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A Central New York national security expert says the whistle-blower complaint against the White House indicates some unusual activities by the President.  Bill Smullen directed Syracuse University’s National Security program and worked in the state department.

Many of New York's streams and wetlands are now at risk for pollution after President Trump lifted provisions of the Clean Water Rule. Environmental advocates are expressing concerns about the possible contamination that could result.

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 The president is speaking from the White House about the mass shootings that took place over the weekend in Ohio and in Texas. Watch his remarks live.

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Syracuse Protesters Gather to Speak Out Against Trump's 'Fake Emergency'

Feb 18, 2019
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About 100 protesters used the occasion of President’s Day to gather in front of the federal building in Syracuse to speak out against the sitting President.

A Syracuse University political science professor doesn’t expect anything different from President Trump during his State of the Union address this evening.  Margaret Susan Thompson said word from the White House is that his speech will be one of unity and reconciliation. 

He’s never done that before, and in fact, his base seems to like him most when he’s most combative,” Thompson said.

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About 150 supporters greeted President Trump when Air Force One landed Monday afternoon at Griffiss Airport.  But that was a fraction of the people who ended up taking part, either supporting Mr. Trump and Rep. Claudia Tenney in her reelection bid, or as part of a large protest against the candidate and/or Trump policies.  

Mr. Trump had earlier in the day visited Fort Drum for a rally and to sign a $717-Billion defense spending bill.  After landing in Rome, he went to a fundraising event in Utica for Tenney. 


A gun control expert from SUNY Cortland is worried that homemade 3-D guns have the potential to undermine law enforcement and pose a threat to public safety.

A Syracuse University Political Science Expert considers President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Putin a missed opportunity … while causing damage that could impact this and other countries. 


President Trump could have put the Russian leader on the defensive on issues important to the U-S if Trump had pressed Putin.

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The Chair of the Political Science Department at SU's Maxwell School says the summit between the U.S. and Russia amounted to a big nothing-burger.  Brian Taylor has written several books about Russian politics. 

He says President Trump and Vladimir Putin were combative against the American Press about the topic of the Russian-electoral interference.  Taylor says this comes on the heels last week’s Mueller indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers but, it seems Trump is looking the other way.

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A Syracuse University international relations expert is calling the upcoming summit between the U.S. and North Korea extremely significant and could set the stage for more progress. 

Stuart Thorson is a professor emeritus from the Maxwell school, and has researched technology and governance North Korea.  He says we’ll have to see if the leaders agree to move in a direction that will perhaps formally end the Korean War, and establish diplomatic relations.