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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski is the Washington bureau chief for The Buffalo News. He joined the News in 1984 as a business reporter and moved to Washington in 1989. Zremski served as president of the National Press Club in 2007 and won a Nieman fellowship in journalism at Harvard University in 1999. A native of Elkland, Pa., he is a graduate of Syracuse University.


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WASHINGTON -- "They're kids! Leave them alone!" I can still see my mother, all 5 feet of her, standing on our front porch and yelling those words whenever she saw bullies ganging up on the little kids in the Pennsylvania tannery town where I grew up. If she were alive today, she'd be screaming those same words into her television screen -- because there she would see…

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WASHINGTON — More than 11,000 people have signed a petition aimed at pushing the House Ethics Committee to complete its investigation into whether Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, engaged in insider stock trading. Public Citizen, a good-government group founded by Ralph Nader in the early 1970s, sent the petition to the Ethics Committee Thursday, roughly six m…

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WASHINGTON – "Why indict a bunch of Russians?" That seems to be a fairly common question these days among President Trump's supporters, and it's easy to see why. After all, special prosecutor Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian citizens as well as three shady Internet operations isn't exactly likely to result in any actual prosecutions, given that everyone charged…

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, joined with 67 other lawmakers Tuesday to push the Senate to quickly confirm President Trump's four nominees for the Export-Import Bank. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat, Collins and colleagues from both parties …

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WASHINGTON – At rare, dramatic moments in American history, the people who seem powerless seize the power. We might be witnessing one of those moments now, as an articulate, anguished group of Florida teens grab the microphones and the social media megaphones from gun rights activists. The odds against meaningful federal gun control legislation remain long, no matter…

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Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Tuesday joined the family of a Genesee County man who died in a pileup on the Thruway in January to push for changes aiming to make collisions with tractor-trailers less deadly. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the crash that took the life of Edward "Eto" Torres of Elba shows the need for legislation requiring underride guards…

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WASHINGTON – Between the lines of the 37-page indictment that spells out a sprawling Russian effort to undermine our 2016 presidential election and divide America into two camps that hate each other, there's a lesson for every American: You can do your part to stop the Russians or the Chinese or the North Koreans or whoever else might want to exploit social media to sow…

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WASHINGTON — To veterans from Western New York, it's the graveyard that took an eternity. But finally, nine years after the project was first proposed, all the land has been pieced together for the Western New York National Cemetery, the region's first resting place specifically for veterans, in the town of Pembroke in Genesee County. That means construction of the c…

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WASHINGTON — New York's senior U.S. senator reached new heights in the Senate hierarchy last year, but doing so led him to new lows in two new polls in his home state. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat who has long enjoyed widespread popularity across the state, fell in the esteem of voters who participated in polls conducted by both Quinnipiac Unive…

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WASHINGTON -- Powerless. That's the way many Americans felt yet again this week, after yet another madman with yet another assault rifle stormed into yet another school. This time, in Parkland, Fla., 17 people lost their lives. Former President Barack Obama tweeted: "We are not powerless," but amid what seems to be an endless wave of mass shootings in America, it's e…

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WASHINGTON — They came to Congress Thursday once again clad in red, some of the faces older now, but some of the faces new. Many of them are a little poorer after dozens of trips like this one, yet richer in the thought that they're lifesavers. After all, not one life has been lost in a crash of a U.S. commercial airplane since the Families of Continental Flight 3407…

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WASHINGTON – The Families of Continental Flight 3407 returned to the capital on Thursday, and they came away from a series of meetings feeling good about their efforts to beat back the airline industry's attempt to weaken the aviation safety law they got passed in 2010. Several of the family members met in the morning with Ali Bahrami, the associate administrator for av…

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WASHINGTON – Pothole season is upon us again, corresponding this year with just the latest of several Trump administration "infrastructure weeks." Yes, these infrastructure weeks seem to come and go like the seasons, just like every other proposal to increase spending on highways, bridges, water systems, airports and the like. Meanwhile the potholes seem to get deepe…

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WASHINGTON – Michael R. Caputo's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee ought to be released publicly, as should the testimony of all the other witnesses who have spoken to the panel in its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the committee's top Democrat said Wednesday. Asked about the East Aurora political consultant's testim…

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WASHINGTON – If you bought an AMC Pacer in 1975, and if it broke down 20 times over 43 years, you might think about getting a new car – one that worked, and that didn't look like a bubble about to burst. Congress apparently doesn't think that way. Despite 42 years of government shutdowns and a growing gap between the money government collects and what it spends, it's st…