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Bessent: Rep. McCarthy's poignant departure

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, at her home in Mineola,

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s poignant decision not to seek reelection marks the end of her determined 18-year congressional crusade to reduce gun violence.

The issue catapulted McCarthy, from Mineola,  into Congress after a deranged gunman opened fire inside a Long Island Rail Road train in 1993, killing her husband, Dennis, and five other commuters, and wounding her son.

In announcing...

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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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Bessent: Immigration reform hits a stumbling block in the House

The Capitol Dome silhouetted against the rising sun

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The immigration bill moving through the Senate would reduce federal budget deficits and boost the nation’s economy if it becomes law. That’s what Washington's respected, nonpartisan bean-counters said in a report released Tuesday.

Despite that good news immigration reform is on the road to oblivion in the House.

The bill negotiated by the Senate’s bipartisan “gang of eight” would cut...

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