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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: 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 is...

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Filler: Give GOP, Mangano points for openness on Green Party nominee

A Green Party candidate has joined the race

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At this point, you could almost praise Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's close associates for the openness with which they're trying to manipulate the election system to improve their man's chances at winning. Almost, but not quite. There's a new candidate looking to represent the Green Party in the race, which will pit the Republican Mangano against one of two Democrats: former county Executive...

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Uberti: GOP obstruction on Obamacare only hurts Americans

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during

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Capitol Hill’s “repeal and replace” crowd gloated over the White House’s decision Tuesday to put a one-year hold on Obamacare’s controversial employer mandate. The Obama administration “seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. “Even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse,” said House Speaker...

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McKinstry: Yonkers bickering is no way to represent the city

Yonkers City Hall (May 30, 2012)

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There was a turncoat, an Oscar award and a vote so confusing that politicians were left scratching their heads -- even after several intermissions. The Yonkers City Council held a special meeting on electoral redistricting Monday that no lawmakers should be proud of -- that is if they actually know what happened. In fact, the four-hour carnival ended with no resolution. It was a pathetic display...

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McKinstry: Don’t take your eyes off Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins attends the Westchester County Democratic convention

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Before losing the Democratic nod to run for Westchester County executive, Ken Jenkins gave a rousing speech. He was clear, focused and inspired. He was part preacher, part politician, and didn’t fumble around for words or speak in circles. In all my years covering county government, it was the best I’ve ever seen Jenkins. Before a crowd of roughly 2,000 Democrats at the Westchester County Center,...

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Bessent: Can Republicans and Democrats come together on immigration reform?

The Capitol Dome silhouetted against the rising sun

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For the first time in a decade Congress is poised to take a high dive into the politics of immigration this week. Usually Washington waits until a problem becomes a crisis before taking the plunge. Not this time. The situation with illegal immigration has actually gotten better. Border security has been beefed up dramatically in recent years. With the United States economy weak and the one in Mexico...

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McKinstry: Clarkstown quickly sheds Joseph Savino amid corruption scandal

Joseph Savino, Bronx County Republican Party chairman, exits

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

In firing scandal-tarred lawyer Joseph Savino, Clarkstown leaders acted swiftly in dealing with a potentially explosive situation. But let's not break out the good government awards just yet. Savino is the Bronx Republican Party boss whose White Plains-based law firm was hired by Clarkstown last year to handle tax-challenge cases even though he apparently had little expertise in that area. The...

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Bessent: It's time for Barack Obama and congressional Republicans to stop flirting and hook up

President Barack Obama and Senate Sergeant At Armes

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President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have been dating lately, but they haven’t decided whether to hook-up and consummate a budget deal. They should. Reacting to criticism that he’s too aloof, Obama went to Capital Hill today to see Senate Republicans. He stopped by Wednesday to visit with House Republicans. And last week he took a few GOP Senators out to dinner at a posh hotel near...

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