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GOP gives House members proposal to repeal, replace the ACA

WASHINGTON — The proposal, which will be considered later this month in a series of hearings, includes replacement of the law’s subsidies that help people buy insurance with tax credits based on a person’s age, not income, and elimination of federally mandated basic benefits in an insurance plan. Continue Reading →

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Himes knocks progressives for rejecting centrist speaker at Dem retreat

BALTIMORE — Rep. Jim Himes, the co-chair of a group of centrist Democrats, on Thursday criticized efforts by progressives to try to sideline centrist messages at the annual gathering of House Democrats. The retreat is an effort by Democrats to find unity and a shared message after November’s electoral losses. Continue Reading →

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Trump attacks Blumenthal over Gorsuch comments – others confirm them

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump put Sen. Richard Blumenthal in the bulls-eye Thursday, attacking the Connecticut senator’s credibility in description of a private meeting with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. But others, including a Nebraska Republican, confirm the nominee took issue with Trump’s attack on the federal judiciary. Continue Reading →

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Gorsuch tells Blumenthal Trump’s attacks on judge are ‘disheartening’

WASHINGTON — Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, told Sen. Richard Blumenthal that the president’s attacks on the federal judiciary are ‘‘disheartening” and “demoralizing.” 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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Trump attempt to rein in drug prices may have limited success

WASHINGTON – The president’s spokesman says Trump still favors a plan to negotiate Medicare prices, but he did not mention it after a recent meeting with pharmaceutical executives, and his plans to speed FDA approval of new drugs may be hampered by his restrictions on new regulations and cuts to the federal workforce. Continue Reading →

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Malloy to address Democrats planning strategy in Baltimore

WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel Malloy will be among the speakers when Democrats gather in Baltimore later this week to plan strategy in the time of Trump. As head of the Democratic Governors Association, Malloy will address the Democratic National Committee’s “Future Forum” as the party that saw its clout shrink in the election regroups this week in the Maryland city. Continue Reading →

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Himes’ New Dems and moderate Republicans explore coalition

WASHINGTON — With Donald Trump’s presidency fueling partisan fires in Congress, a group of centrist Democrats led by Rep. Jim Himes is trying to find common ground with GOP counterparts. The goal is to determine whether they could come together on infrastructure, budget, tax and other issues. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: ‘Serious concerns’ about Gorsuch for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Within moments of President Donald Trump’s announcement of Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch as his candidate to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he had “serious concerns” about the nominee. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal joins bitter partisan scrape over Sessions

WASHINGTON — Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday in calling for a rejection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General. Democrats pushed the committee vote on the nomination to Wednesday. 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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Roger Stone and the Trump phenomenon

If anyone is familiar with the inner workings of President Donald Trump’s political campaign, it is Connecticut native and author Roger Stone. In this Sunday conversation, he talks about Trump’s rise to power and dismisses as “nonsense” a recent New York Times report that intelligence agencies are investigating him and two other Trump political operatives for alleged ties to the Kremlin. Continue Reading →

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ACA architect talks about ‘bad GOP math,’ uncertain replacement

WASHINGTON —Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act, predicts shakier insurance exchanges with the repeal of the law. In this interview he doubts congressional Republicans can find a reasonable, effective replacement. Continue Reading →

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