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Rhetoric aside, safety net spending continues to grow

BY MATT WEIDINGER To listen to some of the Trump administration’s critics, you would think the American safety net for families and the poor has been completely shredded. One recent example is an “Open Letter to the American People Concerning the Trump Administration’s

Albany

DiPietro calls for full repeal of new bail reform law

Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C,I-East Aurora) attended a press conference this morning alongside Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R,C,I,Ref-Pulaski) and the Assembly Republican Conference to call for the full repeal of the bail reform measures from last year. DiPietro stands with his

Walsh condemns bail reform bill

Today, Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I-Ballston) joined her colleagues at a press conference condemning the newly implemented bail ‘reform’ changes. In addition to her Republican colleagues, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, Schoharie County Sheriff Ronald R. Stevens and family members of victims

Foreign Affairs

Libya explains why Turkey has no friends

BY KORI N. SCHAKE It is hard to credit now, but there was a time, only a decade ago, when Turkey described its foreign policy doctrine as one of “zero problems with our neighbors.”  But since then, Ankara has burned its boats with

Iraq at the crossroads

BY LINDA ROBINSON The protests gripping Iraq pose an extraordinary challenge to Baghdad’s political leadership, which must move the country ahead or step aside. The mostly youthful protesters are tired of politics as it has been practiced over the past

KAGAN: Afghanistan is not Vietnam

BY FREDERICK W. KAGAN Afghanistan isn’t Vietnam. It isn’t even Iraq. George W. Bush did not lie America into this war. He, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and their generals and diplomats didn’t conceal the challenges and failures the US was

Canada

Trudeau releases mandate letters

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today released ministerial mandate letters to guide Cabinet. “On Election Day, Canadians chose to continue moving forward. People have been clear that they want progress on the issues that matter

Investigating the Department of Justice

Norb’s Corner

Customer (Dis) Service

BY NORBERT RUG I recently had some discussions about customer service due to some less than favorable experiences I had. I spent a rather cold night recently due to a botched thermostat replacement. To be sure I will never use

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

BY NORBERT RUG I have prostate cancer. This has now metastasized for the third time after being in remission for a few years. I am now, once again, fighting. Fighting the cancer and fighting about my treatment. I am telling