the sorts of burdensome government requirements that apply to most other industries. So why on Earth would Zuckerberg support a new law that would be expensive to comply with and, thus, ostensibly hurt his bottom line? Here are six reasons: 1. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Zuckerberg declined to come when Congress beckoned last fall, sending his general counsel to testify in his stead … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Why Mark Zuckerberg is embracing more regulation of political ads on Facebook
Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist from Kansas, participates in his network's summer seminar last year in Colorado Springs. (James Hohmann/The Washington Post) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: Leaders of the conservative Koch political network are mad about President Trump’s tariffs, the failure to protect “dreamers” and runaway government spending. They’re frustrated congressional leaders do not feel a greater sense of urgency to pass more ambitious legislation during what could be the final six months of unified Republican control for a long time. And they’re worried that squabbling might derail their efforts to roll back financial regulations, expand access to experimental medicines and overhaul the criminal justice system. For now, the network led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch still plans to spend between $300 million to $400 million on politics and policy during the 2018 cycle. But … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Koch network growing frustrated with the GOP’s 2018 agenda
THE TICKER President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last November. (AP /Andrew Harnik, File) Here’s one way to view the short-term economic cost of the tariffs the United States and China have proposed slapping on each other: They could halve the growth effect of last year’s tax cut. Which is to say: Not a welcome outcome, but hardly economic Armageddon, either. That’s based on a projection by Ryan Sweet, head of monetary policy research at Moody’s Analytics. He wrote in a Wednesday note that the “tit-for-tat tariffs” the two superpowers have threatened in recent days would shave up to 0.2 percentage points off GDP growth here — or half of what the International Monetary Fund has estimated last year’s tax cuts would add to the expansion this year. “This isn’t enormous,” Sweet noted. The threat, of course, is that … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Trump tariffs aren’t going to impede economic growth (yet)