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Senate gives McMahon valentine with vote to make her new SBA chief

WASHINGTON – Despite a lack of government experience, World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon was easily confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to head the Small Business Administration. More than half of Senate Democrats joined Republicans in the 81-19 vote for McMahon’s confirmation. Continue Reading →

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Senate Dems suffer new defeat as Sessions confirmed as AG

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats endured their second defeat in two days in their efforts to block President Trump’s cabinet nominees when their Republican colleagues late Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions as the nation’s new attorney general. Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined their Democratic colleagues in saying Sessions is unfit for the job.
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With Pence casting historic vote, DeVos is confirmed by Senate

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WASHINGTON — With the help of Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. As a lightning rod candidate, DeVos’s confirmation provoked mixed reactions from school groups in Connecticut. . Continue Reading →

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CT’s senators call Gorsuch extreme, but promise fair hearing

Connecticut’s two Democratic U.S. senators distanced themselves Friday from those would block the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court with the same tactics employed by Republicans against President Obama. But both suggested Neil Gorsuch’s conservatism may fall outside the legal mainstream. Continue Reading →

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Key panel gives McMahon bipartisan support as SBA chief

WASHINGTON — Linda McMahon’s nomination to head the Small Business administration was quickly approved by members of a key committee, even as Democrats pulled out all the stops Tuesday to delay confirmation on several controversial Trump administration nominees. Continue Reading →

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CT Lawmakers press opposition to Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers on Monday were on the front lines of Democratic opposition to President Trump’s executive order regarding Muslim immigrants, fashioning legislation and participating in protests aimed at derailing the new policy. Continue Reading →

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Unlike other Trump picks, McMahon sails through confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON — Introduced by two Connecticut senators who crushed her political hopes in Connecticut, Linda McMahon on Tuesday sailed through a confirmation hearing, placing her a step closer to becoming the next head of the Small Business Administration. Continue Reading →

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Murphy sees common cause with Trump on ‘Buy American’

As U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy’s political allies denounced a Trump cabinet nominee and built on the momentum of the mass protests led by women’s groups over the weekend, Murphy reversed field and outlined an effort at constructive engagement with the new GOP administration on its call to “Buy American.” Continue Reading →

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CT friends and foes of Trump give inauguration mixed reviews

WASHINGTON – With a light rain falling, President Trump took the oath of office Friday and gave an inaugural address painting a dark picture of America that was panned by many Democrats but praised by his supporters. Trump promised to stand up for “forgotten” Americans and “put America first.” Continue Reading →

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Thousands from CT heading to D.C. to celebrate – and protest – inauguration

WASHINGTON — The inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and related events may bring a record number of Connecticut residents to Washington, both to support the swearing in of the 45th president and to protest policies they expect him to implement. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: ‘Serious concerns’ about DeVos

WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel Malloy on Wednesday joined the group of Democrats panning Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trumps’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Education. He said her testimony at a confirmation hearing “causes me to have serious concerns.” Continue Reading →

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List of Trump nominees opposed by Blumenthal, Murphy grows

Connecticut’s two U.S. senators, Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, said Tuesday they will attend the inauguration Friday of Donald J. Trump as an endorsement of the peaceful transfer of power, even as they plan to fight many of the Republican president-elect’s policies and cabinet choices. Continue Reading →

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