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  President Obama brought some representatives from our area along with him to Cuba.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the experience.

  President Obama has been making a landmark visit to Cuba.

Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern discussed his role in the visit on the Congressional Corner with WAMC’s Alan Chartock before flying to the island nation.

  President Obama has more than 300 days left in office.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the White House intends to nominate a new Supreme Court justice during that time. 

  An eight-person Supreme Court is either an emergency or the new normal depending on who you ask.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that President Obama isn’t a lame duck for another eight months. 

Amani Olugbala  is a Black Lives Matter organizer who came to Albany from Brooklyn 10 years ago.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Twenty residents of New York's Capital Region recently returned from a trip to the island nation.


Reaction has been coming in from all sides on President Obama’s State of the Union Address. The reaction from Republican presidential candidates was as negative as you’d expect. The other side of the aisle was more positive. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation with, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers.

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The White House

He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. That’s the line from Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution that has morphed into the president’s annual state of the union address. And most years, that address has a section devoted to education. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll review President Obama’s final state of the union.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other stakeholders launched the City of Albany’s “My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper” (MBSK) at City Hall, an initiative that will focus on improving opportunities of young men and women of color in Albany and reducing the levels of violence that far too many of them experience.

  President Obama has delivered his final State of the Union.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays discusses the address with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

TPP Protesters outside the Federal Building, Albany NY
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A coalition of labor and civic groups gathered in downtown Albany today at the Leo O'Brien Federal Building to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill.