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Two investigations may have found no illegal acts, but the public is not buying that Gov. Eliot Spitzer did not know what his aides were up to in using the State Police to monitor the state travels of his chief political enemy, a new poll out today finds. The Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters found that 78 percent believe Spitzer should testify under oath ab…

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democrats' leading presidential candidate, is defending her vote for a controversial resolution branding as "terrorist" Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. She said the non- binding resolution "gives us the options to be able to impose sanctions on the primary leaders to try to begin to put some teeth into all this talk about d…

In the short-lived John Cleese comedy "Fawlty Towers," the line, "Whatever you do, don't mention the war,'' was among the more memorable. Albany's version of that in chats these days with the Spitzer administration is, "Whatever you do, don't mention Troopergate.'' Gov. Eliot Spitzer has clearly reached his limits with reporters asking about the scand…

From three-term governor to wine master? So go some of the transition days for former Gov. George Pataki, who this week was heard at a political fundraiser boasting of his one-acre field of grapes that, he vowed, will someday result in award-winning wine. Pataki played host at his South Farm property along Lake Champlain in Essex County this week for Sandy Treadwell, a …

Gov. Eliot Spitzer today brought his cabinet together to tell them in person that tough fiscal times are upon the state government – and budget cuts are coming. While one attendee described the session as somber for agency heads trying to put together their policy priorities, Christine Anderson, a Spitzer spokeswoman, insisted, “Doom and gloom wasn’t exactly the m…

  The New York Times' public editor, Clark Hoyt, told readers in his Sunday column that the newspaper erred by giving MoveOn.org a preferential price on the organization's ad attacking the integrity of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq. Hoyt said the advertisement also violated the newspaper's internal prohibitions against publishing …

President Bush left some journalists with the impression that he believes Clinton "will win the election" and that he "has been thinking about how to turn over the country to her," the Washington Post reported over the weekend.The topic, the Post reported, "came up when Bush invited a group of morning and evening news anchors and Sunday show hosts …

The Senate Republicans today will make clear, again, that they have no intention of dropping their own probe of the Spitzer administration's campaign that used the State Police to track the travels of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. The Senate investigations committee at noon holds another hearing into -- you pick the name -- Troopergate, Spitzergate or Choppergate. …

In an interview with a new political Web site, Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island, said there are "too many mosques in this country." King, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee and a likely candidate for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., vacates the post, told Politico.com: "There are too many people sym…

   Last March, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that President Bush replace the embattled attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, with retired federal judge Michael Mukasey of New York City. Mukasey, Schumer has said, is a conservative but places the rule of law above all other considerations. After nudging Gonzales out the door under Democratic pressure, …

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's new health plan, some five years in the making, has won praise from segments of the insurance industry, health care specialists and even some conservative commentators. The New York Democrat and presidential candidate insists her plan will not create a new bureaucracy, and is driven by a hoped-for consensus among clients, industry and the fed…

A noted University of Maryland economist, Peter Morici, has accused former Wall Street financier, Hank Paulson, of "fear mongering" to discourage Congress from passing legislation dealing with China's manipulation of currency so as to dominate world manufacturing.    "Since joining the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has failed to honor ma…

Almost 60 percent of New Yorkers want Gov. Eliot Spitzer to be more open about what he knows of the plotting by his aides to use the State Police to track the travels of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, a new poll finds. Only 25 percent of New Yorkers believe Spitzer has been honest with them about the scandal -- two months after the travel monitoring scheme was revea…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who voted against the 2002 resolution authorizing President Bush's preemptive strike on Iraq, charges Bush's enterprise is 'endless.'"In the fifth year of war, after more than 3,700 brave Americans have lost their lives," Pelosi said, "it is unconscionable to ask additional sacrifices of our military while Iraqi politici…

   WASHINGTON -- Congressman Tom Reynolds, R-Clarence, who won a razor thin re-election last fall, is asking folks for their opinions of the assessments of the Iraq war Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker offered to Congress and the media.    In an email circulated here and in his district, Reynolds is asking whether they agree with the …