White House

Pelosi ends Congress’s use of Air Marshals following criticism

A scandal-plagued “VIP” program that provided members of Congress with Federal Air Marshals (FAM) often yanked from high-risk fights has been canceled after Judicial Watch exposed it earlier this month. As a result, hundreds of FAM are sitting idly at airports around

Niagara Falls

Niagara County reports third rabid raccoon in Newfane

The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) confirmed a rabid raccoon on Corwin Avenue, Town of Newfane on May 26, 2021. This is the third confirmed rabid raccoon in the Town of Newfane this spring. A dog had potential contact

City & Region

DA Flynn concerned about pending parole reform legislation

Today, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn voiced his concerns about proposed criminal justice reform legislation that would drastically change parole requirements and allow eligible incarcerated individuals to be released early from prisons in New York State. District Attorney

White House

Protecting IP in the Endless Frontier Act

BY DEREK SCISSORS The Endless Frontier Act is getting hard to follow. The April version, championed by Majority Leader Schumer, was 160 pages long. The version passed this week by the Senate Commerce Committee more than doubles that. There are now many issues

National Headlines

Semiconductors, front and center

By Claude Barfield You know the semiconductor industry has reached star status when CBS’s “60 Minutes” devotes a long segment to its fortunes, and the front page of The Economist warns that “the most dangerous place on Earth” (Taiwan) houses the plants that manufacture


Finding ways to stop the endless cycle of cyberattacks

By Shane Tews The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack was disruptive in numerous ways. It shuttered a pipeline that “delivers nearly half of the jet fuel and gasoline used on the Atlantic Coast,” and this past weekend, many Americans faced long lines for gas

National Headlines

Variability of US drug prices sparks policy debate

By Benedic N. Ippolito As Congress debates major overhauls to the US drug market, new research is highlighting the increasingly bifurcated nature of domestic drug prices. These data point to a more nuanced relationship between policy and innovation and can


GAO releases unused funds report

BY ELAINE McCUSKER The thought of canceled funding may immediately prompt concerns about management or inefficiency, but the findings in this week’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on unspent federal funding instead indicate that updating the rules and regulations governing federal

National Headlines

Tracking core commodity price inflation concerns some

By Paul Kupiec While pundits argue whether April’s reading on US consumer price inflation is a harbinger of future inflation or merely a transitory statistical anomaly, global commodity prices are marching higher. It’s not just the price of lumber or


Childcare not to blame for employment troubles

BY ANGELA RACHIDI The disappointing April jobs report raised new questions about how government policies, such as enhanced unemployment insurance, have slowed the economic recovery by discouraging people from returning to work. Some have suggested that closed childcare facilities and schools, not employment disincentives, are


BOWMAN: A third party threat?

BY KARLYN BOWMAN More than 100 Republicans have signed a letter announcing their intention to consider forming a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes. What do the polls show about the likelihood of its success? Americans like