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GOP cuts off Dems’ revolt, CT lawmakers say they won’t quit

John Lewis, center, and John Larson, rear, organized a sit-in. At left, Elizabeth Esty.

Updated at 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON — House Republicans pulled the plug on a revolt by Democrats led by Connecticut Rep. John Larson and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis by adjourning in the middle of the night for the long July 4th break. Larson and other Democrats vowed to continue fighting for votes on gun control measures. Continue Reading →

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Trump’s fundraising woes extend to Connecticut

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Washington – Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has raised less than $50,000 in political cash in Connecticut, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton pulled in $3.6 million, the latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission shows. Trump’s money deficit in the state is in line with the yawning gap with Clinton he has in fundraising across the nation Continue Reading →

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Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna facing different merger obstacles

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON – So far, Aetna appears to be clearing the regulatory and antitrust hurdles it faces to merge with Humana more easily, while Anthem's proposed marriage to Cigna has faced more troubles. Neither has yet cleared the hurdle of antitrust approval from the U.S. Justice Department. Continue Reading →

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Senate rejects Murphy background-check provision and ‘terror gap’ bill

Sen. Chris Murphy speaks on legislation to expand background checks for gun purchasers.

Updated at 9:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — For the second time since the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to expand FBI background checks of gun purchasers. Lawmakers also killed an effort to bar those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons, as well as two competing GOP proposals. Continue Reading →

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Murphy ends filibuster saying two gun measures will get votes

Sen. Chris Murphy displays a poster of Newtown shooting victim Dylan Hockley as he comes to the end of his filibuster on the Senate floor early Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Nearly 15 hours after he launched a filibuster to pressure GOP colleagues to allow votes on gun safety measures, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said there had been an agreement to vote on measures barring those on a terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms and expanding background checks. Continue Reading →

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State official says federal policy changes cut 6,100 from subsidized day care

Connecticut Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before Congress Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The move to improve a child care subsidy program that helps low-and-moderate income families has also made it more expensive and forced Connecticut to cut 6,100 children from the rolls, a state official told a Senate panel Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers hope Orlando is a ‘tipping point’ on gun control

The U.S. flag flies at half staff over the state Capitol in mourning for the deaths in Orlando.

WASHINGTON — Gun control advocates in Congress, with Connecticut’s lawmakers taking a lead, are hoping the massacre in Orlando is a “tipping point” that overcomes the deep resistance in Congress to strengthening the nation’s federal gun law. Political points may be scored, but it's not likely Congress will budge. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy split over boost in defense spending

Connecticut U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy, right, and Richard Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy split this week on whether to boost military spending by $18 billion – allowing the Pentagon to increase its purchase of Connecticut-made weaponry – without raising the amount of money spent on domestic programs as well. Continue Reading →

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BIA says Schaghticoke petition is lacking

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WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday said a petition for recognition from the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is incomplete, missing four key elements that would allow the application to move forward. “The department finds your recently submissions of material...do not meet the requirements for a documented petition,” the BIA said. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal aims to help families who lost art to Nazis

The Woman in Gold, a 1907 gold leaf painting by artist Gustav Klimt. One woman's struggle to have the stolen work returned was the subject of the movie "Woman in Gold."

WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Ted Cruz rarely see eye to eye on issues, but they are partners in an effort to change federal law to help victims of the greatt art theft – the massive Nazi confiscations during World War II. “The time is long past to return the ill-gotten gains of that unspeakable horror,” Blumenthal said. Continue Reading →

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