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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 – To hear President Trump tell it, Canada is one of America's archvillains when it comes to trade. But the overall numbers show something different. Canada sold about 6 percent more goods in the U.S. last year than American companies sold north of the border, federal figures show. In comparison, China – America's leading trading partner – sold nearly three ti…

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A little comparison shopping goes a long way toward explaining why President Trump decided to wage a trade war with Canada. A gallon of milk cost $2.89 at the Tops Friendly Supermarket on Niagara Street last week, while the same product at the Avonmart on Garrison Road in Fort Erie cost $3.35 in American dollars. And Fort Erie shoppers are getting a bargain: According t…

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WASHINGTON – Ten years to the day after Tim Russert died, President Trump returned to his own personal mass media network – the @RealDonaldTrump Twitter account – Wednesday to say something that would have likely made the Buffalo-born news icon raise an eyebrow and tear into the president with some polite but very tough questions: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo said Wednesday that he will not back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California for another term as the top Democrat in the House. "I will not support her," Higgins said in an interview with The Buffalo News. Higgins cited the lack of a clear Democratic agenda as an alternative to President Trump, as well as Pelosi's l…

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WASHINGTON – As America embarks on a trade war to try to reclaim manufacturing jobs it lost years or decades ago, a report came out this week that paints a frightening future where automation may well destroy more jobs than trade ever did. The report from New York's Center for an Urban Future says that more than 1.2 million jobs in New York State – including 105,220 job…

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WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area gasoline prices have skyrocketed nearly 60 cents a gallon in the past year, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer warned Wednesday they could rise even more in future years if the Environmental Protection Agency goes through with its plan to abandon Obama-era fuel efficiency standards. The EPA has vowed to do that, but Schumer said that…

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WASHINGTON – Robert De Niro, a great actor never known as one of the nation's great political minds, took to the stage at the Tony Awards the other night and quickly proceeded to make the event considerably less tony. You probably heard what he said, and we can't repeat it here. But in case you missed it, it was an attack on the president centered on a four-letter word …

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WASHINGTON – Republicans weren't able to repeal Obamacare, but they're doing a fine job of tearing it apart piece by piece. The latest proof of that came last week, when the Justice Department told a federal court that it would not defend two of the Affordable Care Act's central pillars: the individual mandate that required people to have health insurance or else face a…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump's attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – and his aides' vociferous defense of them – have ignited an outcry among U.S. allies, but Western New York's two Republican members of Congress aren't exactly among those crying. Asked Monday about the Trump administration's attacks on America's northern border neighbor, both Rep. Chris C…

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WASHINGTON – "We all have two selves: The self we show the world, and the real self we live in." A drug-abuse counselor told me that one time, and I felt shocked and shaken by the truth of what she said. Let it shake us all. Let us look around at the ones we love the most and accept the hard fact that we may not really know them. And let us resolve to try ever harder…

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WASHINGTON – The retaliatory trade efforts of Canada, Mexico and the European Union seem unlikely to do widespread economic damage across New York State. That's because there's almost no overlap between the state's 25 largest exports and the products set to be hit by tariffs from America's newest trade rivals. None of New York's top products appear on Mexico's list o…

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WASHINGTON – The year 2026 sounds like it's a long time away, like it's the name of some sort of science-fiction movie or something. But think back to 2010, which is just as far away as 2026. Think back to the year that Obamacare became law, the year that the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded and filled the Gulf of Mexico with oil, the year when an earthquake devastat…

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WASHINGTON – A Canadian company with a factory in Lackawanna won't be hit as badly as it expected to be by President Trump's trade war with Canada, meaning its 100 local jobs are more likely secure than officials thought just days ago. Welded Tube, which makes pipes for the oil and gas industry, expected to get hit with three separate tariffs because its products are ma…

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WASHINGTON – A study of the damage done by phosphorous runoff in Chautauqua Lake moved a step closer to reality Thursday as the House passed a bill calling for the research to be done. Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, said the study could lead to solutions for the algal blooms that have been appearing in the lake. “I am happy to say that we are one step closer to…

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WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Thursday called on Congress to reconsider one of the key provisions of the aviation safety law passed by Congress after the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence, saying the law's tough pilot experience requirement is contributing to a pilot shortage. Speaking at a forum sponsored by the Washing…