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Congress and President Bush send $150 million a month to Pakistan, now held under martial law declared by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who has been tpresident since he took over in a military junta in 1999.      In all, Washington has sent Musharraf about $11 billion, mostly in military hardware, which Musharraf has used to suppress dissent since early Nove…

    Those suspicious of government have never looked kindly upon EZ-Pass, the program drivers can use on the Thruway and other highways and bridges to have tolls automatically deducted from an account via a signal that bounces off a device mounted on the driver’s windshield.     So the Big Brother conspiracy theories have run amok the past week…

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's performance at the Democratic presidential forum at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Tuesday night was not among her best moments. She appeared to stumble on questions about Social Security, the release of her White House correspondence and Gov. Spitzer's plan to provide drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. The Spitzer plan has roile…

Democratic senators, who seemed on the brink of confirming Judge Michael B. Mukasey as President Bush's new attorney general, are saying they're put off by Mukasey's waffling answers on the alleged practice of waterboarding prisoners questioned by the CIA and others in the fight against terrorism. In a letter following his confirmation hearings, Mukasey said waterboardi…

In the decade ending 2006, New York State lost 28.7 percent of its manufacturing jobs, according to the Albany-based Public Policy Institute. For upstate, this meant the loss of more than 50,000 jobs. Both Democrats, notably President Bill Clinton, and Republicans under President George W. Bush, have pushed hard for liberalized trade. The most important free trade action …

The willingness of white Southerners to lynch black people was so strong even into the 1930s that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was unwilling to lend his prestige to a bill making lynching a federal crime. FDR feared offending powerful white senators whose backing was needed to pass his economic reforms. Between the end of the Civil War and the signing of federal c…

Hillary Rodham Clinton is leading a coalition of Democratic senators protesting President Bush's appointment of a woman physician who is an opponent of family planning efforts to the top job in the government dealing with family planning for the poor. Dr. Susan Orr, associate commissioner at the Department of Health and Human Services, was named to be the Acting Deputy As…

  Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., are sponsoring a bipartisan joint resolution to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that equated campaign money with free speech. The 1979 Buckley vs Valeo decision has severely limited the ability of Congress and the president to control spending on federal campaigns.     "Incongruo…

Two Western New York House members, Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, and John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, are signaling that they will vote to uphold President Bush's veto of the State-Children's Health Insurance Program. Kuhl said the Democrats are using the legislation to advance "socialized health care." In an op-ed piece in Monday's Buffalo…

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been tagged by some state legislators as a bully who enjoys threatening his critics. Remember the "steamroller'' characterization of himself to a lawmaker earlier this year? But on the governor's 2010 campaign Web site, niceness apparently counts when communicating with legislators. The campaign is asking people to write lawmakers, especially S…

There was a time when Democrats cherished an endorsement from Eliot L. Spitzer. Today, a nod from the governor carries both pros and cons, and no one knows that better than fellow Democrat James P. Keane, his party's nominee for Erie County executive. Spitzer will campaign for Keane during a visit here today, a visit that coincides with a high-profile bipartisan…

The House Democratic leadership has scheduled a vote on Oct. 18 to try to override President Bush's controversial veto of the expanded Children's Health Insurance Program bill. Republicans who voted with Bush and against CHIP last month, including Reps. Thomas M. Reynolds of Clarence and John R. "Randy" Kuhl Jr. of Hammondsport, are under heavy pressure to chang…

Two weeks ago in remarks made to the Congressional Black Caucus, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., suggested that the government issue each newborn baby a $5,000 bond for its education. The Democratic presidential front-runner said the baby bonds were just an idea and not a proposal. Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York who is a leading candidate for the Republ…

Think the paralysis in Albany is going to be healed anytime soon? If you have a hint of optimism, well, then consider the latest. Today’s New York Post reports that Senate Democrats, with knowledge by aides to Gov. Eliot Spitzer, came up with a new idea to discredit the governor’s chief political rival: sic the IRS on him. A letter was circulated this week by Senate …

The ongoing scandal at the state Capitol involving charges the Spitzer administration used the State Police to gather information to help smear a political rival of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, has caused finger-pointing in many directions.    Some papers have been accused of being on Spitzer's side, others for siding with Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, the target …