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Bannon calls white supremacists ‘collection of clowns’

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.”

In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the United States is losing the economic race against China. He also talks about purging his rivals from the Defense and State departments.

Bannon is also asked about the white supremacist movement, whose march on Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend led to deadly violence. He dismisses them as “losers,” ‘’a fringe element” and “a collection of clowns.”

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“There’s no military solution (to North Korea’s nuclear threats), forget it,” Bannon says. “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “made a very wise and well-reasoned decision” by backing down after heightening fears of nuclear conflict in a series of combative threats, including against the U.S. territory of Guam.

Bannon also outlined his push for the United States to adopt a tougher stance on China trade, without waiting to see whether Beijing will help restrain Kim, as Trump has pressed China’s leader to do. Trump also has lamented U.S. trade deficits with China.

“The economic war with China is everything,” Bannon says. “And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, 10 years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said Thursday both sides have benefited from trade.

Asked about Bannon’s comments, Hua said at a regular new briefing, “There is no winner in a trade war. We hope the relevant people can refrain from dealing with a problem in the 21st century with a zero-sum mentality from the 19th or the 20th century.”

Hua appealed for dialogue to “preserve the sound and steady growth of China-U.S. relations.”

Bannon was a key general election campaign adviser and has been a forceful but contentious presence in a divided White House. The former leader of conservative Breitbart News, Bannon has drawn fire from some of Trump’s closest advisers, including son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The president is under renewed pressure to fire Bannon, who has survived earlier rounds of having fallen out of favor with Trump.

Earlier this week, the president passed up an opportunity to offer a public vote of confidence in Bannon. Trump said he’s a “good person” and not a racist, adding that “we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”

The latest anti-Bannon campaign comes as Trump faces mounting criticism for insisting that white supremacist groups and those who opposed them were both at fault for deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In the interview, Bannon muses about getting rid of administration officials who disagree with his strategy toward China and North Korea and replacing them with “hawks.”

“We gotta do this. The president’s default position is to do it, but the apparatus is going crazy,” Bannon says. “Don’t get me wrong. It’s like, every day.”

2016-17 School Budgets

School districts must report on their budgets in three categories: administration, which includes principals and superintendents and averages 10 percent on Long Island; program, which are funds spent on teaching and extracurricular activities and averages 77 percent; and capital, which encompasses money spent on buildings, computers and other physical property and averages 13 percent on Long Island. Here are the percentage breakdowns for 124 Long Island school districts for the 2016-17 school year, with the district totals alongside their names. Compiled by Michael R. Ebert and Tim Healy. Click on a district name to get a detailed table comparing data to Islandwide statistics.

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NYC Supermarket and grocery store violations


New York State has recorded violations against 902 supermarkets, delis and food stores in the past year in New York City. Twenty-four stores had at least 20 violations. Click on the borough you want to examine, or check Long Island.

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Long Island Supermarket and grocery store violations


New York State has recorded violations against 133 supermarkets, delis and food stores on Long Island over the past year. Twenty-three stores had at least 15 violations. Scroll down to view the Long Island map or click one of the links below to load New York City areas.

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Newsday/News 12 poll – Better off

The telephone poll of 984 voters was conducted Feb. 14-18 and 21-22. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

How are you and your family compared to fours ago?

How much opportunity for success does a young LI person have today?

Would you say that you are better off now than you were four years ago, worse off, or about the same?

  Better off Worse off About the same Don’t know/No opinion
Total 21% 28% 49% 1%
Nassau residents 23% 28% 48% 1%
Suffolk residents 20% 29% 51% 1%
Males 23% 26% 50% 1%
Females 20% 30% 49% 1%
Ages 18-34 32% 22% 45% 1%
Ages 35-54 29% 26% 45% 0%
Ages 55+ 17% 30% 52% 1%
Democrats 26% 21% 52% 1%
Republicans 19% 35% 45% 0%
Independents/ Other 18% 31% 50% 0%
Liberal 31% 16% 52% 1%
Moderate 23% 25% 52% 1%
Conservative 15% 39% 45% 1%
White 19% 29% 50% 1%
African American/ Black 30% 29% 41% 0%
Latino 30% 23% 47% 0%
Less than college 18% 33% 48% 1%
College degree 25% 24% 50% 1%
Catholic 19% 32% 49% 1%
Jewish 26% 21% 53% 0%
Protestant 20% 35% 44% 1%
Other 29% 20% 51% 0%
Earning less than $50K 12% 44% 43% 2%
Earning $50K-$100K 17% 29% 53% 1%
Earning $100K+ 31% 21% 48% 0%

Do you think that a young person coming of age today on Long Island has more opportunity to be successful than someone coming of age 25 years ago, about the same, or less opportunity for success?

  More opportunity About the same opportunity Less opportunity Don’t know/No opinion
Total 13% 12% 72% 2%
Nassau residents 15% 12% 71% 2%
Suffolk residents 12% 11% 74% 3%
Males 12% 11% 74% 3%
Females 14% 12% 71% 2%
Ages 18-34 23% 13% 62% 2%
Ages 35-54 11% 6% 82% 1%
Ages 55+ 13% 14% 70% 3%
Democrats 17% 12% 68% 2%
Republicans 12% 10% 76% 2%
Independents/ Other 8% 13% 77% 2%
Liberal 16% 18% 64% 2%
Moderate 15% 9% 73% 3%
Conservative 9% 11% 79% 2%
White 9% 12% 77% 2%
African American/ Black 34% 13% 52% 0%
Latino 27% 8% 55% 9%
Less than college 16% 13% 69% 3%
College degree 11% 11% 76% 2%
Catholic 11% 13% 75% 1%
Jewish 12% 13% 75% 0%
Protestant 16% 9% 71% 4%
Other 17% 12% 68% 4%
Earning less than $50K 18% 14% 65% 3%
Earning $50K-$100K 14% 14% 69% 3%
Earning $100K+ 11% 8% 81% 1%

2014 Long Island Payrolls

2011 | 2012 | 2013




In 2014, the 15 towns and cities on Long Island employed 20,339 full-time, part-time or seasonal workers. Here are the details on who they were and what they were paid. The difference between base pay and total pay can be accounted for by many factors besides overtime, including shift differential, or payouts for unused vacation or sick time. Retiring workers may have received substantial payouts. Not all municipalities reported retirement or termination dates for all employees. Some towns could not provide a base pay for hourly workers. In some of those cases, an hourly pay rate is listed instead.

In some cases, a worker’s total pay may be less than the base pay because the worker did not work the whole year, taking an unpaid leave, for example. Some municipalities had names repeated. Unless the worker had the same exact title in the same department, those repetitions are listed here.

While reviewing data with town officials, questions arose about Hempstead Town data published last year. The town concluded that it had calculated its 2013 payroll incorrectly and submitted a new version. That has been added to this database. Payroll information was gathered under the state’s Freedom of Information Law by reporters John Asbury, Valerie Bauman, Matt Clark, Sophia Chang, Scott Eidler, Lauren Harrison, Will James, Carl MacGowan, Ted Phillips, Mackenzie Rigg and Nicholas Spangler.

Click through the charts below for a town-to-town comparison. You can also select the full list for any municipality, and you can re-sort any list by clicking on column headings.

NOTE: “Total pay” can include a variety of other categories (shift differential, unused vacation or sick time, retirement payouts, etc.)

Best pizza: The search for the best Long Island pie

Our critics selected 32 of their favorite LI pizzas, which battled it out, bracket-style. You voted, the pairings shrunk, and a winner reigned supreme.

Congrats to PRINCE UMBERTO’S and its potato-egg pizza for capturing the popular vote!

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Also, a big round of applause for all 32 delicious pizzas. Scroll down to see the results of all five rounds of voting.

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