Jul. 1st, 2003

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Some of you may remember Andy Cuomo, the son of our former governor and a cabinet member in the Clinton administration, in his small but showy role in the recent NY gubernatorial race as "The Guy Who, Despite the Fact That He Had No Chance at the Nomination, Went Ahead and Scuttled McCall's Momentum During the Primaries." Admirers of political audacity will, no doubt, recall how he decided to sidestep the traditional primary process and run, with his coterie of Clinton, Kennedy and Cuomo supporters, as an outsider.

We haven't seen too much of Andy lately - he's been working on repealing the Rockefeller laws, but I think he pissed off the press so badly during the election that he's not getting much coverage.

Well, he's baa-aaack.

Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, who frequently accompanied her husband, Andrew M. Cuomo, during his unsuccessful campaign for New York governor last year, is seeking a divorce, associates of the couple said yesterday.

The 1990 wedding of Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Kennedy Cuomo, the seventh child of Robert F. Kennedy, fascinated both political insiders and style watchers as it merged two of the most powerful Democratic families in the country.

Ms. Kennedy Cuomo, a human rights advocate, often bristled at suggestions that the union had a political subtext. She told a reporter last year, "When you are sitting there with your fella and he is buying you a glass of wine, you're thinking `Wow, he's kind of cute,' not what his last name and what your last name is."

But it was Mr. Cuomo's career that kept Ms. Kennedy Cuomo in the marriage, said one person close to her, adding that she had contemplated leaving him before but wanted to help him at his run for governor.

Ms. Kennedy Cuomo campaigned tirelessly for her husband last year, sometimes with one or more of their three daughters in tow. Mr. Cuomo ultimately dropped out of the race before facing almost certain defeat in the Democratic primary against H. Carl McCall, who went on to lose to Gov. George E. Pataki in the general election.

Yesterday, Mr. Cuomo's lawyer, Harriet Newman Cohen, read a statement over the phone: "Mr. Cuomo was betrayed and saddened by his wife's conduct during their marriage. Despite that, for the sake of their three daughters, Mr. Cuomo has been trying to keep their marriage together for some time. But he will try to accommodate Ms. Kennedy Cuomo's decision to leave the marriage. In the interest of the privacy of the party's children and the family, Mr. Cuomo will make no further comment."

After a reporter contacted Ms. Cohen, Dan Klores, a public relations executive who represented Mr. Cuomo during his campaign, made an unsolicited call to say that Mr. Cuomo had nothing to say...

Do you suppose it would be too much to hope that young master Cuomo might be convinced by some concerned Democrat to go into the private sector next?

all net.

Jul. 1st, 2003 04:19 pm
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Terry at Nitpicker has the transcript of Chris Matthews kicking what there is of Ann Coulter's ass.

He also has a suggestion for concerned citizens.

Man's on a roll. Take a look.
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The Bush administration suspended all American military assistance to 35 countries today because they refused to pledge to give American citizens immunity before the International Criminal Court.

The administration warned last year that under a provision of the new American antiterrorism law, any country that became a member of the new court but failed to give exemptions to Americans serving within its borders would lose such aid.

That includes training programs as well as financing of weapons and equipment purchases.

Many of the countries affected, like Colombia and Ecuador, are considered critical to the administration's efforts to bring stability to the Western Hemisphere. Others, like Croatia, are preparing to join NATO and were counting on American help to modernize their armed forces.

Officials said that in all, $47.6 million in aid and $613,000 in military education programs would be lost to the 35 countries.

The new court is the world's first permanent forum for trying people charged with genocide and other crimes against humanity. The administration strongly opposes it on the ground that Americans could be subjected to politically motivated prosecutions.

"There should be no misunderstanding, that the issue of protecting U.S. persons from the International Criminal Court will be a significant and pressing matter in our relations with every state," Ari Fleischer, the White House spokesman, said today.

President Bush signed a waiver exempting 22 countries because they had signed but not yet ratified immunity agreements. That list includes Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Full members of NATO, and other major allies Ñ including Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Japan and South Korea Ñ are not part of the military assistance prohibition...


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