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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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State Dept. official with West Hartford ties tasked to develop, sell Syria plan

Brett McGurk, left, with Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna during talks with stakeholders about the Syrian refugee crisis.

WASHINGTON — Former West Hartford resident Brett McGurk is considered a leading expert at the State Department on the threats posed by the Islamic State and what the Obama administration is trying to do about them. But fighting international terrorism isn’t his only challenge. Now he’s been tasked to persuade skeptical lawmakers, including members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, to back President Obama’s campaign against ISIS in Syria.
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