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Gorman: NYPD, FDNY issue rules for social media. What took them so long?

EMS Lt.Timothy Dluhos has been suspended without pay

A New York City Emergency Services worker was exposed as the author of racist posts on Twitter under the name of "Bad Lieutenant." This embarrassment to the city’s Fire Department came just a few days after the son of a top ranking commissioner, Joseph Casino, was also fired for vile speech online.

While the FDNY is still drafting obviously much needed social media rules, the New...

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Bessent: Arms treaty at United Nations mirrors American gun control debate

Pedestrians walk by the United Nations headquarters building.

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As the American public passionately debates how to curb lethal gun violence here at home, the world’s nations are negotiating a treaty aimed at achieving the same result globally.

If approved, the Arms Trade Treaty which was debated Thursday at the United Nations would establish the first international standards for cross border sales of conventional weapons, a $70 billion a year trade in...

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Cartoon: The long arm of the law

EmpireWire.com / Marquil

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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Gorman: Netiquette for messages to people in grief

Internet posters should respect the feelings of people

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The death of Liam Armstrong, a senior at Smithtown High School East who was struck by a subway train Tuesday night in Manhattan while attempting to cross four tracks, is horrific.

Grief-stricken community members showed support for those closest to Armstrong by posting things like “always remembered” and “you’ll be missed” on social media websites.

The accident was tragic, that is no...

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Powell: Advertisements by Ford India raise uncomfortable questions about attitudes toward women in India

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, arrives at

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Marketing depends upon understanding cultural perspectives to engage consumers, so when advertisements created to sell cars in India depict women bound and gagged, it can only be assumed that the ads were designed with audience in mind.

This is what's most alarming about the proposed Ford Figo ads floating around on the Web.

One ad, which is a caricature of sorts, shows former Italian...

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Bessent: Background checks are the heart of gun reform

A women fires a handgun at the

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The assault weapons ban is the flash point in the congressional debate over gun violence, but the wrangling over background checks is the battle to watch. Requiring the checks for all gun sales is the true heart of reform.

The howls of protest have been loud and long since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the bill that will come to the Senate floor next month will not include a ban on...

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Bessent: In Israel, Barack Obama offers visions of peace and war

President Barack Obama speaks to Israeli students at

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President Barack Obama’s speech before a young Israeli audience in Jerusalem Thursday was in part a throwback to his “yes we can” days as a candidate. It worked then. Maybe it will again.

His call for a two-state solution with Palestinians had the feel of a political rally. And the response was enthusiastic.

His words won't change the hard political realities that have repeatedly thwarted...

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Editorial: Albany budget is a stew again

Senate Co-Leaders Democrat Jeffery D. Klein and Republican

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When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed his $143-billion budget in January, he said it was “simple and straightforward.”

In his quest to deliver a third-consecutive on-time state budget, Cuomo said putting a plan together ought to be relatively simple exercise — one that wasn’t political and one where the numbers added up.

Unfortunately, this year’s budget turned into more than numbers. While...

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McKinstry: Budget negotiations are supposed to be about the budget. Why aren't they?

The New York State Capitol in Albany. (March

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When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo first proposed his $143 billion budget in January, he said it was “simple and straightforward.” In his quest to deliver a third consecutive on time budget, the governor said putting a plan together ought to be relatively simple exercise – one that was about the numbers adding up. His administration touted their budget was an accounting document rather than a political one....

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Cartoon: Pope Francis and the environment

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

MORE CARTOONS: Mark Wilson's cartoon gallery

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