Trump Administration Appeals Ruling Blocking Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

The Trump administration is appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocks plans to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Justice Department filed a court notice Thursday that says the administration is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the first major court decision about the question . That ruling came out of two of the multiple lawsuits by more than two dozen states, cities and other groups that want the question removed. The question asks, "...

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Attempts To Make Shutdown 'Painless' May Stretch Limits Of Federal Law

In its quest to blunt the effects of the partial government shutdown, the Trump administration is using broad legal interpretations to continue providing certain services. Critics argue that the administration is stretching — and possibly breaking — the law to help bolster President Trump's position in his fight with Democrats over funding for a border wall. Even with the creative use of loopholes and existing funds, though, the actions the administration are taking will be hard to sustain if...

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Raquette Lake, NY – An environmental group says New York's attempt to provide an Adirondack community with safe drinking water could weaken the state constitution's protection of "forever wild" lands in the Adirondack Park. More from WAMC's Pat Bradley.

Kingston, NY – Two Hudson Valley projects are closer to funding after House members Friday passed a federal spending bill. Money for the two projects was requested by a Congressman who represents a region of the Hudson Valley. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Plattsburgh, NY – New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi is deciding whether a contract Coca-Cola signed with the Fulton school district in Oswego County is constitutional. His decision will determine whether school districts across New York will lose lucrative contracts with soda companies. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Crown Point, NY – An Essex County town has become the latest community in New York to pass a law protecting the right to farm. More and more communities in the state are passing such mandates as farm land becomes lost to development. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Fishkill, New York – New York State Senator Charles Schumer has announced a housing initiative to help several middle income Hudson Valley families buy homes. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

Buchanan, NY – Federal officials are expected to re-certify evacuation plans for areas around the Hudson Valley's Indian Point. Opponents to the plan are figuring out what to do next. We turn to WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne for the latest.

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki and the governors of nine other Northeastern states have pledged to develop a regional strategy to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Environmentalists note that as important as the move is for the ecosystem, its even more significant in sending Washington a message. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Congress is not in session and Michael McNulty took some time during this district work period to stop by the WAMC studios this morning to chat with our own Alan Chartock. Michael and Alan take a look at post-war Iraq and the level of international involvement there.

Albany, NY – Gerrymandering is the topic in the Congressional Corner today where New York's Michael McNulty returns to continue his discussion with Alan. They take a look at the redistricting attempt in Texas and Alan asks Michael about Texas Republican,Tom Delay.

Albany, NY – Graphic novels are different from pamphlet-sized monthly comic books aimed at children and nostalgic adults. The best graphic novels target adult readers looking for sophisticated reading material that can often enlighten and inform in addition to providing hours of entertainment. At this year's San Diego comics convention, Top Shelf Productions made a splash with one of the most anticipated graphic novels of the year, "Blankets" by Craig Thompson. WAMC's Alan Doane looks at "Blankets."

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