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Chronogram publishes sections covering local, national, and environmental news, including columns from Larry Beinhart, Brian Mahoney, and Jason Stern. From the Hudson Valley and beyond, check out our take on news and politics.

General News & Politics

Wag the Syria

Larry Beinhart takes on US involvement in Syria
In this month's Body Politic, Larry Beinhart discusses the war in Syria and the US's recent involvement.

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9 Strange News Headlines from April 2018

The gist of what you may have missed
Take a gander at these nine weird news stories from last month.

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John Faso’s got seven problems and Diane Neal ain’t one of them

Our unscientific stab at picking an early winner in the Democratic primary race in the 19th congressional district.

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Letters to the Editor

I'm with #MeToo | Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing to say how deeply disappointed I was to read Eric Francis Coppolino's article on the #MeToo movement for the Planet Waves section in February.

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Editor's Note

Very Careful

A Note from Editor Brian Mahoney.

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Editor's Note: Trunk Sale

Elephant in Kingston Closes After 12 Years of Business
"What's the point of trying to please everybody?

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Editor's Note: Some Guidelines

March 2018 Editor's Note
Brian K. Mahoney shares some of the things he learned this month.

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Hudson River

Hudson River Contamination Sparks Action

Hudson Valley activists address drinking water problems in Newburgh
Hillary Harvey plunges into Hudson River water contamination and the protection movement that arose from it.

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In NY19, Substance Reigns Supreme

A rundown of the policy positions of the NY19 candidates, in their own words.
A rundown of the policy positions of the NY19 candidates, in their own words.

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Can John Faso Keep his Head Above Water when the Blue Wave Hits?

We take a look at the state of the NY19 race through two new lenses: academia and incumbent John Faso's campaign.
We take a look at the state of the NY19 race through two new lenses: academia and incumbent John Faso's campaign.

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A "Who's Who" of NY19 Democratic Congressional Candidates

Taking a look at the crowded field running to challenge Republican John Faso in November
In anticipation of New York primaries on June 26, we give an admittedly subjective look at the 7 Democratic congressional candidates in District 19.

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National News & Politics

Despite being a local publication, Chronogram has four features addressing issues of national importance. In Chronogram’s While You Were Sleeping section, we recap national and international news stories that may have passed you by, focusing on the weird and wacky. Every month we also feature columns from Chronogram publisher Jason Stern, editor Brian Mahoney, and Body Politic columnist Larry Beinhart. Beinhart focuses on hard news, routinely writing left-leaning opinion pieces on the top stories of the month. Mahoney touches on similar issues in his Editor’s Note columns, frequently tying current events to literature and the arts. Stern’s column addresses more philosophical issues, asking questions like, “Does power corrupt?” and “What does it mean to lead a successful life?”

Local News & Politics

Chronogram features extensive coverage of the Hudson Valley’s local news, focusing on the people, stories, and events shaping politics in our area. The Community Notebook section includes event descriptions, investigative pieces, and Local Luminary features. Local Luminary stories contain interviews with major figures in our community, including educators, politicians, and those in the arts.

Environmental Issues

Chronogram has several sections detailing issues involving the Hudson Valley’s ecology. Being at the very center of our valley, the Hudson River has naturally also been the center of our area’s environmental movement. Led by Pete Seeger and the Clearwater organization, there has been great progress in cleaning the river once, and too often still, considered a garbage dump. The debate over whether New York should practice hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has also been a top environmental concern over recent year. As governor Cuomo continues to decide on whether to allow the practice, a recurring segment, Frack Watch, monitors the debate.