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A poll out Tuesday finds that the majority of New Yorkers approve of the impeachment inquiry conducted by House Democrats against President Donald Trump.

That’s not unusual in a blue state like New York, but the Siena College poll finds some broader shifts in voter sentiment regarding impeachment that could be worrisome to the president.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday clarified his views on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's behavior after seemingly contradictory comments he's reported to have made last week.

Cuomo was on a weekly interview on Albany public radio station WAMC on Sept. 25, one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry. The governor said he backed the investigation into whether the president should be impeached.

"You're darn right there should be an inquiry," Cuomo told host Alan Chartock.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Congress to take immediate action on gun control in the wake of the El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mass shootings over the weekend.

Cuomo appeared on several television and radio shows, including on Albany public radio station WAMC, where he said Democrats need to speak in a unified voice about the need to ban assault weapons, strengthen background checks and take other steps to keep guns out of the hands of domestic terrorists. 

Tom Hamburger is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post whose work focuses on the intersection of money and politics. That beat led him to cover President Trump and Russia – but perhaps not in the way that most Americans understand. Hamburger has focused on stories like Trump Tower Moscow, and the possible financial entanglements between the Trump family and Russian interests.

Hamburger discusses his coverage, and the ongoing questions regarding the influence of money in politics.

We're joined by Rob Boston, senior advisor for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and editor of "Church and State" magazine. He's in Rochester for a presentation hosted by Americans United of Rochester titled, "Separation of Church and State: Where We've Been, Where We Are and Where We'd Like to Be."

We talk to him about the issues related to separation of church and state that the organization thinks are most pressing.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had a “positive” meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the White House to talk about funding for a key train tunnel connecting Manhattan to New Jersey.

Cuomo spent the primary and general election season berating Trump and his policies, including at an appearance last summer at a Brooklyn church.

President Trump said last week that he doesn't understand why American sons and daughters would be asked to put their lives on the line for some NATO partners like Montenegro. That sparked a public debate over how treaties work, and whether the NATO commitments are worth keeping.

Our guest has extensive experience teaching and analyzing issues pertinent to NATO partners. We discuss President Trump's recent visit with Vladimir Putin, too. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

The Doomsday Clock has just moved forward; we are now two minutes to midnight. Scientists created the clock in the 1940s as a way or demonstrating how close they think we are to the possible extinction of the mankind. Their predictions are based on threats of nuclear war, climate change, and more.

So why are we the closest to midnight since 1953? Our experts share their insight. Our guests:

  • Tom Weber, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Wes Renfro, chair of the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at St. John Fisher College

Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston has written a new book on the Trump administration. In It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, Johnston writes that Trump is unlike any president before him; he says the evidence is that Trump’s entire focus is on enriching and helping himself. The book seeks to explain all of the ways that the administration is serving insular interests and not the common good.

Johnston joins us in studio for the hour.

The Trump administration's proposed budget cuts have left many people concerned about the future of a number of programs, including after school programs and Meals on Wheels. A local group says political leaders need to better understand the value of these programs. We talk to them about the myths and realities, and about how the proposed cuts could affect people in our area. Our guests:

  • Kelly Bauman, director of expanded learning at the Rochester City School District
  • Stephanie Fitzgerald, school age youth program officer for United Way
  • Chris Neitzey, policy director for the New York State Network for Youth Success
  • Christina Christman, parent of a middle school student who attends an after school program in the Rochester City School District
  • Margaret Schweizer, director of Meals on Wheels at UR Medicine Home Care

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