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Bessent: It's time for President Obama and Congress to grow up

President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown

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House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday called the president’s offer to negotiate a budget, but only if Republicans first reopen the government and abandon the threat of default, “a demand for unconditional surrender.”

What an Orwellian spin from the party that, in order to work its will, is demanding concessions from President Barack Obama on a list of issues from Obamacare to spending, entitlements...

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Cartoon: John Boehner's next job

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

GALLERY: More cartoons by Mark Wilson

Cartoon: Whose fault is it?

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

GALLERY: More cartoons by Mark Wilson

Dobie: Are Suffolk County Republicans even trying?

On the website of the Suffolk County Republican

It’s October. Election season. You live in Suffolk County and want to find out who’s running. So you go to the websites for the two major parties.

The Suffolk County Republican Committee is first. You see the tab marked “candidates” right in the middle of the screen and click on it. And you get a photo of Mitt Romney. And below him, Wendy Long. And the rest of the GOP slate from 2012. There...

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Ciolli: Hillary Clinton isn't running for president . . . yet

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a

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Hillary Clinton didn’t take the bait to announce her 2016 run in a suburban Long Island catering hall on Friday even before about as close to a hometown crowd as she’ll find. But few of the 1,000 who attended the event hosted by the Long Island Association, a business trade group, could have left with any doubt that the former FLOTUS wants to return to the White House as POTUS.

Clinton acknowledged...

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Dobie: Progress on boating safety, but not enough

Coast Guard Officers perform a safety check on

(Credit: Ed Betz)

New York finally has a new boating safety law. Some of its proponents, in full self-congratulatory mode, described the legislation as “landmark” and praised it as guaranteeing that all New York boaters will be properly educated in how to safely handle their vessels.

Alas, it falls far short of that.

At best, it’s a step in the right direction — a small step.

Broadly sketched, the...

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Cartoon: The TNT Party

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

GALLERYMore cartoons by Mark Wilson

Filler: LIRR disability fraud case is even more shocking than expected

Michael Constanza, 60, of Merrick, left, and Frederick

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No matter how disgusted and appalled we were primed to feel about the massive conspiracy to defraud the Long Island Rail Road via fake disability claims for retirees, the details that have followed are still shocking. The federal trial of two Long Island men accused of disability fraud are delivering plots so jaw-dropping that they seem like storylines from a movie.

Witnesses say Frederick...

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Filler: Nikola Tesla statue dedicated, an overdue tribute to a great scientist

A couple walks past a large banner with

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Call it a fitting tribute to a master technologist: the dedication of a statue and monument to Nikola Tesla in Shoreham Monday was livestreamed worldwide over the Internet for his devoted fans.

For Nikola Tesla devotees, the event was another sign that the movement to get their hero the recognition he deserves just keep growing.

The monument graces Wardenclyffe, the laboratory in Shoreham...

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Dolman: Will talking about class be a winning strategy for Bill de Blasio?

Mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio emerges after casting

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Congratulations, Bill de Blasio, on a fine primary showing.

You were out on the streets to save crucial institutions like Long Island College Hospital before it was cool. You were one of the first to pick up on the city’s considerable case of Bloomberg fatigue.

You didn’t stuff our mailboxes full of fliers. Your son Dante was a television sensation — and you had the wonderful luck to...

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