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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Launches Political Group To Boost Progressive Candidates

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who gained an instant national profile when she toppled a top Democratic leader in 2018, has launched her own political action committee to boost challengers in 2020 congressional races. The move shows the 30-year-old New York freshman's intentions to continue battling with her party's establishment. Ocasio-Cortez unveiled the website for her group — dubbed " Courage to Change" — along with a slate of seven endorsements for female candidates who in some cases...

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Gov. Cuomo On WAMC's Roundtable 2/21/20

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on The Roundtable Feb. 21, 2020.

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(Airs 2/21/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Consumers, businesses and localities prepare for the state’s new plastic bag ban, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Assemblyman Gottfried’s healthcare for all bill, and Senator Gillibrand promotes legislation for families with addiction.

In the weeks following Iran's Jan. 8 ballistic missile attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq, 110 American service members deployed there were diagnosed with what has been the signature, albeit invisible, wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: traumatic brain injury caused by concussive blasts from exploding weapons.

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The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to legislation that sets requirements and deadlines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state to the Senate.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who gained an instant national profile when she toppled a top Democratic leader in 2018, has launched her own political action committee to boost challengers in 2020 congressional races.

The move shows the 30-year-old New York freshman's intentions to continue battling with her party's establishment.

Dutchess County Exec's Address Focuses On 'Home'

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Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivered his state-of-the-county address Thursday. He proposed a number of initiatives across several areas, with a theme of “Home.”

Thailand's top court has dissolved a nascent political party that has rankled the country's military establishment.

The court said the party's leader, 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, violated election law because he gave the new party about $6 million – far more than Thai law allows for political donations. Thanathorn insists the money was a loan.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that the barricades that have blocked railways in the country for two weeks must come down, calling the situation "unacceptable and untenable."

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On Sunday, “RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars” Season Three winner Trixie Mattel takes her act to The Egg in Albany, behind her new album “Barbara.” WAMC spoke to Mattel before the show.

After a federal lawsuit this week claimed that PFAS-based substances were incinerated at the Norlite facility in Cohoes, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation says it is investigating.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he will permit his company to release three women from nondisclosure agreements with his company, a reversal after resisting to do so under pressure from his rivals at a Democratic presidential debate earlier this week.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Bloomberg said that Bloomberg LP had identified three nondisclosure agreements made with women "to address complaints about comments they said I had made."

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