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Obituary: Brash former NYC mayor Ed Koch, 88, has died of congestive heart failure.He wasn't one of my favorite politicians, but there have been much worse mayors around, including the incumbent NYC mayor.Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg praised Mr. Koch as “an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion,” calling him “a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend.” . . .

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