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Bessent: Rep. McCarthy's poignant departure

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, at her home in Mineola,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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: 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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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

Dolman: Striking down soda ban, court reminds Bloomberg he's only a mayor

An undated image of twenty-ounce bottles of regular

(Credit: Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's big gulp law is finally fizzling out.

In upholding a lower court—which tossed out the mayor’s ban on sugary soft drinks of 16 ounces or more—the state's Appellate Division today underscored an idea Bloomberg, oddly, finds hard to accept: that he’s simply an elected municipal official and not the personal over-boss of the New York City's 8.4 million people.

You...

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

A Green Party candidate has joined the race

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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...

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Dolman: Truths large and small in the death of Trayvon Martin

Demonstrators attend a protest march in Times Square

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

In Times Square late Sunday night, hundreds of protesters gathered to vent angrily about the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the pistol-packing neighborhood watch volunteer who shot an unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin last year in a scuffle whose details are murky to this day.

While gut-wrenchingly furious, most of the protesters I saw interviewed managed to maintain their poise....

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McKinstry: A price for Independence nod in Westchester County

Dr. Giulio Cavallo, chairman of the Westchester County

(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

In his bid for re-election, Rob Astorino didn't get the Westchester Independence Party's nomination for county executive. It went to Democrat Noam Bramson.

No big surprise there.

That party's boss, Giulio Cavallo, endorsed Astorino in 2009, but soon after became disenchanted with the Republican. Now, as Cavallo was doling out endorsements this week, he's saying that Astorino is too far...

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Cartoon: Herding New York's Assembly Democrats

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

Bessent: IRS owes answers for targeting conservative groups

The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political

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IRS officials owe the nation more than a canned apology. It must provide honest answers about who is responsible for letting politics creep into it process.

The agency made a chilling admission Friday, acknowledging that the tax collectors singled out conservative political groups for unfair scrutiny between 2010 and 2012. An agency with privileged access to the intimate details of our financial...

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