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Blumenthal scores with committee assignments

Connecticut’s junior senator did just fine with his committee assignments. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who took office Jan. 5, said today he was given seats on Judiciary, Armed Services and HELP, the committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He also is assigned to a special committee on aging. “I am excited and honored to join […]

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Surprise: Lax oversight blamed for financial crisis

Confirming what most people–at least those outside Washington and Wall Street–already believe, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission said Thursday that the failure of federal authorities to curb reckless behavior on Wall Street was largly responsible for the turmoil that sparked the recession. The commission “challenges the notion, expressed by many on Wall Street and in […]

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In state-of-state speeches, governors stress jobs

More than half the nation’s governors have delivered their state-of-the-state speeches this year, and the recurring theme is jobs, Pamela M. Prah says at Other common topics: calls for deep cuts in spending, shared sacrifice and overhauls of state government as the state confront budget deficits and much-diminished federal aid. Not convinced? Stateline also […]

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Despite retirement plans, Lieberman stays in the spotlight

WASHINGTON-Sen. Joseph Lieberman held a news conference Wednesday with the country’s most powerful Republican, House Speaker John Boehner, on the politically divisive issue of school vouchers. At the end of the event, as the two men walked off the stage together, a reporter shouted out one last question: “Is this a 2012 presidential ticket?” Lieberman […]

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Malloy: CSU’s Krapek may have read ‘the writing on the wall’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday he did not seek the resignation of the chairman of Connecticut State University System’s Board of Trustees, but said he wasn’t surprised by Karl Krapek’s decision in light of CSU’s “real tough year.” “I can certainly understand given the trials and trepidations of that board and some of the […]