Gov. Andrew Cuomo used to LOVE the Democratic National Convention. In 2000, he had a 23-page itinerary and a PR rep to field reporters’ calls.

President Obama called GOP Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remark “offensive,” adding: “Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.”

Akin apologized for his comments, but refused to drop his US Senate bid, even though GOP leaders – and Sean Hannity – urged him to depart.

US Senate candidate Wendy Long said Akin’s rape gaffe is akin to VP Joe Biden’s “back in chains” comment.

Rep. Nan Hayworth wasn’t mentioned in the POLITICO story on a skinny-dipping incident in Israel last summer, but she was on that trip, too, along with her husband, Scott.

In defense of congressional skinny-dipping.

Rep. Tom Reed: “We’re not hiding from anything. We’ll let people decide what they think. At the end of the day, it was my wife and I swimming in the Sea.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand used Akin’s verbal slip to raise camapign cash for Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign.

A new book claims US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the driving force behind the mission to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.

Augusta National Golf Club admitted its first two female members, one of whom is former US Secretary of State Condolezza Rice.

Rep. Bill Owens is losing his communications director at an inopportune time.

The Advocate turns 45.

The NYS GOP reponded to Rep. Kathy Hochul’s first TV ad asserting her independence from the Obama White House by saying she’s no “profile in courage.”

AG Eric Schneiderman’s office has sent letters to 10 upstate counties advising them to accommodate Spanish-speaking voters from Puerto Rico as required by federal law.

A significant majority of New Yorkers – 64 percent – say the NYPD favors whites over blacks, according to a new poll by The New York Times.