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Expect no encore in Smith-Mangano 'cross-partisan' cordiality

Partisan gridlock has been a big concern in Washington for years. But in June 2011, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Republican, was a “special guest” at a fundraiser for former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.

Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius said he’d helped get Smith and Mangano, a Republican, together to talk because “both are willing to cross party lines to do what’s best for government.”

At the time, allies of Republican leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) expressed skeptical surprise.

Expect no encore soon since prosecutors now accuse Smith, of Hollis, in an alleged bribery scheme for the New York City GOP mayoral nomination. Now, of course, many in the political world both inside and outside the city are worriedly wondering who talked to whom about what while Smith and others around him were under close watch by the feds.

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Sec. of State John Kerry seeking more authority for the administration to fight ISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “dangerous concessions” if rivals win election. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “Is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?"

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