September 21st, 2010
10:11 AM ET
4 years ago

Reid calls Gillibrand 'the hottest member'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday called New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ‘the hottest member’ of the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday called New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ‘the hottest member’ of the Senate.

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is well known for unscripted statements that tend to make his aides cringe.

Reid made one of those comments Monday morning at a New York fundraiser hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Nevada Democrat referred to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand "the hottest member," which apparently made Gillibrand blush, according to two Democratic sources familiar with the incident.

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Kirsten Gillibrand
September 17th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Lady Gaga calls on senators 'to do your job'

 Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress 'to do your job'.
Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress 'to do your job'.


(CNN)–
Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress "to do your job" - calling specifically on Sens. John McCain, Mitch McConnell, James Inhoffe, and Jeff Sessions to vote on the defense authorization bill, which includes authorization to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' after a Pentagon review. Republicans have been blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor. 'Don't ask, don't tell', is the law that was created in 1993 and bans openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the military.

In the almost 8-minute video posted on her website, the artist asks her fans to call their representatives and let their voice be heard: "Our fight is a continuum of the ever present equal rights movement, everyday we fight to abolish laws that harbor hatred and discrimination against all people, laws that infringe on our civil liberties," she says.

The singer, who in recent days has taken to her twitter account engaging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to schedule a vote to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell," asks the senators these questions: "Senators when you are sending our men and women into war, sending our wives, husbands, sons, and daughters into combat, will you honor their service? Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday and pledge to them that no American's life is more valuable than another?"

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August 7th, 2010
02:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Gillibrand attends the BlogHer conference, stresses organization

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand meeting with bloggers at the BlogHer conference.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand meeting with bloggers at the BlogHer conference.

New York (CNN) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand met with a group of 25 of the web's top female political bloggers Friday evening as part of the BlogHer Conference, a two-day gathering of 2,400 female bloggers.

The freshman New York Democrat, one of Washington's most web-savvy politicians, used the appearance to press other women to run for office, a rallying cry heard throughout the conference.

“We need you,” Gillibrand told the bloggers. “You don’t have to be afraid [of politics] just because it is a blood sport.”

A frequent blog contributor herself, Gillibrand discussed her experience in the Senate, and specifically the fight against the Stupak amendment – a crucial sticking point for liberal Democrats that turned the debate over health care reform legislation on its head. Gillibrand expressed surprise at the lack of grassroots coordination from women to protest the amendment and pointed to the debate as one where women could have been better organized, and more effective.

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Filed under: Kirsten Gillibrand • Social Media
July 28th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Six lawmakers make 'Beautiful' list

 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ranks third on The Hill’s list of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ranks third on The Hill’s list of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.

(CNN) – It's been said Washington is the Hollywood for ugly people, but don't tell a handful of lawmakers that.

The Hill - a daily publication that covers Washington - is out with its annual 50 Most Beautiful People list and six members of Congress have landed coveted spots in the newspaper's yearly roundup of the more attractive Capitol Hill inhabitants.

Coming in at No. 3 is New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's replacement who has lost 40 pounds since joining the upper chamber a year and a half ago.

At No. 7 is California Rep. Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress who won a special election to replace current Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Chu, a psychology Ph.D., says she stays grounded in the Capitol's dizzying halls by "taking a breather every once in a while."

The No. 9 spot is filled by Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., "a known fitness nut," the Hill says, who "converted one the gym's racquetball courts into a space dedicated to martial arts, yoga, pilates and the P90X exercise program."

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July 20th, 2010
06:51 AM ET
4 years ago

British PM may meet with senators about Lockerbie case

British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered to meet with four U.S. senators Tuesday to discuss the 2009 release of a Libyan man convicted of playing a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered to meet with four U.S. senators Tuesday to discuss the 2009 release of a Libyan man convicted of playing a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Washington (CNN) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered to meet with four U.S. senators Tuesday to discuss the 2009 release of a Libyan man convicted of playing a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

"The prime minister recognizes the huge strength of feeling on this issue and has immense sympathy for the families - American, British and others - affected by the Lockerbie atrocity," said Martin Longden, the press secretary at the British Embassy. "The PM has personally asked to rearrange his program in Washington to enable him to meet with the four senators and discuss their concerns directly."

It was not immediately clear if the four senators from New Jersey and New York - Robert Menendez, Frank Lautenberg, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer - would be able to accept Cameron's invitation to meet with him at the British ambassador's residence in Washington Tuesday evening.

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July 19th, 2010
11:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Senators request meeting with British PM over Lockerbie case

Washington (CNN) - Four U.S. senators have requested a formal meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to the United States this week to discuss the 2009 release of a man convicted of playing a role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

The 1988 bombing killed 270 people, most of them Americans.

The Scottish government released Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds last August after doctors said he had terminal prostate cancer and just three months to live. But al-Megrahi is still alive, and news reports in recent days have questioned whether he was as sick as depicted. Questions also have been raised about whether a deal was cut to release him to protect British business interests in Libya.

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June 17th, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Members of Congress battle the media on softball diamond

ALT TEXT Female members of Congress and members of the media oiled up their gloves and laced up their spikes to do battle in the second annual Congressional women's softball game Wednesday evening in Washington. (PHOTO CREDITS: Bob Kovach/CNN)

(CNN) - The Washington Nationals may have been on the road Tuesday night but baseball fans were able to get their fix by two teams who were in a league of their own.

On this humid June evening, members of Congress and members of the media oiled up their gloves and laced up their spikes to do battle in the second annual Congressional women's softball game.

Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Jo Ann Emerson and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski captained the congresspersons team. Leading the members of the Capitol Hill press were CNN's Dana Bash and Shailagh Murray of the Washington Post.

An overflow crowd in excess of three hundred enthusiastic fans, mostly Capitol Hill staffers and interns, cheered on the teams at Guy Mason Field in Northwest Washington.  But there were some DC luminaries in the ballpark, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

Check out more pictures and find out who was victorious, after the jump:
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April 30th, 2010
07:48 AM ET
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Dems to attend fundraiser with donors who have ties to Wall St.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will attend a fundraiser Monday with some top Democratic donors who also have ties to Wall Street.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will attend a fundraiser Monday with some top Democratic donors who also have ties to Wall Street.

Washington (CNN) - As many Americans rail against big banks and lawmakers push for financial reform, Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Chris Dodd of Connecticut will attend a New York fundraiser with some top Democratic donors who also have ties to Wall Street.

The Monday fundraiser will be hosted by Jane Hartley, a longtime Gillibrand supporter, at her Manhattan home. Hartley does not work in the financial industry, but her husband is Ralph Schlosstein, president and CEO of the investment firm Evercore Partners. Schlosstein also served in the Carter administration.

Politicians have long rubbed elbows with Wall Street executives, who have traditionally been an important source of campaign dollars. But Gillibrand and Dodd's attendance at the event could prove politically embarrassing.

Dodd is the chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which is deeply involved in crafting legislation to reform to Wall Street. In November, Gillibrand hopes to win a full six year term after New York Gov. David Paterson appointed her to the seat left vacant when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.

The senators' attendance at the event could give critics political ammunition in what has become a major battle over which party is cozier with Wall Street.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Dodd • Kirsten Gillibrand • Wall Street
April 29th, 2010
07:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Dems to attend fundraiser with donors who have ties to Wall St.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will attend a fundraiser Monday with some top Democratic donors who also have ties to Wall Street.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York will attend a fundraiser Monday with some top Democratic donors who also have ties to Wall Street.

Washington (CNN) - As many Americans rail against big banks and lawmakers push for financial reform, Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Chris Dodd of Connecticut will attend a New York fundraiser with some top Democratic donors who also have ties to Wall Street.

The Monday fundraiser will be hosted by Jane Hartley, a longtime Gillibrand supporter, at her Manhattan home. Hartley does not work in the financial industry, but her husband is Ralph Schlosstein, president and CEO of the investment firm Evercore Partners. Schlosstein also served in the Carter administration.

Politicians have long rubbed elbows with Wall Street executives, who have traditionally been an important source of campaign dollars. But Gillibrand and Dodd's attendance at the event could prove politically embarrassing.

Dodd is the chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which is deeply involved in crafting legislation to reform to Wall Street. In November, Gillibrand hopes to win a full six year term after New York Gov. David Paterson appointed her to the seat left vacant when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State.

The senators' attendance at the event could give critics political ammunition in what has become a major battle over which party is cozier with Wall Street.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Dodd • Extra • Kirsten Gillibrand • Wall Street
March 29th, 2010
01:48 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Pataki and Gillibrand in hypothetical dead heat

A new poll indicates that former New York Gov. George Pataki is in a dead heat with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a hypothetical Senate election match up.
A new poll indicates that former New York Gov. George Pataki is in a dead heat with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a hypothetical Senate election match up.

(CNN) - A new poll indicates that former New York Gov. George Pataki is in a dead heat with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a hypothetical Senate election match up. There's only one problem: The former two-term Republican governor has not publicly indicated that he has any desire to challenge Gillibrand, a Democrat.

According to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Monday, 47 percent of New York State voters would back Pataki and 45 percent would support Gillibrand if the general election were held today, with 8 percent undecided.

The poll also indicates that 27 percent think Gillibrand's doing either an excellent or good job in office, with just over one in three saying she's doing a fair job, 17 percent adding that she's performing poorly and just over one in five undecided. Gillibrand, who was a congresswoman from upstate New York, was appointed to the Senate last year by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, who stepped down to become secretary of State. Gillibrand is running this year to serve the final two years of Clinton's term.

"Former Governor Pataki is the big unknown for Gillibrand," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, "With her approval rating at 27 percent, Gillibrand will almost certainly have her work cut out for her if Pataki enters the race."

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Filed under: 2010 • George Pataki • Kirsten Gillibrand • New York
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