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Jerry Zremski - Washington, DC

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 – The IRS isn't buying New York State's attempt to help taxpayers who may be hurt by a cutback in the state and federal tax deduction, and the state's U.S. senators Thursday joined Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in expressing outrage about it. The federal tax agency issued a notice earlier this week indicating that a work-around approved by the State Legislature – whic…

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WASHINGTON – That hair. That botch-job combination of a pompadour and a fade, like none other in the world. And that wardrobe, straight from the Chairman Mao plus-size collection. And that pumpkin face of his, with that crazy grin. No doubt about it: Kim Jong Un looks like a joke. But North Korea's "supreme leader" is no joke. He's a murderer. And it's impor…

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WASHINGTON – Gloria is a good person, a good Buffalonian. She's middle-aged and single, and she works every day at a job where she gets to help other people. To borrow Bill Clinton's phrase, she's the kind of person who works hard and plays by the rules. She's also the sort of person who got duped into spreading Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election. …

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Tuesday suggested that the Trump White House remove the image of Kim Jong Un from a commemorative coin marking the Korean dictator's planned summit with President Trump. "I urge the White House to take Kim off the coin," Schumer, a New York Democrat, said via Twitter. "Challenge coins are a time honored tradition an…

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WASHINGTON – For God's sake, if you own guns, keep them locked up. That's the only sensible takeaway to be gleaned from the nation's latest senseless school shooting, which claimed 10 lives and left 10 wounded at Santa Fe High School in southern Texas last Friday. The Texas tragedy was the fourth school shooting in six years that might have been prevented if the adul…

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WASHINGTON – Imagine a war fought on U.S. territory that forced eight out of every nine Erie County residents to flee for their lives across the Niagara River to Canada. With the Peace Bridge destroyed in the war, those 800,000 or so men, women and children would have to take makeshift boats to freedom and set up a tent city in and around Fort Erie no matter how harsh the …

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WASHINGTON – The House appears headed to a showdown over immigration, and Rep. Chris Collins' support of the "Dreamers" is one reason why. Following up on a vow he made last September to push a bill that would provide a solution for those young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, Collins this month became one of 20 House Republican…

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Friday that he called Siemens Corp. CEO Lisa Davis to his office to deliver a tough message: The company ought to do everything it can to preserve every job at its Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville. “During our meeting, I told Ms. Davis that it is of paramount importance that she and her team works overtime to f…

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WASHINGTON – Happy Muellerversary! One can imagine Facebook splashing that message – replete with balloons and confetti – all over screens in America (and Russia) on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Well, maybe not. But Facebook has been used to share more …

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WASHINGTON – It's something you don't see too often these days: a Democrat and a Republican, side by side in the same room, staring into the same camera and agreeing on a way to make America better. That's just what Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, did recently as they filmed a television ad about an issue that too often g…

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Wednesday announced a push to pass legislation aimed at stopping the nonstop robocalls that flood cellphones and landlines alike these days. It comes as one sign Congress is starting to take the issue of unwanted – and often fraudulent – phone calls seriously. Schumer said he would push legislation introduced by Sen…

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WASHINGTON –  If you heard President Trump's speech Tuesday at the the 37th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service – and only that speech – you might think he is a hard-nosed law-and-order type. "We stand with our police and we stand with you 100 percent," he said. "And I think we’ve shown that." But the president hasn't shown that kind of respect for the n…

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WASHINGTON – Buffalo police officers lined up along the Niagara River for five days last October, staring out at the water, hoping and praying for a colleague they had lost but at first could not find. And they lined up again Tuesday, in sharp dress uniforms with the Capitol in front of them, to pay tribute once again to the late Officer Craig E. Lehner – this time in t…

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WASHINGTON – People who don't know this city well don't know where to find the worst parts of the "swamp" that President Trump complains about. Its deepest, darkest waters won't be found on Capitol Hill or in the White House or in the stately buildings that house government agencies. Instead, they're on and around K Street, a wide boulevard of nondescript office towers …

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has passed a bill introduced by Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, that would create a national registry of firefighters who get cancer. “This is a huge win for firefighters across the United States, now that we are so close to getting this bill on President Trump’s desk,” said Collins, who sponsored the bill with Rep. Bill Pascrell,…