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Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, and any effort would likely require ...

Cuomo lobbies with Trump for aid to New York

NEW YORK— Long Island became the latest region of New York to begin easing some restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo lobbied the president for help with transportation projects. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said efforts to fight the ...

When and where to vote in the Dem presidential primary

The Franklin and Essex County boards of election have released the voting dates, times and locations for the Democratic presidential primary — both for nine days of early voting in Malone and Lewis, and on primary day, June 23, at each town’s regular polling places. However, the ...

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed,” among other things. ...

So, you got an application for an absentee ballot in the mail …

ALBANY — “Temporary illness or physical disability” — that’s the box you check on the form to request an absentee ballot for the Democratic presidential primary due to coronavirus concerns. All voters eligible to participate in the June 23 elections have been mailed an absentee ...

Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

WASHINGTON — “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study. “A political hit job,” he said of another. As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has ...

Cuomo: Summer school in state will be online

NEW YORK (AP) — Summer school students will not be reporting to the classroom. New York City will deliver 1 million meals a day to fight hunger during the outbreak. State labor officials hit with a flood of unemployment applications say they’re working through the backlog. Coronavirus ...

Trump slams mail-in balloting promoted by his own campaign

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence that it leads to “total election fraud.” A day earlier, Trump threatened to pull federal money for states ...

Stefanik spars with Cuomo staff on request to probe nursing home deaths

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, is in a war of words with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff, after she blamed the governor for the high number of nursing home deaths in the state. Stefanik joined the other Republican New York members of the House of Representatives in calling for an ...

Half of Main Street could close this summer in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Here’s an idea: Close off half of Main Street — the lakeside lane from the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort to Players Sports Bar & Grill — during July and August. Keep the other lane open to one-way traffic, going toward Saranac Avenue. And use the closed lane for an ...

Stefanik disputes Dems’ $3 trillion aid plan

On Friday the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that is unlikely to become law since the Republican-majority Senate seems unlikely to pass it. The act contains contested funding, legislation and tax ...

Trump says he’s taking malaria drug to protect against coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the new coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting due to potentially fatal side ...

Democrats: Fired watchdog was looking into Saudi arms sale

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats say the State Department watchdog fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year, adding new questions to the watchdog’s abrupt dismissal. Democrats said Monday ...

GOP chair: ‘We will not be holding a virtual convention’

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Monday that the party “will not be holding a virtual convention,” pledging that the presidential nominating convention in late August will be conducted at least partly in-person. The coronavirus outbreak forced Democrats to ...

Delegate race drives primary, now back on

The New York Democratic presidential primary is back on — at least for now — and since 10 of the 11 candidates have dropped out, delegates are now the focus. The state is appealing a federal judge’s decision to insist New York continues with its June 23 primary election, which ...

Whistleblower: US still lacks virus plan; Americans at risk

WASHINGTON — Despite White House claims, the U.S. still lacks a comprehensive battle plan against the coronavirus in critical areas including masks, testing, treatments and vaccines, whistleblower Rick Bright warned Thursday in testimony before a House committee. “Our window of ...

Here’s how to vote in the NY Dem primary

To vote in the presidential primary election June 23, you must be a registered Democrat. The deadline to change parties has already passed, but you can register to vote for the first time until May 29. Polling locations will be open on election day, and both Franklin and Essex counties ...

Pelosi unveils $3T virus bill, warns inaction costs more

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The House is expected to vote on the ...

Supreme Court appears likely to reject Trump immunity claim

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to reject President Donald Trump’s claim that he is immune from criminal investigation while in office. But the court seemed less clear about exactly how to handle subpoenas from Congress and the Manhattan district attorney for ...