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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:

The Democratic National Convention dominated the news this week, and fact-checkers quickly looked into the claims speakers made, while pundits opined. 

Politifact evaluates the claims in former President Bill Clinton's speech here, and The Atlantic devoted two posts to examining the speech's art, one by James Fallows, another by Molly Ball. 

Howard Kurtz reports in The Daily Beast that President Barack Obama's acceptance speech was written with the help of focus groups, even if it was thought of as being flatter than other convention speeches. 

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan gives a critical review of Obama's speech and finds "soft, distracted extremism" in the Democrats' convention rhetoric and says Clinton's speech was "smaller" than he is.

Meanwhile, in Albany, the scandal surrounding Assemblyman Vito Lopez continued to unfold with new questions arising about whether a new Capital ethics watchdog panel would investigate Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's role in taxpayer-funded payments to two of Lopez's victims. 

Danny Hakim broke the story for the New York Times, while Jon Campbell of Gannett News Service wrote about developments Friday, which included a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatening to appoint his own Moreland Commission if the panel does not act appropriately. 

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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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