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Friday's must-reads from Washington

By Jerry Zremski

WASHINGTON -- I've been too busy writing to have time to read the last two days, but I am back at it today with some must-reads from D.C.

Topping today's list is a story from The Washington Post that goes a long way toward explaining how Edward Snowden got a government security clearance.

Meanwhile, The New York Times offers a smart take on the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

And The Hill tells us that immigration reform is turning up the heat on House Speaker John Boehner.

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Tuesday's must-reads from Washington

By Jerry Zremski

WASHINGTON -- All eyes may still be on Edward Snowden and the U.S. Supreme Court, but here are today's under-the-radar top reads.

First, Washington is talking about this Politico piece that says President Obama is in the doldrums.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post political blog, The Fix, explains why the Senate is about to pass immigration reform -- and why the House doesn't care.

Lastly, The New York Times take a scary look at China's banks and the problems that may loom there.

Monday's must-reads from Washington

By Jerry Zremski

WASHINGTON -- While you're no doubt reading every word about Edward Snowden, there are still some other important reads out there.

Topping today's list is a Los Angeles Times account of a new study on fracking that shows it can add methane to drinking water.

Meanwhile, The New York Times offers a fascinating where-are-they-now piece on the women in the Anthony Weiner scandal.

But alas, I can't resist adding one Snowden story to the list: a piece from National Public Radio that asks: Why would Equador ever want him?

Cuomo touts, business group pans

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- While Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is flying around upstate today touting his initiative to let businesses locate tax-free on college campuses, an umbrella group of upstate business orgnizations gave a failing grade to the governor and lawmakers for their work in the 2013 session.

Unshackle Upstate called the session a "disappointment'' for failing to address a number of longstanding concerns advocates say are needed to help bring down the cost of operating existing upstate businesses.

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State Sen. Mark Grisanti's efforts to raise campaign funds will get help from a state leader on the other side of the political aisle. The News' Bob McCarthy talks with Brian Meyer about this twist:

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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.

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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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.

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