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Lane Filler

Lane Filler is a member of the Newsday editorial board. He came to Long Island in 2010 after working for newspapers in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Ciolli: Walt Handelsman is leaving Newsday

Walt Handelsman

This won’t make you laugh.

Newsday’s editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman who has chronicled the foibles and missteps of newsmakers from Hempstead to Hollywood is heading south.

Here’s the memo I sent to Newsday employees breaking the news. The search is on to find new artists and new ways to bring political humor to our newspaper and website.  

Mardi Gras is coming early...

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Bessent: Barack Obama needs to get the NSA under control

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care

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Buffeted by diplomatic blowback, President Barack Obama now says he may order America’s spies to stop tapping the phones of our allies' leaders.

Sen. Diane Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that’s what White House officials told her. But as usual with espionage, there’s enough wiggle room in that declaration for a Miley Cyrus twerk-fest.

The administration...

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Dobie: Remembering Lou Reed and his insightful observations about New York

Lou Reed performs in concert in 1997.

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I sat in my backroom last night listening to “Walk on the Wild Side.” And “Sweet Jane.” And “Dirty Blvd.” And “Perfect Day.”

Hard to believe Lou Reed is dead.

Whatever his health, whatever his history of hard living, Lou seemed much like the New York City he so deftly chronicled — battered but never beaten, rough on the edges but so soulful inside. He was royalty (of the rock variety)...

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Bessent: Facebook's right to allow beheading videos

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The world can be an ugly place, but averting our eyes won’t make it any less barbarous.

That’s the reality Facebook stepped-up to this week after flip-flopping its way to a policy that will allow beheading videos to appear on the social networking site.

When a video of a masked man decapitating a woman in Mexico appeared on Facebook and sparked a sharp public outcry in May, the company...

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Bessent: In the surveillance game, are U.S. allies collaborators?

The controversy over the United States' surveillance of phone calls has gotten personal for some of the world's heads of state.

The leaders of Germany, Mexico, Brazil and France yowled in protest recently when they discovered U.S. intelligence operatives may have swept up their call data. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Barack Obama directly and angrily demanded to know if...

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Cartoon: Gov. Cuomo's new jobs plan

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: Digging to China

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...

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Cartoon: Breaking the glass ceiling

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

Bessent: Shutdown is no excuse for failing to pay military death benefits

House Speaker John Boehner arrives for work at

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The shutdown outrage du jour — the delay in paying death benefits to families of fallen military personnel — is fortunately one where there’s an easy fix.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that before the shutdown began, Congress gave the Defense Department authority to pay the $100,000 benefit along with transportation and burial costs to the families. While it may not be...

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Dobie: Be wary of Donald Trump's proposal to purchase Plum Island

Donald Trump from "The Celebrity Apprentice," at his

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So Donald Trump wants to buy the island where they research hoof and mouth disease.

Perfect.

On the face of it, his proposal to purchase Plum Island and build a golf course there is preposterous, with economics that just don’t work. Which is why some observers — figuring The Art of the Deal man must have something up his impeccably tailored sleeve — are quietly worried, and monitoring...

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