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The Politicalist, August 17

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Happy Aug. 17, yo!
Here's what's up in, around and about the north country.

Free housing in Ogdensburg!

The city was footing the bill for a family to live in one of its (many) foreclosed properties.

Soldiers' compensation

Debts for soldiers who were ripped off will be forgiven.

Akwesasne Notes

A Mohawk man who took matters into his own hands was released from jail.

Gay marriage

Rep. Bill Owens signed onto legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, after New York passed a law legalizing gay marriage.

Lewis budget

A $5 million gap. Any ideas?

Complete streets

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed "complete streets" legislation.

9-11 memorials

The governor is seeking changes to the state's 9-11 ceremonies.

Economy

New housing construction is down.

The U.S. credit rating is AAA-OK, according to a ratings agency that's not S&P.

The unemployment "tax," a rallying cry for Assembly Republicans, was derided by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Care for the disabled

The Cuomo administration readies to put new reporting procedures in place after a series of New York Times articles outlined abuse that was happening in homes for the developmentally disabled.

Health care

POLITICO asks: What if the individual mandate goes down?

Immigration

Protestors spoke out against the federal government's deportation policy.

Military affairs

An Army report says that 5 million pieces of body armor may be flawed.

The White House says there's no change in the Iraq troop withdrawal timetable.

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