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Rhetorical 'win-win' in Cuomo-de Blasio divide, but stay tuned

So far, policy clashes between Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seem to suit the public-relations goals of both. De Blasio pursues his campaign vows by pushing a pre-K tax on top earners and a higher minimum wage for the city while curbing charter schools. By resisting these, fellow Democrat Cuomo -- whose only serious election challenge would come from a Republican -- takes the opportunity to warn about adding taxes and express concern about business and "school choice."

Of course, if it becomes a competition that undermines Cuomo, perhaps by delaying settlement of the state budget, then all "friendly" bets are off and the stakes of the rivalry mount.

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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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