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Hochul wants Biden to invest $20 billion into the Brookhaven National Laboratory

Governor Kathy Hochul is lobbying President Joe Biden and his administration to invest a jaw dropping $20 billion to vastly expand research and development facilities at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) campus, located on the eastern end of Long Island. BNL is

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Harris may return to the Senate if Feinstein retires early

Vice President Kamala Harris is open to the idea of returning to the United States Senate to serve the remainder of Senator Dianne Feinstein‘s term, a White House staffer tells The Chronicle. Feinstein, now 89, is not in good health

Foreign Policy

Biden avenges Russian grayzone aggression

BY ELISABETH BRAW In the grayzone between war and peace, the targeted country always struggles with the dilemma of when and how to respond to aggression. In the United States, neither the Obama administration nor the Trump administration managed to


New Senate plan would make pandemic unemployment benefits permanent

BY MATT WEIDINGER The Washington Post reports President Joe Biden’s next trillion-dollar spending plan “is expected to devote hundreds of billions of dollars to new programs,” including “$225 billion for child-care funding; $225 billion for paid family and medical leave; $200 billion

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Niagara Falls has infrastructure needs too, Senator Kennedy

The massive new infrastructure bill proposed by President Joe Biden makes more than two trillion dollars available to remake the American infrastructure system — and Western New York stands to be appropriated billions.  The federal government will fund 80% of


PETHOKOUKIS: That Senate parliamentarian did Democrats a favor

BY JAMES PETHOKOUKIS More trouble ahead for President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief/stimulus bill? Last week, the Senate parliamentarian told lawmakers that the plan’s proposed increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour violated Senate budget rules. Then


POMERLEAU: Biden should improve his corporate tax proposal

BY KYLE POMERLEAU Last week, Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won their Senate races in Georgia. Joe Biden will enter the White House on January 20 with a large Democratic majority in the House and a 50-member Democratic

White House

Will Biden’s embrace of industrial policy pay off?

BY JAMES PETHOKOUKIS Joe Biden wants more government intervention in the American economy. And not just cutting checks to people. Biden favors a national industrial policy, what his “build back better” campaign agenda describes as a “comprehensive manufacturing and innovation strategy” which “will marshall