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  You may have seen our next guest on your Twitter or Facebook feeds a few weeks back when he appeared on The Tonight Show as President Obama and gave debate advice to Jimmy Fallon’s Donald Trump.

Dion Flynn brings a new level of comedy to the highest office in the land. The Mop & Bucket Co., Proctors’ improv company in residence, presents the Schenectady premiere of Flynn's new one-man show, The Only Brown Kid In The Trailer Park on Sunday night.

Flynn's autobiographical show is the story of his journey from growing up the only bi-racial kid in a trailer park- where he quickly developed a sense of humor - to appearing as the first black President on national television.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is preparing to deliver a belated State of the Commonwealth address.

Patrick initially planned to give the speech last week, but had to postpone it under the threat of a winter storm.

Patrick plans to give the speech Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

It will become something of a political warm-up. President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The decision to delay the speech robbed it of some of its suspense.

In the NHL, Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored in the third period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

SAfrica: 'Mistake' Made Hiring Mandela Interpreter

Dec 12, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African deputy Cabinet minister says "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter for the Nelson Mandela memorial service who experts say was signing gibberish on stage next to world leaders.

The Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu) said Thursday that government officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie  but that they "have vanished into thin air."

NY To Receive $1B In JPMorgan Settlement

Nov 20, 2013
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New York State is set to receive $1 Billion after JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $13 billion dollars in a landmark settlement for activities that prosecutors say were "symptomatic of the recklessness on Wall Street."

JPMorgan was among the major banks that sold mortgage-backed securities that plunged in value when the housing market collapsed in 2006 and 2007. Those losses triggered a financial crisis that pushed the economy into the worst recession since the 1930's.

Senate Votes To Advance Specialty Pharmacy Bill

Nov 13, 2013

The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bill designed to tighten government oversight of pharmacies that custom-mix prescription drugs, in the wake of last year's deadly meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated pain injections.

Health Overhaul Debate Snags Senate Pharmacy Bill

Nov 12, 2013
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A year after a meningitis outbreak from contaminated pain injections from a Massachusetts company killed at least 64 people and sickened hundreds, Congress is ready to increase federal oversight over compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications.

But before the bill gets to President Barack Obama for his signature, it first has to clear a hurdle put in its path by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. A test vote is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

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Republican Governor Chris Christie has cruised to re-election in Democratic-leaning New Jersey.

Christie scored a lopsided win against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bouno. Christie campaigned on bipartisanship and pledged to be a model for dysfunctional lawmakers in Washington. Christie is openly considering a White House bid.

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In the NFL, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. As a result, the Packers fell into a three-way tie for the top spot in the NFC North with Detroit and the Bears at 5-4. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he had no exact diagnosis of Rodgers' injury.

Obama Expected To Link Mass., Federal Health Laws

Oct 30, 2013
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When President Barack Obama lands in Boston to talk about the federal health insurance overhaul today, he'll be hoping to draw parallels with Massachusetts' landmark 2006 health law.

Obama's message: Be patient.

When Massachusetts first passed its law, the rate of people signing up grew only sluggishly. As deadlines approached, the pace picked up. And today, the law remains popular and provided a blueprint for Obama's law.

While technical problems have plagued the federal government’s online insurance marketplace, New York’s version appears to be running smoothly.

Problems with the federal exchange website even prompted a response from President Barack Obama on Monday.

“Healthcare.gov, the new website where people can apply for health insurance, and browse and buy affordable plans in most states, hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work,” Obama said.

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The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected a claim by a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Vermont that President Barack Obama's name should not have been placed on last year's Vermont ballot because he is not a "natural-born citizen" of the United States.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Sep 5, 2013

WAMC Political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Obama's strained relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged chemical weapons use in Syria.

Larson Sets Town Hall Meeting On Syria Attack

Sep 2, 2013
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Connecticut U.S. Representative John Larson will spend Labor Day hearing from constituents on whether Congress should authorize President Barack Obama to launch a military strike on Syria.

Larson has scheduled a community forum at West Hartford Town Hall today.

He said he will update residents and invite those who attend to express their opinions and ask questions.

Larson, a Democrat, said in a news release on Saturday that he commends Obama for seeking congressional authorization to punish Syria's Assad regime for an alleged chemical attack on its own people.

Tickets Becoming Available For Obama-Buffalo Visit

Aug 20, 2013
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President Barack Obama's appearance at the University at Buffalo as part of a two-day bus tour through upstate New York and Pennsylvania will be open to the public, but tickets are required.

The president is scheduled to speak Thursday at Alumni Arena on UB's North Campus. Tickets will be available beginning at 5 p.m. today at the Alumni Arena box office.

Thursday's visit is part of a trip through upstate New York and Pennsylvania to lay out ideas for making college more affordable.

NY, PA Cities On Obama's 2-Day Bus Tour Next Week

Aug 13, 2013
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A Washington official with knowledge of the plans says three upstate New York cities and one in Pennsylvania are on the tentative list of places President Barack Obama will visit next week during a bus tour to talk about the economy and building the middle class.

The White House says the president will visit next Thursday and Friday.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details haven't been released says Monday the stops will include Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton.

Rodriguez Plays On Despite Suspension

Aug 6, 2013
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It was a strange day in baseball Monday…

That was the sound of Chicago White Sox fans booing Alex Rodriguez’s return to the big leagues hours after he was suspended through 2014 by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis case, a punishment he plans to appeal. Rodriguez and 12 other players have been given lengthy suspensions after an in-depth probe. All but Rodriguez have accepted their suspensions.

"I am fighting for my life," he said. "If I don't defend myself, no one else will."

Yankees To Discipline A-Rod For 2nd Medical Opinion

Jul 26, 2013
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In baseball news, already a target of Major League Baseball's drug investigation, third baseman Alex Rodriguez angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine.

Checking the scoreboard, the Yankees split their four game series with the Rangers after a 2-0 victory. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have pulled Alfonso Soriano from the lineup and a trade to send the outfielder to the Yankees is about almost complete.

NY Official Pushes Feds To Recognize Gay Marriages

Jul 19, 2013
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New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is wielding the power of the state's $160 billion pension fund to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies in every state to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.

It could be a big push in DiNapoli's effort to get major companies that do business with the fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures in providing benefits for gay couples.

British PM Cameron Visits Boston Marathon Memorial

May 14, 2013
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British Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, has visited the Boston Marathon bombings memorial.

Earlier this morning, Cameron and Patrick visited the makeshift memorial that includes T-shirts, letters, running shoes and other items.

The memorial grew in the wake of the April 15 explosions at the marathon finish line that killed three people and injured more than 260.

One suspect died in a shootout with police days later, while a second suspect is recovering in a federal prison hospital.

Senate Gun Control Vote Angers Conn. Officials

Apr 18, 2013
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Connecticut officials are reacting with shock and anger after the U.S. Senate rejected gun control legislation inspired by the school shootings in Newtown.

State lawmakers recently passed a sweeping bipartisan package of measures including a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines and an expanded assault weapons ban.

State Republican House Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. appeared stunned the U.S. Senate couldn't pass a background checks compromise. He says "I just don't understand how you could vote no."

Marathon Bombing Update

Apr 18, 2013
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There could be a major break in the Boston Marathon bombing case.

A local politician says investigators are looking for a man seen in department store video surveillance dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings.

And a law enforcement official says authorities have spotted an image of someone who could be a potential suspect in the bombings, but they haven't identified that person.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is traveling to Boston this morning to pay tribute to the victims in the Boston Marathon bomb attack.

Obama promoting gun legislation in Connecticut

Apr 8, 2013

President Barack Obama is trying to boost the chances of gun legislation that could be in jeopardy this week with a trip to the home state of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Obama is visiting the Connecticut capital of Hartford, where last week the governor signed a law with widespread restrictions on firearms. The Senate could take up national legislation this week.

Obama plans to meet with Sandy Hook families and argue that lawmakers have an obligation to the children killed and other victims of gun violence to act on his proposals.

Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

Apr 5, 2013
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Connecticut's governor has signed into law some of the country's tightest gun restrictions in response to December's shooting massacre at a Newtown school.

The measure adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and outlaws the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the gunman who killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Cuomo sees federal budget impact on New Yorkers

Mar 4, 2013
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the federal budget fight forcing temporary across-the-board spending cuts will affect New Yorkers including students and seniors.

He says the cuts won't have as big an impact on state government.

The dispute between Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican-led House over spending cuts and tax increases led to automatic cuts that started Friday.

Cuomo says brinksmanship isn't the way to do business and makes people anxious.

Linking Dr. King's Dream to Obama's Inauguration

Jan 21, 2013
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As President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term today, the nation celebrated the life of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And January First marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing hundreds of thousands of slaves.  

By all rights, President Barack Obama should have been beaten handily by Mitt Romney.  Usually, an incumbent President wins if the economy is doing well --- think of 1996 when Bill Clinton was re-elected, think of 1972 when Richard Nixon was re-elected.   If the economy is not doing well, an incumbent President loses:  Think of Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H, W. Bush in 1992.  There are “close calls” in this analysis – the two that come to mind are the successful re-election campaigns of Ronald Reagan in 1984 (which resulted in a landslide victory) and George W.

This presidential campaign season is a time for clarification. If campaigns have any value over and above the megaphone effect of why one candidate is more desirable than the other, it is the chance to use a campaign as an educational forum. From my perspective, even silence or ambiguity can be revealing. In this season, President Obama has indicated the threat and direction of American foreign policy through ellipses.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with George Nornick, Washington reporter for The Nation magazine, who has been covering the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Since apologizing earlier this week for his remarks on rape and pregnancy, Republican Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has been rebuked by democrats and republicans alike, with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying he should, “Exit the senate race,” and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus telling him, “not to come,” to next week’s Republican National Convention.

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