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John McLoughlin is a veteran Capital Region journalist, now at NewsChannel 13. Reach him by email at JMcLoughlin@WNYT.com.

McLoughlin Take 2: Presidential visits once were big deals

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Another of those nearly annual visits is now in the books, proof yet again that several million dollars, a couple of hundred police officers, three bomb-sniffing dogs, and a week’s worth of advance work here in the Capital District by 200 or so White House staffers can make a 145-minute appearance go smoothly. Still, do you remember when presidential visits used to be extraordinary, almost unique happenings for a community (“unique” cannot be modified, can ...

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