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Cartoon: Drinking the fracking Kool-Aid

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

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Bessent: John Boehner wins second term as Speaker of the House, nation's least desirable job

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at a

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John Boehner won a second term as Speaker of the House today. Condolences are in order. Who would want the job?

Boehner has been a leader without enough reliable followers for the two years since a cabal of tea party Republicans were elected, proclaimed compromise a dirty word and began doing all they could to gum up the works.

They made it impossible for Boehner to broker a “grand bargain”...

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Barber: Congress has come a long way, baby

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front

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Back in September of 1991, Fox TV aired an episode of “The Simpsons” called “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.” Lisa takes a trip to the nation’s capital, where a congressman tells her, “Lisa, you’re a doer. And who knows, maybe someday you’ll be a congressman or a senator. We have quite a few women senators, you know.”

“Only two,” says Lisa. “I checked.”

It was true, incredibly: Nancy Kassebaum...

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Dolman: Big Apple has an iProblem with stolen Apple products

Here a great bit of news in an otherwise dismal 2012: New York City closed out the year with homicides at a 50-year low. The New York Police Department recorded  approximately 414 killings last year, compared with 2,020 in 1992 and 2,245 in 1990.

The political and business classes are ecstatic, naturally. They see one more sign that the city has shed its seediness from the 1970s and 1980s...

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