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Eric Trump, the middle son of President Donald Trump, will have to appear for a deposition before the New York Attorney General’s Office sometime in the next two weeks, a state judge ruled Wednesday.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office would move forward with the deposition sometime in the next two weeks.

“To be clear, no entity or individual is allowed to dictate how or when our investigation will proceed or set the parameters of a lawful investigation,” James said.

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The war of words between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump escalated again Tuesday, with both accusing the other of attempting to destroy the economic viability of New York City, and the state, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump, in a tweet, urged Cuomo to reopen the rest of New York City, which still remains closed to indoor dining, while Cuomo called on Trump to support federal aid for the five boroughs.

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A tweet from President Donald Trump on Monday is already getting a lot of reaction on social media and a statement issued by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

Trump’s tweet says that, “Rochester N.Y., Brooklyn N.Y., Portland - All had bad nights, all weakly run by Radical Left Democrat Governors and Mayors! Get the picture?”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has been the “worst president in history” from the point of New York City, and that the “best thing he did for New York City was leave.”

And that was followed with a message of dismissal from Cuomo for the president, who transferred his primary residence to Florida last year: “Good riddance.”

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New York state is suing President Donald Trump and the head of the U.S. Postal Service over recent policy changes that Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday would unconstitutionally limit access to this year’s elections for those who plan to vote by mail.

In a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., three states and two major cities, including New York City, sought to reverse those changes, including cutbacks to mail service capacity.

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New York’s attorney general is asking a state judge to force Eric Trump, the president’s son and a top official at the Trump Organization, to testify in an ongoing investigation into the president’s financial dealings before he took office.

The probe was launched last year to investigate claims that President Donald Trump had misrepresented his wealth to obtain financing from various institutions.

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A pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday on behalf of famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony is being criticized in the city where she lived for many years.

The president announced he will pardon Anthony on the day that is also the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which helped guarantee women the right to vote.

Anthony was arrested in 1872 for violating the law that allowed only men to vote at that time.

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at limiting liability protections for some social media companies. The move comes just days after Twitter fact-checked and labeled two of his tweets as inaccurate. According to NPR, legal experts say it's unlikely that the order will have any practical effect on tech giants like Twitter. Meanwhile, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called out Twitter for its fact-checking, saying Facebook won't be "arbiters of truth." What does all of this mean for the platforms, for users, for free speech, and for democracy?

Our guests explore the issues. They also discuss how social media and journalism have changed as a result of the pandemic. Our guests:

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Leaders of some evangelical churches in the Finger Lakes got together on Sunday to talk about  the reopening of their churches during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pastors from churches in Ontario, Seneca and Wayne Counties gathered in Canandaigua for a news conference organized by Reid Robbins.

He is the Principal of East Palmyra Christian School, and he said that with all the discussion recently about religious gatherings, they wanted to talk about the relationship between politicians, pastors and the people.

We're joined by RIT professor Sarah Burns, who has written a new book called "The Politics of War Powers." She argues that the U.S. Constitution creates an invitation to struggle between the legislative and executive branches of government, but the president has little checks and balances when it comes to how he uses the U.S. military.

She joins us to discuss her research, and how it relates to recent events in Iran. In studio:

  • Sarah Burns, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at RIT, and author of “The Politics of War Powers: The Theory and History of Presidential Unilateralism”

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