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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

Larry Beinhart's Body Politic: Is There a There There?

Why do all the people around Trump get agitated whenever the word "Russia" pops up? Commentators are baffled. What's there to hide? They ask: "Is there any there there?" In real journalism, you can't deduce what's inside the black box of the White House. An insider has to speak or a paper must be leaked. Yet in physics, chemistry, and biology it's quite normal not to have testimony from inside. Scientists look at what's going in and what comes out, then make up a story about what's happening unseen. If it sounds good, it's treated as the truth until some new facts are observed that don't fit.

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While You Were Sleeping for July 2017

Diana Waldron compiles odd news headlines from June 2017.

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While You Were Sleeping for June 2017

The gist of what you may have missed for June 2017.

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Editor's Note

Editor's Note: The Cave of Secrets

Editor Brian Mahoney on reading novels, The Vaults of Yoh-Vohombis, and a memory of childhood.

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Editor's Note: What the World Needs Now

Brian K. Mahoney
A note from Chronogram's Editor, Brian K. Mahoney.

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Editor's Note: Spring Gleaning

Editor Brian Mahoney offers words of advice.

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Environment

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

On March 13, Kennedy will give a speech at SUNY New Paltz Lecture Hall.

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National

The Women's March on Washington: Resistance is Fertile

Garay recaps DC's Women March and provides personal accounts from women who were in attendance.

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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.