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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 – I read the "Comey memos" so you wouldn't have to, and because doing so is free and his book isn't. And I found that former FBI director James Comey is at least weaving a largely consistent story about his interactions with the man who fired him: President Trump. The memos that Comey wrote after his interactions with Trump – which were released late last …

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WASHINGTON – Rajeev Ramchand worked on the Maid of the Mist when he was in high school, and it didn't take him long to learn a sad reality that many people don't like to discuss. "Once or twice a summer, there would be a body" discovered in the water below Niagara Falls, he recalled. Now, more than two decades later, Ramchand spends his days studying the sad reality …

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer marked 4/20, the unofficial day to celebrate marijuana use and its culture, by saying he will introduce legislation that would decriminalize the drug on the federal level. “Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do," Schumer said in an interview Thursday with Vice News. "Freedom. If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybo…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump told a joke at the Gridiron Club dinner here a few weeks back that, like many jokes, may be rooted in a greater and very serious truth. "I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un, I just won't," the president said regarding North Korea's not so dear leader. "As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that’s his problem, n…

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WASHINGTON – Please don't take Sean Hannity seriously. He's a faux journalist. He is biased. He's a conspiracy-monger. Plus he's a shill for Donald Trump. And he was all those things before we found out this week that he shared a lawyer with the president, a lawyer Hannity defended before a nightly audience of more than 3 million people without mentioning the signifi…

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WASHINGTON – The late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter got her start in politics four decades ago fighting a developer's plans to destroy a grove of trees she could see from her kitchen window in suburban Rochester. And on Wednesday, Slaughter's colleagues honored her by planting a tree in her name on the grounds of the Capitol. A month and two days after Slaughter, a Democr…

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WASHINGTON – A proposal to weaken protections against aquatic invaders in the Great Lakes and across the country failed in a procedural vote in the Senate Wednesday, despite pressure from shipping industry interests that argued for the repeal of regulations it sees as burdensome. An otherwise routine Coast Guard reauthorization bill that includes the weakening of those …

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WASHINGTON — There are millions of reasons to question why a former FBI director formerly known for probity might write a tell-all book on President Trump and then go on a headline-grabbing media tour to promote it. James Comey has a multimillion dollar book deal, you see. And the more books he sells, the more money he makes. Pardon the cynicism, but we've heard this…

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WASHINGTON – Nathan D. McMurray, the Grand Island town supervisor and party-anointed Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Chris Collins in New York's 27th district, has raised far less campaign money so far than did four of the Democratic candidates who have dropped out of the race. McMurray raised $41,786 between Jan. 14 – the date he entered the race – and March 3…

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WASHINGTON — Here we go again. That's surely how many Americans greeted last week's news that U.S. forces, with their British and French allies, bombed Syria's chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for the rogue nation's poison gas attack on its own citizens a week earlier. A bit of war-weariness is understandable after 15 fitful years of American military effor…

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins: bad guy. Get used to hearing that, because that's going to be just what Democrats will be saying about the Clarence Republican from now through Election Day. That's already what Collins' Democratic opponent, Nate McMurray, has been saying in recent weeks. And it's just what the Democrat charged with electing more House Democrats said Fri…

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Ryan Hudson, of Williamsville, did what a lot of opioid addicts do. He relapsed. After a year and a half without drugs, Hudson started using again four months ago – but not for long. He went to Save the Michaels of the World's "House of Hope and Community Resources" on Delaware Avenue, where a staffer instantly got him into a treatment program. That's a sharp cont…

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WASHINGTON — Strong voices guided Paul Ryan's political career, and in the end, drowned him out. Ryan's announcement Wednesday that he would retire as House speaker at the age of 48 at the end of his current term came as no surprise in Washington. For the better part of two years, Ryan's brand of optimistic, inclusive yet budget-balancing conservatism had fallen deeply …

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WASHINGTON — It was, by Twitter standards, a benign tweet, the kind I'm trying to issue more often to keep readers in the loop about what our federal lawmakers from New York are saying. ".@SenSchumer warns @realDonaldTrump not to fire Rosenstein," I tweeted Tuesday, along with an image of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer's statement on the possibility that Pres…

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WASHINGTON — A $76 million renovation at the Buffalo VA Medical Center could be in the works soon, thanks to the bipartisan spending bill Congress passed recently, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday. The long-laid but previously unfunded plans at the Buffalo VA would include $30 million in renovations to the patient wards; $20 million for a new ope…