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Rice leads money race in bid to succeed McCarthy

Kathleen Rice raised $644,000 since March in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for the election to replace retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, five times as much as the combined receipts of two of the Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.

In the primary election to select a Republican nominee in the race to replace McCarthy (D-Mineola), businessman Bruce Blakeman said he raised $89,226...

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Rep. Eric Cantor to appear at fundraiser for Lee Zeldin in Quogue

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) during a

(Credit: Getty Images / Mark Wilson)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suffered a stunning loss in a Republican primary to upstart tea party-backed David Brat, but is still on for a fundraiser in Quogue Saturday for Republican Lee Zeldin, the campaign said Wednesday.

"As far we know he's still coming out," Zeldin campaign manager Chapin Fay said Wednesday.

Cantor's willingness to campaign in the GOP primary in Suffolk's...

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Rep. Israel calls for criminal investigation of VA

— Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) on Thursday joined the bipartisan call for a criminal investigation into the Veterans’ Affairs officials and staffers who manipulated appointments and wait lists for ailing veterans seeking health care.

“If anybody at the VA doctored forms, gamed the system, they ought to be investigated, prosecuted and punished,” Israel said  in an interview .


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'Bishop's bar mitvah scandal' timeline posted by outside group

Tim Bishop on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Regarding

(Credit: Bloomberg News / Scott Eells)

The congressional ethics investigation into Rep. Tim Bishop's request for a campaign donation from a constituent he was helping in 2012 continues to be fodder for his political foes, this time a "dark money" group that won't reveal its donors.

The American Action Network tomorrow will post a step-by-step timeline on a website called www. BishopBuyOff.com that takes a viewer through...

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