President Obama

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  A Syracuse University counter-terrorism expert says President Obama did not have many options when he presented his plan Wednesday night to “dismantle and ultimately destroy” ISIS.  Bill Smullen, Director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School, says airstrikes are probably the only way the United States can have some impact without putting combat troops on the ground.

On this week's episode, we learn a little bit about one of the rising young stars in the music industry...Sherma Andrews as she prepares to perform in Syracuse this coming Sunday February 16th at the Sheraton Syracuse University.  Sherma is the latest guest on my "Take Ten" segment where you'll learn a variety of interesting tidbits including who she would want to take a cross country drive with...hint hint...he's the leader of the free world.  Enjoy!

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About two dozen activists held vigil today in front of the federal building in Syracuse urging President Obama to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline.   The action follows the release late last week of the State Department’s final environmental impact review, on which the president is expected to base his decision.  Long-time activist Sandy Porter says the process harms the environment from the time huge earth movers dig out the tar sands, to where they process it.  

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President Obama continued his bus tour of Upstate New York today after spending the night in Auburn.  He spent the morning working out at the YMCA and shooting a few hoops with a youth basketball group before hitting the road for SUNY Binghamton. 


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Hundreds of students who attended President Obama’s speech in Syracuse cheered many of his points about making college more accessible. 

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President Barack Obama riled up a cheering, mostly supportive crowd with a message that he's ready to make it easier to go to college, in his first visit to Syracuse.  Obama repeatedly made the case foe the importance of a college education.

"There aren't a lot of thing more important than making sure people get a good education.  That is key to upward mobility; that is key to a growing economy; that is key to a strong middle class."

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Hundreds of Central New Yorkers stood in line outside Sunnycrest Ice Rink for a ticket to see President Obama speak at Henninger High School this Thursday.  Their excitement filled the air. 

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The future of early childhood education is gaining attention as Representative Dan Maffei and local advocates gathered in Syracuse Monday to show support for president Obama’s early learning initiative.