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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 – A funeral service for the late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at the Eastman Theatre's Kodak Hall, at the corner of Main and Gibson streets in Rochester, Slaughter's office announced Monday. The funeral will be open to the public, but seating is limited. Calling hours, which are open to the community, will be from 2 to 7 p.m. …

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WASHINGTON – Here we go again. We're about to have another shutdown showdown, sort of. Now no one here really expects the government to actually shut down again this Friday, when yet another temporary funding bill expires. Republicans, burned by the blame for a 2013 shutdown, and Democrats, burned by the blame for a brief shutdown in January, both have good reasons to s…

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WASHINGTON – New York's two U.S. senators on Saturday called on Amtrak to name Rochester's new train station after the late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter. The station opened last fall after Slaughter won $15 million in federal funding for it, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, both Democrats, noted. "For her many constituents who wil…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Nancy Pelosi walked into the Capitol on her first day in Congress in 1987 and quickly encountered a lawmaker who had just arrived in Washington a few months earlier: Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, the Rochester-area Democrat with an incongruous Kentucky drawl. "I said her reputation has preceded her, because Governor Mario Cuomo had over and over again sang…

Obituaries

WASHINGTON – Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, a Rochester-area Democrat who represented parts of Buffalo for a decade and who left a legislative legacy on issues ranging from health care to government ethics, died early Friday at the George Washington University Hospital. She was 88. Slaughter died about a week after she suffered a fall and a concussion in her Washington home.…

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WASHINGTON – This is a bad week to be a Republican member of Congress. They all had their eyes on Western Pennsylvania, where Democrat Conor Lamb won a special election in a gerrymandered district that looks like a Rorschach test, a district designed to elect Republicans for life. No doubt dozens of House Republicans are looking at that result and thinking: there but fo…

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WASHINGTON – Students in the Say Yes program may see their college scholarship payments delayed – meaning they may have to pay tuition late fees – thanks to a new U.S. Department of Education policy that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer spoke out against Thursday. Schumer said that under the new federal policy, only two private scholarship providers – the Unite…

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WASHINGTON – The numbers are in, and it's official. When it comes to letting people go, the reality show called the Trump White House beats the daylights out of "The Apprentice." Forty top Trump administration officials have either been fired or otherwise left their posts in the 14 months since Donald Trump became president. In comparison, Trump fired only 32 people in …

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WASHINGTON — Two Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees left their jobs after they were implicated in the botched decision not to try to revive a patient suffering cardiac arrest, a spokeswoman for the facility said Wednesday. A report from the Department of Affairs Inspector General released earlier this week said staffers at the hospital should have tried t…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, a Fairport Democrat who represented parts of Buffalo for a decade, fell at her Washington home last week and suffered a concussion, her office announced Wednesday. “Congresswoman Slaughter fell at her Washington, DC residence last week and was taken to George Washington University Hospital to receive treatment and monitoring for a …

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WASHINGTON – Perhaps you are reading The Briefing today because you found the link on Twitter, because you use Twitter as your main news source. If that's how you get most of your news, please reconsider. Proof that you may want to do so comes in the form of a groundbreaking study that shows what has seemed anecdotally true for years: that on Twitter, fake news beats…

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WASHINGTON — Medical personnel at the Buffalo VA Medical Center failed to try to resuscitate a patient suffering cardiac arrest in late 2016, pronouncing him dead even though they should have tried to save his life, the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General's Office said in a devastating report that recommended sweeping improvements in the facility's practices d…

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WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Democratic Party Monday said they laid down big money in hopes that they can damage Republican members of Congress from New York who favor gun rights, including Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence and Rep. Tom Reed of Corning. The party announced what it called "a six-figure TV, digital, and social media campaign" targeting sev…

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WASHINGTON – So it seems that the Very Stable Genius may soon meet the Little Rocket Man, and if this sounds crazy to you, take heart in the fact that presidents have on occasion made history when doing things that looked, at first, to be unfathomable. Of course, in the reality show that is the Trump presidency, there's no guarantee that President Trump will ever sit do…

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WASHINGTON — As a real black activist, Kattrina Martin-Bordeaux never thought much of "Blacktivist," a mysterious group that popped up online and commandeered the promotion of an April 2016 protest at the Erie County Holding Center. "What made me suspicious was that they came from nowhere and had no identity," Martin-Bordeaux recalled. She was right to be suspicious.…