Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.

Pope Benedict XVI is reported to be okay after he was knocked down in this incident (click here). Security staff will no doubt be reassesssed. Here is a verbal account. in which a woman lunged forward and caused the pile-up.

The U.S. first family begins low-key break in Hawaii.

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The U.S. Senate acted on a health-care reform bill, and its impact would not seem to be revolutionary.  But the measure's cost to New York government is a concern.

Upstate, gas drilling in the watershed grows as an environmental issue.

For the last week of the year, the bulls are ascendant on Wall Street.

A search for two missing fishermen is suspended off the coast of N.J.