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The Workers’ Center of Central New York and other plaintiffs say they’re planning to appeal a decision on a case that challenged the state’s collective bargaining law to include farmworkers. A judge in Albany dismissed the case filed by the NYCLU on behalf of a dairy farm worker who was fired for trying to organize. Crispin Hernandez filed suit in 2016 after he had gathered his co-workers after work hours in his personal residence to discuss what he calls deplorable workplace and living...

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Ask Republicans about Democrats, or vice versa, and sooner or later you will hear: "They're out of touch with the American people."

That statement was part of the soundtrack on Capitol Hill over the first weekend of the shutdown, repeated so often that one ceases to hear it.

It's an all-purpose way of condemning the hated "other" party. And it conveys the assumption that whoever is speaking is NOT out of touch with the American people.

Saturday saw protesters take to the streets from New York to Los Angeles — from Nigeria to Iraq. Various incarnations of the second annual Women's March demanded social change, promoted female empowerment and declared a resistance to President Trump on the anniversary of his inauguration.

Last week in the Russia investigations: Will "infiltration" be the new "collusion" or "obstruction?" Another skirmish over executive privilege? Is the Russia imbroglio about the money-go-round? And will the shutdown disrupt Mueller's investigation?

The inside game

How much did Russia "infiltrate" political organizations inside the United States as part of its attack on the 2016 presidential election?

President Trump is delivering on one of his biggest and most significant campaign promises: He is starting to reshape the federal judiciary.

In his first year in office, Trump welcomed a new, young and conservative lawyer, Neil Gorsuch, onto the Supreme Court. And he won confirmation of 12 federal appeals court judges — a record.

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The two takeaways from being at the Women's March in Seneca Falls Saturday were the thousands that took part; and the many, many concerns people came out to voice.  

The village credited with being the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement drew 10,000 for a march in 2017, seen as a protest for the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump.  This year's gathering drew every bit the crowd and opposition to President Trump's policies and decisions, along with personal criticisms were widespread.

Sherry Treadwell came from Rochester, with a sense of duty.

Before Donald Trump took the oath of office one year ago, the presidency was widely seen as an all-consuming, full-time job.

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The Workers’ Center of Central New York and other plaintiffs say they’re planning to appeal a decision on a case that challenged the state’s collective bargaining law to include farmworkers.  A judge in Albany dismissed the case filed by the NYCLU on behalf of a dairy farm worker who was fired for trying to organize.

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The graduation rates at three community colleges in Central New York are going up, according to a new study.  However it also finds that only one-in-four students are graduating in three years.

Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET

So, here we go again.

The federal government is once more on the verge of a shutdown, and just like the last time, in October 2013, there will some things you'll notice that are shuttered and others you won't.

The Pentagon unveiled its National Defense Strategy, a document that focuses on the "eroding" U.S. military advantage with regard to Russia and China, and will likely influence future spending on weapons systems and other military hardware.

"The department needs to focus on Russia and China," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development Elbridge Colby, during a question and answer session with reporters at the Pentagon. "The erosion of our military advantage is the problem."

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