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Mayor de Blasio: ‘I Stand by the Knife and Fork’

GinoSorbilloLogoMichael Howard Saul, who covers New York City Hall for the Wall Street Journal, is toughing it this week in Italy. On the trail of Mayor de Blasio, he has filed – together with Milan-based colleague Manuela Mesco – a feature interview piece at the tail-end of de Blasio’s eight-day Italian vacation.

A highlight for de Blasio was dining on Wednesday night in Naples with that city’s mayor at a restaurant his grandfather used to frequent. In Napoli, there was also time for pizza:

Their 16-year-old son, Dante, was craving pizza, and mom and dad obliged when the family reached Naples on Wednesday. The family enjoyed pizza at Sorbillo, a well-known place on the water.

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Daily News Calls Mayor an ‘Ass’

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The New York Daily News has had it with Mayor de Blasio. The paper — along with Liam Neeson — desperately (and sort of weirdly) wants the mayor to allow the carriage horses to continue their work in Central Park. De Blasio, meanwhile, wants to replace them with electric cars.

To prove how many people care about the horses, the Daily News dropped 40,000 signed petitions at the mayor’s office. When de Blasio sent an aide to pick them up instead of doing so himself, the staff at the Daily News lost their minds. The result? Today’s front page.

Hey, at least they called him “Mr. Mayor.” Could have been worse.

Mayor de Blasio Covers Randy Newman

The LA Kings’ Stanley Cup victory over the New York Rangers sparked a double-mayor-whammy on Monday.

As The Drudge Report and many others noted, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti dropped the F-bomb at the STAPLES Center portion of yesterday’s parade rally. A few hours later, with Garcetti watching from the Jimmy Kimmel Live couch (alongside Kings players Justin Williams and Alec Martinez), New York mayor Bill de Blasio beamed in from the losing coast to deliver a warbly version of “I Love LA.” All part of a friendly bet with Garcetti.

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Bill de Blasio is Not a Fan of The Press

Our city’s relatively new Mayor is already a veteran at one specific move: Cutting himself off from the press. According to The Associated Press, Bill de Blasio has already barred the media from 53 events, and only allowed limited access to 30 other events. In total, over 20 percent of his listed events have been closed to the media.

For his part, de Blasio has blamed restricted access on where the events have been held; claiming that classrooms and factories don’t lend themselves to numerous journalists. Here’s a wild idea: Move some crap around! Take a desk out of the room, and replace that desk with a reporter!

De Blasio also admitted that things could be better. ”We believe there is a whole swath of information that needs to be available to the public and we need to continue to do a better job on that,” he said during a Tuesday press conference. “There is a lot of day-to-day government business that is appropriately disclosable that we need to be better at.”

A nice sentiment, but as the saying goes — actions speak louder than words.

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White House Launches Probe Into CIA Station Chief Disclosure (Politico)
The White House has launched an investigation into how the name of the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan was released to the press Sunday during President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to U.S. troops there, officials said. TVNewser White House counsel Neil Eggleston will oversee the investigation. FishbowlDC On Sunday as President Obama spoke at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a pool report sent to upwards of 6,000 journalists included the name of a CIA station chief in the country, as one of many briefing the President during his visit. HuffPost The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson, who wrote the pool report, had received the list from White House officials. Wilson included the list as part of a pool report from Obama’s visit to Afghanistan that was distributed Saturday by the White House press office, which later sent out a revised version not including the station chief’s name. Despite the pool report appearing in thousands of inboxes, all major news outlets have continued to withhold the covert agent’s name at the government’s request. Time The CIA official operates under a cover, though their identity is known to the Afghan government. The release of the name is not only a faux pas in intelligence circles, but could jeopardize the CIA officer’s career and safety.

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New York Magazine Sparks Post-News-Mayor Ruckus

Here’s how it all went down.

On Sunday, New York magazine posted “Chirlane McCray’s City,” the Web version of contributing editor Lisa Miller‘s profile of Mayor de Blasio’s wife.

NYPost_0519On Monday, the Post and Daily News front-page framed the interview revelations as being of the “bad mom” variety. And today, in the pages of the New York Times, there is coverage of a quickly convened Monday de Blasio presser:

The mayor decided midday on Monday that he wanted to address the headlines, and ordered his aides to organize a question-and-answer session with reporters. “It suggests a tremendous misunderstanding of what it means to be a parent, what it means to be a mother,” de Blasio said of the coverage.

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NYC Starts Spreading the Top-Level Internet Domain News

Six years after Gale Brewer, currently Manhattan Borough president and then a City Council member, first put forward reignited the idea in 2008, the reality of .nyc domains is almost upon us. Per an announcement on the nic.nyc site, today – May 5 – is the first day local businesses and individuals can apply for a dot-NYC domain. When the URLs go live this fall, New York City will officially become the first U.S. city with its own top-level domain suffix.

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From today’s announcement:

“New Yorkers are constantly innovating and putting this great city on the digital map,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The launch of the .nyc domain is one of the most anticipated arrivals for the city and the Internet at large. There is no shortage of New Yorkers ready to claim their exclusive .nyc identities online, and this is their chance to reserve their piece of this city’s valuable digital real estate.”

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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Al Roker Rants About Mayor de Blasio, School Snow Policy

Al Roker went on a Twitter rant this morning, blasting Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s department of education for allowing schools to be open — and then ultimately closing early — today.

Roker wrote that “It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed.” When schools announced they were closing, he said “And how about all the parents and caregivers who have to scramble to get their kids home? Is there no one there with any common sense?” He also tweeted that the Mayor’s office had no right “throwing NWS [National Weather Service] under the bus.”

Finally, Roker issued a damning prediction:

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Mayor de Blasio Blasts The New York Times

The mayor of this fine city is annoyed with The New York Times. Please copy that sentence for use in articles about every New York mayor, in perpetuity. According to The New York Observer, Bill de Blasio blasted the Times over its profile of John Doherty, the city’s sanitation commissioner.

The Times’ article noted that de Blasio — while thanking members of his team during a press conference — oddly excluded Doherty’s name. De Blasio was upset about the piece, and unprompted, brought it up at a separate conference with reporters. “I just want to say very clearly: The story in the New York Times today was patently inaccurate,” said the mayor. “I have immense respect for John Doherty. I asked John Doherty to stay on to help this city.”

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