Anna Sale

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What Elections in New Jersey & Virginia Say About National Politics

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Around the country, voters headed back to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in mayor and gubernatorial contests and to vote on a host of ballot initiatives. Anna Sale, a reporter fo...


Today In Politics: De Blasio's Big Win Means a Big Mandate

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


Bill de Blasio romped last night, winning the vast majority of election precincts, no matter which racial group was dominant.


De Blasio's Long, and Lucky, Campaign

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bill de Blasio wins this campaign with a mandate and near-unanimous praise for his skills as a political operator. He was right that voters were hungry for something different from ...

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American Icons: The Scarlet Letter

Friday, November 01, 2013

One of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestors was a judge in the Salem witch trials. In his novel of early America, Hawthorne explores the tension between our deeply ingrained Puritanism and...

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After Three Debates, Lhota Says His Message Isn't Out

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


In the end, there wasn't much to debate, except for everything they'd debated already. Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota spent 90 minutes finger-wagging Wednesday night after a general election that is closing where it opened -- with a tussle over a Dickens novel and the deconstruction of the word "divisive."

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De Blasio Furiously Raising Funds, Privately

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio is continuing to raise money at a rapid clip, but we don't know much about who is helping him bring it in.


Union-Backed PAC Running $1M Pro-de Blasio Ad

Friday, October 25, 2013

A day after Democrat Bill de Blasio blasted the influence of outside spending in the mayor's race, a union-backed group started running ads in support of his candidacy.


Judge's Ruling Opens Door for Unlimited Campaign Cash in Mayor's Race

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A federal appeals court ruling today clears the way for advocates of Republican Joe Lhota to give unlimited contributions to a political action group supporting his run for mayor. 

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In Second Debate, Lhota Remembers His Talking Points

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Joe Lhota remembered his talking points in Tuesday night's debate. Unfortunately for him, he said little to fundamentally alter the trajectory of the race, where Bill de Blasio is beating him by over 40 points. And in the most raucous exchange of the campaign, de Blasio and Lhota heatedly debated the legacies of David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani, harkening back to a time a dwindling number of voters remember.

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This Week in Politics: Tale of Two States

Saturday, October 19, 2013

With the government shutdown drama playing out in Washington, Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan faced off against Democrats with surprising results. 

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Joe Lhota’s Messaging Problem

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota is running on his skills as a manager. But he says being a candidate is requiring a lot of delegating. And, for now, the results are a candidate and a campaign message that are out of synch.


New Lhota Attack Links De Blasio to Body Bags, Graffiti, Crime of Past

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A new racially-tinged campaign ad from Republican Joe Lhota says Democrat Bill de Blasio is a dangerous threat to the city's low crime rates. Lhota links de Blasio to images of body bags, police tape and flipped cars, and makes explicit a warning the Lhota campaign has only hinted at so far.

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In First Debate, de Blasio On Attack

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


It's apparently worse in New York City to read from a Republican playbook than from a Marxist playbook. That's the conclusion that viewers could draw after watching the first general election debate in New York City's mayoral contest.  


Between WWII and His Suicide, de Blasio's Father a Cold Warrior

Monday, October 14, 2013

Between losing his leg in WWII and his tragic suicide in 1979, Bill de Blasio's father forged a career with think tanks and multinational corporations aimed at blocking the spread of ...

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This Week in Politics: The Personal Is Political

Saturday, October 05, 2013

In the New York City mayor's race, polls this week showed Republican Joe Lhota has enormous ground to make up before the November 5th election. He's trailing Democrat Bill de Blasio by a 50-point margin. Still, both candidates are employed a similar strategy this week as they tried to paint the other as a radical outside the political mainstream.

We also learned more about Bill de Blasio's family life, with a peek at his wedding video, and an exclusive interview on WNYC about his father's suicide.


Exclusive: Bill de Blasio Speaks with WNYC About His Father's Suicide

Monday, September 30, 2013


Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's father committed suicide in 1979, shooting himself while suffering incurable cancer, the New York Post revealed Monday. For the first time in nearly 35 years, de Blasio discussed the event publicly with WNYC's Anna Sale. "We knew his life was going to come to an end. We didn't expect it to be this way. And there had been such sorrow around it," de Blasio said.

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This Week in Politics: Who Cares?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

As two Democrats readied for the Tuesday run-off of the Public Advocate, the New York Times released a new documentary that chronicles the end of Speaker Christine Quinn's long run for mayor. Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates still aiming for the 2013 win debated Latin American politics in the 1980s, with some red-hot rhetoric. Marxist playbook, anyone?


Lhota Attacks de Blasio's 'Marxist Playbook'; Says He'll Address Income Inequality

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

For the second day in a row, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota tried to seed doubts about Democrat Bill de Blasio by linking his past activism in Nicaragua to his current policies. But Lhota is also increasingly talking about how he'd address income inequality himself.


As Foreign Leaders Gather at UN, Mayoral Candidates Talk 1980s Latin America

Monday, September 23, 2013

American policy in Latin America 25 years ago has become an issue in this year's mayoral race. Republican Joe Lhota seized on a New York Times story about Democrat Bill de Blasio's past activism in Nicaragua.


With Sharpton Meeting, Lhota Underscores Difference from Giuliani

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota spent part of his day on Tuesday reaching out to constituencies not likely to support him. That included a private meeting with Reverend Al Sharpton in Harlem, who famously and regularly sparred with former Mayor Giuliani, Lhota's old boss.