NY Assembly

SMULLEN: Public safety is job number one

BY ROBERT SMULLEN In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo loudly proclaimed that government’s first responsibility is to protect the people. I wholeheartedly agree, and that is why we must immediately repeal and fix the misguided bail reform

Police Beat

Two men sentenced for East Side homicide

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 23-year-old David Hunter and 24-year-old Brandon Jones, both from Buffalo, have been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to a determinate sentence of 20 years in prison followed by

Political Analysis

The dark art of political warfare

BY HAL BRANDS Political warfare is the next big thing in US foreign policy. For years, America’s authoritarian rivals have waged aggressive political warfare campaigns against the United States and its allies. China and Russia are using cyberattacks, economic coercion,


‘Hockey Stick’ spending hikes make even less sense now

BY MATT WEIDINGER Last October, the House Ways and Means Committee approved, along party lines, legislation to extend and expand the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program.  HPOG is one of more than 40 federal education and training programs and provides low-income individuals training

2020 Presidential Election

What would Trump do in a second term?

BY JAMES PETHOKOUKIS Did Donald Trump take over the Republican Party, or was it the other way around? Yes, Trump’s multi-front trade war was a violent break from GOP economic orthodoxy. But in many other ways on policy, the president