Opening Act: Ed is Dead

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Feb. 1 2013 8:48 AM

Opening Act: Ed is Dead

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Former New York Mayor Ed Koch exits a morning breakfast where current Mayor Michael Bloomberg discussed the growth of lower Manhattan following the attacks of September 11, 2001 at a breakfast with city leaders and members of the business community on September 6, 2011 in New York City.

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The New York Times digs into the Mendendez donor story, and finds a tale of Jersey sleaze good enough for A1—but minus the unsubstantiated hooker stuff. Like I said yesterday, it's embedded tough enough in the Undernews to do damage.

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Steve Sloan peeks inside the lonely world of tax reform.

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Bruce Bartlett judges the GOP revival.

Mitch McConnell sounds less than disruptive about an immigration reform bill.

We need a good guest worker program. The one we have now is not working very well. So there’s a practical reality to needing a guest worker program, and I’m sure that will be a part of the final bill.

And Ed Koch dies, 23 years after being ousted as Mayor of New York, but approximately five minutes after his last juicy quote to the press. John Podhoretz remembers him eloquently.

It's a good time to watch "How to Survive a Plague," now on Netflix.

 

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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