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David Broder, the Washington Post political columnist, has stirred a hornet's nest in journalism by suggesting that the ranks of reporters are being polluted by too many former politi cians and press agents.Whether one agrees with him or not, it's an issue whose time has come.Columnists Pat Buchanan, Carl Rowan and William Safire are publicly furious with Broder for rais…

President and Mrs. Bush didn't get to the Salute to New York party before the festivities shut down, but former White House secretary Fawn Hall wandered in early Saturday morning, lending a whimsical postscript to the Reagan era.Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., who gave the party, did not invite Ms. Hall, Lt. Col. Oliver North's secretary, and had left by the time she go…

Legislation to repeal the proposed 50 percent congressional pay raise will be introduced Friday by Rep. Robert C. Smith, R-N.H.But backers give it only slight chance of passage despite polls showing overwhelming public opposition to the pay raise. A CBS/New York Times poll showed 82 percent of those surveyed are against the raise.A Smith spokeswoman said he has lined …

The cost of a Super Bowl weekend will seem like peanuts to those going first class to President-elect Bush's inauguration.Couples will pay $350 to dance to the patented beat of Lester Lanin's orchestra at the New York State inaugural ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel Friday night.Passes to sit in the grandstand across Pennsylvania Avenue from where the Bushes will view …

Three Western New York congressmen -- Reps. John J. LaFalce, Henry J. Nowak and Amory Houghton -- piled up huge post-campaign surpluses last year, according to financial reports they filed with the Federal Election Commission.Although none faced real opposition, they continued to accept large amounts of money from political action committees during the year.PAC contri…

When the U.S. Senate begins confirmation hearings Jan. 27 on Jack F. Kemp's nomination as secretary of housing and urban development, he will face questioning about his attitude toward the proposed 1990 budget.A spokesman for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs said much of the early questioning will center on Kemp's plans to deal with the "dram…

A U.S. Transportation Department report supports completion of the long-delayed Route 219 expressway.The government endorsed the project on economic development grounds, not on traditional cost-benefit analyses. It also reiterates contention that New York and Pennsylvania, not the federal government, should pay for the work.The report, requested by Rep. Henry J. Nowak…

The Reagan administration's budget office acknowledged Tuesday that $70 billion from the Social Security payroll tax is being used to help the president's final budget meet deficit-reduction targets.Without diverting Social Security taxes, the Reagan administration's fiscal 1990 deficit would be $162.6 billion, instead of $92.5 billion, the budget office acknowledged.…

In a twisted sequel to the dirtiest national campaign in half a century, the Congress has decided to be kinder and gentler with itself.All Congress needs to do is to stay out of town until Feb.9 and it will get a 50 per cent pay raise that it doesn't need and doesn't deserve.There is one virtue to this post-election pay grab: The public will at least have a clearcut i…

It took nine years, a presidential campaign and designation as secretary of housing and urban development, but Jack Kemp has finally secured Democratic House leadership support of his enterprise zones bill.House Majority Leader Tom Foley, D-Wash., and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Manhattan, a longtime foe of the bill, are among the influential sponsors of H.R. 6, the 1989 v…

Rep. L. William Paxon, R-East Aurora, has taken the clearest position against the proposed congressional pay raise of any member of Congress representing Western New York."I ran for Congress knowing what the salary level would be," Paxon said, "so I'm not in a position to raise it during my (two-year) term in office."A commission on Dec. 13 proposed $29 million worth …

As secretary of housing and urban development, Jack F. Kemp will be perched just where he said he likes to be -- in a risky spot at the cutting edge of policy and government.The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created 23 years ago as the centerpiece of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty in an atmosphere of great optimism.Today, HUD casts only a …

James V. Stanton, a former Buffalo businessman and one-time Ohio congressman, today will announce his candidacy for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.Stanton, who served as executive vice president of Delaware North Companies Inc. of Buffalo for eight years, has the support of former House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr., D-Mass., and both U.S. senator…

President-elect Bush today named Rep. Jack Kemp, R-Hamburg, his choice for secretary of housing and urban development, calling him "one of the primary architects of the opportunity society I'm trying to create."Bush, in a press conference, said he was asking Kemp "to bring his innovative solutions" to the problems of homelessness, housing and joblessness in the nation…

President-elect Bush will nominate Rep. Jack F. Kemp, R-Hamburg, as secretary of housing and urban development, sources say.Kemp was said to have met with Bush and his chief of staff, John H. Sununu, in the last two days. Bush offered the post to Kemp during the talk, sources said Thursday, and Kemp has accepted.Kemp, who is retiring from Congress, could not be reache…