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News & Politics

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

The Duality of Chelsea Manning: In the Spotlight at Bard

In the wake of her controversial decision to run for US Senate, Chelsea Manning spoke at Bard College in February 2018. Read one audience member's take on event.

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Groundhog Day: Foreshadowing Inflation?

The Past, Present, and Future of US Economy
Larry Beinhart's Body Politic analyzes the current state of the United States economy.

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8 Strange News Headlines from February 2018

We've rounded up some of the quirkiest global headlines of February 2018.

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Editor's Note

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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And Now for the Good News

February 2018 Editor's Note
It never ends, does it, the stream of maddening and saddening information that we consume on a daily basis?

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Brian K. Mahoney recalls the sense of childhood wonder at the world.

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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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One Year Later: Hudson Valley Responds to Trump

Taking the Hudson Valley’s Political Temperature, One Year Later
Since Trump's inauguration in early 2017, many concerned citizens across the region have become civically engaged for the first time across a wide range of issues, including health care, immigrant rights, racial justice, and more. Hudson Valley activists offer strong action and opinion on politics and Trump.

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Ohhhh Sh*t! The Irony of the Regulation Conversation

Larry Beinhart's Body Politic
Larry Beinhart examines Rand Paul’s recent assault by a neighbor in light of the national battle over regulations.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Alternatives

Larry Beinhart's Body Politic
Larry Beinhart discusses the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal and examines the alternative options.

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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.