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7/11/24 RT Panel

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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are public policy and communications expert Theresa Bourgeois, attorney and former NY 19 Congressman John Faso, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

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