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Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)

After meeting with Obama, Rep. Murphy still on fence over health bill

The Washington Post says North Country congressman Scott Murphy is one of the five lawmakers in the country receiving the most pressure on this week's landmark healthcare vote. The Democrat from Glens Falls met one-one-one with President Barack Obama to talk about the bill. The liberal group MoveOn.org is running ads in his district, urging the Glens Falls Democrat to vote Yes. The conservative US Chamber of Commerce is also buying TV spots, urging Murphy to vote no. Health care expected to be a central issue in this year's election in the 20th district. Murphy spoke yesterday with Brian Mann about the landmark decision and explained why he's still on the fence, despite months of debate.  Go to full article
Soldiers coming home from Iraq in 2007.
Soldiers coming home from Iraq in 2007.

Fort Drum, fatigued, gears up for more fighting in Afghanistan

According to the Associated Press, thousands of soldiers from Fort Drum near Watertown will play a major role in President Obama's new strategy in Afghanistan. The 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade was called off a mission to Iraq last month and is believed to be heading to Afghanistan instead as a part of the 30,000 troop surge announced last night. Fort Drum's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade is already slated to go there next October. And the division's headquarters is scheduled to take command of part of the war effort in Afghanistan in 2011. But eight years of war are wearing on one of the most-deployed divisions in the Army. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Wanting more change on this Independence Day

On this first Independence Day of the Obama years, liberals may be feeling a sense of pride and triumph. A lot has changed since a year ago, and most of the changes are to their liking. But commentator Paul Willcott, a self-described "big government, tax-and-spend liberal" wants more: from the right, the left, and the in-between. Paul Willcott divides his time between new York City and Saranac lake.  Go to full article
Rep. McHugh with President Obama on Tuesday at the White House
Rep. McHugh with President Obama on Tuesday at the White House

McHugh supported Bush on conduct of Iraq War, and raised questions

Congressman John McHugh will need Senate approval before taking over as Secretary of the Army. The North Country Republican has been a passionate supporter of the military during his nine terms in Washington. As Brian Mann reports, McHugh has taken nuanced -- and sometimes conflicted -- positions on defense policy.  Go to full article
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River hopes President Obama will help restore and improve wetlands like these in French Creek, a St. Lawrence tributary.
Jennifer Caddick of Save the River hopes President Obama will help restore and improve wetlands like these in French Creek, a St. Lawrence tributary.

Great Lakes defenders see hope in Obama

The Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River contain one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water, 90% of the fresh surface water in the U.S. But they've been battered by industrial pollution, farm and road runoff, and invasive species. The 185 foreign species in the Lakes and River cause billions of dollars in damage to the region's economy every year. After years of neglect by Washington, the Obama Administration is making a multi-billion dollar commitment to the cleaning up the Great Lakes. Environmentalists believe they have a big ally. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

North Country will fight for "more than our fair share" of stimulus

In the coming weeks, political leaders in Albany and Washington will be hammering out details of the massive stimulus plan. Here in New York, various interest groups and various regions are lining up to try to win a share of that money. Garry Douglas, head of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, has emerged as one of the most influential dealmakers in New York state. Douglas spoke in-depth about the stimulus and its impact on the North Country with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Farzad Sadeghi.
Farzad Sadeghi.

Canadian fans greet Obama

Plenty of smiles on Parliament Hill yesterday as a crowd of several thousand anticipated President Obama's motorcade.
After passing what she described as "effusively friendly" friendly security checkpoints, Lucy Martin joined Obama fans and the few protesters who mingled on the snow-covered lawn, in a sort of group love-in.  Go to full article
President Obama and Prime Minister Harper at their joint press conference
President Obama and Prime Minister Harper at their joint press conference

Obama, Harper promise "new chapter" in U.S.- Canada relations

President Barack Obama wowed the crowds in Ottawa yesterday, even though few people got to see him. During his six hours in the Canadian capital, Obama had a closed-door working meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He waved for a few seconds to a couple thousand people gathered in front of Parliament. And he made an unannounced visit to the Byward market to grab a "beaver tail". Obama and Harper held a joint press conference. David Sommerstein took advantage of the world's longest skating rink, the Ottawa skating canal, to get to there, and has our story.  Go to full article

Canadians welcome Obama visit

Many Canadians were pleased when newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama announced his first foreign visit would bring him to Ottawa, on February 19th. Right now the economy is the main concern on both sides of the border. With one-tenth the population of the U.S., Canada shed 129,000 jobs in January alone. And figures for December show Canada recording its first trade deficit in over 30 years. Trade and border concerns will top a host of pressing issues when Prime Minister Stephen Harper hosts Obama's quick visit this Thursday. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin took a quick survey of expectations on the street.  Go to full article

Environment and the Obama White House

President Barack Obama wove references about the environment throughout his inaugural address. Lester Graham reports that approach differs from politics as usual.  Go to full article

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