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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.

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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 taxes,...

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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...

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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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Bessent: Detroit needs help just like municipalities around the nation

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announces he will appoint

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The city of Detroit has been on the skids for decades, and Friday it finally tumbled into the financial abyss. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he would appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s troubled finances. A booming auto industry hub of 1.8 million people in the 1950s, Detroit now has just 700,000 residents. With boarded-up homes, darkened streets, high crime, inadequate policing...

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Cartoon: United States sequestrian team

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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