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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
Watching history in Lake Placid (Photo:  Susan Waters)
Watching history in Lake Placid (Photo: Susan Waters)

In Lake Placid, a sense of being there with the nation

About thirty people gathered to watch the inauguration on a giant screen yesterday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Brian Mann was there and sends this story.  Go to full article

An event for the history books

Governor Paterson was in Washington for the Inauguration. He spoke with reporters about the historic nature of yesterday's Inaugural and that of past presidents. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Some of the Lisbon students who traveled to Washington.
Some of the Lisbon students who traveled to Washington.

Lisbon students in DC

Wear warm clothes, comfortable shoes and have patience - that's the advice given to students from Lisbon Central School who are in Washington DC for the inauguration today. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Paterson says Clinton announcement days away

It's another big week for politics, with President-elect Barack Obama taking the oath of office tomorrow in Washington DC. Here in New York, Governor David Paterson is also expected to name a new US Senator to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton. Martha Foley and Brian Mann update the politics.  Go to full article
JW Wiley, Bob Grady & Mark Barie (Photo:  Brian Mann)
JW Wiley, Bob Grady & Mark Barie (Photo: Brian Mann)

Debating race in the era of Barack Obama

Yesterday, we reported on the dozens of North Country families that are traveling to Washington DC for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. But there's a debate underway over what Obama's victory means. Are we a post-racial society now that we have our first black president? What does it mean that blacks and whites still lead very different lives in this country? On Tuesday, that conversation spilled over into a surprising venue: a Rotary club luncheon in Plattsburgh. As Brian Mann reports, two prominent civic leaders wrestled for an hour with some of the thorniest and most controversial issues in our society.  Go to full article

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