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The Read: Political chatter from elsewhere

Each Saturday on the Politics Now blog you'll find a list of stories that caught the eyes of The News' political reporters. Here's a sampling of what they were reading this week:

"How Does Press Irk Cuomo? Document Offers Clues," by Thomas Kaplan, New York Times. A document obtained by BuzzFeed last week provided an inside glimpse into the Cuomo administration's view of the press. The document was a markup of blog posts by YNN journalist Liz Benjamin that highlighted sections and labeled portions "generally snarky." A story in The New York Times notes that the document illustrates Cuomo's reputation as "sensitive to news coverage." One editor told the Times that the annotations were "bizarre."

"Cuomo spokesman: L’Affair Liz much ado about nothing," by Casey Seiler, Capitol Confidential. Seiler reports that the governor's spokesman called into Fred Dicker's radio show to address the governor's office's document involving a reporter's blog posts (see above). "Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto did his level best to tamp down any nefarious extrapolations," Seiler reports.

"Cuomo named to Time’s 100 most influential people," by Jimmy Vielkind, Capitol Confidential. Vielkind writes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo got a blurb in Time Magazine in its annual list. Cuomo's "in the company of Mark Zuckerberg and Hillary Clinton," Vielkind says of the piece.

And from late last week: "Cuomo's man Dicker to write Cuomo bio," by Dylan Byers at Politico. New York Post columnist Fred Dicker has the cooperation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a biography on the governor. "With few exceptions, Dicker, a Cuomo friendly, gets exclusive on-the-record access to the governor's thoughts" as the "so-called 'dean'" of Albany reporters, Byers writes.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

@JerryZremski | [email protected]

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